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  • 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)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,704,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephanie Dowrick is the author of Intimacy and Solitude, The Intimacy and Solitude Workbook, and Forgiveness and Other Acts of Love, all available in paperback from Norton. Co-founder and chair of the Women s Press, Dowrick is a practicing psychotherapist. She lives in New South Wales, Australia with her two children. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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This book is about the six great humane virtues - courage, fidelity, restraint, generosity, tolerance and forgiveness, viewed in a completely modern context. Stephanie Dowrick has written a compassionate and supportive credo for our times, a text that embraces contemporary psychotherapy, Sufi poetry, Indian mysticism and European philosophy. As she states in her introduction, the humane virtues include 'all the spheres of human existence: inner and outer; personal and social; psychological and spiritual. They are humble as well as awe-inspiring. They can teach us as much about beauty as survival; and as much through silence as through words.'
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.
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By A Customer on 30 April 1998
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This is one of the most amazing books I've ever read. It's like a treasure chest - not something you read once, then put back on the shelf, but something to be slowly digested, savored, and worked into your life. Since the author draws on sources from many religions and view points, I think that everyone will probably find something they relate to. I know the book isn't written specifically for 12-step recovery, but it's greatly helping me in my spiritual journey.
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At one time, organised religion's treatment of the topics discussed here probably reached a wider audience, at least in the UK. The task of finding one's own spiritual and moral path today may be less constrained by dogma, creed and articles of faith as a consequence of social changes in recent decades, albeit perhaps at a cost to each individual of requiring greater apparent effort in reaching a satisfying viewpoint. I believe that such a task benefits from structure.

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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By DD VINE VOICE on 27 April 2006
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I picked up a copy of this book at the counselling centre where I work. I expected a very Christian take on the six virtues, but to my surprise Stephanie Dowrick draws from all spiritualities, to create a powerful, moving and thought provoking book. I believe that this will be a book that I keep returning to.
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