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A Life-Changing Book

A Life-Changing Book

If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. ~Toni Morrison

Each day I am closer to holding my first published book in my hands. This has been a long time in coming.  For several years as I was learning the craft and my message, I only wrote one page per day. It has been over a year in compiling and editing the work. Giving life to this book has been a labor of love, which has become a guide for my thinking and an organizing force for my work. Unlike other projects which stretched past my ability to see the end and which wore my patience thin, this book has long had a life of its own and has taught me respect for the idea that all worthwhile things come in their own time.

The process of writing a book that you always wanted to read reminds me of this quote by Edward Morgan: “A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.” A book that speaks directly to your deepest questions and speak to you like a friend is what I look for when I read and what drives me when I write. I cherish the process that turns a free-floating fragile idea in my mind into a fully formed articulate understanding.

Books that change the way you see the world, even for just moments at a time, and that stay with you long after you read the last page take up residence in our souls and become a reference point for development in life. Helen Hains described the process this way: “From every book invisible threads reach out to other books; and as the mind comes to use and control those threads the whole panorama of the world’s life, past and present, becomes constantly more varied and interesting, while at the same time the mind’s own powers of reflection and judgment are exercised and strengthened.”

It is hard to imagine that readers will not be changed by Love that Works in the same way that writing it has done for me. Love that Works is coming, and I think and hope it is one of those books that will change lives.

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Wendy Strgar

Wendy Strgar, founder and CEO of Good Clean Love, is a loveologist who writes and lectures on Making Love Sustainable, a green philosophy of relationships which teaches the importance of valuing the renewable resources of love, intimacy and family.  In her new book, Love that Works: A Guide to Enduring Intimacy,  she tackles the challenging issues of sustaining relationships and healthy intimacy with an authentic and disarming style and simple yet innovative adviceIt has been called "the essential guide for relationships."  The book is available on ebook.  Wendy has been married for 27 years to her husband, a psychiatrist, and lives with their four children ages 13- 22 in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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1:21PM PST on Dec 4, 2011

Thank you, Wendy. I'll look out for it.

10:35PM PDT on Sep 9, 2010

Most people have at least one book in them!
It needn't be a literary nasterpiece either!

10:35PM PDT on Sep 9, 2010

Most people have at least one book in them!
It needn't be a literary nasterpiece either!

6:32PM PDT on Sep 2, 2010

Thanks Wendy

10:38PM PDT on Aug 24, 2010

Thanks

9:50PM PDT on Aug 24, 2010

Never really gave any preview or clue about what love that really works, the concept title of the book,looks/operates like. I was expecting a book cover end flap paraphrase or something. Guess I'll have to wait for the product. The process is sort of out of the readers' control.....

9:47AM PDT on Aug 24, 2010

This is encouragement for me. People I don't even know have talked with me and said 'you need to write a book'. I thought, 'who me, what do I have to say?' But I decided to begin.
Three days ago I decided that if I couldn't write without going down rabbit trails or becoming emotionally bogged down, I would write one page a day.
I hope it doesn't take a year, but if it does, it does!!!
Thanks, again.

5:02AM PDT on Aug 24, 2010

I look forward to reading the new book.

3:02AM PDT on Aug 24, 2010

Thanks Wendy, for the encouragement. Look forward to your new book. Hope it will be available in South Africa,

Wrote my story in my journal 18 years ago, time to share it with others. Denise O'Shea

2:52AM PDT on Aug 24, 2010

Thanks Wendy for the encouragement. Look forward to your new book.
I wrote my story in a journal 18 years ago! Will follow up now.

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