Love it Leo Buscaglia is a special writer, he transmits his love remarkably in this book I bought this book just because the title seems like the very me, however it is so much better than expected I think Italians like this author express love as deep as Spanish Latino people, love without frontiers without a special interest, love because we born for love Slightly cheesy but pretty much what you d expect from a book with this title I have been revisiting the ideas presented in a Love and Morality Seminar I took in college I think they used both this author s works and C.S Lewis as reference material It s very interesting. The Man Who First Brought Love To The Classroom Offers A Postgraduate Course For People In Every Kind Of Relationship And For Those Who Yearn For Love In Powerful Short Takes, Leo Buscaglia Turns The Light Of His Wisdom On Every Facet Of The Priceless Jewel Of Love And Discusses Love That Is Than A Comfort Zone Creating An Us Without Destroying The Me The Value Of Differences, And So Much These Challenging Lessons In Loving Will Enrich Your Life For As Long As You Live. . This is one of my all time favorite books I live by the messages in this book It s filled with short inpiring stories and theories of how to love your best. I am totally digging this book so far It s not like a huge long book that tells a story or anything, kind of like different sayings or snippets that are different on each page but each has its own message which is pretty neat. It is easy to see why someone who was in a rush to purchase books for a voracious reader would see this book and think it a likely one for me to enjoy When I was reading it in the break room this afternoon at work, I was asked if I was reading a romance novel, and I had to demur, since this is most definitely not a romance novel Yet my coworker was onto something, in that this book is about romantic love, as well as love in other,vague and general senses, and the person who bought this b It is easy to see why someone who was in a rush to purchase books for a voracious reader would see this book and think it a likely one for me to enjoy When I was reading it in the break room this afternoon at work, I was asked if I was reading a romance novel, and I had to demur, since this is most definitely not a romance novel Yet my coworker was onto something, in that this book is about romantic love, as well as love in other,vague and general senses, and the person who bought this book for me would have likely not purchased it had she read itthan a little before buying it in a rush The reason for that is indicated quite plainly by the author himself, a former professor of a love class at the University of Southern California 1 where I attended my undergraduate studies, which coincidentally enough did not include this particular course, when he says Our goal, after all, is humanness, not godliness 154 My criticisms of this book, and they are many, do not detract from the fact that the author is right that we are born for love, and and they are distinct from the fact that the author concedes he was viewed as nut for setting up a college course as a tenured professor at USC in the study and practice of love He was entirely right to undertake the task, albeit entirely wrongheaded in his approach, as he was aiming at the wrong goal The goal is godliness after all.The contents of this book read almost like a parody of New Age ruminations on love and the sort of quotes that appear on fortune cookies or page a day motivational calendars Most of the book consists of short reflections by the author, often containing a family story or some sort of reference to Eastern religious thought and practice or Western philosophy, with a related quote by a famous person on the bottom of the page Some pages are filled with what the author believes to be encouraging quotes on lavender paper, like Giving in as an important kind of giving when people love each other 173 Many of the thoughts are repetitive, and the author s insistence that love has been viewed rather vaguely because of the cynicism of people likely people like me are in view here and because love has been dealt with by amateurs instead of college professors like him strikes one a bit hollow when the book itself is very vague The Greeks famously had four words for love storge for familial affection, eros for romantic love, phileo for friendship, and agape for self sacrificial love, but the author s use of love is very vague, and mostly focuses on romantic love along with some comments about friendship and family 2 The fact that the author nearly entirely ignores the Bible but quotes Lakota wisdom and a lot of references to Buddhism as well as a few to Taoism also suggests that this author is himself an amateur when dealing with love, since there are no references to 1 Corinthians 13 and only one very brief and superficial reference to the Golden Rule This level of ignorance and imprecision about love does not speak highly as to one s competence in dealing with the serious subject of love.Perhaps just as serious is the fact that the author is so wildly inconsistent and even paradoxical in his advice and counsel He cannot decide, for example, if fear is responsible for people saying no or if no is what gives definition to a yes He cannot decide if self esteem is the foundation of our ability to love others or if our natural egoism is too much of a barrier to loving and losing ourselves in others, but yet remaining two people growing independently as well as together He cannot decide if the focus on continual improvement and self education is of pivotal importance or if love is so simple that it is viewed as cliche by others Indeed, it is likely that this book is to be viewed as cliche by many of its readers, although I cannot imagine there being many readers for this particular book, except among those who appreciate new age positive psychology, and those who are reading about its humanistic views on love from the point of view of the opening wedge of Buddhist thought in academia and public culture The book even makes a subtle appeal to views on reincarnation, a view that has gotten much less subtle in other recent efforts 3 In the end, this book is contradictory and shallow, and represents the sort of amateur and slapdash approach to love that its author deplores in others Nevertheless, even saying all this, the advice given here would be an improvement upon the way that many people approach the matter of love It is little wonder, therefore, that so many of our lives are a mess when it comes to this painful and unpleasant subject matter 1 See, for example 2 See, for example 3 See, for example , .