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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2005
I am now reading this book for the second time and I love it just as much now as I did the first go around. Marianne Williamson really understands how spiritual contact with a Higher Power influences and shapes the kinds of love we initiate and sustain in our lives. I particularly like the way she describes the relationship dynamics between men and women in the midst of intimate relationships and just how much spiritual work needs to be done. The prayers that she intersperses through the book are beautiful and moving.

As for those who try and insult her work just because she hasn't been married to 'Joe Schmoe' for 25 years with a whole troop of kids and grandkids...might I remind those that true love does not always take the traditional conventional route. Some of the greatest loves of my life have been men I never married and never would, the real point is that they were all still worthwhile and valid experiences that contributed to my growth and knowledge as a person. Also just because someone manages to stay married for 25 years in no way means that relationship is healthy, happy or worth emulating.

With that being said this book has to be one of her more underrated works yet in my opinion I found it to be the most poignant and moving. It has definitely deepened my emotional and spiritual capacity to feel and accept love into my life.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2003
Marianne Williamson, lecturer on metaphysics and spirituality, turns her attention to romantic love in Enchanted Love: The Mystical Power or Intimate Relationships. The book is in thirteen chapters with titles such as "The Enchanted Sea" and "Of Space Captains and Angels." It also contains poems and prayers by the author.
One of Ms. Wiliamson's earlier books, A Return to Love, explained some of the principles of A Course in Miracles as they relate to issues in daily life. A Return to Love was a very clear, well written book, that I have enjoyed reading at least five times over the past few years. Unfortunately I found Enchanted Love something of a disappointment. It lacks the organization around clear topics that one finds in A Return to Love. Enchanted Love contains some very good paragraphs, but the book often seems like a not very interesting assortment of preachy pronouncements. Although some of the author's statements are explained with examples, others are simply uttered, and one may well wonder "Is that really true?" or even "What does that mean?"
We are told, for example: "I once heard Pat Allen say that men produce into women's appetites. Men are by nature producers, and one of the things they produce into is female desire. From our sexual lives to our emotional lives, that is an archetypal pattern of great beauty and significance." I do not have the vaguest idea who Pat Allen is. I have never before heard the verb "produce" followed by the preposition "into." I cannot imagine what "produce into" means, but "producing into" certainly does not sound like a pattern of beauty to me. Perhap there are circles of people who know of Pat Allen and who speak of "producing into appetites." Who knows? I don't. One wonders what sort of editorial process the book went through.
Ms. Williamson writes, "Marrieds and singles are constantly sending telepathic communications to each other. There is a constant conversation everyone knows is there, but which few dare to verbalize." I was unaware of such constant telepathic communication. Is it really taking place?
Although some of the author's poems and prayers may serve as worthwhile meditations, some are quite banal. One poem, for example, contains the line "Your issues are more interesting now." Is that poetry, or merely the sort of psychobabble one may routinely hear at twelve-step meetings?
Fans of Ms. Williamson may find that the book contains some interesting material and food for thought. For those unacquainted with Ms. Williamson, I would recommend A Return to Love, but not Enchanted Love.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2002
I stumbled upon this book when I was in the early stages of a new relationship, where both of us (divorced people) were feeling fearful of hurt and yet trying to hold each other's hands through this stage and find the faith to keep going. I stayed up late reading it, sent a copy of the Divorce Prayer to my ex (and immediately got a very warm "thank you" back from him), re-read the book, and then sent it off to my new love. It gave us so much to talk about, so much faith when we needed faith, and a reason to hold fast to our belief that we could have love in our lives again. Seeing this person as an angel struggling with his own experience has been so amazingly helpful. The discussions of monogamy and sex were extremely helpful to me as well as I was trying to find a sane context for my understanding and beliefs around these things. This is a very quick read. It's not to be analyzed. I don't think it's important to sweat the details here. This book is to be experienced, to be savored, to be shared. Thank you, Marianne, for reminding me about the incredible gift of this bond with another person, which I hope I will never again treat lightly.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Love relationships can be our greatest joy and our greatest sorrow! Ever wonder why some lovers run from us while others choose to stay? Williamson gets to the heart and soul of what lies (or often "lurks") below the surface of intimate relationships. In this book, she uses her own past relationship experiences as examples and gives examples she's gleaned from friends and couples she has worked with professionally.
After perusing the following excerpt from the book I knew this was a book I had to read.
"Often upon seeing the weaknesses in each other, we have the tendency to go "Yuck!" and walk away on some level. But often it is not a change in partners but rather a change in perception that delivers us to the love seek. When we shift our view of the purpose of intimacy - from serving our own needs as we define them to serving a larger process of healing - then an entirely new opportunity presents itself. Our wounds have been brought forward, not to block the experience of love, but to serve it." Later Williamson writes, "The purpose of an intimate relationship is not that it be a place where we can hide from our weaknesses, but rather where we can safely let them go." and, "We unconsciously seek the relationships that challenge us to deliver on our most soulful selves, as well as tempt us to fall into our most neurotic patterns."
I cannot recommend this book strongly enough. It should be used by parents, teachers, ministers and counselors to help young adults and couples of all ages understand what's really going on when people unintentionally touch their partner's emotional wounds.
Short, thoughtful, compassionate, at times divinely inspired, easy to read and understand, this book rates as one of my top ten.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2002
My utmost praise for her wonderful prayers and letters. My highlighter had to work overtime because I read the book non-stop and was struck by so many lines. I bought this book on one of my most trying days. I have never read her books and took a chance on this. I'm glad I did. Her book gave me hope that my concept of a relationship is indeed possible. She inspired me to look deeper into myself and start writing about my anger, my feelings. Of all the books i've read, this is the only one that made me finally understand how we can truly find forgiveness in a relationship.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2013
Admittedly, this particular tome was a bit of a struggle to stick with at first. After three years of self-imposed exile from relationships, I felt ready to attract someone suitable and willing to build a holy relationship with me...a concept Marianne introduced in A Return to Love.

Now, Marianne's work usually has me at hello, but she took an odd angle with Enchanted Love that had me cocking my head a bit. I remember thinking, "Ah...she must have been in love when she wrote this..." While Marianne is usually so forthright in her work, this one has that sticky-sweet flavor that none of her other offerings sport. I'd just completed The Law of Divine Compensation, quickly followed by A Return to Love, and desired a continuation of the same.

However, once I got over my insistence that she write the dang book my way - which, you know, is so very effective - I began to appreciate what Marianne envisioned as she wrote. As I let go of my resistance, I warmed to this softer version of her voice, and began to appreciate the profound wisdom of her words.

As such, the inner shift that had begun as I read Return to Love accelerated within my consciousness and became more polished. I began to see the soul of the man who I'd just met, and realized that the spiritual heart beating within his chest was also my own. I realized that, after decades of only seeing the "wrong" types of men cross my radar, while simultaneously refusing to allow God to express itself through me in the scope of my relationships, I had indeed let go and healed. I had emotionally and spiritually grown up. I could finally welcome God into my relationships...both with others and with myself.

God speaks with us in many forms, and Marianne is quintessentially the best at pulling us out of ourselves and showing us the Truth of who we are. Our only task is that we open and receive. I am so grateful that I have.

All Love <3
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2003
---CASE FOR---
she's a smart lady with a lot of good knowledge. I really like her illustration about holding mans dream, that story alone was worth getting the book. She talked about true love that gives, and she says we only get to keep what we give away. I really like her comments on a relationship, that we become united in spirit. She simply throws out few thoughts on a subject of love and relationships. Not a guide to marriage or relationship. Would I recommend this book to a friend? Yes, only because I haven't read other books on relationship, so I don't know what else is out there. But it is an enjoyable reading.
---CASE AGAINST---
She had some things to say and a lot of it seems like she was saying just to fill up her book. I skipped pages where she was simply expressing her thoughts, filling up the book. its a good book, but if you're having problems with your marriage, and need some direct advise to solve your problem, this book only straches the surface and doesn't go it to deapth of relationships.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2008
I have read countless books on finding Mr.Right - but after 5 years of singlehood, Enchanted Love is the ONLY book that managed to cut through all the self-help jargon and pierce my very soul. Marianne's words and affirmations gave me a new perspective regarding the search for love - and the meaning of love - and totally changed my approach towards dating. I was in tears as I read some chapters, but because of this book, I learned to stop some heart-wrenching patterns in my love life. Things have changed drastically for me (for the better) and now I constantly lend this book to my single/heartbroken friends. Read this book. It truly is enhanting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2010
This is my favorite book on relationships. Explaining the "reason" why we fall in love and why "stuff" comes up for healing. I use this book as I sometimes use my bible or A Course in Miracles...I open to a page "randomly" to see what I need to know in that moment! It's on the table near my meditation table and I have bought at least six copies to give as gifts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2014
I can't praise this book enough. I have given away copy after copy of Enchanted Love. I feel like this should be a mandatory read for everyone in all phases of life. I have cried tears of release while reading, because it just feels so right to finally have what you believe deep in your heart to be true about love be validated after years and years of hollywood movie brainwash. Marianne does what she does best by laying out a perspective of viewing, acknowledging, accepting and finally honoring Love in all of it's different expressions from grief to blissful joy.
So many pages of this book are just plain poetry, honest, true and so profoundly beautiful. In true Marianne fashion there are also a lot of get real moments and healthy ego busters. I do not know a single person that has read this book ( and there are now so many) who have not gotten anything out of this book. It's a life changer.
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