Books on Transition for Adults

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A Portable Identity: A Woman’s Guide to Maintaining A Sense of Self While Moving by Debra R. Bryson and Charise M. Hoge
This book is written by two former expatriate spouses who are also counselors. The book educates and empowers expatriate spouses to take charge of the changes in identity that occur during an international relocation.

After the Boxes are Unpacked: Moving on After Moving In by Susan Miller
Not specifically about cross-cultural adjustment but about moving and the loneliness, trauma, needs, challenges that accompany it. Addressed specifically to women, but applicable to whole family. Organized in three sections: letting go, starting over, moving ahead.

Arrivals, Departures and the Adventures In-Between by Christopher O’Shaughnessy
Everyone’s got a story to tell. Growing up and transitioning cross-culturally can present unexpected challenges and bestow surprising skills. This is a book of adventures to help identify some of those challenges and use some of those skills.

The Art of Coming Home by Craig Storti
This book offers the solid advice you need to reduce the stress of the transition from living abroad to returning home.

Burn-up or Splash Down: Surviving the Culture Shock of Re-entry by Marion Knell
Just like a space shuttle struggles and strains to re-enter the earth’s atmosphere, so those returning from living overseas can find themselves confused and in a state of panic at coming home. While people anticipate that going overseas will require major changes in their lifestyles and thinking, few anticipate the difficulties they will face upon return.

Changing Zip Codes: Finding Community Wherever You’re Transplanted by Carol G. Stratton
The author of this book is very experienced in moving (22 moves in the US) and offers some helpful insights to help those moving to cling to their faith during times of change. Although her experiences have all been domestic moves, her suggestions and insights are easily transferable for international moves. See also her website  Changing Zip Codes.

Expatriate Relocation: How to Handle the Emotional Issues When Relocating by Gundryn Kittel-Thong
Moving is one of the more stressful times in a person’s life, and that is compounded when the relocation involves moving to another country. Covering the chronological experiences and emotional phases people go through when relocating, particularly internationally, Gudrun Kittel-Thong’s comprehensive guide can help prevent (most) of the pitfalls that await.

The Expert Expat: Your Guide to Successful Relocation Abroad by Melissa Brayer Hess and Patricia Linderman
The book’s practical advice and encouragement help to ease challenges and create rewarding experiences while living abroad.

Families on the Move by Marion Knell
This book helps these parents take their kids through the awkward and frustrating third-culture kid moments.

Living Overseas: A Book of Preparations by Ted Ward
Gives practical advice about learning to live in foreign cultures, discusses common problem areas, such as time and food, and stresses the importance of interpersonal relationships.

Looming Transitions: Starting and Finishing Well in Cross-Cultural Service by Amy Young
When facing a transition, many tend to focus on what is coming or what is being left behind rather than focusing on the process of transition. Yet thinking about the process can make the difference between a smooth entry and re-entry or a decidedly bumpy landing. This guide deals with the practical issues of transition.

Moving with Kids: 25 Ways to Ease Your Family’s Transition to a New Home by Lori Collins Burgan
A no-nonsense, compassionate guide to helping children deal with the stress, trauma, and potential excitement of relocating.

New Kid in School: Using Literature to Help Children in Transition by Debra Rader and Linda Harris Sittig
This teacher resource book provides an explanation of the transition process that all children/people go through during a move. Also included are lesson plans to use with children’s books dealing with transitions.

Raising Global Nomads: Parenting Abroad in an On-Demand World by Robin Pascoe
In her fifth book for expatriate families, the author recounts with honesty and trademark humour what worked for her family and shares the hard lessons learned.

Returning Well: Your Guide to Thriving Back “Home” by Melissa Chaplin
Returning Well invites you into a guided conversation with your Creator that will reveal and apply invaluable insights as you reflect on your recent season of cross-cultural service. By using Returning Well, you will discover how this season influenced you, how to re-integrate well, and what moving forward in faith means for you.

Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds by David Pollock, Ruth Van Reken & Michael V. Pollock
The “premiere” book on TCKs with many insights and recommendations regarding helping them maximize the advantages of their lifestyle and working through the challenges.

Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes by William Bridges
The author takes readers step by step through the stages of any transition. He explains how each stage can be understood and embraced, leading to meaningful and productive movement into a hopeful future.

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