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The Way to Love: Meditations for Life [Paperback]

Anthony de Mello
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Book Description

12 Jun 2012
The Way to Love contains some of the most beloved stories from Anthony de Mello. Here, more than ever before in his bestselling writing, he grapples with the ultimate question of love. In thirty-one meditations, he implores his readers with his usual pithiness to break through illusion, the great obstacle to love. Love springs from awareness, de Mello insists, saying that it is only when we see the other as he or she really is that we begin to love. The second act of love, he says, is seeing ourselves without illusion - without the coercive nature of our needs, desires, memories, prejudices, and projections. If these steps are taken, then love will steal upon a person or into a relationship. But the task is not easy. The most painful act the human can perform, de Mello says, is the act of seeing. It is in that act of seeing that love is born.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Image (12 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307951901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307951908
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anthony De Mello was a Jesuit priest known throughout the world for his writings and spiritual conferences. A native and lifelong resident of India, he died suddenly in 1987. His many books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New approach to life 15 Jan 2004
By Egg
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I have found this little book most helpful in taking an new approach to life. Helpful in getting rid of unwanted thoughts and habits. It is a book which which can be used as a daily meditation and one to refer to again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Key To Happiness! 16 Aug 2006
Although this little book is titled "The Way To Love," it could also have been called "The Key To Happiness," because the real key to happiness is contained here. And what is that key? To let go of the idea that anything outside of yourself can make you happy. This book contains many inspiring messages. But above all, it focuses on the idea that happiness is your innate state, and you can choose to return to that state at any time. This little book inspires deep contemplation, and I recommend that you read it repeatedly.

Steven Lane Taylor, author of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat: A Guide for Living Life in the Divine Flow."
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Thirty one brief chapters, provide 20 to 30 minute meditations which can be used every day if desired over a month. Anthony De Mello's Eastern wisdom combined with his Jesuit background give an interpretation on the " Way to Love " which is so different and enlightening compared to any other Christian theologian I have read previously.Although each mediation is based on a Biblical verse , the content is accessible by anyone from any religious or humanist background. Pocket sized , one can carry it through the day to use at any appropriate moment. I keep revisiting it and gain something new every time. As De Mello's last meditation ,it is in my opinion his best
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most influential book I've ever read 22 Sep 2007
By N. Gratton TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Wow! This book explains, much more clearly than "Awareness" and linked in with the teachings of Jesus, how to be happy. In fact, it claims that you really are happy - and you just let other things get in the way of that. That sounds a little crazy, but it works! It really works ... the path to happiness is here, if you have the courage to drop your addictions, your attachments ... and truly love!

I'm not sure everyone would "get" this book, but everyone should read it.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Way To Love 19 Sep 2003
I found this book well written. Easy to follow. In short chapters each with a particular theme which was essentially escape from desire and fear through detachment, with love, and enjoy all things but without needing anything. Absolutley great stuff in my opinion. Sweet !
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth re-reading many times over 26 July 2001
By A Customer
The cost of this book may seem high for a 'pocket book', but it is the best 5 I have spent in a long time. My copy has become dog-eared and worn, having been re-read numerous times, and loaned to more than a few friends. One friend who borrowed it immediately bought 10 copies and gave them all to her best friends. I recommend it to anyone struggling with the fast pace of life, with relationships, with belief in God, with letting go-- that is, everyone. Absoultely superb.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful little book 19 Mar 2010
By E Davey
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This beautiful little book is packed full of wisdom and insight. Although Tony de Mello uses quotes from the New Testament as inspiration for his meditations, he uses very little religious language in the book. Rather, he simply addresses the problems we all face and gives practical insight into how to free ourselves of suffering. By letting go of our beliefs and attachments, we are free to live fully in the moment like the birds in the sky. By recognising that most of what we think of as love is actually selfish and possessive, we can find the freedom to love everyone unconditionally. This is true happiness, and seems so simple and attainable! I have never read a book that puts the essence of the teaching of Jesus and the Buddha so succinctly and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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This book provides simple, thought provoking concepts that open your eyes to the world around you. Each chapter challenges your goals, thoughts, and beliefs as to what you need to be happy. Read it. Spend time contemplating these concepts and experience the freedom from axiety and boredom in your life. It prompts a whole new level of thinking that rebuffs what society, religion, and family have taught you.
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I have this book with me all the time so I can dip into it during spare moments.
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As described, book was in good condition, the book itself is worth reading and full of teachings for better living
Published 3 months ago by css
5.0 out of 5 stars Illuminating and Inspiring
Clearly written with useful and thought provoking ideas on how to live a fulfilled life. A must read for those who want to explore spiritual/philosophical ideas.
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I thought this would be a gentle, thoughtful read but instead I found myself being hectored by the author with a kind of 'life is agonising and disappointing and then you die'... Read more
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I finished this little book in no time at all but I will definitely be returning to it many times in my journey through life. Read more
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Anthony de Mello is a gift to those of us who struggle with our spirituality. We acknowledge the value of the Eastern faiths attitude to God but we wish to remain true to our... Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars thanks.
Fairly gobsmacked that this book has achieved so many 5 star reviews? I'm about one third of the way through and I'm ready to give up on this. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Way to Love: Meditations for Life
Mysticism for novices. Some very profound statements in these meditations. Not much in how you get to the place where it all happens, but plenty of what De Mello knows of that... Read more
Published 12 months ago by foxy237
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have
The Way to Love: Meditations for Life Anthony de Mello Excellant book- After each chapter you are left with much to reflect on The bible quotation at the begining may seem odd... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Dawna Concannon
5.0 out of 5 stars All the information one needs!
Having trawled though endless self-help and spiritual help books, I have now decided The Way to Love is the only book I need! Enjoy it!
Published 19 months ago by Caroline
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