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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Trumpeter (March 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590303865
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590303863
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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<p style="line-height: 150%;"> “With clear instructions and an even tone, Welwood shows us how to heal our psychic scars by opening up to the ‘real love’ available to us all at the core of our nature.”—Tricycle

 “Welwood challenges us to move from self-hatred to self-love and to do the inner work to embrace the love that sets us free.”—Spirituality & Health

"Drawing equally from spiritual and psychological traditions, Perfect Love reads like a book of philosophy: the ideas seem sound enough, though there's no way to prove them. Welwood is most compelling when he gets practical. . . . His approach is also noteworthy for its emphasis on learning how to receive love as well as give it. . . . Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships offers both grand theories and useful practices for incorporating these lessons into your life."—Body & Soul

"Welwood skillfully identifies the fundamental obstacle in relationships and offers a clear, attainable, and transformative solution. Everyone should read this wonderful book."—Harville Hendrix, coauthor of Receiving Love and Getting the Love You Want




"This book skillfully and eloquently describes how our deepest longing for love is in fact the key to healing our personal wounds and the woundedness of the world at large. John Welwood's message echoes the Buddha's, showing us how we have direct access to the love and happiness we most long for, as our very essence."—Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness

"This book takes us on a healing and transformative journey to address the real, underlying cause of our relationship problems. John Welwood is one of the most brilliant and important teacher of our time."—Debbie Ford, author of The Best Year of Your Life and Spiritual Divorce

"Full of practical wisdom and divinely inspired insight. A marvelous guide for any seeker choosing to walk on love's path."—bell hooks, author of All About Love: New Visions

"A profound guide to healing our hearts and our world. No larger social transformation is possible unless it is simultaneously accompanied by this kind of personal healing, one individual at a time. Every social change movement should encourage its participants to take time to follow the steps outlined in this extremely valuable and important guide to psychic health."—Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun and author of The Left Hand of God

About the Author

As a psychotherapist, teacher, and author, John Welwood has been a pioneer in integrating psychological and spiritual work. Welwood has published six books, including the best-selling Journey of the Heart (HarperCollins, 1990), as well as Challenge of the Heart (Shambhala, 1985), and Love and Awakening (HarperCollins, 1996). He is an associate editor of the Journal for Transpersonal Psychology. He leads workshops and trainings in psychospiritual work and conscious relationship throughout the world.

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend it to anyone trying to understand relationships.
Kathy L. Anthony
Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships is a tender book based on clinical sound concepts and essential spiritul truths that transcend any one spiritual path.
Michele L. Thompson
It's short, straightforward, spot on and easy to read and understand.
Kathleen Hughes

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By William Okin on March 16, 2007
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Although this book is presented as a book on relationships, it is really about connecting with one's own deepest essence. This will, of course, have a profound effect on all of one's relationships.

This is an essential book for anyone on a genuine spiritual path who seeks to take the leap into the non-conceptual awareness of being. The practices presented here are a tremendous support for meditation and prayer. By bringing the concepts of grievance, longing and absolute love into the realm of the body, the simple exercises in this book, if fully engaged, make the tricky business of opening one's heart easier.

John Welwood has offered the world a tremendous gift. May all beings benefit.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By K. L. Hanson on March 6, 2006
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Wow, I wish I had read this about 10 years ago. It really got me to think about and see my relationship patterns in a different light. It hit a couple of bones right to the marrow. I recommend it to anyone who has ever struggled with relationship problems, especially ones with themselves. Thanks for this awesome book, John.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By CHEONG SUI HUNN on February 21, 2007
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This book will insightful regarding the way the mind works. This book highlight the unawareness of us human beings that it is our habitual thinking patterns and response that is the greatest obstacle in us having fulfilling relationships and happy life.

However, to bring out the gold from this book, one needs to read this book again and again and use it as a personal guide of practice.

I thank the author for his generous sharing and ernest effort in writing this book. He should continue to write. I hope to meet and talk to him one day.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Crandall on March 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
In Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships:Healing the Wound of the Heart, John Welwood eloquently guides the reader to live more consciously, enjoy more peace, and find deeper healing. By illuminating the dynamics of love and relationship, Welwood offered me the possibility of a greater understanding of my part in relationships and helped me discover further insights into opening my heart to myself and others. If life is a journey, Welwood is a gracious guide and this book is a manual that would benefit anyone interested in living their best life.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Deirdre Denneen Robson on October 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
i have to admit my psychotherapist recommended this book for me to read. i just wouldn't have picked this up on my own. it has taken me a while to read through this book. usually i whiz through them but being this book really hits home it has helped me work through certain issues. it's not that it is hard to read - it is an easy read - but he asks you to feel the pain you are going through so that you are able to heal... he challenges through the whole book to deal with your inner issues and embrace them (weird, huh?) so you may love yourself and heal. i know it sounds like a bit of psychobable but as i kept reading the book it made me realize certain issues that i was holding... i still have two more chapters to go but i do recommend this book. hope this review helps you.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Lux on June 27, 2007
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Pyschotherapist John Welwood's thesis is that discord in relationships stems from an internal doubt, a worry that, at our core, we are an unlovable person. His book is about this "mood of unlove" and practical exercises for healing ourselves to lead to healthier loving relationships. He uses anecdotal sketches to illustrate his principles of healing and transformation in chapters on interpersonal relationships, grievance, self-love, and finding perfect love.

One must have an open mind and be ready for new-age language and exercises to benefit from this book. To me, it seems that healing oneself is key to all relationships, whether romantic, familial, or platonic, so this book offers more than just romantic relationship advice.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Abracadabra on April 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
An easier read than Welwood's other books, yet as profound or more. I find it reads like the Bible - I can open the book in any place and immediately get into the writing. In my thinking it's THE relationship book of relationship books; not too many books actually open the heart while I read them - this one does.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Rodriguez on February 28, 2006
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When you're ready for the truth, either Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships... or Journey of the Heart will allow healing and inspire you to raise your standards in all relations. Anything other than the real thing in our Love Relationships is a waste of time and a bad example. These books can help alter any issue, no matter how new or how seasoned. Please enter with an open heart.
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As a psychotherapist, teacher, and author, John Welwood has been a pioneer in integrating psychological and spiritual work. Welwood has published several books, including the best-selling Journey of the Heart (HarperCollins, 1990), as well as Challenge of the Heart (Shambhala, 1985), and Love and Awakening (HarperCollins, 1996). He is an associate editor of the Journal for Transpersonal Psychology. He leads workshops and trainings in psychospiritual work and conscious relationship throughout the world.

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