Every blade of grass has its Angel that bends over it and whispers, `Grow, grow'.

The Talmud

Why pick up this book, let alone buy it and then even read it? You might think that therapy has been done to death. And there are scores of tomes and hundreds of journal articles about resilience on the market. We have systematically searched the literature, including books, journal articles and web-based information. Our quest has led us to scour international publications over the past 30 or so years. It may come as no surprise, then, that the library we have amassed ®lls a ®ling cabinet and nearly an entire book stack. It numbers over 500 publications. Some names come up more than once, but that is still over 300 authors around the globe de®ning, exploring, measuring and critiquing `resilience' and related concepts.