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After struggling with his own love life, L.A.-based spiritual counselor Martin came to this conclusion: "People love in different ways." To delineate these ways, Martin looked to the four elements of astrology-Air, Fire, Earth, and Water-and found an intuitive system for determining one's love style, and what that style means in terms of romantic relationships, that he delivers with a game sense of adventure. In broad terms, "Air" indicates a thinker who prioritizes communication; "Earth" types are practical and grounded; "Water" stands for emotion and intuition; and "Fire" is creative and enthusiastic. After filling out a questionnaire to determine one's core style, readers will find a straightforward, in-depth examination of each elemental type, including strengths and weaknesses, famous examples (Clark Kent and Lucy Ricardo are Airs, Wonder Woman and James Bond are Fires) and a focus on "deeper needs." Geared toward self-discovery and "Deep Inner Growth," Martin's guide discusses intimacy among the types while emphasizing how greater understanding enhances all relationships (not just romance).
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About the Author

Dr. Craig Martin is an interfaith minister, celebrity astrologer, and spiritual counselor. He currently lives in Los Angeles, where he maintains a full counseling practice, as well as keeping an office in New York. Prior to his work as a minister, Dr. Craig worked as a chiropractor and homeopath. He has been featured on Los Angeles television as an expert on relationships, and currently is in demand as a speaker and teacher.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158270256X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582702568
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,267,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Cheryl Metrick on March 8, 2010
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I definitely recommend this book. Although it is a great How-to Manual for Relationships.... it is so much more. As Dr. Martin stated, he designed this book as a "journey of discovery... so you could learn more about yourself and how you relate to a romantic partner." He gives you guidelines for this journey in a very different way...via the four elements of: fire, air, water and earth. He uses this terminology to explain the inner world of 4 human personality types and then with a rather accurate quiz you determine which of these types best describes your nature (or what combination of types.) The book is divided into 4 parts which take you from - learning all about the elements and how to identify your own elemental style, a guide to intimacy skills and "working it out," identifying your greatest strengths and challenges in your relationship, to teaching you that by taking the journey of self-discovery, and by learning more about your relationship, it can lead you "to your highest potential as an individual." Who could ask for anything more? Well done Dr. Craig!
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This book surprised me - pleasantly. From the title and the cover, it seemed like the subject matter might be a little analytical or perhaps even somewhat technical. But from the very first page I was hooked by the author's warmth, insight and candor. He was so open about his experience and life and had such a lovely writing style it felt like I was having a long chat with an old friend. Also, I adore that he included all types of partners in his analysis, not matter what one's romantic preferences.

It surprised me too because I thought I was pretty savvy about what elemental type I was, and what I thought others to be. I realized after taking his test that I was more water than air and that really opened up a whole new world of exploration for me - not just how I relate to my partner, but how I relate to myself.

My favorite types of books on this subject are those where the author comes to a deeper insight based on his/her own intuition, experience and reflection. This is one of those books! Sure, you can get a book on astrology where someone has synthesized some material that's already out there, but this is a whole new paradigm!

The book is thoroughly laid out and includes the self-assessment test, insights about your type, and tools for how the different elemental types interact.

This book would be a valuable asset to anyone's library and I give it my highest recommendation!
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This book does a great job balancing between complicated self-discovery and clear, simple logic. It helps us get back into touch with things we already might deeply know. For example: If you fall into the emotional water elemental love style than you need more emotional validation. Makes perfect sense! Dr. Craig does a fantastic job at laying it all out and helping us take baby steps for our crazy, distracted, societal minds to better understand ourselves and others.
I have found this book to be a bright lamp post in the dark. I first read it when I was single and didn't know why I've had failed relationships. And since then I go back to it while in relationships to shine more light on why I (or my partner) might be acting a certain way.
Although open communication with a partner is essential having an objective viewpoint helps to get out of our head and understand things more clearly. Plus who doesn't want to be happy and in love? This book certainly helps you get closer to that!!
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In Dr. Martin's, Elemental Love Styles: Find Compatibility and Create a Lasting Relationship he takes the four elements of astrology - Air, Fire, Earth, and Water-
and simply explains the meaning in layman's terms and gets the reader to understand
how style means in terms of romantic relationships.

I really liked how the author put a small twist on the languages of love and the time taken to explain in detail about how it can work for success in one's life.

And even though others are saying there's nothing new under the sun, what kept me going about this book was the passion and heart put into the book by the author. I felt the author's spirit as I delved into passages that explained the beauty of what love can be if one listens correctly.

I've read a lot of relation books and I really had not expected to read something different when I opened the book. I did and I enjoyed my literary journey.
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This book is written with a humorous tone yet seriously discusses the many aspects of what an intimate relationship entails. There is a self quiz to help you asses your style and many modern archetypes for you to relate through. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.. So did my boyfriend.
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Dr. Craig Martin takes an interesting tack in this book on love styles. He utilizes the traditional Western elemental components of Earth, Air, Fire and Water to profile different personality types, and then analyzes both the type itself, as well as the interactions between them. His insights are not groundbreaking, per se, but his approach is very novel.

For example, the book begins by asking the reader to profile themself, and then analyze their deeper relationship needs in light of the profile. Martin then takes it a step further by asking the reader to analyze their partners and look at the cross interactions to determine likely challenges and positives to the relationship - as well as some practical advice on how to work through them.

The book itself is probably most useful as an introspective tool. As Martin notes in his introduction, "Know Thyself" is a critical requirement. Also he stresses that WE need to be the one to understand, adapt and change in the relationship through better understanding of ourselves and our partners deeper needs and behaviors.

I found Martin's self-diagnostic questionaire to be a useful tool, and his descriptions of the various personality types to be spot on. While Martin notes that most of us combine parts of all the elements in our personality, I would have liked to see more discussion or attempt at analysis of combined personality types - paricularly if one element is not excessively dominant. Having said that, the book will make you self reflective and more self aware. Worth picking up.
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