Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Case for Falling in Love by Mari Ruti PhD

The Case for Falling in Love: Why We Can't Master the Madness of Love -- and Why That's the Best PartThe Case for Falling in Love: Why we Can't Master the Madness of Love - and Why That's the Best Part, is a wonderful read.  I sometimes have trouble getting through non-fiction, because I have to digest in chunks, which is exactly how I read this book, but I enjoyed it completely.

This is certainly not your average relationship, self-help book.  The Case for Falling in Love debunks the Mars vs Venus myths and throws gender stereotypes to the wind. Mari Ruti encourages men and women to embrace their individuality and bring confidence to the table.

So much about what we think we know about relationships comes from what we've been told. If you heard that men are incapable of feeling and they prefer helpless women, chances are you have never asked a man. The truth is, most men are over the whole damsel in distress routine. The average man wants a woman who has a unique opinion, who is confident and direct, and who is not afraid to be herself.

For any woman who has doubted her self-worth because she is single, this is a must read.

"It's worth reminding yourself that singleness has its advantages. For one thing, it allows you to become better acquainted with yourself.  It allows you to familiarize yourself with aspects of your being that shy away from the comfort of others. You might even discover sources of creativity that you didn't know you had. Many people who have truly distinguished themselves in our society have been single for long stretches of their lives. Often solitude is a precondition of achievement."

How powerful is that?  So many women get caught up in the tick-tock of the invisible biological clock,  ignoring the grandeur that already exists in their lives, forfeiting the experience of life for waiting and game playing.  Love is, its not perfect.  Pain, sadness, and tears are par for the course, but so is happiness, joy, and fulfillment.  It doesn't have to be one or the other, the experience of love encompasses everything, good...bad...and everything in between.

"Relax and let love happen. Forget about the games of romance. Be willing to risk everything.  Let passion be your guide. But know when to walk away. You might get wounded and that's nothing to be afraid of.  You might get disillusioned but that's not the end of the world. But still know when to walk away."

I give this book:

I received this book free from the publisher through the Library Thing Early Reviewers program.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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