- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: Inter-Varsity Press,US (1 May 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 083085617X
- ISBN-13: 978-0830856176
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 443,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Burn-Up or Splash Down: Surviving the Culture Shock of Re-Entry Paperback – 1 May 2007
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About the Author
Marion Knell has traveled and worked with families overseas, especially in the Arab world. She works as a family crosscultural consultant with business, humanitarian and Christian companies by preparing both adults and children for international assignments and debriefing them upon their return.
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This book sets out many of the struggles and conflicts encountered by workers and their families as they come to grips with re-entry into a culture which once they knew but which on their return seems to represent a whole set of different values and perceptions from the ones which they had become used to while living in their work place overseas.
Almost every overseas worker will empathise with the author's statement of disconnect encountered upon returning home. Old friends with their incomprehension of life in a different culture reflected in the classic line `You must be glad to be home'. The recipient of this statement is usually going through a mental struggle adjusting to the fact that this is home and not that distant community which they have just left. Which is truly home? Knell goes to some length in addressing this and other similar issues which confront the returnee.
She uses useful measurable indicators to help people gauge their state of mind and needs at this difficult time of readjustment. Using the indicators in the book helps one to evaluate emotions, mental stability and acceptance of different values.
The inclusion of chapters on debriefing sets a standard to sending agencies on how they should approach returnees. It is a challenge to agencies to seek the correct tools to assist in the stages of transition.
Another positive aspect of the book is that almost a third of the chapters deal with the needs of children and young people. I have heard many young friends overseas express the sentiments presented in this book and therefore know that the content of these chapters present an area of real need which should be addressed by parents and sending agencies.
As a recent returnee myself I found myself using the measurable indicators in the book and re-evaluating myself anew having read many of the questions raised by the author.
This book is a must read for returnees, their friends, supporters and the sending agencies. It provides people with understanding and with the tools to overcome the challenges of re-entry.
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