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5.0 out of 5 stars Book suggests ways to plant seeds of love, harvest its fruit, 16 April 1999
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This review is from: Trusting You Are Loved: Practices for Partnership (Paperback)
Two years ago in (my) column ("Relating" -- Hawaii Advertiser), I wrote that Dr. John Gottman, the foremost researcher on marriage interaction, concluded that in truly successful marriages, there was a 5-to-1 ratio of positive to negative messages. Lots of good strokes and very few "zingers." The question people ask is, "But how do we do that (if we are more accustomed to fighting than supporting)?" Good news: help is available, in practical terms, in a recent book, "Trusting You are Loved: Practices for Partnership" (This) is a book about "marriage gardening" that is both inspirational and practical. It teaches about compassionate listening (paying deep attention), expressing appreciation (nourishing), dealing with upsets (pruning and weeding), and experiencing safety and intimacy (harvesting the fruits of the marriage garden). The header on the back of this enormously sensible book reads: Imagine being in a relationship where you feel profoundly honored, listened to, appreciated, loved, and safe." Do we not all yearn for such a relationship? Yes, indeed. Lew Epstein, writing in partnership with his wife and daughter of The Partnership Foundation, describes how such relationships are possible. As written by exemplars of successful marriages instead of by therapists, the book is refreshingly practical and free of clinical jargon. (Their website is [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be Required Reading for Anyone in a relationship, 13 May 1999
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This review is from: Trusting You Are Loved: Practices for Partnership (Paperback)
Sometimes it's the simplest advice, the unheeded obvious that is the most profound. These people have presented such advice that if everyone at age 21 were required to read it, how different our relationships would be, how much less suffering there would be, now much more emotional, soulful growth our relationships would have. As an adjunct to this book, I'd highly recommend Kingma's insightful, historially oriented perception of relationships, The Future of Love. These two books are the "bibles" for all of us in relationships.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book should be on everyone's nighstand!, 16 Dec. 1998
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This review is from: Trusting You Are Loved: Practices for Partnership (Paperback)
Lew, Francine and Reppy have written a beautiful, easy to read and easy to understand book on the building blocks of getting along with another human being. The Practices for Partnership are so fundamental to human relationships and are so much in harmony with the heart, that they cross all borders of race, gender, sexual preference, religion, age and culture. Cooperation is something humanity greatly needs, especially now when our very survival and the health of the planet are at stake. This book can show us which steps to take to start a life's journey of compassion and love for one another. In plain language, with simple exercises, and a clear structure for making it work. Yes, it's a lifelong path, and this is the first clear signpost that everyone can read and understand. This book could replace most text books in school today and the planet would get along just fine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, Insightful, Amusing AND Useful. I loved it!, 23 Dec. 1998
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What a gift! This book is that rare treat of a quick page turner And a useful "self help" reference guide. Amusing, insightful, simple and effective. I use the practices everyday. Thank you Lew, Francine & Reppy for sharing your heart with everyone. Read it, Learn it, Live it and Share it!
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