This book is about love. What it is and what it isn't. It is about you--and about everybody who has ever reached out to touch the heart of another. Among many other lessons of the heart, Leo Buscaglia reminds us: Love is open arms. If you close your arms about love you will find that you are left holding only yourself.
BY Brian Johnson
Learn to Love from the Dr. of Love!
"If he desired to know about automobiles, he would, without question, study diligently about automobiles. If his wife desired to be a gourmet cook, she'd certainly study the art of cooking, perhaps even attending a cooking class. Yet, it never seems as obvious to him that if he wants to live in love, he must spend at least as much time as the auto mechanic or the gourmet in studying love." ~ Leo Buscaglia from "Love"
I smile as I type these words--just having Buscaglia's book, "Love," open in front of me is enough to make me happy.
Seriously. This is hands down one of my favorite books. I've purchased at least 250 copies of it. We used to give it away to all of our partners at my last business [...] and I used to bring a copy with me to nearly every business lunch I had. (I'm a little wacky like that.
I have no doubt you'll fall in Love with "Love" as well. By the end of reading it, you'll wish you could give Leo Buscaglia--a former Professor of Love at USC--a big ol' hug.
BY Julie Jordan Scott
Buscaglia's Living Bridge to His Readers...
In writing this review, I have been sometimes challenged to harken back to the pure strengths of this book in specifics. I have scribbled notes to myself in the margins, noted great quotes within, and yet I think the best way to really grasp the gloriousness of this book is to simply get your hands on it and read it yourself. I know I will be re-reading it, re-reading it and re-reading it.
It is the sort of book you can pick up and open in any section and find something valuable whether it is a story or an example or a simple application.
"Love" has been a tremendously successful book - indeed, Buscaglia had 5 books on the New York Times best seller list at once - people (even those who found him "odd") craved what he taught. Those lessons come through loud and clear in this relatively compact treatise which was inspired from the lectures and student contact from the course he taught at a California (naturally, perhaps some of you are thinking) University.
Each chapter offers the reader the opportunity to plunge headlong into the topic of love: we come to know that love is a learned phenomenon, that there are strong forces which keep us from experiencing - and giving and receiving love. We discover the importance of loving ourselves and how to begin to activate that process.
I found the most effective chapter to be "Love Recognizes Needs" because it shares examples of the ways in which we can simply, easily and (dare I say it?) even methodically become more aware and give love more readily to others AND receive love more readily for ourselves.
I wish I had known of Leo Buscaglia when he was still living. His message is simple and profound, it is grace-filled and warm - and in his writing and life he seems to have been capable of living without concern about what "mainstream thinkers" thought of him.
On page 89, Buscaglia quotes Thornton Wilder - and this quote really says all that needs to be said about reading and applying the lessons from this book:
"There is a land of the living and a land of the dead. The bridge is love."