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Miriam Greenspan
Renowned Psychotherapist and author of A New Approach to Women and Therapy (bio)

Praise for
Healing Through the Dark Emotions: The Wisdom of Grief, Fear, and Despair

* Bestseller in Nonfiction--the Boston Globe
* Chosen as one of the best spiritual books of 2003 by Spirituality and Health Magazine

A Review by Spirituality and Health

"Thoughtful and compelling...a crucial book...(that) teaches us to alter fundamentally our fearful and avoidant relationship to deep feelings. (This book) is a road map to using our own emotional darkness to understand and...change our world."
    LA Times

"Greenspan writes intensely and compassionately...a committed, serious look at the emotions most of us would rather sweep under the rug."
    Publishers Weekly

"The gold standard of books on difficult emotions. This book has the power to heal your body and to change your life and the way you live it."
    Dr. Christiane Northrup, author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

"This is a book of remarkable depth. It is also engaging and wonderfully readable. The author is a brilliant thinker and a natural storyteller. Best of all, I loved the stories from her own life. I've read countless books about the difficult emotions. None is as interesting, helpful, and riveting as this one--or offer as much hope for our personal suffering and turbulent times. This book is exactly what the world needs."
    Harriet Lerner, author of The Dance of Anger, The Dance of Intimacy, and The Dance of Connection

"A modern day alchemist, Miriam Greenspan teaches us to turn pain into wisdom and fear and sorrow into energy to improve the world. This is not a "how to" pop psychology book, but rather a "how to think" book. She offers us a clear and profound analysis of what we must do as individuals and as a species to survive these troubled times."
    Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia:Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls

"This remarkable book has taught me a whole new way of thinking."
    Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People

"A beautiful piece of work, destined to be a perennial classic..."
    Martha Beck, author of Expecting Adam and The Joy Diet

"This book is essential reading for all people. It beholds that which is tragic about the human condition but embraces it in a therapeutic and consoling way. Greenspan describes enormous grief and terror--her own and the world's--and explains what it means to surrender to fear, to face straight into it, to 'let it be' as the royal road to sanity, exhuberance, and freedom. She is a trustworthy guide for us in these times."
    Phyllis Chesler, author of Women and Madness

"This is a beautifully written, deeply compassionate, and revolutionary approach to working with the most difficult human emotions. Miriam Greenspan teaches us how to trust our emotions and how to listen to hear the truth they reveal. This is a practical guide that illuminates how the wisdom of the heart can heal ourselves, each other, and our world."
    Janet Surrey, founding scholar of the Jean Baker Miller training Institute at the Stone Center, Wellesley College, co-author of Women's Growth in Connection.

"Written with grace, clarity, and humility, this book beautifully integrates the psychological, spiritual, and political wisdom necessary for personal and social transformation."
    Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor, Tikkun magazine and author of Spirit Matters: Global Healing and the Wisdom of the Soul

"This is a profound and liberating book. Miriam Greenspan helps us discover the life-redeeming power of the very emotions we most fear. Thus she opens ways to both our integrity and our freedom."
    Joanna Macy, author of Widening Circles

"Miriam Greenspan will help you turn the lead in your life into the gold of joy and peace. Of equal importance, she helps us see that such changes are not for ourselves alone, but for the whole world."
    Henry Grayson, author of The New Physics of Love

"Miriam Greenspan's wise book is a warm and helpful guide to dealing with the dark emotions we all experience. This is a must read for everyone."
    Mira Kirshenbaum, Author of Too Good To Leave, Too Bad To Stay