Wabi Sabi Love: The Ancient Art of Finding Perfect Love in Imperfect Relationships
Arielle Ford's Wabi Sabi Love follows the success of her international bestseller The Soulmate Secret by revealing how to make love last forever.
Using the ancient Japanese idea of illuminating the beauty in imperfection (known as wabi sabi), Wabi Sabi Love provides all the tools necessary for you to experience more balance, harmony, and joy in your relationship than ever before.
No matter what stage of your relationship, Arielle Ford delivers the secret to lasting love. To quote Deepak Chopra: "Wabi Sabi Love weds ancient wisdom and modern concerns to create the formula for a sustainable, loving relationship for years to come."
Library Journal (11/15/2011):
Ford ("The Soulmate Secret") develops the Japanese aesthetic, known as "wabi sabi", of finding beauty in imperfection into a relationship model where couples are taught to focus on what's right with the other person and not what's wrong. Ford argues that though all couples have irreconcilable differences, they can use the "wabi sabi "method to embrace rather than try to eliminate the tastes, opinions, and unique viewpoints of their partner. In other words, vive la différence! This is certainly easier to say than to do, but Ford provides numerous examples of couples who have accomplished this ideal. It's a worthwhile read for anyone in a relationship. Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.
Shelf Awareness (01/31/2012):
On a cold November day, Arielle Ford (The Soulmate Secret) happened upon an image of a large, cracked Asian urn and noticed the gallery had highlighted the imperfection through lighting. This image accompanied an article on wabi sabi, "the ancient Japanese art form that finds beauty and perfection in imperfection," which inspired Ford to write Wabi Sabi Love, "the art and practice of loving the imperfections in ourselves and in our partners."
Wabi Sabi Love is a primarily a self-help book, as Ford gently guides readers to recognize their own imperfections through stories about actual couples--including Ford and her spouse as well as the Obamas--who have embraced the ways individual imperfection can lead to a more perfect union. Ford believes that lasting love must not only accept the foibles and idiosyncrasies of each partner, but embrace them as singular manifestations of the couple's love: "A key aspect of Wabi Sabi is learning to move our focus from what makes our partners so annoying to what makes our partners so unique." For example, one woman realizes as she is yet again cleaning up the trail of poppy seeds left on the kitchen floor by her husband's daily muffin that the absence of the seeds would mean the absence of her husband, and suddenly the seeds seem as insignificant as their size.
At the end of most chapters, Ford provides exercises to help readers reconcile the daily irritations inherent in partnerships and embrace with gratitude what is most important: unconditional love. COPYRIGHT(2012) Shelf Awareness, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
"It's a worthwhile read for anyone in a relationship."--Library Journal
Following up on the success of her international bestseller "The Soulmate Secret," Ford reveals to readers how, once they've found love, they can make it last forever.
"Arielle Ford's Wabi Sabi Love weds ancient wisdom and modern concerns to create the formula for a sustainable, loving relationship for years to come."--Deepak Chopra
"My sister, Arielle, is a master of everlasting love. With this foolproof guide to sustaining relationships beyond 'I do, ' she shares her hard-won wisdom of keeping love alive and thriving! Wabi Sabi Love is a must read for every couple in search of a happily ever after."--Debbie Ford, New York Times Bestselling author of "The 21-Day Consciousness Cleanse"
"Wabi Sabi Love really works. My husband and I follow Arielle's wisdom and enjoy a deeply meaningful, totally fulfilling and loving marriage."--Peggy McColl, Author of New York Times bestseller "Your Destiny Switch"
"Wabi Sabi Love is uplifting and full of the truth about what it takes to keep love alive."--Christiane Northrup, M.D., ob/gyn physician and author of New York Times bestseller "Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom"
This book is a treasure trove of inspiration that offers an abundance of great ideas and information. I highly recommend it.--Gay Hendricks
"Wabi Sabi Love shows you how to have a completely fulfilling love relationship. Arielle is a master teacher in guiding others to create deep and lasting love. Listen to her, follow her sage advice, and you'll experience relationship bliss."--Marci Shimoff, Author of New York Times bestseller "Love For No Reason"
"This book is a revelation. With the Wabi Sabi mind-shift, your relationship will change forever, and you'll discover that the love, acceptance, and passion you'd always hoped for was there all along. This truly is a portrait of how to develop love that lasts a lifetime."--Jack Canfield, Co-author of "The Success Principles"
"The stories Ford uses to illustrate the " Wabi Sabi " principles, both from her own relationship and those of other couples, will make you laugh and nod your head and decide to give the ideas a try."--Retailing Insight
"Arielle Ford's "Wabi Sabi Love" is a compassionate and inspired guide to creating more loving relationships. It's a book I plan to read again and again, and keep close by for a long time!"--Gloria Loring, singer, actress and author, "Coincidence Is God's way of Remaining Anonymous"
Love. It's right up there with air, food, and water as the most necessary of ingredients for existence. And yet it is one of the hardest things to find, and perhaps an even harder thing to hold on to.
The truth is you're not perfect, and neither is your partner. But you can be perfectly imperfect together. In Wabi Sabi Love, international bestselling author and relationship expert Arielle Ford applies the wisdom of Wabi Sabi--the ancient Japanese idea of illuminating the beauty in imperfection--to love relationships. Wabi Sabi Love is the practice of exploring, embracing, and cherishing the quirks, irritations, and limitations that make you and your partner unique and that form your shared history as a couple.
Wabi Sabi Love provides the tools to see yourself, your partner, and your partnership in an entirely new light, develop a deep and profound appreciation for each other, and experience more balance, harmony, and joy in your relationship than ever before. Wabi Sabi Love teaches you to: turn conflict into connection and differences into mutual passionsmove from "annoyed" to "enjoyed"establish new beliefs and habits that better serve your relationshipcultivate humor, humility, and generosity to diffuse those moments when you would normally retreat or slip into tired judgments, criticisms, or resentments
Using real-life stories of couples who applied Wabi Sabi and found their relationships transformed, Wabi Sabi Love can revolutionize your relationship whether you're navigating financial challenges, raising children, caring for aging parents, coping with a seemingly insurmountable betrayal, or just facing mundane frustrations and everyday stressors. By shifting the focus from what's wrong to what's right, Wabi Sabi Love reveals a pathway to true love and your happily ever after.
Library Journal 11/15/2011 pg. 85 (EAN 9780062003751, Hardcover)
Shelf Awareness 01/31/2012 (EAN 9780062003751, Hardcover)
Contributor Bio: Ford, Arielle
Arielle Ford is an acclaimed relationship expert and the international bestselling author of The Soulmate Secret.