It's funny, because I used to resent having to listen to my mother's self-help and devotional tapes in the car on family road trips...but FWH, myself, and the kids listened to Pema (for the second time!) on this trip out. It gave FWH and I a great set of tools for dealing with sticky situations back home, where I had disclosed the A to several family members and a friend for support this summer. I didn't know how they would be around FWH, and if they'd be upset with me for R'ing (as I've found the most common reaction to hearing of an R being that people tell you to leave the WS). We ended up using Pema's advice more to deal with our own R-ing process and to deal with our own personal reactions to basic interpersonal situations. It works very well! I was able to be direct, honest, and still caring with family members when they asked my opinion of various family squabbles.
Family game night was the most hilarious - people began to snap and get embroiled in the negative sniping one by one. I told them that we all needed to be respectful of one another to have a good family game night, and that if we weren't able to be so, I would opt out. They were stunned!
Great books! I love Pema's work - very applicable to everyday life.