Fall in Love, Have Children, Stay Put, Save the Planet, Be Happy

Fall in Love, Have Children, Stay Put, Save the Planet, Be Happy

by Frank Schaeffer
Fall in Love, Have Children, Stay Put, Save the Planet, Be Happy

Fall in Love, Have Children, Stay Put, Save the Planet, Be Happy

by Frank Schaeffer


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A post-coronavirus evolution-based how-to for putting living ahead of work.

Bestselling author Frank Schaeffer offers a passionate political, social, and lifestyle “blueprint” for changes millions of us know are needed to rebalance our work lives with thriving relationships: Fall in Love, Have Children, Stay Put, Save the Planet, Be Happy. Even before everything was disrupted by COVID-19 (not to mention by Trump), millions of Americans were already questioning capitalism’s “values.” We were already challenging the idea that your job defines you. We already knew something was wrong. Loneliness, frustration, and alienation were already on the rise. Even the most successful of us felt too busy, too preoccupied, and too distracted to enjoy what we intuitively know are life’s greatest rewards: vibrant relationships, family life, connection to others, involvement in our community, and the thrilling experience of love.

Fall in Love . . . builds a well-researched and entertaining bridge to living happier lives and to a better future. It shows us that based on a better understanding of our evolutionary selves, we can thrive in family life and in our work life, too. But to do both joyfully—and at the same time—depends on rediscovering the priority of relationships, connections, community, and love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780757324116
Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/02/2021
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Frank Schaeffer is a New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen fiction and nonfiction books. Frank is a survivor of both polio and an evangelical/fundamentalist childhood, an acclaimed writer who overcame severe dyslexia, a homeschooled and self-taught documentary movie director, and a feature film director of four low-budget Hollywood features that he describes as “pretty terrible.” He is also an artist with a loyal following of collectors who own many of his oil paintings. He has spoken at dozens of major universities, libraries, and museums from the Hammer in LA to Harvard, Princeton, and Yale. Frank’s three semiautobiographical novels about growing up in a fundamentalist mission, Portofino, Zermatt, and Saving Grandma, have been translated into nine languages. His video blogs posted on Facebook have had millions of views.

Frank is a guest commentator on MSNBC with Joy Reid and has been frequently interviewed by Rachel Maddow. He has also been interviewed on almost every major TV news show from Oprah to the Today show to 20/20. His memoir Crazy for God is used as a textbook in the history of religion classes and courses in comparative religion and sociology in public and private universities. In her extended NPR interview with Frank about his memoir Crazy for God, Terry Gross called it out as a very important book. Frank’s book Keeping Faith: A Father-Son Story about Love and the United States Marine Corps was a New York Times bestseller and was described by the commandant of the Marine Corps as a new “Marine family Bible.” Frank is a progressive activist who has actively campaigned for liberal political candidates

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Motherhood Is Going to Suck 37

Chapter 2 Big-Brained Babies Are Why We Crave Love, Connection, and Community 63

Chapter 3 Feminism-Evolution's Gift to Men (as Well as to Women) 113

Chapter 4 A Loneliness Epidemic 147

Chapter 5 The Survival of the Friendliest-The Evolutionary Directive to Love and Be Loved-of Course -Brings Us to the Subject of Dogs 183

Chapter 6 A Path to Caregiving Joy 203

Chapter 7 Using Ourselves Up Through the Capitalism of Disruption 229

Chapter 8 Grandparenthood and Fertility Clocks 257

Chapter 9 Loveless Work, Childcare Deserts, and Intergenerational Connection in the Post-Coronavirus World 285

Chapter 10 We Can Change 317

About the Author 349

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