A New Book Explores Breaking Up in a Whole New Way

I am reviewing books through the Blogging for Books program in an effort to support my community’s Little Free Library, thus the addition of book reviews outside of the usual sexual health topics to Your Sexy Librarian postings. After being reviewed, the book gets stamped “Always a Gift, Never for Sale” and placed into a Little Free Library for others to enjoy.

My latest book selection is Conscious Uncoupling: 5 Steps to Living Happily Even After written by Katherine Woodward Thomas, which was released on October 18, 2016. This is Woodward Thomas’ second book. I chose Conscious Uncoupling because I was curious about what Woodward Thomas’ thoughts on ending relationships “in a whole new way.”

When the book arrived, I had to explain to my partner Dutch that this was for a book review project. It was this book or a book on 52 ways to meditate. Dutch laughed at my dilemma because I cannot sit still long enough to relax, little on meditate. Since I blog about sexual health and relationships, Conscious Uncoupling seemed to be the best book review option at the time.

Woodward Thomas wrote her latest book because her own marriage was ending in divorce and she did not want to create bitterness or unpleasantness for her daughter as her divorce progressed and eventually finalized.

Woodward Thomas, a licensed marriage and family therapist, backs up her suggestions on keeping a break-up civil with solid grounding in sociology and psychology. She uses splashes of positive quotations throughout her book, which I enjoyed. An example I particularly loved is, “Divorce becomes a holy moment when you choose to use it as a catalyst for having an extraordinary life,” said Debbie Ford.

There were no reviews on the back cover of this book; it is strange to see an absence of grandiose touting of how wonderful the book will be for readers. The back cover lists the five steps Woodward Thomas walks readers through in her new way to end a relationship. Each step is its own chapter. Each one of these chapters is substantial. This book will not be a quick read. It will take time and much thought to process Woodward Thomas’ ideas and suggestions.

At $16.99 in paperback format, this book is worth the risk readers may not finish the entire book yet will gain something insightful from what they do read of Conscious Uncoupling because it is a well-written book that was put together with great care.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.


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