Monday, March 1, 2010

Mother-Daughter Duet by Cheri Fuller and Ali Plum

Cheri and daughter Ali come from a dysfunctional family. Cheri lived in denial of the reality of her alcoholic husband. Daughter Ali eventually became an alcoholic herself. In the midst of this troubled family festered severe relational problems. Cheri and Ali walk you through their experience of restoring the mother-daughter relationship.
The initial part of cure is the recognition that there is a problem. Mothers must admit they invade their adult daughter’s lives with over protectiveness, want to make decisions for their daughters and are generally irritating. The daughter must admit she feels disempowered as the mother goes beyond appropriate boundaries in the relationship.
The authors relate their own experience and the experiences of others they interviewed. These stories give the reader hope that mother-daughter relationships can be restored. There are no specific steps or guidelines as to how this may happen, however. I found this disappointing.
The book is not overtly Christian. There is very little made of the spiritual condition of the people involved. The strength of the book is probably the discussion questions included. I would suggest this book be used in a group setting of several women with adult daughters. The sharing of experiences and encouragement may be the redeeming use of the book when reading it alone will leave one at a loss as to what to do.

This book was provided for review by The Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group.
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