Sacred Stress: A Radically Different Approach to Using Life's Challenges for Positive Change

Sacred Stress: A Radically Different Approach to Using Life's Challenges for Positive Change

by George R. Faller MS, LMFT, Heather Wright


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Stress is a part of modern life—discover how to use it to grow spiritually, emotionally and psychologically.

"Stress takes life and gives life.... It can propel us forward into new opportunities but can also hold us back in fear and exhaustion. It is our mission to help you learn how to adopt [new] strategies and turn stress into a positive force in your life."
—from the Introduction

Stress can limit our perspective, leaving us feeling trapped and out of control. But stress can also be a force for good: It is our challenges that most compel us to reach out for relationship. And our proudest moments come after overcoming obstacles we thought were insurmountable.

Based on personal experience and their work as therapists, and drawing on decades of psychological research, George R. Faller, MS, LMFT, and The Rev. Dr. Heather Wright have come to see that stress can be healthy and positive. They equip us with the skills and the knowledge we need to reframe our thinking about stress, understand and embrace our darker emotions, and become stronger through difficulty.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594736148
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/22/2016
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 486,800
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

George R. Faller, MS, LMFT, a lieutenant in the New York City Fire Department for twenty years who participated in 9/11 rescue efforts, is a licensed marriage and family therapist, an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy supervisor, and an Emotionally Focused certified therapist, supervisor and trainer. He is also the founder and president of the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy and teaches at the Ackerman Institute in Manhattan.

The Rev. Dr. Heather Wright, an ordained Presbyterian minister, is a licensed professional counselor and executive director for a faith-based counseling center. She taught graduate-level counseling and pastoral theology and served as a board certified chaplain. She is the author of Redeeming Eve: Finding Hope beyond the Struggles of Life and Small Group Leadership as Spiritual Direction.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Our Stories

Part 1: How Stress Affects Our Interior World
1. Reframing Thinking: Expanding Our Perspective
2. Creating Connections: Learning to Embrace Our Emotions
3. Opening the Door to Transformation: Knowing and Naming Our Emotions

Part 2: How Stress Breaks and Makes Relationships
4. Nurturing the Ultimate Connection: Romantic Relationships, Sex, and Stress
5. Enjoying the Wild Ride: Parenting and Stress

Part 3: How External Realities Shape Our Stress
6. Breaking a Dependency: Handling Money with Integrity
7. Claiming Strength and Resiliency: Overcoming the Wounds of Trauma

Epilogue: Befriending Stress
Suggestions for Further Reading

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