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Opening to Love 365 Days a YearReview - Opening to Love 365 Days a Year
by Judith Sherven Ph.D. and James Sniechowski Ph.D.,
Health Communications, 2000
Review by JMG
Feb 24th 2001 (Volume 5, Issue 8)

365 different ways, one per day, to help increase and enhance your current romantic relationship. Seems like a simple premise, but this book delivers a lot more than just the usual positive, "feel-good" affirmations. It provides meaningful insights into improving one's relationship and communication skills. It helps a couple celebrate and embrace the differences in their relationship, as well as the similarities.

Granted, if you're not a person who enjoys affirmations or direct advice and suggestions on how to keep open-minded or embrace changes in your relationship, then this book won't do you much good. If, however, you are open-minded to new ways of looking at life and ways of communicating, this book will be a helpful guide on your journey to improving love in your life. Some might find the advice trite or commonplace. Some of it is. But I felt more of it was interesting and thoughtful. Only you can decide; perhaps an abbreviated excerpt or two would help:

November 8 - Love grows

You may imagine that the joy you felt on your wedding day was the best it could get. And some people let their relationship die because all they focused on was the glamour and excitement of the "big day" -- the gown, the showers, the gifts, the wedding, and the honeymoon. But what if your wedding was just the outer symbol for the abundance that could be yours?

What if your love for each other could continue to grow day after day? What do you love about your spouse? [...]

I open myself to grow as we grow.


June 11 - Banish comparisons

It's so easy to compare yourself with others, putting yourself down. They are more -- more caring, generous, popular, successful, more... something. And they may be. But that has nothing to do with your life, your challenges and your triumphs -- with your unique capacity to love.

You came into this life with particular gifts and limitations. No one else wille ver know what it has taken for you to risk your heart and soul the way you do, not even your dear spouse. Because no one will have ever lived inside your skin except you. Your way of loving is a miracle. It will be lost -- for all time -- if you hold back because your way is different. Don't do it. [...]

My journey can't be compared with anyone else's.

Each entry is also followed by a quote related to the entry by a famous or otherwise well-known person.

If you like affirmation books in general, I think you'll like this one as well. It's daily, one-a-day format is standard for this market. The trick will be to get your spouse or significant other interested in it with you, since it works best for couples to share. If you don't like affirmation books, then this one won't change your mind.


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