Forgiveness and Other Acts of Love

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W. W. Norton & Company, Nov 1, 1998 - Philosophy - 360 pages
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When beset by a series of life-changing personal crises, psychotherapist Stephanie Dowrick remembered what she had learned early in her training: there are qualities - the great ancient virtues - that shape life for the better and that can be called upon in times of need. Dowrick grounds her work in the gritty reality of everyday life, yet she is also capable of supporting the reader to think about the most profound considerations of life's ultimate meaning. She ranges widely in Eastern and Western philosophy and spirituality as well as psychology to explore courage, fidelity, restraint, generosity, tolerance, and forgiveness. Through diverse stories memorably told, she shows that far from being dull or constraining, these virtues have much to teach us about honor, endurance, tolerance, steadfastness, and, above all, compassionate love. As this book demonstrates, we exercise choice constantly. Making those choices with the greatest possible awareness, and with concern for our shared good, undeniably supports a way of living that is energetic, trusting, creative, and abundantly rich in meaning.
 

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Contents

COURAGE
11
FIDELITY
69
RESTRAINT
131
GENEROSITY
183
TOLERANCE
235
FORGIVENESS
287
NOTES
349
BIBLIOGRAPHY
356
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
360
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About the author (1998)

Stephaine Dowrick was born in New Zealand. She eventually moved to Europe, became involved in the Women's Liberation Movement, and founded the Women's Press in London. Dowrick's books, such as Running Backward Over Sand, Solitude, and Forgiveness and Other Acts of Love illustrate her social, moral and political interests. She has also written a novel.

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