Thursday, November 20, 2014

Book Review and Giveaway: Mothers Who Can't Love: A Healing Guide for Daughters by Susan Forward with Donna Frazier Glynn

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Harper Collins, , for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

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As humans, we love fairty tales.

And for some, the biggest fairy tale of all if that of the bond between mother and child.

For some mothers never can truly bond with their child. Yet the child hears the fairy tale among their peers and yearns for it. And the strife begins.

Even a great mother/daughter relationship can become adrift in the teen years and never recover.

And that is where this new book steps in:


With Mothers Who Can't Love: A Healing Guide for Daughters, Susan Forward, Ph.D., offers a powerful look at the devastating impact unloving mothers have on their daughters—and provides clear, effective techniques for overcoming that painful legacy.
In more than 35 years as a therapist, Forward has worked with large numbers of women struggling to escape the emotional damage inflicted by the women who raised them. Subjected to years of criticism, competition, role-reversal, smothering control, emotional neglect and abuse, these women are plagued by anxiety and depression, relationship problems, lack of confidence and difficulties with trust. They doubt their worth, and even their ability to love.

Forward examines the Narcissistic Mother, the Competitive Mother, the Overly Enmeshed mother, the Control Freak, Mothers who need Mothering, and mothers who abuse or fail to protect their daughters from abuse. 
Filled with compelling case histories, Mothers Who Can’t Love outlines the self-help techniques Forward has developed to transform the lives of her clients, showing women how to overcome the pain of childhood and how to act in their own best interests. 
Warm and compassionate, Mothers Who Can’t Love offers daughters the emotional support and tools they need to heal themselves and rebuild their confidence and self-respect.


With the holidays upon us, family dysfunctional issues are about to come screaming front and center, aren't they? This book may help you travel those murky waters and come out smiling, with a new understanding! The book is divided into different sections. The first section covers the different types of mothers and why no bond was formed with their child, or why it dissolved.  The book then covers how to heal the wounds left by the unloving mothers. Both sections are equally important- to move on, you have to understand the whys and methodology of the mothers, to understand how it has affected the child's mindset. Then you can move on to figuring out how to move on and mend the rift (if you sense a princess cartoon moment here, there is a reason why), and how to bravely (AHA), move forward and to have a relationship (or not to), with your mother.

While this was not a book I needed, I can see how it can REALLY help those that have had issues with their mothers, and ar STILL having issues, due to the same unresolved issues. If you know of someone who has these problems, I would greatly recommend getting this book for them before the holidays hit! It is a gift that can literally change their lives! 

About the Authors:

Susan Forward, PhD is the author of the #1 New York Times best sellers "Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them" and "Toxic Parents" as well as numerous other books including "Obsessive Love," "Money Demons," "Emotional Blackmail," "When Your Lover Is a Liar," "Toxic In-Laws" and "Betrayal of Innocence

In addition to her success as an author her, Susan is one of the nation's leading psychotherapists, a dynamic lecturer and highly sought after talk-show guest including having hosted her own ABC Talk Radio show for six years. In addition to her private practice, she has served as a therapist, instructor and consultant for many Southern California psychiatric and medical facilities.To learn more about Susan, please visit her website at 

Donna Frazier: I’m an editor, a writer and a writers’ coach. I work with people who are driven to write books, and know they need help to finish.They know they can’t do their best work alone—no author can. Whether they’ve never published a book or are seasoned pros, they’re looking for a partner who can help them get their fully realized vision onto the page.Together, we figure it out.I’ve had decades of experience working with writers and experts of every sort. I spent much of my career at newspapers across the country, before deciding to work with authors. Visit her website for more info:


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