As the "Love Doctor" (author of True Love), Kingma builds on some of her previous works, defining "true love," self-love, preparing for love, understanding love. While she has some sensible things to say about discovering your preferences and having realistic expectations, her prose can be sappy and pseudo-profound ("When we come into life, our souls step out of the timeless eternal and into the finite moment of living as human beings"). (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Father Cuti , a Roman Catholic priest and host of both television (Change Your Life with Father Albert; American Life) and radio programs (Direct Line with Father Albert), cuts through the jargon to help couples work through inevitable difficulties and keep their relationships alive. He offers seven instructions for doing so: build a solid foundation, respect each another, clarify expectations, be honest, communicate, learn to accept differences, and make a commitment to growth and maturity. With warmth and compassion, he talks about nitty-gritty issues like dealing with jealousy and developing autonomy. One of the best books of its kind; highly recommended for all libraries. Psychotherapist Kingma (Loving Yourself) has a different angle. Writing mainly for single people in search of love, she believes that our capacity to love and attract love can be developed. The inaugural step is to practice loving ourselves, and Kingma spends the book's first half suggesting self-affirmations and ways to nourish our souls. In the second half, there is advice for communicating with our beloveds, e.g., use ample forgiveness and keep in touch. Her ideas for "stoking the fire" (sexual love) are some of the most novel in the book. Recommended for spiritual or New Age readers. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.