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Love, Lust and the Longing for God


An introspective plan for those looking to break the cycle of failed relationships.

In his seventh book, Saint Rain (4 Tools of Emotional Healing, 2012, etc.) aims to help readers reconsider what they’re searching for in a loving relationship.

Relationships fail because we look for emotional and physical attraction, the author writes, but if we train ourselves to look for virtues we admire, we can develop better, more intimate connections. The book contains three parts, each previously published as books, and the first focuses on the connection, and disconnect, between emotions and virtues. The author argues that people have a hard time teasing out what their own emotions mean and end up in relationships that have shame, fear and neediness at their core. The solution, Saint Rain writes in the second part, is to heal oneself before looking for that next relationship; by using honesty, forgiveness, compassion and faith, one can take a sobering look at one’s own life and complete oneself. Only then, in part three, does the author suggest that readers start training themselves to recognize virtues in others and to seek out a relationship. At first glance, this self-help book seems by the numbers, but what Saint Rain offers is a thorough demonstration of how emotions act in the background of one’s life. It’s easy to dismiss the idea that shame or fear lurks in one’s relationship, but the author shows the subtlety of these emotions by using analogies and examples from popular culture, such as princess-themed movies and other popular love stories. Despite all this emotional dissection, however, the author’s tone remains friendly and conversational, and although the title suggests strong religious overtones, the author only incrementally weaves in ideas of spirituality, drawing strong connections between life and God without alienating readers.

An introspective plan for those looking to break the cycle of failed relationships.

Pub Date: May 6, 2013

ISBN: 978-1888547542

Page Count: 284

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: Oct. 30, 2013

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This is not the Nutcracker sweet, as passed on by Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa. No, this is the original Hoffmann tale of 1816, in which the froth of Christmas revelry occasionally parts to let the dark underside of childhood fantasies and fears peek through. The boundaries between dream and reality fade, just as Godfather Drosselmeier, the Nutcracker's creator, is seen as alternately sinister and jolly. And Italian artist Roberto Innocenti gives an errily realistic air to Marie's dreams, in richly detailed illustrations touched by a mysterious light. A beautiful version of this classic tale, which will captivate adults and children alike. (Nutcracker; $35.00; Oct. 28, 1996; 136 pp.; 0-15-100227-4)

Pub Date: Oct. 28, 1996

ISBN: 0-15-100227-4

Page Count: 136

Publisher: Harcourt

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1996

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An extravaganza in Bemelmans' inimitable vein, but written almost dead pan, with sly, amusing, sometimes biting undertones, breaking through. For Bemelmans was "the man who came to cocktails". And his hostess was Lady Mendl (Elsie de Wolfe), arbiter of American decorating taste over a generation. Lady Mendl was an incredible person,- self-made in proper American tradition on the one hand, for she had been haunted by the poverty of her childhood, and the years of struggle up from its ugliness,- until she became synonymous with the exotic, exquisite, worshipper at beauty's whrine. Bemelmans draws a portrait in extremes, through apt descriptions, through hilarious anecdote, through surprisingly sympathetic and understanding bits of appreciation. The scene shifts from Hollywood to the home she loved the best in Versailles. One meets in passing a vast roster of famous figures of the international and artistic set. And always one feels Bemelmans, slightly offstage, observing, recording, commenting, illustrated.

Pub Date: Feb. 23, 1955

ISBN: 0670717797

Page Count: -

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: Oct. 25, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1955

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