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Creating Love: A New Way of Understanding Our Most Important Relationships by [Bradshaw, John]
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From Publishers Weekly

Bradshaw builds on his earlier work ( Homecoming , etc.) about "reclaiming the inner child" in this practical, often profound guide to "learning to love." He first explains the concept of "mystification"--a type of identity confusion rooted in the "defective love" encouraged by our culture and passed along by even the best-intentioned parents. Then he suggests how to replace it with "soulful" love, which remains grounded in reality but also calls the creative spirit into play. Borrowing from 12-step programs, transactional analysis and conventional psychology as well as theology, Bradshaw outlines a four-step program to overcome the "trance" that perpetuates mystification. Self-tests, diagrams, personal testimony and case studies round out his observations. Published to coincide with a PBS TV series, this book should prove a major addition to the self-help field. 250,000 first printing.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"In Creating Love, John Bradsgaw provides a new way to understand our most crucial relationships: with parents and children, with friends and co-workers, with ourselves, and with God.

He shows us how we have been literally "entranced" by past experiences of counterfeit love, how we can break these destructive patterns, and how we can open ourselves to the soul-building work of real love.

John Bradshaw has touched and changed millions of lives through his nationally televised PBS series and his best-selling books. His previous book, Homecoming, introduced the concept of the inner child to a vast new audience. Now he defines the "next great stage of growth"--how we can work to create healthy, loving relationships in every part of our lives.

Written for everyone who has struggled with painful relationships and is seeking hope and a new direction, Creating Love is a life-changing book.


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  • File Size: 5862 KB
  • Print Length: 399 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (April 24, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 24, 2013
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C4BA576
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,620 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on September 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
The style of this book surpasses anything that Mr. Bradshaw has written. In other words, although his other books are nice, his writing style is not fluent. He must have had help perhaps, but this one flows fluently. The quality of the material is earth shattering. Very few books have I read from cover to cover within a week and this one I did. This is something I can go over and over.
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I have not read all of this but what I have read is very helpful about understanding dynamics of why we continue to live our lives in the past, though we may not know it. He is coming from a place of exposing the shame element and people who come from or understand the 12 step programs will recognize his way of demystifying pain and shame. He is a gentle caring soul who really wants us to understand and reveal ourselves TO ourselves and then be able to move on.
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Dr. John Bradshaw is a wonderful speaker, and advisor. His books have helped many deal with family problems with good advice and solution to solve them. Sorry his age does not allow public speaking any more. This book is great as all of his books.
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John Bradshaw's literature has been a real help to me. I enjoy his theories and his style of writing. He doesn't overload you with concepts, but really breaks things down and keeps them simple. I recommend this book to anyone, no matter your situation...it will help.
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This book has some helpful concepts in it, but it definitely needs a continuity editor. It comes across more as therapy for the author than an organized text book about psychological growth. There's a little too much stream-of-consciousness and self-therapy and a little too little of organized presenting information to those who would like to study the process.
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John Elliot Bradshaw (born 1933) is a speaker and author who has hosted a number of PBS television programs on topics such as addiction, recovery, codependency and spirituality. He was preparing for the Catholic priesthood, but his alcoholism turned him away, and he found sobriety in a 12-Step group for alcoholics. He has written numerous other books, such as Bradshaw on the Family, Healing the Shame That Binds You, Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child, Family Secrets - The Path to Self-Acceptance and Reunion, Reclaiming Virtue, etc.

He wrote in the Prologue to this 1992 book, "In what follows I will look at the creation of love in the four areas described by Genesis: I. Your relationship with a higher power... II. Your relationship with yourself... III. Your relationships with lovers, friends, and, if you've been married, your spouse or ex-spouse... IV. Your place in the world. Our life work can be mystified or soulful, and so can our relationship to the earth itself." (Pg. xxvii-xxviii)

He states, "All three types of dysfunctional families [Cultic; Chaotic; Corrupt] foster mystified love. There is always a covert rule of love and fidelity that all members are expected to follow...
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I watched the PBS series with John Bradshaw back in the 80's and was astounded by his insight and intuiitve ways of explaining many things in our human existence that I had not been aware of until listening to his down to earth, easy to understand teachings of why we are the way we are. I have reconnected with those teachings by finding this and other books not only by Mr. Bradshaw but by other authors when I discovered the many ways the Amazon experience has to offer.

R.Bowman
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I'm still in the process of reading this book and I have learned so much about life and how love should be created. I would highly recommend this book for individuals who are seeking to understand why we do what we do and as parents to understand that allowing your children to be who God created them to be is much more important then us stiffling their ability to be themselves.
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