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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (October 12, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440508150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440508151
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Passion is a wake-up call for anyone who's not feeling fully alive, and that's just about everyone, according to relationship guru Barbara De Angelis. She defines passion as a benevolent energy that infuses life with meaning and magic; it's not just about sex and lust, although they do play a role. Peppered throughout with poetic aphorisms, Passion explains how to cultivate passion in yourself, and subsequently at work and in relationships. De Angelis writes, "It's your passion that, throughout your life, will be your saving grace, for it will keep you going after your dreams when everyone advises you to give up, keep you searching for the right partner even when you're afraid he or she isn't out there, keep you traveling on the path of self-discovery even when you aren't sure where the road is taking you." The road is ultimately one of soul renewal, she says. While she occasionally waxes so spiritual as to get a bit drippy, much of her advice here is right on target. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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De Angelis is a virtual one-woman industry of relationship advice, including books (Real Moments), lectures and seminars, video and audio tapes. In this meager effort, she delivers a brief pep talk, encouraging readers to "live passionately" in work, intimate relationships and life in general. In several short essays punctuated by full-page quotes and paraphrases from the text, the author offers enthusiasm but little depth or breadth. The directive to "open yourself fully to each moment and to each situation," for instance, assumes that readers know how to do this and that there are no real problems or obstacles to doing so. Instead of helping readers to find their bliss, De Angelis too often seems to be telling them to simply act blissful. The advice here is too often general and vague, lacking inspiration or insight and ignoring real problems many people must face and resolve in order to discover their passion. De Angelis's topic is simply too large for her little Hallmark card of a book. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selections; first serial to Glamour; second serial to Family Circle.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 5, 1998
Format: Hardcover
My husband of two years and I have wrangled endlessly about how to make our marriage healthy. We were at the point of divorce for the twentieth time when this book was recommended by a friend. The one hour it took to read was the most powerful I've experienced in ages! My sweetheart agreed to read it as well. We sat down and discussed several of the chapters (none more than 3-4 pages long) which were especially pertinent to us. The book opened dialog we've failed to have before and led to a reconciliation of true strength. We were clearly able to see the simple principles we'd managed to miss in creating our lives together. The book is very readable, very quotable, and very, very powerful. We dare you to live your lives with the full passion Barbara suggests.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bryan N Griffin Jr on October 1, 2002
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She could not be anymore truthful with this book. A few years back, I borrowed this book from the local library. I read it from cover to cover within a day and a half. I love it. It is very readable, right to the point, and hits you where it should: right to the heart. I have other books by her, but PASSION is my all-time favorite. I found it used for a very good price on this site, and I purchased it. Get the book; you'll thank me for it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
I picked up this little red book knowing nothing about DeAnglelis and too little about some of my own confusing emotions and experiences. Perhaps its brevity and simple truths are part of its power and charm. Don't expect an intellectual masterpiece but it's well worth the hour it will take to read. If you are passionate, you will love it and laugh with DeAngelis. If you lack passion, it could open your eyes to a new truth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nannie McPhee on October 7, 2012
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The book is small and short (not that I crave verbose books). Don't know why it cost so much. This book does a terrific job of describing the need for passion in all aspects of our lives, not just personal relationships (although I bought it thinking it only pertained to such). However, do to its brevity, there are very few suggestions and exercises to increase one's passion in any aspect of one's life. I wanted a "How to Increase Your Passion" book, not a "Passion is Important" book. As a result, this book left me nothing to go on, rendering it relatively useless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By April Braswell on January 14, 2010
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Another wonderfully inspiring book by Dr. Barbara De Angelis. Passion is not only about the passion shared by a couple in the bedroom, but rather infusing that passion for LIFE in all area of our lives. In fact, Dr. De Angelis defines the very PASSION she writes about.

"Passion is much more than the intense physical attraction we feel for another person, or a strong belief in a cause, or even an enthusiastic attitude toward our relationship, our work, and our family. It is not just a quality to possess or an emotion to hope for, Rather passion will infuse... each experience ... with vitality, magic, and meaning."

Barbara breaks the book, which definitely one of her shorter books, just 95 pages, quite easily readable, digestible, and then, ergo, implementable, shorter than some of her longer books which her fans like myself (yes, a biased review!) read of hers. Within those 95 pages she breaks it into 3 major sections: Self, In Relationship, and then in Life.

Each section is so marvelous and prompted me to contemplate passion as a golden thread woven throughout ALL of my life, not just in those fleeting captured moments in the bedroom of a couple. I really admire that as a theme for LIFE as she approaches it. And indeed within each of us to well up, as she describes it in the closing of chapter 1, section 1. Indeed, in the section on SELF in section 1, she encourages us to become our own source of passion and not create a co-dependent relationship on someone else for our dependence to create and experience real passion. This is a marvelous reminder for all - whether single, single again after divorce of being widowed, or for coupled up people and married folk.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have never met Dr. Barbara DeAngelis, but consider her almost my "guru." Her amazing book on Confidence helped me amazingly to break out of the shell of my natural inclination to shyness and self-consciousness, to be confident, and to face the world "head on." In like manner, Dr. DeAngelis shows and shares what the Passionate Life is about. Passion isn't only "sex", although that can be a crucial part of it. Dr. DeAngelis shows how embracing and having Passion in our lives can move us beyond the ordinary to become dynamic persons. You don't have to be a Superstar to be Passionate, you just have to be willing to take the steps she gently and encouragingly lays out to make the most out of life. A great read as it is also a short book.
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