Books about Changing

Change sucks. These books can help.

I just finished reading “Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes: Strategies for coping with the difficult, painful, and confusing times in your life” by William Bridges (copyright 1980).

It was really helpful, one of those books that everyone needs on their shelf for when life gobsmacks you.  This is just a stub for this entry, but I would consider it a good companion book for most life changes, along with:

On Death & Dying by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross for dealing with grief.

Fattitudes by Wilbert & Wilbert for dealing with changing a lifestyle that has left you fat and out of shape.

What Color Is Your Parachute for changing your career or in general dealing with those in-between times in a life.

There’s probably a good one for when a marriage ends.  I recall vaguely reading one when my Mom was getting divorced twenty years ago, possibly “The Dance of Anger” or “Codependent No More“.  It talked about what it was like when one person in a marriage had moved on and the other hadn’t and the left-behind partner was in that in-between state.  Happily, that’s one change I haven’t had to wrestle with in my life so I’m not really up on that one.


Originally published December 8, 2008 at