It may seem impossible, or even undesirable, to generate a feeling of gratitude toward the people who make our lives miserable, but management consultant Rosen makes a convincing case for using the difficulties they engender as "one of our most important life lessons." He draws on Eastern and Jewish mystical doctrines that teach that "life is like a school" and "conflicts that seem to be chance occurrences are actually orchestrated for our spiritual development." Difficult individuals, whether they be relatives, bosses, co-workers, neighbors or clerks, can be seen as "teachers" delivering "a divine kick in the spiritual butt." What's more, Rosen states, "the Universe delivers unto us the ideal foe, a person whose characteristics exactly correspond to the places within us that need learning and healing." If we don't learn the lessons they bring, similar problems will perpetually resurface until we do. In a clear, conversational tone, Rosen covers seemingly every possible reason, response, interpretation and lesson that can be attached to unpleasant relationships. They can serve as mirrors, wake-up calls or chances to stand up for ourselves or to become more forgiving. They can help us develop "latent qualities," rectify the past or prepare for the future. With quotes, summaries and exercises throughout this thoughtful book, Rosen thoroughly explores new ways to view personal conflicts and to use them for healing.
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"This book will change your life. Rosen shows you how to perform a miracle and live so that difficult people stop weakening you and start making you stronger, better, and happier."
--Charles Foster, Ph.D., Psychotherapist and Author of There's Something I Have to Tell You
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This book is a keeper. I have learned so much through this book and I keep it on my shelf --- available to reference and reread as I need to. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Barbara Jo
This book is great and I gave it to someone as a gift. I know it is going to help him tremendously!!!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have this on my kindle and in my bookcase and one extra in case I want to give this to a friend. such great ideas and observations, everything is a learning moment. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Regina Vitolo
A most helpful, clearly-written book that inspires us to see the higher purpose in those who annoy us.Published 14 months ago by Jitka Lom
This book is a great inspiration and help in dealing with difficult people in our lives. Let's face it, we all have hard to deal with people we wish would just "go away"... Read morePublished on August 26, 2013 by Rose Waruszewski
I picked up this tight little book at a yard sale for a dollar and was completely blown away!! While perhaps some of the more "spiritual" aspects of Rosen's philosophy weren't... Read morePublished on June 1, 2013 by Arionne Crawford