Love your Enemies

Product Details Love your Enemies
By Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman
Hay House
Retail Price $24.95
Amazon Price: $18.27

Book Description:  When people and circumstances upset us, how do we deal with them? Often, we feel victimized. We become hurt, angry, and defensive. We end up seeing others as enemies, and when things don’t go our way, we become enemies to ourselves.

    But what if we could move past this pain, anger, and defensiveness?

    Inspired by Buddhist philosophy, this book introduces us to the four kinds of enemies we encounter in life: the outer enemy, people, institutions, and situations that mean to harm us; the inner enemy, anger, hatred, fear, and other destructive emotions; the secret enemy, self-obsession that isolates us from others; and the super-secret enemy, deep-seated self-loathing that prevents us from finding inner freedom and true happiness.

    In this practical guide, we learn not only how to identify our enemies, but more important, how to transform our relationship to them. Love Your Enemies teaches us how to . . .

break free from the mode of “us” versus “them” thinking


develop compassion, patience, and love


accept what is beyond our control


embrace lovingkindness, right speech, and other core concepts

    Throughout, authors Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman share stories and exercises for achieving finding peace within yourself and with the world. Drawing from ancient spiritual wisdom and modern psychology, Love Your Enemies presents tools that are useful for all readers.


While this book is described as being derived from a Buddhist philosophy, the concept is really one that is found throughout the Bible as well. The ideas here are  comprised of scriptural principles like forgiveness and compassion.  We don’t have to like them but we do have to love our enemies. How do you love someone you don’t even like? It’s not easy. And at first glance it may seem impossible. This book can be your guide by offering an easy to follow plan of practical ways to express love and kindness toward enemies. There is a lot to reflect on in this book so take it slow and apply what you learn.

~Reviewed by Sharon S.



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