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05/19/2010
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03/27/2009
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“It is the combination of the detailed account of the author attempting to come to grips with his inability to normalize his relationship with his son, together with Dr. Davies providing a great deal of support and insight to him as to how alienation takes place, that makes this book required reading for any parent who is victimized by parental alienation as well as professionals who treat or evaluate alienation.”
American Journal of Family Therapy, Volume 38, Issue 3, 2010, pages 279-280

I recommend A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation as a resource for mental health professionals and the general public alike. The reader is left not only with an education about parental alienation but also an appreciation of its significant impact on families.”
Dr. Brian Zimnitzky, Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Volume 50, Issue 10, 1079-1080
http://www.jaacap.com/article/S0890-8567(11)00743-X/fulltext

“A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation should be required reading for every graduate psychology and family therapy training program. Mike Jeffries’ agonizing personal account shows how ineffective individual talk therapy is for alienated children and how ludicrous it is to believe that traditional family therapy could be meaningful with an alienating parent.”
Virginia Gilbert, M.A., Family and Marriage Counseling

“A provocative and compelling account of the destruction of a father-son relationship and the legal system’s complicity in the process. Jeffries pulls back the curtain on the tragedy of a child whose love turns to contempt as he takes sides in his parents’ divorce. Sure to be an eye-opener for parents and professionals alike.”
Richard A. Warshak, Ph.D, Author of Divorce Poison: Protecting the Parent-Child Bond From a Vindictive Ex

“Mike Jeffries has used the trauma and tragedy of his personal nightmare to illuminate how what would seem unbelievable can actually occur. From the theoretical concepts of parental alienation to its most excruciating details, his story vividly illustrates how far a close parent-child relationship can fall. This book is a must read for anyone who suspects that parental alienation is working its way into his or her life.”
Dr. J. Michael Bone, Clinical and Forensic Consultant on Parent Alienation

“It is my view that every Judge dealing with parental alienation in America, as well as in other countries, should have a copy of A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation and study it carefully in order to understand the evil which is being committed by a parent, whether mother or father, who turns a loving child against a formerly loved parent.”
Dr. L.F. Lowenstein, M.A., DIP. PSYCH., Ph.D., United Kingdom

A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation shows how quickly a child’s mind can be stolen away. Few people realize how suggestible children are to being brainwashed and how quickly adults can have their lives stolen away from them. Parental alienation is cult behavior with the toxic parent being the cult leader. We need to realize that the disturbed, mentally ill parent who sabotages a child’s loving relationship with the child’s other parent will make all kinds of false allegations to deflect attention from him or her and on to the healthy parent. All of us must educate ourselves and find solutions for this terrible problem.”
Jayne A. Major, Ph.D.

“A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation is indeed heartbreaking. This sad story demonstrates the reality of parental alienation for children who are victims of their parents’ high-conflict divorce.”
William Bernet, M.D., Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University

“I’m going to make A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation highly recommended reading for all my clients dealing with alienation. Your story will be immensely helpful for others in similar situations. Bottom line — we gotta stop this.”
Dr. Craig Childress, PsyD, Pasadena, California

“Your book is just AMAZING. A Family’s Heartbreak is the single best book I have ever read relative to any issue focusing on divorce and children.” 
Eric Porterfield, The Divorce Guru, State College, Pennsylvania

“I highly recommend A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation to all parents contemplating separation or divorce as well as those rebuilding their lives afterwards. Michael Jeffries’ story is told with compassion, sensitivity and a keen awareness for what a child goes through when caught between two warring parents. With candor and objectivity, he brings great clarity to the subject while illuminating the tremendous emotional and psychological toll parental alienation can create for children within any family!”
Rosalind Sedacca, CCT, Author, How Do I Tell the Kids about the Divorce? A Create-a-Storybook Guide to Preparing Your Children – with Love!

“I was captivated by this book and could hardly put it down. It brilliantly combines a father’s story of betrayal with the psychology behind parental alienation. The format of a question and answer session between Mike and Dr. Davies helps answer and clarify a lot of the questions you have as a targeted parent of parental alienation. It is a must read for any parent or grandparent who has been devastated by the effects of parental alienation.”
Barb Nischalke, www.keepingfamiliesconnected.org

“The most impressive title on parental alienation I have read to date.  A Family’s Heartbreak explains parental alienation in many details and represents that distant friend who may not be so distant. Despite the serious matter, there is an entertaining component that may keep you reading the book for much longer than you originally intended.”
Single Parent Gossip, http://www.singleparentgossip.com

“A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation is one of the best books I have read in regards to parental alienation! It is informative not just for parents, but should be in the hands of every judge, therapist and custody evaluator.”
Monika Logan, http://www.parentalalienationsupport.com/

“A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation is an excellent exploration into the “Wonderland” twistedness that is parental alienation. The lies, the deceits, and the volcanic eruptions of anger for seemingly minor transgressions – these are the battles in a war with no winners.”
David Pisarra, Esq., Men’s Family Law, http://www.mensfamilylaw.com

“I have had a chance to read A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’sIntroduction to Parental Alienation. The book goes far beyond a family broken by parental alienation; it adds clarity to all realms of parental alienation. I would advise parents to encourage their local libraries to include this educational reference to their collection. This book is educational for parents, mental health and judicial communities. This book is a winner to have on ANY bookshelf and lives up to the title, ‘A Family’s Heartbreak.’”
Chrissy Chrzanowski, Founder, Parental Alienation Hurts

“If A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation is widely read by those involved in parental alienation cases – medical, social and legal practitioners — it may help to put an end to a practice which is as evil as that of a previous generation which used small boys to sweep chimneys.”
Keith Fern, Families Need Fathers, United Kingdom

“I just finished reading A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation a few minutes ago. Thank you for this wonderful and very compelling book. Your simplicity on the legal aspects of parental alienation is perfect, clear and very comprehendible — especially for the average person to understand. The book will also give targeted parents and families an important perspective of alienation, and help them understand what they are dealing with and let go of the guilt I know so many of them carry.”
Rhonda Pisanello, Kids Aiding Parental Alienation Awareness Organization, www.PAawareness.org

“This book is a powerful – no, gruesome – story about a mother who aggressively turns her son against his father. It’s a gut-wrenching story that reads like a fast-paced, emotionally-charged novel but what’s frightening is that it really happened. For those with little to no interest in parental alienation, I’m confident they will find A Family’s Heartbreak as compelling as any fast-paced who-done-it, but throughout the journey they’re likely to become enraged as I did that fellow human beings can be so destructive to other human beings — especially children who may live forever with the pain and scars.”
Jim Schaffer, Author, The Leadership Solution

“The first time a book ever broke my heart it was Push, a novel written by the poet Sapphire. In a single, tear-filled night, I stayed up until sunrise reading this story of horrific emotional, physical, and sexual child abuse. I ached for the real girls who endure such mistreatment, or even a fraction of it. The second time a book broke my heart was when I finished reading A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation, also in a single marathon read that kept me up much later than I needed to be. Once again, I thought not only of author Mike Jeffries’ real-life horror story, but of all the Mikes – moms and dads – and all the children from whom they’ve been alienated.”
Deesha Philyaw, Writer, http://thefastertimes.com/coparenting/2010/12/02/why-isnt-parental-alienation-a-crime/

A Family’s Heartbreak was very informative. After reading your book it became easier to let go of some of the emotional chains that were so devastating and paralysing! I now understand why this happened and realised that I had to stop punishing myself! Your book was the beginning of my road to heal…and your experience has provided me with so much courage. Thank you!”
Saijal Gandhi, Pretoria, South Africa

“I’ve read many books on parental alienation, none as good as yours. It was good for both my heart and my head. I will recommend it wherever and whenever I can.”
Rick Symenuk, Canada

I just finished devouring your book and… Wow! I was both astounded and incredibly thankful to find someone else out there who could not only relate, but offer such solid and sound advice. Thank you for creating this book!”
Matt Surgeson, Austin, Texas

“Richard A. Gardner, M.D. introduced the term Parental Alienation Syndrome and pioneered its study. Michael Jeffries with Dr. Joel Davies moves the discussion forward in a patient-counselor dialogue to understand the psychological ailments and the inability of government systems to address the consequences to children and family structures. This factual account is a must read for clinical psychologists and students.”
CDR James Semerad, Family Readiness Officer, U.S. Navy

“Jeffries starts from his own experience and builds on that experience in an impressive way to explore parental alienation. The reader can literally feel the tension in the conversations between Jeffries and Dr. Joel Davies as Jeffries explores his experience and reactions to the trauma.”
Joep Zander, Author, Moeder-Kind-Vader (Mother-Child-Father; a Trilogy on Parental Alienation), http://www.relapublishing.nl/content3l.htm

“All I can say is, ‘What a gift! WHAT A GIFT you have given targeted parents!’ A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation is so appropriately titled.  It is an excellent introduction to parental alienation. Concise and all-encompassing, it is also a remarkable contribution to the information available on parental alienation.”
Kimber Adams, Author, The Parentectomy, www.theparentectomy.com

“What makes A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation outstanding is that Jeffries did not stop at simply telling his personal story, but at each point asks why something is happening, what motivates or drives the mother to put the children in the middle of the conflict, what the children may feel in this situation, and what he can possibly do about it.”
Christian T. Dum, Ph.D., Munich, Germany, http://www.beideeltern.de/

“This is the first time I have ever felt compelled to write to an author and give them my thanks. A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation is utterly compelling. I’m sure you have helped more people than you could have imagined. Please get it to the widest possible audience.”
Jaqui Clark, Bedfordshire, England, U.K.

“I am a targeted mother and A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation has been a “godsend” to me. I carry it everywhere, just so if I feel down or anxious I can refer to it. I thank you deeply for this book. It has helped me understand so much.”
Kelly Colangelo, Sekonk, Massachusetts

“I spent most of last night awake reading your excellent book — A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation. The book was loaned to me by a friend and I plan to buy it to keep as a reference. I will also suggest it to others because your descriptions of the alienation process and the psychology behind it are excellent.”
Marcia Michelson Maharam, New York, New York

“Whether you find yourself laughing at the ‘Banana Schedule’ or intrigued by the solutions Mike Jeffries offers, A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation is a must read; with startling similarities between the U.K. and U.S. family law courts. You will find yourself asking whether our current understanding of the human condition needs to be revised and more poignant still, whether our courts hold a viable place in the determination of a family’s future.”
Natasha Phillips, non-practicing barrister, London, United Kingdom, http://researchingreform.wordpress.com/

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