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Forgiveness and Other Acts of Love

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“A book for these times: a bridge between the rational and the intuitive, the psychoanalytical and the spiritual, the personal and the social.” —The Australian
A brilliantly clear, optimistic book which shows how the great humane virtues can help in times of hardship and lead to a joyful, trusting, enriched life. When beset by a series of life-changing personal crises, psychotherapist Stephanie Dowrick remembered what she had learned early in her training: there are qualities-the great ancient virtues-that shape ...

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Overview

“A book for these times: a bridge between the rational and the intuitive, the psychoanalytical and the spiritual, the personal and the social.” —The Australian
A brilliantly clear, optimistic book which shows how the great humane virtues can help in times of hardship and lead to a joyful, trusting, enriched life. When beset by a series of life-changing personal crises, psychotherapist Stephanie Dowrick remembered what she had learned early in her training: there are qualities-the great ancient virtues-that shape life for the better and can be called upon in times of need. Dowrick grounds her work in real lives and incidents, drawing on those times when people needed the strength provided by one of the virtues to move on with their lives. She ranges widely in Eastern and Western philosophy and spirituality as well as psychology to explore courage, fidelity, restraint, generosity, tolerance, and forgiveness. Is it possible to be generous and successful? Should we forgive someone who has hurt us deeply? Through stories memorably told, she shows that far from being dull or constraining, these virtues have much to teach us about honor, endurance, tolerance, steadfastness, and, above all, love.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With an intelligent mixture of personal insight and scholarship, Dowrick, a psychotherapist and author of Intimacy and Solitude, furnishes new seekers as well as seasoned believers a refreshing approach to contemporary spirituality. Her sources, and certainly her readership, range widely in philosophy and tradition. Courage, fidelity, restraint, generosity, tolerance and, especially, forgivenesssix virtues Dowrick says can form and transform usmake up the paths the author has explored in her personal journey. Through thoughtful observations and compelling stories, Dowrick models for the reader an effective way to consider the journey toward love of others and of self. "Forgiveness lives or dies not on what has been done to us and how we feel about that, but on the deepest and most telling attitudes we bring to... the meaning we find in existence," she concludes. The author's spiritual hunger and energy give her writing momentum. That her approach seems unfocused at times can be forgiven, because the writing is clear and lends itself to savoring the material in small portions. Dowrick has extracted and assimilated salient truths from the world's wisdom literature here, and her book should interest those wanting to synthesize the truths rooted in the world's spiritual traditions. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393318203
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Pages: 372
  • Sales rank: 1,371,530
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Dowrick is the author of Intimacy and Solitude, The Intimacy and Solitude Workbook, and Forgiveness and Other Acts of Love, all available in paperback from Norton. Co-founder and chair of the Women’s Press, Dowrick is a practicing psychotherapist. She lives in New South Wales, Australia with her two children.

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