We recently began a discussion about book titles that may benefit you if you are either thinking about divorce or have already filed for divorce. We noted that libraries, bookstores and online retailers tend to have a wealth of titles available on this subject generally. In addition, many retailers and libraries have books that deal with specific subjects related to the divorce process.

For example, if you are unsure of whether or not divorce is the healthiest option for you, you may want to check out “Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping You Decide Whether to Stay in or Get Out of Your Relationship,” by Mira Kirshenbaum. This decision is obviously one that cannot be taken lightly. As a result, you may need more than a book to help you make this decision. You may need to seek counseling, seek the advice of friends and/or journal about your feelings before you can make this decision. But, this book can provide a good jumping off point for your decision-making process.

In addition, if you are struggling with feelings of shame surrounding your situation, you may wish to check out, “The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are,” by Brene Brown. Brown is a respected expert on the subject of shame. Although much of her research is focused on female responses to shame, this book can be beneficial for men and women alike.

Finally, if you are frustrated by your child’s other parent on a regular basis, you may want to check out, “Joint Custody with a Jerk: Raising a Child with an Uncooperative Ex- A Hands-on, Practical Guide to Communicating with a Difficult Ex-Spouse,” by Julie Ross, M.A. and Julie Corcoran. Co-parenting is an inherently challenging venture. If your co-parent is making your situation worse rather than better, this may be a good book for you.

Source: The Huffington Post, “What to Get Your Divorcing Friend for Christmas: 20 Best Divorce Books,” Karen Covy, Dec. 23, 2015