John Welwood's Latest Relationship Book Wins Books for a Better Life Award

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Author & couples therapist, John Welwood’s latest relationship book, “Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships: Healing the Wound of the Heart” has won the Books for a Better Life Award in the Relationships category.

In this inspirational book, John Welwood Ph.D. asks the reader to explore the apparent paradoxes of relationship: “Why, if love is so great and powerful, are human relationships so challenging and difficult? If love is the source of our deepest happiness and joy, what makes it so hard to open to it fully and let it govern our lives? If love is the greatest power on earth, why is it so hard for this force to permeate the dense fabric of human relationships and illuminate the darkness of this world? What is the problem?”

Such questions took on particular urgency for nationally known couples therapist John Welwood soon after September 11, 2001, when the world was once again plunging into war. As the bombs rained down on Afghanistan in retaliation for the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, the world felt especially fragile to him, and perilously close to collapsing into hatred and violence. After America's political leaders embarked on what appeared to be a war without end, he felt it imperative to take a fresh look at why it's so hard for what is best in the human being ˜the warmth and goodness of the heart˜ to take hold in this world.

In Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships (Trumpeter Books,) John Welwood has identified an underground epidemic: a deep-seated emotional wound that sabotages all our relationships. With uncommon eloquence and insight, he argues that this wound must be acknowledged, examined, and healed before successful relationships are possible.

According to Dr. Welwood, the problem is not the amount or quality of love we receive, but our limited ability to fully accept the love that is available because we are afraid that we are not lovable the way we are. In Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships, he guides the reader through a profound healing process ˜one that will allow us to receive love in a way we never have before.” He also explains how this revolutionary process has implications beyond our personal lives -- in our marriages, families, schools, corporations, and nations -- exploring how it could heal the cycles of violence and destruction that we see in the world at large.

About John Welwood

John Welwood, Ph. D. is a clinical psychotherapist, teacher, and author, who lives in Marin County, California. He and his wife Jennifer lead workshops on conscious relationship and psychospiritual work across the country. His books include the best-selling Journey of the Heart, Love and Awakening, Ordinary Magic, and Toward a Psychology of Awakening.

About the Books for a Better Life Award

Since its inception, the Books for a Better Life Awards have honored over 300 titles and their authors, including Jimmy Carter, Deepak Chopra, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Thomas Moore, Ann Patchett, and Oprah Winfrey.

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