Forgiveness and Other Acts of Love

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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 that can be called upon in times of need. Dowrick grounds her work in the gritty reality of everyday life, yet she is also capable of supporting the reader to think about the most profound considerations of life's ultimate meaning. She ranges widely in Eastern and Western philosophy and...
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Overview

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 that can be called upon in times of need. Dowrick grounds her work in the gritty reality of everyday life, yet she is also capable of supporting the reader to think about the most profound considerations of life's ultimate meaning. She ranges widely in Eastern and Western philosophy and spirituality as well as psychology to explore courage, fidelity, restraint, generosity, tolerance, and forgiveness. Through diverse 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, compassionate love. As this book demonstrates, we exercise choice constantly. Making those choices with the greatest possible awareness, and with concern for our shared good, undeniably supports a way of living that is energetic, trusting, creative, and abundantly rich in meaning.
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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: 9780788197116
  • Publisher: DIANE Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Pages: 360

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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