This book emphasizes particular familial struggles in spare pithy terms, sometimes Biblical in the vignette approach. Dr. Beardslee notes the influence of his father’s text, A House for Hope(1). Frank and Fern cope with grandfather’s death. Clair and Len develop strength to cope with Len’s illness. Jerry and Glenda learn to deal with Glenda’s bipolar illness. Young Jesse learns to deal with his mother’s suicide with the special help of his school and community. "In trying to help Jesse deal with his emotions, his class visited his mother’s grave and he talked about her." How is that for community involvement? Another child, Charlie, survives his parents’ acrimonious divorce with a transient addiction to computer games, journal writing, medications, therapy, meditation, and rigorous exercise. Rebecca, 14, learns to deal with her mother’s self-mutilation.