Where Did My Friend Go? Helping Children Cope with A Traumatic Death By Azmaira H. Maker, Ph.D. – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Where Did My Friend Go? Helping Children Cope with A Traumatic Death is an exceptional tool or resource to help children understand and deal with loss and bereavement due to the death of a loved one.

We live in a culture where young children are frequently exposed to traumatic events, personally and through the media, Grief brought on by the loss of a loved one, family or friend, is never easy. Traumatic deaths, accident or violent, will create a new level of anxiety, fright, confusion, anger, and sadness.

The book’s tender, age-appropriate narrative and the suggested discussion questions will help children ages 3 – 8 open up and share their emotions, unresolved issues and questions about death and dying.

Suggestions for “interventions” offer parents, educational counselors, and other adult caregiver’s assistance for helping children draw out the child’s perspective on the sudden trauma of loss, or are aware of or have witnessed an accidental or violent death.

Azmaira H. Maker, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist specializing in trauma, loss, and child development.

The dramatic colored pictures reinforce the text and will leave the reader with a lingering sense of the emotionally charged sensitivity of Dr. Maker’s compelling message.

Aspiring families Press, 12625 High Bluff Drive, Suite 104, San Diego, CA 92130. 978-0996194112, $9.99, 2017, 40 pages






A Small Book About a Big Problem – Meditations on Anger, Patience, and Peace

By Edward T. Welch

New Growth Press, Greensboro, N. C., 27404

978-1945270130, $ 17.99, 2017, 192 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake, richard330@yahoo.com


Tame Anger, Develop Patience, Pursue Peace


“A Small Book About a Big Problem” is made up of 50 brief reflections that address the subjects of anger, patience, and peace. These thought provoking vignettes are designed to expose the reader to the destructive effect of anger and to set them on the path to exchange anger for patience, and to experience the compassion of Christ leading to a life of peace.


Penetrating questions help the reader consider their issues with anger.


  • Does your anger hide behind more innocent words? What are your innocent words and what are they saying?
  • How does anger feel?
  • In your anger, what are you really saying to God?
  • Have you confessed your anger?


Ed Welch is a Biblical Counselor and licensed psychologist, author, and faculty member at Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation. Ed is highly thought of among his peers. His writing is based on Biblically sound teaching, helping the reader to take an honest look on how anger is impacting, family and social relationships, as well as the emotional, physical, and spiritual impact on health.


“A Small Book About a Big Problem” is described as: “rich, insightful, and piercing; as eminently probing and practical. The importance of God’s grace, mercy, and His plan of forgiveness through Jesus, is presented with clarity. Think your reading as a 50 day adventure in overcoming the battle with anger.


A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Family Changes – Explaining Divorce to Children By Azmaira H. Maker, Ph.D.

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Illustrated by Polona Lovsin

Story Telling Technique for Helping Children through the Trauma of Divorce

In Family Changes – Explaining Divorce to Children Azmaira H. Maker uses a storytelling therapy technique as a tool to help parents and professionals to be responsive to a child’s feelings about family changes during the transition period of separation and divorce process.

Azmaira H. Maker, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in family relationships, working with children, parents, and families.

In a heartwarming story for children, Mama Bunny helps Zoey Bunny deal with questions regarding Daddy Bunny’s recent absence from their home and what it means to be separated.  Lovsin’s colorful artwork reinforces the emotions and feeling of the dialog and storyline.

Two additional features enhance “Family Changes – Explaining Divorce to Children” as a resource. A note for Adults introduces ways to use the book effectively. “Process Questions for Adults to use with Children” provides 20 examples of unresolved questions the child may be experiencing.

Highly recommended.

Aspiring Families Press

12625 High Bluff Drive, Ste. 104

San Diego, CA 92130