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With unerring insight and emotional power, Belva Plain, in her extraordinary novel, tells the story of a family divided and of the proud matriarch who takes a bold last stand to unite her warring children in what may be their last homecoming. 

It is a crisp December day when Annette Byrne walks to the end of her long, curving driveway and drops five sealed envelopes into the mailbox, quickly, before second thoughts stay her hand.  

Shortly thereafter, with the holidays approaching, her estranged family will be gathered at her country estate for the first time in years. 

The sons...two brothers embittered by a breach of ethics, honor, and trust. The grandchildren...one young couple on the verge of divorce; another, lovingly united against the parents who have tarnished their lives. As the ill-fated meeting hurtles toward a bitter and abrupt conclusion, not even Annette Byrne's indomitable will can heal the rift - until a shattering event alters the landscape forever. 

©1992 John Bradshaw (P)1992 John Bradshaw and Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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Loved it as now I know I have met my inner child on his level. And its going to be OK.

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Re parent yourself

If you weren't looked after well as a child and have had a tumultuous time as an adult, this book can help you get in touch with your younger self and heal. It was emotional but left me feeling so much better.

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  • Zoe
  • 28-10-2019

A realisation

Although I have been doing a lot of my own therapy, This audiobook was a big realisation what Emotional support I didn’t receive in my younger years and how it effects me now. It has helped me to heal as well as get a better understand of myself.

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This is powerful!

Go back in time & meet your inner child I cried alot! I was exhausted afterwards but it was well worth it.

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Not for the faint of heart!

I honestly had no idea what to expect when reading this book. It left me in tears and made me feel empowered from what felt like a ground root source. Everyone needs to read this.

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  • Phillip
  • 30-11-2004

absolutely the best

I have used his audio cassettes judiciously in alcohol and drug counseling with adults. Bradshaw recommends that clients have 1 year of recovery before starting this work. My setting does not allow for this and after careful thought and input from fellow counselors I will allow clients to listen to Home Coming. CAUTION: Any therapist using these tapes should have already worked through their issues before using tapes to help others work through their issues.

Bradshaw does excellent job of explaining developmental stages and how stages tend to repeat themselves. He explains that if we were not successful in working through a stage, then later on in life when stage is repeated, we are apt to not be successful again. Much of this has to do with our inner child being hurt. This inner child tends to act out (or act in) in various ways, well into our adulthood and can affect our relationships with other.

Bradshaw addresses three stages: infancy, toddler and pre-schooler. After discussing a stage, he will use guided imagery to take the listener back to that stage and work through difficult experiences. He also uses NLP neurolinguistic programing to help clients reprograming their thinking.

I've had remarkable results and highly recommend thier use with supervision of a therapist/counselor.

One final note: the CD versions do not break at the same points as in his cassettes and would recommend that user re-record the audios so that they break in less akward places.

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  • Simon
  • 19-02-2009

Not the "read-a-long"

This is not a read-a-long as I expected, but more like an accompanying CD-audio that should have came with the book. Missing integral parts that the book helps to explain, but if you have both you are good to go. On the audio John Bradshaw helps one to enter a meditation state. Works wonders.

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  • Dennis T.
  • 13-01-2006

Outstanding

I don't know what audible tape the previous reviewer listened to (1 star by "subterfuge") but it wasn't this one. No Christian slant here, except to refer to how some religious upbringing can negatively affect our inner child.

The author swings between recordings infront of a live audience to personal meditations. A wonderful speaker and very convincing.

A useful tape for anyone, not just those with extreme childhood experiences.

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  • andrea gini
  • 17-02-2015

Transformative

Overall I can't complain about my family or my education. My parents did the best they could, and avoided mistakes other parents did. However, the problem is not what your parents did, but how you perceived it and how it ultimately affected you. This program, in its simplicity, allowed me to have many "ah ha!" moments that explained some of my most deeply rooted behaviors and responses. I don't think it can replace the work with a therapist for deep traumas, but for sure it can help you grt an hindsight on your own development.

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  • Trade Coach
  • 09-01-2015

Great program to start healing with

I just finished my first round of this audio book and it is fantastic. I really feel empowered. I have learned that I can go back and safely do the work I need to get on with life and being a real parent toy great kids who need me much. Get this program and do it. You will be who you were meant to be. Champion your inner child and get strong.

Thanks John Bradshaw.

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  • kimberly
  • 13-06-2010

Healing

Attention all co-dependents, and addicts (If that's not you, you could be in denial..) Get this book. It is basic to your healing, because you'll understand the root of your suffering.

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  • kmurph31
  • 31-05-2019

Developmental Tasks

Homecoming. narrated by John Bradshaw who wrote the book was a Five star listening experience for me. I always appreciate an audio book so much more when it is 'coming from the author's voice. In. Homecoming I first want to. bring to your awareness that the audio version is abridged. John Bradshaw takes us back to our childhood's and we explore three developmental stages. Very often during listening he tells us to pause the audio and write with our non dominant hand. If these three stages of early development didnt take place, work with a therapist can help us to complete them. So we can't go back and relive our childhoods to do these developments right. We are not doomed. There is hope. We nust need to do the work with a therapist.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-06-2018

Awesome

It brought a lot of tough reality to me I felt overwhelmingly feelings of sadness

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  • Top Gun
  • 05-02-2019

Wow

Super cool, useful information that easily plays well in the realms of power and influence

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  • Kyle Neal
  • 14-01-2015

Real healing

If you see yourself walking life in a constant toxic cycle. Or feel unresolved pain from your childhood. Please pick this book up. It will start you on an incredible journey of healing

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  • Laurence
  • 30-06-2011

Interesting, but not the book.

This is an audio workshop from John Bradshaw, not simply an audio version of the book. It includes some narrative from him, extracts from his group workshops and "visualisation" to listen to as part of the process. It contains a lot less content than the book, but in a easily accessible format.

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  • Ultan
  • 29-04-2016

This will help you

A great start to becoming your true self by moving on from your past. Enjoy.

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  • Przyczajony Ichneumon
  • 26-02-2018

Unique

Home coming audiobook narrated by John Bradshaw himself. Actually a live workshop with meditations that will make you cry a lot. Amazing experience.

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  • Claire
  • 15-02-2016

Beautiful

A really important message presented in a clear and accessible format. I really enjoyed and would like to send it to many many people.

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  • RishiGraham
  • 12-10-2016

Definitely Get this

if you feel unmet by others, or yourself. then i suggest that you get this.

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  • Simone
  • 30-12-2015

This is THE book !!!

If you had a dysfunctional childhood, you must listen to this book which have very good insights to reparent our inner child.

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  • Kraigasm
  • 13-09-2020

helped me contact my inner child

I did the work, and the meditations helped me connect. this is just the beginning. I need to practice, but its a good start.

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  • Gm247
  • 29-07-2020

Need to listen more than once and do the work.

Deep work required here. Did the whole this more or less in a day, and pretty spangled, so it will take some time before I see the results. John's work is amazing though. After watching homecoming on YouTube I have already made some positive shifts I can see, so I know I'll have to revisit it. If it doesn't work or resonate positively, leave it, like John says. But if you do find some benefit, stick with it and best of luck.

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  • J R
  • 23-05-2020

Powerful stuff and highly recommended

Absolutely superb. A must for anyone who wants to work with their inner child.

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  • Mina Ghisari
  • 14-05-2020

Amazing

I will recommend this podcast to everyone. So relevant and important for my development. John is the best narrative and so funny. I wish it was longer.

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