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Help and Healing for Families


Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Parents of wayward teens, families coping with death or addiction or divorce, in-laws who want to improve their relationships—readers experiencing these situations and many others will find fresh answers in a new, practical guidebook, Helping and Healing Our Families, created by the School of Family Life and published by Deseret Book.

More than 125 authors combined efforts to create a resource providing hope, principles, and eternal perspectives to address many of the daunting challenges facing families today.

Based on principles in the Church of Jesus Christ’s “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Helping and Healing Our Families is designed to be a more practical companion volume to Strengthening Our Families, published in 2000. Both texts are used as the basis of a BYU class—family life 100, Strengthening Marriage and Family: Proclamation Principles and Scholarship.

“While the book provides several insights to strengthen families, it also deals with the tough stuff families face,” says Elaine Walton (BS ’66), a professor of social work and an editor of Helping and Healing Our Families. “These are the issues we wish we didn’t have to deal with, but we do.”

“Beyond its 44 informative chapters,” says Lloyd D. Newell (BA ’80), a BYU assistant professor of Church history and doctrine and one of the editors ofHelping and Healing Our Families, “the book contains 40 essays that focus on personal experiences of Latter-day Saints. Our intent is that those who struggle with challenging family issues will find insights from others who have gone before.”