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Unlikely Teachers: Finding the Hidden Gifts in Daily Conflict Paperback – 11 May 2006

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A timeless treasure of a book... 17 May 2006
By Alexander M. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Judy Ringer skillfully uses the practice of aikido as a metaphor for how she has learned to resolve everyday conflicts "off the mat." In this compilation of personal stories, she puts forward what she has learned about handling her own conflicts in such a way as to teach us how we can better handle our own. Never preachy, Judy tells her stories with compassion, gentleness, and deep respect for all of the "unlikely teachers" with whom she has found herself in conflict. While her stories are generously personal, the lessons she shares with us have universal applicability. She opens up ways for us to find, recognize, and appreciate our own unlikely teachers--and also resolve whatever conflicts we might have.

Judy has written one of those "timeless" books, a treasure that deserves occasional re-reading. It is rich in content, lovely in its presentation, and important in its messages. I recommend this book to you without a single reservation. And to Judy Ringer: Thank you very much.

Sandy Davis
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Have all good days! 13 Jun 2006
By L. A. Hunter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In Judy Ringers' Unlikely Teachers, she teaches the reader how to create a more enjoyable life with fewer conflicts. In this easy to follow book she gives real life examples of situations that would have turned ugly if not for her advice such as, giving the benefit of the doubt, seeing things through their eyes, looking for good intentions and much more than that.

Everything that happens to us good and bad is a lesson learned; these are the teachers. I liked the book because it empowers you to make a change in your life and use easy techniques to help you get through situations that would normally make you or the other person angry. And it is so much more.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Unlikely Teachers: Finding the Hidden Gifts in Daily Conflict 25 April 2006
By S. Losapio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Unlikely Teachers by Judy Ringer is an insightful look into the conflicts of daily life. This author has a gift for helping the reader see the 'not-so obvious' answers to very difficult situations. I feel like I am with her as she shares her life experiences and those of others through well written stories with practical daily application exercises. A must read!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Unlikely Teachers: Finding the Hidden Gifts in Daily Conflict 20 July 2009
By Maryann West - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Most people attack in times of conflict. This book advises the opposite: Instead of taking a step into the fray, take a step backwards and give yourself a minute to think before you jump in. You will find you actually learn something about the other person and, more valuable to your learning, you gain insight into your own motivations and attitudes. Thus the other individual in the conflict becomes an "Unlikely Teacher."
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
DFlagg 5 Sep 2011
By DFlagg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Wow! Talk about learning how to turn lemons into lemonade. My favorite part about this book is the idea that resisting conflict makes it worse, but that when approached with gratitude, conflict can be a great gift and even greater teacher. Using her personal experience with martial arts as a metaphor, Judy Ringer shows the parallels between Aikido and conflict in human interaction. We learn that by applying the same principles, we can learn and grow from conflict rather than let it paralyze us with fear. Expressed in an honest and heartfelt manner, I recommend this book for anyone who believes conflict is negative, awful and something to be avoided.
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