Adele’s Books


A Book of Hope, Understanding, and Comfort

by Adele Ryan McDowell, Ph.D.

Making Peace with Suicide is a book for anyone who has lost a loved one to the shock of suicide. It is, also, for those who have held the thought of suicide in their own hands.

This book airs out this confusing, and, often, taboo, topic. It explores the many faces of suicide and the depth and breadth of its reach. There are “Tales from the Front Lines,” the personal experiences of those who have lost a loved one to suicide, as well those who had been suicidal and turned back from the brink. There are expanded ways of looking at the impact of suicide and healing methods for moving through the grief and dark times. This book offers a pathway to peace on this very complicated topic.

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From Adele…
Suicide has reached epidemic proportions globally. It seems that almost everyone can name someone who has lost their life to suicide, considered suicide, or been impacted by suicide. Suicide is a universal phenomenon that has become more and more prevalent. The societal taboo has been broken and  pressures, both internal and external,  are inordinate in today’s world. Bullying, war, economic crises, poverty, mental illness, broken hearts, hopelessness, pain, illness, sexual abuse, and trauma, to name a few, are ending in suicide.

For the last few years, I have been talking with moms and dads, brothers and sisters, daughters and sons, classmates, lovers, colleagues, best friends, teachers, mental health professionals, and others about their personal experiences in dealing with suicide. I have also had discussions with individuals who have attempted suicide as well as those who have been chronically suicidal.

There are no easy answers and whole array of possible reasons and contexts why a person — from childhood to old age — considers suicide. Making Peace with Suicide will explore the confluences of factors that lead up to suicide and will offer some expanded views and ways to cope and find resolution.

Balancing Act

Reflections, Meditations, and Coping Strategies for Today’s Fast-Paced Whirl

by Adele Ryan McDowell, Ph.D.

Psychoneuroimmunology has taught us that emotions, thoughts, bodily sensations, and yearnings of the soul work hand-in-hand within the ecosystem of our being.

In Balancing Act, you will find reflections, meditations, and coping strategies grounded in psychoneuroimmunology, cognitive-behavioral, transpersonal and positive psychologies, big picture spirituality, and humor to help you make it through the day – as well as the night.

The book is filled with short essays, fabulous quotes, and always-fun New Yorker cartoons. It is a companionable resource that offers comfort, encouragement, hope, and humor. It’s a small book with big rewards.

Balancing Act is an indispensable resource for handling stress and strain. It is practical, comforting, and humorous — a must-have for your bedside table.

  • Norm Shealy, M.D., Ph.D. says, Balancing Act “speaks to the soul.”
  • Bernie Siegel, M.D. proclaims, “…can help to inform you and inspire change.”
  • Dr. Frank Lawlis says, “…is well worth reading…”
  • Carol Ritberger, Ph.D. declares, “This is one book you will read multiple  times.”

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