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The Hidden Power of Kindness: A Practical Handbook for Souls Who Dare to Transform the World, One Deed at a Time Paperback – October 1, 1999
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Fr. Kenneth Baker, Homiletic and Pastoral Review
Supremely practical. If you would like to improve your relations with others and so lead a more happy and peaceful life, get this book and read it carefully.
Sr. Mary Rose McGeady, Covenant House
"This wonderful book increases our insights into the wonders of the message that speaks so powerfully to us: 'Love is patient, love is kind.' "
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Kindness counts. If you have trouble acting with the consistent kindness our Lord expects, your relationships with God and those you love may be suffering.
Probably you just can't find the time and can't ever seem to develop the patience that you need in order to be consistently kind amid the irritations that afflict you daily. That's why this book is such a godsend.
You'll learn how to be kinder, even in difficult circumstances
There's nothing complicated or magical about learning to be kinder; it just takes greater attention to the things that you do and how you do them. The Hidden Power of Kindness shows you how to become more aware of even your most offhand daily actions. You'll find simple, step-by-step, and spiritually crucial directions for how to overcome the habitual unkindnesses that creep undetected into the behavior of even the most careful souls.
If you want to make progress in the spiritual life, you can't afford to miss the bracing insights in this handbook for souls who yearn to be kinder. They'll give you years of solid help in overcoming sin so that you'll live more fully with others and truly transform your corner of the world!
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The author begins the book with an observation that struck close to home for me--that because one is spiritually devout does not mean one is kind. Some very religious people, he notes, can also be very unkind. So what exactly does the author mean by kindness? In short: If you raise your voice in anger (even to your spouse or children), you are being unkind. If you insist on having the last word in an argument, you are being unkind. If you talk about others behind their backs, you are being unkind. If you listen to gossip, you are being unkind. If you speak with sarcasm, you are being unkind. If three of you are sitting at a table and two of you engage in a conversation in which the other person is left out, you are being unkind. If you wait for others to ask for help before you offer assistance, you are being unkind. If you don't smile enough, you are being unkind. If you jump to negative conclusions about people you meet, you are being unkind. The list goes on and on.
Fr. Lovasik stresses that it is the "little" things in life that often have profound everlasting consequences. Regardless of how faithfully we might pray or read the Bible or attend Mass, it is our kindness that draws people to God--and our unkindness that repels them. Kindness and unkindness alike are contagious, the author points out. Something as small as a smile can brighten another person's day; a frown or a harsh word can have the opposite effect.
If you don't like to have your toes stepped on, this book is not for you. If, on the other hand, you're looking for someone to help you conform to the image of Christ, this is a must read.
An outstanding book .