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The Switching Hour: Kids of Divorce Say…

The Switching Hour: Kids of Divorce Say Good-bye Again

by Evon O. Flesberg

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NCLA Review - Dr. Flesberg explains, prods, shows, gives examples of and helps us to see and possibly understand what the children of divorce experience every other week, once a month, and sometimes only at holidays. It is a book full of understanding, concentrating on assistance for children and their parents. It is also a wonderful resource to those who haven't experienced divorce themselves, opening their eyes to those who have. Although this gives the reader a sense of the child, chapter seven specifically helps the parent with guidance for their children during the turbulent times of divorce. I would recommend this book enthusiastically as a resource in every church library. If you have a group for either divorced adults or the children of these adults, this would be a welcome addition to their discussions. Rating: 4—CP ( )
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"In this readable and practical book, Dr. Flesberg addresses the needs of approximately 18-20 million children under age 18 who face parental divorce with lifestyle changes in the liminal place known as the "switching hour." The "switching hour" is Flesberg's term for the psychological, physical, and spiritual space between the respective homes of divorced parents measured by clock time as well as the context and lifestyle in which these children seek to balance the different ways of being that these homes represent. The book invites parents, grandparents, other relatives, and caregivers to enter responsibly into the world of the children of divorce.

"Chapters 1-7 begin with a child's letter. These letters plus intermingled vignettes lead the reader to connect with the soul and angst of each child. For Dr. Flesberg this connection is a prerequisite to the reader's responding redemptively to these children of divorce. Each chapter illustrates and defines the needs of children of divorce and then offers guidelines for appropriate response. A suggested reading list is included in the final chapter. This is useful for personal or group reflection.

"Her use of the children's narratives is diverse and compelling. Seminal themes and commentary are clinically accurate and creatively presented. The caring guidelines for response are well thought out and useable. The book is theologically sound, interfaith sensitive and inclusive, and gracious to the reader. This reader was touched profoundly by the uniqueness yet commonality of the children's stories. The Switching Hour offers hope and suggestions to those who seek to care responsibly and effectively for children of divorce."

James W. Pruett, Ph.D.; D.Min.; LMFT; LPC; CFBPPC

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