Real Love: What It Is, and How to Find It

Theodore Isaac Rubin, Author Continuum $17.95 (219p) ISBN 978-0-8264-0453-4
Prolific author ( Lisa and David ; Overcoming Indecisiveness ) and columnist for Ladies' Home Journal and McCall's , psychiatrist Rubin here offers observations on the nature of love. Short meditations (most one page, some a sentence) on the attributes of love (``Loving is even more important than being loved'') and its enemies, which he calls ``corrosives'' and which include jealousy, pride, secretiveness and mastery, support Rubin's indisputable view that loving--God, parents, children, mates, friends--is our most redeeming activity. Optimistic and encouraging, these reflections seem like thoughts penned at free moments; unfortunately, the wisdom is blandly unspecific, with only occasional references to an individual or incident giving weight and substance. Full of compassion and conviction, Rubin's sage-sounding observations are soothing, but they are also superficial and vague. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 01/30/1990
Release date: 02/01/1990
Hardcover - 219 pages - 978-0-8245-1338-2
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