- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Viking Australia (1 July 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670873608
- ISBN-13: 978-0670873609
- Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.4 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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About the Author
Stephanie Dowrick, PhD, has the rare distinction of writing critically acclaimed fiction and non-fiction that have also been best sellers. Her books include Intimacy and Solitude, The Universal Heart, Choosing Happiness: Life and Soul Essentials, Creative Journal Writing and In the Company of Rilke. Formerly a publisher and founder of The Women's Press, London, she has for many years been writing, teaching and leading retreats on a variety of key contemporary spiritual, psychological and ethical issues while also working therapeutically with individuals and groups in a variety of settings. Stephanie has been writing the 'Inner Life' column in Good Weekend since 2001. Stephanie is also an ordained Interfaith Minister and an Adjunct Fellow with the Writing and Society Research Group at the University of Western Sydney. She has lived with her family in Sydney since 1983. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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This is a self-help book with a difference, one that directs us back to the roots of sanity in the heart, in love, in wholeness, one that teaches us how to see ourselves in others, recognizing our own strengths and weaknesses, and realizing that our own suffering is also the suffering of others. By reaching out to others we can help both them and ourselves. And by doing so, we can also resolve the conflict between the self and the false self in us, following the teaching of Sri Sathya Sai Baba that who we are is made up of three persons. 'There is the one you think you are, the one others think you are, and the one you really are. Work towards making all three the same. Then there will be peace and bliss.'
In an age when most of the world's belief systems have reached a stage of near exhaustion, Stephanie Dowrick's humanistic approach to the problems of ethics and existence takes hold of the central qualities of virtue and shows their utter relevance to our time, and the far-reaching social and personal benefits they can bestow. Choice, self-responsibility and care for others are her principal emphases, and she writes with the authority and vision of a trained and experienced psychotherapist.
This book might help to create such structure; the author's style seems helpful in enumerating and illuminating timeless moral virtues, leaving it to the reader to reflect on how to accomodate them within one's own personal philosophy. While professing no religious faith of my own, I imagine that the approach taken here may more frequently complement than conflict with many organised faiths, while remaining equally relevant and approachable to a humanist.
As an adjunct to taking moral inventory, I see no reason not to recommend this book.
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Don't wait to find any copies of "Forgiveness and Other Acts of Love" left behind on train seats. Better you will find them on bed stands or loved in someone's hands - read and reread. Like my copy that is worn. I also highly recommend "Intimacy and Solitude". Thank you Stephanie Dowrick.
This is a very personal statement to make, and is not said lightly.
I feel very deeply both intellectually and emotionally about the profound impact the privledge of reading her text has and will continue to have on my own world.
This book is a treasure of literature that should be read by any who seek to live a more tranquil, focused and meaningful life!!!
This book is one way you can use to spend some time re-examining six of the great virtues: courage, fidelity, restraint, generosity, tolerance and forgiveness.
Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification (Seligman et al) charts a rapidly developing field that can demonstrate the benefits of these enduring virtues in protecting us against depression and mental illness.
Stephanie Dowrick's book takes a gentle look at these virtues using material from her own life and examples from people she knows. It's a gentle encouragement to strive towards these higher challenges and realise our potential as full human beings.
In today's world where the boundaries of what's right and wrong are often blurred, this book helps clear the heart, mind, and soul of much confusion without becoming dogmatic or preachy. I'd recommend this book for Valentine's Day or as a gift to anyone struggling with any type of emotional issue or conflicts between the heart and mind. Definitely, a good read for any time or place.
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