Runaway Husbands: The Abandoned Wife’s Guide to Recovery and Renewal

Runaway Husbands: The Abandoned Wife’s Guide to Recovery and Renewal

Runaway Husbands: The Abandoned Wife's Guide to Recovery and Renewal

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Based on a study of over 400 women worldwide, Runaway Husbands: The Abandoned Wife’s Guide to Recovery and Renewal, is the first book to explore and offer healing strategies to women whose lives have been turned upside down by Wife Abandonment Syndrome. Wife Abandonment Syndrome is a pattern of behavior on the part of a husband who leaves his wife out-of-the-blue from what she believed was a happy marriage. Following his sudden departure, he replaces the caring he’d typically shown her with anger and aggression. He often moves directly in with a girlfriend, leaving his bewildered wife totally devastated. Written by family therapist Vikki Stark who was herself affected by Wife Abandonment Syndrome, Runaway Husbands helps women understand what motivated their loving husbands to turn into uncaring strangers and provides them with the tools they need to move forward and rebuild their lives in new and unexpected ways.

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  1. Alyssum saxatile said,

    Wrote on March 31, 2013 @ 6:11 pm

    30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Who thinks every divorce is the same, think again, February 28, 2010
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    This review is from: Runaway Husbands: The Abandoned Wife’s Guide to Recovery and Renewal (Paperback)

    Divorce is without doubt a crazy experience for many people.
    But hardly anything hits you as bad as the out-of-the-blue rejection of what you thought is a good marriage. Not only do you feel your present is destroyed, you can not see a future and worst of all..your past is no longer what it seemed. Your life becomes a fog..your only coping strategy is breathing in, breathing out.
    And then they are the people around you: “Ah well, divorce is bad. Happens to a lot of people, get over it”
    This book puts it right. The author explains exactly how these women and men feel, how their life is destroyed, how they try to cope. Sometimes its very raw, at least to me because I have been there. The coping strategies are well thought out..I wish I had read the sentence: “Don’t press the send button while in pyjamas” earlier and they are so true. But maybe because it is a unique book, not one person explains what is happing..but hundreds, through one voice. And all the stories are eerie similar, the feelings are similar, the trauma is the same. And in the collection of personal coping strategies you might find one which is right for you.
    If your partner walks out on you out of the blue..read it. It helps you understand that you are not alone and there are people out there who understand you perfectly. It helps you survive and nudges you gently on the road to recovery. You need to walk on your own but you know now you have walking buddies
    If your best friends partner walked out on her and you feel helpless in understanding her..read it and then buy a copy for her.
    If you think all divorces are the same..read it and then judge again

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  2. Barb said,

    Wrote on March 31, 2013 @ 6:35 pm

    15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great book that illuminates a puzzling phenomenon!!!, June 9, 2010
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    This review is from: Runaway Husbands: The Abandoned Wife’s Guide to Recovery and Renewal (Paperback)

    Vikki’s book could easily have been called Sudden Wife “Amputation” Syndrome. The husband coldly announces he’s leaving and the very next day he’s GONE like some crazy magician’s trick – with nary a trace of compassion and not so much as a backward glance at the trail of devastation he leaves in his wake! Wife, home, children, pets, neighbours, colleagues, family, friends – there is nothing in this man’s life worth saving – NOTHING!!! The life HE created is so flawed that he performs an amputation akin to knawing off his own arm to save himself. Divorce is one thing but amputation is quite another – THAT’S what Vikki Stark is talking about – It’s like a kid who creates a crayon picture and then rips it to shreds because it’s not good enough – then he starts over again with a new stick woman and a couple of new stick children – and sooner or later they’re ripped to shreds too! It’s painful beyond words, defies description, and I would not wish it on my worst enemy! Kudos to Vikki for exploring this puzzling phenomenon and for giving me, and hundreds of women like me, a voice as we cry out from the depths of the garbage can!

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  3. Broken Hearted but Better off said,

    Wrote on March 31, 2013 @ 7:20 pm

    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    An Excellent Book!!, May 5, 2010
    This review is from: Runaway Husbands: The Abandoned Wife’s Guide to Recovery and Renewal (Paperback)

    Vikki Stark has an understanding of the subject of Runaway Husbands due to her own painful experience. A divorce under these circumstances is so different than other divorces in that the woman feels a total loss of control. My husband announced in “phases” that our marriage was over, first moving to the other side of the country for a job and then coming back for our summer vacation to announce that our 24 + year marriage “was over”. Vikki’s book and website have provided tremendous support and comfort to me. Her description of “amputation without anesthetic” was something I could completely relate to. Ms. Stark’s chapters on theories of why husband’s leave marriages in such a manner and the collateral damage it can cause in regard to the effect on children (of any age) were especially useful to me. I have also gained knowledge and understanding of ways to move forwards and to somehow experience a kind of growth from this trauma. I would recommend this book/website to any woman who’s husband has simply “run away”.

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