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A Whole-Hearted Embrace, Finding Love at the Center of It All Paperback – December 18, 2009

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Dougherty tells us, with clarity and grace, how he was healed, psychologically and spiritually. If you'd like inspiration or courage to embrace your life and to live a life centered in love, this is a good book for you. --Gay Hendricks, Ph.D., author of The Big Leap: Conquer your hidden fear and take your life to the next level, and NYT's bestseller, The Five Wishes

Inspiring story of overcoming great trials and tragedy to experience true happiness. It is instructive to us all, and goes to the heart of all healing--to the power of love. --Marci Shimoff, a #1 NYT's bestselling author, Happy for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul

It is rare to find a book where the words jump off the page and pour into your heart. Dougherty's book does more than nourish us with the truth of testimony; it brings down the light and it touches us in a good healing way. --Bradford Keeney, Ph.D., Professor, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco author of Shamans of the World, and The Creative Therapist: The art of awakening a clinical session

Inspiring story of overcoming great trials and tragedy to experience true happiness. It is instructive to us all, and goes to the heart of all healing--to the power of love. --Marci Shimoff, a #1 NYT's bestselling author, Happy for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul

It is rare to find a book where the words jump off the page and pour into your heart. Dougherty's book does more than nourish us with the truth of testimony; it brings down the light and it touches us in a good healing way. --Bradford Keeney, Ph.D., Professor, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco author of Shamans of the World, and The Creative Therapist: The art of awakening a clinical session

About the Author

Patrick Dougherty, M.A., L.P., is a writer, teacher, and psychologist who practices a heart-centered model of psychotherapy in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is also a master healer at Master Chunyi Lin's Spring Forest Qigong Center in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. In 2007 Patrick published Qigong in Psychotherapy, a breakthrough book showing simple but powerful ways to integrate elements of Taoist philosophy and Chinese medicine into Western mental health practices.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Spring Forest Publishing; 1st edition (December 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980108969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980108965
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,779,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Glenn H. Tobey on June 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
A heart-felt and deeply inspiring book about Mr. Dougherty's courage and persistence to value life in all its teachings, with a generosity of spirit. A rich book about the importance of our inner journeys, written with brutal honesty and intensity, and compassionate insight, that, surprisingly, lovingly drew me into my own life.

Mr. Dougherty describes, through recounting numerous experiences of trauma, death, many searchings for meaning and deeper understanding, that, indeed, life is full of teachings and messages that can guide our lives in a "whole hearted embrace" where "love is the center of it all".

Mr. Dougherty's book is about his physical, emotional and spiritual experiences in his life, but I found myself being gently and perceptively pulled into exploring my own mind, body and spirit. His powerful storytelling ability and deft writing skills had me examining my own past clutter. As I read his story, I found my own story lightening up, as if I were de-cluttering my emotional and spiritual past, making room for my present and inviting more future possibilities of love and joy in.

I didn't read the last ten pages of this book for a week, not wanting it to end, as if I were ending my session with a wonderful teacher. However, Mr. Dougherty taught me it's not about him, but about my paying attention to my life's teachers. His book embraces the spirit of life, of living with love in the center of it all.
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