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The shelter of each other : rebuilding our families

Author: Mary Bray Pipher
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, ©1996.
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This volume provides a critique of many of the values that currently define our lives, coupled with solid advice for rebuilding families. The author contends that technology and consumerism have become the focus of modern life. Hours spent viewing cable television programs and commercials not only discourage meaningful communication among family members, it also leaves the viewers with the impression that happiness  Read more...
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Pipher, Mary Bray.
Shelter of each other.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, ©1996
(OCoLC)654153512
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Bray Pipher
ISBN: 0399141448 9780399141447
OCLC Number: 33897577
Notes: "A Grosset/Putnam book."
Description: 282 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
[pt. 1:] The crisis. Thirsty in the rain --
The Page family --
The Copeland family --
Then and now --
One big town --
Therapy, the Trojan Horse --
How therapy can help --
the shelter of each other --
[pt. 2:] The weight of this sad time. Character --
Will --
Commitment --
[pt. 3:] Solutions : what will survive of us is love. Protecting families --
houses with walls --
Connecting families --
creating a tiospaye.
Responsibility: Mary Pipher.

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This volume provides a critique of many of the values that currently define our lives, coupled with solid advice for rebuilding families. The author contends that technology and consumerism have become the focus of modern life. Hours spent viewing cable television programs and commercials not only discourage meaningful communication among family members, it also leaves the viewers with the impression that happiness can be purchased. This, in turn, triggers such a need for money that work--even when meaningless or despised -- becomes the individual's "reason to live". The author insists that true happiness comes from meaningful, ethical work. She feels what people really need is "protected time and space'' and the need to reconnect with one another and the outside world. Simple rituals, such as saying grace at dinner and unplugging the telephone and television, can create family time. She maintains that most therapists only harm their clients by focusing on their particular neuroses while ignoring the negative impact of contemporary culture, and that Therapists can be most helpful by encouraging the building of family connections, as well as links to the natural world and community resources. She supplements her thesis with case studies.

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