In her critically acclaimed, groundbreaking bestseller--Whatever Happened to Daddy's Little Girl?--author Jonetta Rose Barras broke the code of silence surrounding the devastating impact father absence has on girls and women. Using her own story, and that of other women from across the country, Barras identified the "fatherless woman syndrome," along with its ramifications, and offered remedies for healing. In this new self-help book: Bridges: Reuniting Daughters and Daddies, Barras takes the next step, guiding daughter-and-father duos toward much needed reconciliation, bonding, and healing. With illustrations pulled from the lives of real women and their fathers, plus affirmations and practical exercises designed by the author in association with experts, Bridges will be a must read and invaluable tool for girls and women who want to mend the rend in their lives, for men who want to enjoy the special and sacred relationship between fathers and daughters, and for everyone interested in the love that binds us all. Bridges is as much about hurdling the internal obstacles that have kept us away from the place where self-love lives, as it is about bridging the seemingly unbridgeable gap between estranged daughters and fathers. It is as much about soul development as it is about reconciliation between a parent and a child, once believed to have been lost. The U.S. Census reported that in 2000, nearly 30 percent of all children lived in homes where their biological fathers were not present. Bridges: Reuniting Daughters and Daddies is thus a practical and insightful book that's needed for our times, our people, and our communities. (Author abstract)
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