ReLovenship (TM) by Mario P. Cloutier and Diane Sawaya Cloutier

RelovenshipReLovenship (TM) Look Within to Love Again!: A Workbook to Attract “The One” and Much More in Your Life! by husband and wife duo Mario P. Cloutier and Diane Sawaya Cloutier is a how-to guide for securing a long-term relationship in a country with a 50% divorce rate. What exactly does ReLovenship mean? It’s the concept that you must love yourself before you’re ever a good mate for someone else. Far from this being an emphasis on narcissism or arrogance, ReLovenship is more of a spiritual concept in which people need to forgive themselves and open up to their better selves before they’re able to effectively communicate with a better half. In short, you need to understand yourself before you understand somebody else.

In a thorough and step by step guide, the Cloutiers give real life examples of making bad choices, and good ones, and how this affects relationships with other people. What makes the book effective is that the Cloutiers have walked the walk: they are the result of a successful 17-year marriage. There are a lot of books about how to find a significant other, but far fewer from the perspective of a couple who have made it work. The operative word is “work,” as they make clear throughout the book. A relationship isn’t a fairy tale, it’s real life with a lot of pressing real world concerns. People must learn to take the bad with the good. It’s an important lesson and ReLovenship is both instructive and inspiring.

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