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Challenge of the Heart: Love, Sex, and Intimacy in Changing Times Paperback – October 12, 1985
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he challenges of love between men and women, addressing the real questions and difficulties arising for people in relationships today.
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This powerful collection of essays by such notables as D. H. Lawrence, Robert Bly, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and Rainer Maria Rilke focuses on the challenges of love between men and women, addressing the questions and difficulties arising for people in relationships today. Anyone who is, has been, or hopes to be in an intimate relationship with a person of the opposite sex will find this book "must" reading.
The first group of essays deals with the contradictions and possibilities inherent in erotic love, leading to the question posed in the next section: What do men and women really want? The contributors then explore marriage as an ongoing path of personal transformation. That opens into a look at sexuality itself as an especially vivid meeting of two different worlds. The book closes with a group of writings that consider relationship as a vehicle for developing power, wisdom, and inner truth.
Carefully selected, threaded together by Welwood's insightful commentary, the essays presented here approach the challenge of intimacy with bravery and gentleness, inspiring the reader toward becoming a "warrior of the heart."
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D H Lawrence is as Welwood says 'annoyingly polemic' but is worth reading, and Rilke's passages from 'Letters to a Young Poet' are classic. Welwood ranges wide. I was interested to find a piece by J K Bennett, an English 'guru' whom I met once, in 1963, and I was moved by the contribution of Elizabeth Bugenthal.
I sometimes lend this book to friends and it takes a long time to get it back!
This book led me to his others: "Journey of the Heart" and "Awakening of the Heart," I just noticed some titles I haven't read. Time to get another of his books! And no, I do not know John Welwood! I just know how much he has helped me grow spiritually and emotionally, both personally and in relationships.