Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It brought to light a lot of things I hadn't really thought about maybe ever, or didn't know about, or didn't really understand, and some things I had only partial knowledge of. Its enlightening to listen to someone who has so much vast knowledge about sexuality, coupling, intimacy and pleasure. I've listened to maybe 50 books on relationships in the last few years, and I want to give this one 7 stars.
I got a ton of value out of all of Caroline Myss's books. Some more, some less. But all together, they comprise a phenomenally brilliant body of work, that contributes to human evolution in Spirituality in ways that I can't quantify in human terms; its enormous. This book touches upon so many places where the rubber meets the road in terms of learning how to live a Spiritual life in a materialistic world; and more than that - how to live a Spiritually powerful life, a personally authentic life, a life of commitment to one's Spiritual calling/vocation/mission, while at the same time managing stress, deadlines, businesses, families, kids, etc. It answers the question how to be a (real) Mystic in the modern wester culture.
I've been into Astrology since around 2006, and use it in my work and personal life quite a lot. I found the info in this book very useful. Some of it, I already knew, some I did not, and some was a good reminder. Wish this book was a lot longer, as I really enjoyed this author's clear way of presenting information, her straightforward approach, and her knowledge of Astrology, which she clearly got not just from books but from having seen very many clients' charts.
Yes. The many friends I have who are into pleasure, sex, passion and the history and herstory of romantic love
this book is definitely a turn on. though its not pornographic or vulgar at all. its about juicy and passionate love. Love that has one main purpose: personal pleasure.
The author describes the evolution and the many faces of this juicy and passionate love by analyzing French literature, documents (such as lover letters) and culture throughout the ages.
I have always found the French culture interesting, and attractive for many reasons, so I found the book interesting for many reasons. This book was more about literature than life, for my taste. But it had a good amount of psychology (which is what I really was after).
For its time, the book was a major revelation, and a break away from the current knowledge of the time, which held several camps, one being material scientific view (consciousness dies along with the body, and after a person dies, there is simply nothing more) and the hyper religious view (heaven and hell, perhaps also purgatory, but knowledge of these was ideological, not experiential, and therefore flat).This book opened the floodgates of people's minds so that they could entertain the idea of life after death. That's why I believe Dr Moody is a God sent, for the purpose of opening that door.There have been 1000s of books published since then about life after death, or channelings of people who have passed on, etc. And for people who have read these books, you may not discover anything new for yourself. But if you are a skeptic, not sure what to believe, or want a scientist or doctor to validate this kind of information from a more scientific rather than Spiritual point of view, this book is perfect for you. Dr Moody, goes through a list of commonly asked questions and concerns and answers them all.
I've been listening to a lot of books on relationships and marriage. But I had apparently been looking for something, (without knowing that I was) and wasn't finding it the relationship books. But I found it in the feminist books. And that is perspective. Why our relationships have so many dysfunctions. Why are women so often co-dependent. Why are there so many unrealistic expectations placed on women in relationships. None of these questions were answered by marriage and relationship books, within a broader historical context, even though many of those books were useful in their own ways and filled with good info and good advice, regarding how to simply make it work, despite the difference. But I need a lot more than that. I need to know why is it like that. Then there are questions of women in society. Why do women not value their work as much as men do. Why do we put up with so much abuse and discrimination, still. And why do we get paid less for the same work then men. Only feminist books, so far, have answered these questions with a level of clarity and intelligence that I need to satisfy my genuine need to know the truth.This book paints a retrospect of many pictures and short stories about women's lives in the US, since the first European woman arrived on the mayflower. (The book doesn't talk about the prehistory in the Americas, though mentions the Native American women a little bit.) I found the book very interesting, and easy to read. It adds to the overall pool of information I'm collecting about women's genuine experiences, and personal histories.
I found this book to have been very well researched, and provides information that is very interesting and important. I knew some things, suspected some things, but mostly didn't know many things in this book. It changed my perspective on women and sexuality, and I feel it allows for more options, and less fear around alternative sexual lifestyles.There are many lies and secrets in the world. But it seems the lies and secrets surrounding women's sexuality is either the biggest, or one of the biggest.The idea that the conventional relationship/marriage package is the only thing that's right, that's normal and healthy to the exclusion of all the other types of sexual relationships that one could have, is the same thing as a Mcdonald's version of food to all the myriad of variety of cuisine possible. That its an impoverished, scarcity mentality view of sexuality. That the cookie cutter, scripted marriage is an aberration from nature, and not 'the only natural and normal lifestyle' as we're lead to believe by Religious and Mental Health experts, is a truly awakening remarkable idea. Of course not new, as our ancient ancestors lived this way. But its new for the modern person. Its very sobering from our egocentric, competitive and distorted perception of reality and awakening from the passionless distorted lull of our every day lives in the modern world.There are so many great examples in this book, of exactly how and why polygamy, polyamory, promiscuity, and however else you want to call it, are what's really 'natural.' It doesn't mean we should all run out and do it right away. Because freedom always comes at a price, and you first have to weigh things very carefully, to see if its a price you are willing to pay. However, the ideas in the book, if you really see them as true, change everything regarding, where we came from, who we are, and where we are going, what drives us and what our ultimate purpose in existence is, as human beings, and as women and men.
If you are a Biblical Christian, and think in terms of sin, atonement, think of God as Jesus Christ and want everything explained in terms of Biblical verses, then this book is for you. If you derive your core beliefs from the Bible, this book is perfect for you.If you are looking for the best anger management book out there, this is not it. In terms of giving psychological advice, that understands nuance and depth of feelings in relationships, this book won't do that. Its pretty mediocre in that regard. Some case studies and answers to questions send to the authors from people going through challenges, I did find useful though. But I'm not Christian, and I mostly listened to this book because I already spent the money and wanted to get my money's worth.
This book is excellent. Very transformative. It changed me. I feel like its my new cornerstone in how I view and deal with relationships. And I've read many dozens of relationship books before, most of which were very good also. Something about this one is deeper. It really takes the masks off the games and dramas that people find themselves in. I'm sure that makes some people crazy and uncomfortable. But why waste your time on a relationships that are inauthentic and don't go straight to the core. This book shows how to be yourself, while gives tools such as how to handle conflict, confrontation, all kinds of emotional issues, weak boundaries, walls, etc.
This book is an invaluable resource that allows us to get a better look inside the lives of girls, teenagers, and young women. It helped me to reflect on my own life, as I was growing up, and process many experiences and points of view I developed now with new knowledge.
Leonard Sax clearly really cares about children, (and wants to them to grow up into happy and stable adults), to have done so much research to find out why they have the problems they do, and how to solve them. I think he has done a fantastic job of illuminating things that partly were taken for granted by society, and partly were not really known or understood. I'm very grateful to him for this effort.
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