The Myth of the Shiksa: And Other Essays

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A renowned family therapist tackles tricky relationship issues in this heartwarming collection from the author of A Failure of Nerve.
 
Generational conflict, faith crises, difficult friendships—Edwin Friedman saw every side of the human condition in his years as a rabbi and counselor, for better or for worse. And his lifelong work with families led him to develop incomparable insight and irresistible wit about what makes us love, laugh, believe, hope, and tick.
 
The Myth of the Shiksa collects Friedman’s most popular, powerful essays about human relationships and the daily struggles each and every one of us face. From a hilarious encounter with a well-known tempter (who is reimagined as a counselor) to an emotional exploration of how secrets can affect family dynamics, to a charming look at how tradition and modernity can clash in mixed marriages, Friedman tackles timeless issues with intelligence and charm, creating stories that are both captivating and educational.
 
No matter your type of family, religion, background, or status, Edwin Friedman’s words can provide guidance, comfort, and joy as you navigate some of life’s toughest questions.
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About the author

Edwin Friedman was an ordained rabbi and practicing family therapist. His ground-breaking volume Generation to Generation, which exposed the connections between emotional processes at home and at work in religious, educational, therapeutic, and business systems, has become a modern classic. In great demand as a consultant and public speaker throughout the country, he lived in Washington, DC. He died in 1996.
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CPG
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Published on
Jan 1, 2008
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Pages
224
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ISBN
9781596271869
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Language
English
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Genres
Family & Relationships / Conflict Resolution
Religion / Counseling
Religion / Judaism / Rituals & Practice
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