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Reclaiming Virtue: How We Can Develop the Moral Intelligence to Do the Right Thing at the Right Time for the Right Reason Hardcover – April 28, 2009
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Bradshaw's 500-page magnum opus is his grand synthesis of what he has learned during his life from his own personal and professional experiences and from his reading. Bradshaw has mastered the reading material about which he writes.
RECLAIMING VIRTUE is reader friendly, including an ample index. From cover to cover, the sentences and paragraphs in the fifteen chapters of this ambitious book are clearly written and accessible. Each chapter is divided into bite-sized subsections introduced by suitable subheadings. However, even people who are familiar with Bradshaw's thought may find this 500-page text daunting to read because of the sheer number of topics covered in the various subsections. Slow reading may be the best approach to reading this book.
As the subtitle intimates, Aristotle's NICOMACHEAN ETHICS is one of the anchors and cornerstones of Bradshaw's book. For example, he quotes Aristotle on page 51: "Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy."
Mutatis mutandi, anybody can be helpful - that is easy, but to be helpful with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.Read more ›
John helps us realize how dynamic we all become when claiming our internal authority for making right decisions. He validates ancient wisdom that we are vessels with an inborn moral compass- that we can call on our innate voice of conscience in these most troubling times.
John's book gives an eye widening account that our natural emotional intelligence has been scuttled by cultural rules of obedience. When our feelings have been shamed through perfectionism we can't know what moves us to make good decisions. His assertion that moral decisions are made from "affective inclination" is a ground shaking challenge to our assumption that logic, and intellectual rules constitute the foundation of moral action. He bravely goes against the grain of totalistic systems created "for our own good" that fail to account for the diversity and uniqueness that must be accepted in all of us for the human race to prevail.
John inspires us to connect through the "guardian angel" within us. He shows how to help our children develop moral intelligence by using non-shaming, strength based communication styles for building skills in emotional competence. He shares wisdom from his own most vulnerable moments that we can't make sense of our lives without awareness of our feelings. In revealing his personal suffering and journey towards virtue John Bradshaw's book stands apart. By starting with emotion Reclaiming Virtue constitutes a radical change in moral education.
A magnificent work - scholarly, deeply personal and intriguing. The author pulls from many fields, in addition to his own personal experiences both as a therapist and a man in recovery, to reveal the compelling necessity of personal virtue.
A fine book, well worth reading.
Susan Campbell, Ph.D.
Author of Getting Real: 10 Truth Skills You Need To Live An Authentic Life
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“In this elegant, meticulously researched, and well-crafted book, Bob Vanourek has captured the timeless wisdom of the world’s great poets and novelists. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John Blakey
Bradshaw is always right on target.
Replacing a book I let out for loan never to return.I wanted my collection of his writings to be complete. Read more
Can't go wrong with Bradshaw. It can be an exciting emotional ride! Great manual reference hands-on book.Published on July 1, 2014 by Janice Richards
Enjoyed this book. Shared it with family members to help with therapeutic insights to emotional issues. helped me deal with some of my ownPublished on March 2, 2013 by pasnthru
This is another attempt by John Bradshaw to recapture the magic of "Shame"; and "Homecoming." This work on Virtue is too remote and nebulous. Read morePublished on November 22, 2012 by Charli
THANK YOU for reminding us to do the right thing for ourselves first so we can be of value to others - I enjoyed your talk today at the Art of Recovery here in Phoenix - I have... Read morePublished on September 22, 2012 by Patricia L. Brooks
He has written much better books than this one. The useful content in this book could fill a single 8 1/2 x 11 page.Published on September 26, 2011 by Simon A. Weiner
In this comprehensive work, John Bradshaw's life experience and soul shines through. He is writing this book for future generations and it is his legacy in advancing the causes of... Read morePublished on February 22, 2010 by Peter Bales