- Paperback: 196 pages
- Publisher: Mandala Publishing (July 28, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1601090153
- ISBN-13: 978-1601090157
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,235,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Relationships that Work: The Power of Conscious Living Paperback – July 28, 2008
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I loved the book so much, I bought 3 copies of the book, gave 2 to friends and started a bi-weekly book club to read it and practice the exercises of communication and relating that the book creatively offers.
The idea is that through deep listening, honest communication, reflective listening, being in each other's world while putting our own impulses needs and reactions on hold, we help each other reach a deeper understanding of ourselves. So the book is about reaching a deeper understanding of yourself, a deeper understanding of another, and helping another reach a deeper understanding of themselves and to better tap into our divine nature and original selves. His approach is from the stand point that our nature reflects the Supreme, using examples from the Bible and Vedic texts.
The book relates to Vedic wisdom. He says "The Vedic body of spiritual knowledge that has inspried much of my thought describes the central qualities of our spirit as sat, chit and ananda. This means that we are constitutionally eternal, concsious and blissful."
Dr. Wolf invites us to examine our assumptions, and I was surprised at my assumptions...Read more ›
Miriam Mendoza- New York City Public School Teacher
But David B. Wolf's latest book made me change my mind, in addition to making me want to change my mind for the better.
The operative word here is transformation when we communicate with people. Sure, we know how to establish a rapport, and set out our ideas, but does this really change anything? Perhaps it does, but if we are still having a lot of angst and dysfunctional relationships in our lives, we might want to reexamine some of our most basic presumptions about ourselves, our significant others, in fact, the entire world and the way it works.
Well, you might say, and it might very well be true, that your communication skills are excellent. OK, but how well do you communicate with yourself? This was the most important part of Wolf's book for me. I'm introspective. I go deep. But I could go deeper if I could sustain my introspection at a more intense level of application. What is the value of self-honesty if you go around in a circle, as we tend to do? And for the religious among us, Wolf invites us to apply our religious principles, too, through the power of transformative communication. We are not flattering the great religious leaders of history by accepting their teachings in a shallow way only, and we are certainly not flattering ourselves. The real test of religion, as far as I am concerned, is when we answer this question: are we happy?
Or at least, as happy as we can be in this crazy old world? Relationships That Work invites us to make our world a little less crazy. Isn't that what it is all about?
Be prepared for some nitty-gritty reading. Wolf is going to help you confront yourself.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Relationship that work - The Power of Conscious Living is a very wonderful book. The author, David B. Read morePublished on March 7, 2013 by Emil
This book is a wonderful way to introduce readers to their very own essence, and to a tangible means to live a deeply fulfilling life aligned with that very essence! Read morePublished on September 27, 2008 by Catherine L. Schweig
The ability to communicate clearly, effectively, and persuasively is key to being successful in any endeavor. Read morePublished on September 2, 2008 by Midwest Book Review
For many years now as I've read "self-help" or similar style books, in my mind I would have to reconcile statements the authors made with my own spiritual truths. Read morePublished on August 27, 2008 by S. Hemphill