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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446674486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446674485
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,719,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Flanagan's first book offers a spiritual antidote to the spate of guides based on what she calls "a consumer approach to love." Flanagan laments that "most courtship manuals speak to our fears rather than our hopes... promot[ing] manipulation rather than real loving." A Roman Catholic turned Quaker, she presents a contemplative approach to dating that rests on the concept of "discernment," the "active waiting" for divine guidance to reveal itself through a calm, intuitive certainty that one path or another is the right one to take. Some people, she explains, are "called" to singleness, others to partnership; some to parenthood, others to alternative forms of service. What is important, she asserts, is to get past social pressures and internal fears and to "change our focus from what we will receive to what we will become." While not the first self-help author to espouse taking time to develop one's inner life and outer accomplishments before entering into a relationship, Flanagan takes a uniquely spiritual view of "finding the path that will unleash the great love within us." She describes the post-dating "challenges as well as blessings" of marriage and same-sex partnerships. Using the personal stories of other women, as well as her own?she married a former priest?Flanagan offers a gentle, comforting alternative to "shopping" for a partner. Agent, Sheree Bykofsky.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

A graduate of both Duke and Yale, Eileen Flanagan writes for a wide range of national publications and speaks at conferences, colleges, and religious gatherings. She is the author of the forthcoming memoir Renewable: One Woman's Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope. Her previous book, The Wisdom to Know the Difference: When to Make a Change--and When to Let Go, was endorsed by the Dalai Lama and won the Silver Nautilus Book Award. A leader of Earth Quaker Action Team, she lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two children. Learn more about her work at http://www.eileenflanagan.com.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
If you are searching to spiritually understand yourself and how you can love better, read this book! I stumbled upon this book a few weeks ago. Within two weeks I had completed the book and filled a journal with the thougts it provoked.I felt like I was having a conversation with a close friend about everything most important to me--God, marriage, family and most importantly the love that ties them all together. This book is a page turner and a soul awakener.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
A wonderful new book on relationships. This book is based on the assumption that there is an abundance of love and that the way into a loving relationship is to learn to be a better lover. It is a refreshing antidote to the marriage manuals which often purport a scarcity of love and a manipulation of others to get it. Flanagan also explains a process called discernment whereby we try to discover how we are meant to live, be it single, in a committed relationship, with children, etc. She skillfully weaves the stories of many people she interviewed about their own relationships (including single, married, gay, straight, young, and old) and how they discerned their way into them. It is a very engaging, readable book. I recommend it for anyone who is looking for a mate as well as for those who want affirmation for a current loving relationship.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
Once I started reading this book, I could not leave it. I felt that God was speaking directly to me through the words of this book written by Eileen Flanagan. Finally someone of my same generation finds that the way to romantic love is growing from within, trusting God and the Universe to lead the way. In a world of consumerism, finally someone sees beyond the material and superficial world, and looks at the spiritual essence of human beings and life, in such a crucial thing as searching for one's soul mate and sharing a fulfilling life together.
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