Posted by: irenesroth | January 14, 2011

Book Review For Blogcritics

Article first published as Book Review: The Joy of Compassionate Connecting by James Prieto on Blogcritics.

      The Joy of Compassionate Connecting
       Jaime L. Prieto
 

       James Prieto’s The Joy of Compassionate
       Connecting is a motivating and inspiring book
       that is written tenderly but seriously. Prieto
       offers an innovative and completely fresh look at
       some of the most important teachings of Christ
       that are life-serving and nonjudgmental. One of
       the ways that Prieto brings his view of
       compassionate connecting is by offering the
       reader some key steps to improve interpersonal
       communication in some of the significant
       relationships in his life.
      
       The concept of compassionate communication
       originated and was created by a famous American
       Psychologist, Marshall Rosenberg. Rosenberg first
       developed his theory by inviting his participants
       to listen from the heart, letting go of outcomes
       and judgments in order to make an empathic
       connection with the individuals that they
       communicated with. This framework can help people
       to understand each other in a peaceful and loving
       way.
      
       The purpose of Prieto’s concept of nonviolent
       communication is to improve an individual’s
       ability to inspire compassion in others and to
       respond compassionately in real situations,
       especially when difficulties and
       misunderstandings arise. This encourages us to
       reframe how we speak to each other. Prieto,
       encourages us to communicate with each other in
       loving and compassionate ways. We should listen
       to people with love and compassion by focussing
       on what we are feeling and needing.
      
       Prieto tries to appeal to Christians who want
       to improve their interpersonal relationships by
       learning how to communicate more compassionately.
       Prieto demonstrates the teachings of Jesus which
       exemplify love, mutual respect, responsibility,
       and compassion.
      
       Nonviolent communication, once mastered and
       practised, will help the reader to live with
       integrity with Jesus’ values of love and
       compassion. This is something that we could all
       benefit from in order to improve our
       interpersonal relationships. Part III of the book
       is devoted to this kind of practical advice.
      
       This book will be especially relevant to
       individuals who struggle to communicate in a
       compassionate manner in their interpersonal
       relationships. With practise and by relying on
       Prieto’s suggestions, we could also turn our
       troubled relationships into joy-filled
       connections. It is never too late to try Prieto’s
       method of compassionate connecting. I believe
       that Prieto’s book may even save a few marriages,
       and given the high incidence of divorce, this
       book is a great contribution.
      
       The Joy of Compassionate Connecting is a
       wonderfully hopeful and inspiring book which will
       be enjoyed by all readers. It doesn’t presuppose
       the mastery of any difficult or esoteric
       psychological language or theories and is written
       with the layperson in mind.

       Reviewed by Irene S. Roth

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