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Essential Books for Anyone Going Through a Divorce

Going through a divorce is incredibly difficult and emotional. Luckily, lots of others have gone through the divorce process over time. Previously divorced people, as well as others like therapists and self-help gurus, help us set a blueprint as we go forward. Divorce Matters has pulled together a list of the essential books written by these divorce experts to read during your divorce, including self-help books, relationship books, divorce specific books, books for single parents, and even books to help your kids through the process!

Self Help

Wherever You Go There You Are

Self help book with meditation that focuses on unlocking the calming powers of the mind.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed: A book about a therapist and her own journey through therapy as she deals with crisis in her own life.

Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It

A former CEO writes about finding happiness and saving himself through self-love after his company failed.

The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

Julia Cameron guides her readers through a journey to find deeper connection to process and purpose through creativity.


In this NYT bestseller, Glennon Doyle digs into how she abandoned what the world wanted for her and started living for herself through her tail of divorce and a new blended family!

You Might Die Tomorrow So Live Today

“Forget the idea that death is morbid and start using it as your greatest source of motivation”

Activate Your Joy

This book is a self-help guide to implement 12 missions to design a vision for your life.

Tiny Beautiful Things

An anonymous online columnist, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, is the person thousands turn to for advice. She groups her advice together into the novel Tiny Beautiful Things

The Gifts of Imperfection

Best selling author Brene Brown writes this book as an “invitation to join a wholehearted revolution. A small, quiet, grassroots movement that starts with each of us saying, ‘My story matters because I matter.’ Revolution might sound a little dramatic, but in this world, choosing authenticity and worthiness is an absolute act of resistance.”


All About Love: New Visions

bell hooks offers a new prospective on a society without care, compassion, and unity. She uses this novel to explore the concept of love and what it truly is.

The Road Less Traveled

Helps to explore the nature of loving relationships and leads us to a better life.


Getting Past Your Breakup

A proven plan for overcoming the end of. romantic relationship, including strategies for healing, confidence building, and finding true love.

You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After a Breakup

This book marks a collaboration between self-help expert Louise Hay and grief and loss expert David Kessler.  The to come together to discuss the emotions you feel after a breakup and how to begin to move on. 

Mom’s House, Dad’s House: Making Two Homes for Your Child

Therapist, family expert, and mediator Isolina Ricci presents a guide to shared custody for parents and their children.

Something Gained: 7 Shifts to Be Stronger, Smarter, and Happier After Divorce

A roadmap for how to transform the trauma of divorce into a positive and life changing experience.

Conscious Uncoupling: 5 Steps to Living Happily Even After

Katherine Woodward Thomas pens this novel as a way to help others understand her groundbreaking “conscious uncoupling” method through five steps.

The Journey from Abandonment to Healing

Susan Anderson applies the five stages of grief to an entirely separate kind of grief: grieving a relationship.

The New Rules of Divorce

Jacqueline Newman’s book will help you decide whether you’re really ready for divorce, protecting your finances, find the right attorney, and heal and stay sane in the craziest time of your life.

Single Parents

The Kickass Single Mom

Emma Johnson’s novel comes from a wealth of experience, which she gained by start the blog after her own divorce left her pregnant, broke, and a single mother to a toddler.

Who Will Hold Me? A Single Mother’s Memoir of Self-Love, Empowerment, and Freedom

A memoir that shows that a loving life is within reach, no matter your scenario.

But Dad!: A Survival Guide for Single Fathers of Tween and Teen Girls

The perfect book for dads who suddenly find themselves as the single fathers of growing girls

A Complete Guide for Single Dads: Everything You Need to Know About Raising Healthy, Happy Children On Your Own

A perfect guide for single dads raising children!



Two Homes

Dinosaurs Divorce

My Family’s Changing 

When My Parents Forgot How to Be Friends

What in the World Do You Do When Your Parents Divorce? A Survival Guide for Kids

The Huge Bag of Worries