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  1. Larry Bassett Larry Bassett says:

    My children grew up with alphabet books and counting books and color books and animal books But how do children learn Pleasure, Patience, Clarity, Wisdom, Compassion, Honesty, Joy and all the other positive qualities How do children learn Worry, Despair, Doubt, Defeat, Anger, Panic, Suffering and all the other negative qualities Is it possible that I and the world taught them all of those andAuthor Gendler gives us some words in The Book of Qualities to put a human face on many of the e My children grew up with alphabet books and counting books and color books and animal books But how do children learn Pleasure, Patience, Clarity, Wisdom, Compassion, Honesty, Joy and all the other positive qualities How do children learn Worry, Despair, Doubt, Defeat, Anger, Panic, Suffering and all the other negative qualities Is it possible that I and the world taught them all of those andAuthor Gendler gives us some words in The Book of Qualities to put a human face on many of the experiences and feelings of our lives She shared a phrase that might say best what this book is the ways words dance The book is filled with confirmations and revelations When the book is working for me, it will make me quizzical, introspective and pleased.On her website Ruth Gendler says During the process of writing The Book of Qualities I felt like an explorer trying to penetrate underneath the layers and stereotypes to experience the Qualitiesdirectly I was turning my skills in investigation and observation inward, focusing on the textures and colors of the emotional landscape, calling on my training as both a journalist and an artist.Source From the book JoyJoy drinks pure water She has sat with the dying and attended many births She denies nothing She is in love with life, all of it, the sun and the rain and the rainbow She rides horses at Half Moon Bay under the October moon She climbs mountains She sings in the hills She jumps from the hot spring to the cold stream without hesitation.Although Joy is spontaneous, she is immensely patient She does not need to rush She knows that there are obstacles on every path and that every moment is the perfect moment She is not concerned with success or failure or how to make things permanent.At times Joy is elusive she seems to disappear even as we approach her I see her standing on a ridge covered with oak trees, and suddenly the distance between us feels enormous I am overwhelmed and wonder if the effort to catch her is worth it Yet, she waits for us Her desire to walk with us is as great as our longing to accompany her This is a book of poetry and philosophy It is from the 1970s and 1980s, a time that I look back on fondly Another GR reviewer said it is weaving potting Birkenstocks wholegrain bread A person I know would call it crunchy granola I think they are right Five stars from a throwback


  2. Katie Katie says:

    I wish I had written this intuitive little book Whenever it bordered on too personal or too whimsical I was secretly pleased, because I would have written it differently I thought of myself as Whimsy, which is fitting because the note in the front to whomever owned this book before me says Dear Alston, You are Whimsy please never, ever change Remember me when you read this little book God bless, Me July 25, 2000 Which is the day after my birthday The page for Whimsy says Whimsy is not I wish I had written this intuitive little book Whenever it bordered on too personal or too whimsical I was secretly pleased, because I would have written it differently I thought of myself as Whimsy, which is fitting because the note in the front to whomever owned this book before me says Dear Alston, You are Whimsy please never, ever change Remember me when you read this little book God bless, Me July 25, 2000 Which is the day after my birthday The page for Whimsy says Whimsy is not afraid to be outrageous but she is basically shy She has all kinds of books, and she arranges them on the shelves by the color of the cover or how the titles sound next to each other She was especially pleased to put a book on African dyeing called Into Indigo next to a dark blue book on Jewish mysticism Her clothes are also kept by color in the closet When Whimsy was a little girl, she would stay in the museum with the marble walls talking to the statues after everyone else left She has trouble keeping her shoelaces tied but in every other way she is as practical as your next door neighbor Because she is wild, people expect her to entertain them She is not encouraging anyone else to live like her Remembering how abruptly her brother was locked up for being a troublemaker, she fears people who treat her like a curiosity Freedom is her lover I think I ll keep returning to this book for years, as it s a quick read but it s soothing and wise either in that you agree as you read about each quality, or because you disagree and thus realize how you really feel about the one being described


  3. Carla Carla says:

    This has always been my favorite gift book to give The author could not find a publisher willing to print it, so she started Turquoise Mountain Press and published it herself TMP is no longer in existence and the book was eventually picked up by a large publishing house Each quality is depicted as an individual and they are related to one another as are families and friends I read one of the qualities in my son s dedication when he was 6 month s old, but I d have to search back for that pr This has always been my favorite gift book to give The author could not find a publisher willing to print it, so she started Turquoise Mountain Press and published it herself TMP is no longer in existence and the book was eventually picked up by a large publishing house Each quality is depicted as an individual and they are related to one another as are families and friends I read one of the qualities in my son s dedication when he was 6 month s old, but I d have to search back for that program to determine which one I read it has been several years My mother met the author, J Ruth Gendler, when this book was presented on the stage in Omaha, where I grew up I think Qualities is a very creative way of looking at our emotions I m sure you ll enjoy it


  4. Marty Marty says:

    My life coach recommended this book It s very sweet, and short Each quality is described as if it were a person, one per page For a busy, working, single mom like myself, it was perfect I kept it in my nightstand and read a few pages at bedtime when I had time I still keep it there and re read pages from it occasionally I also use it as a coaster.


  5. Merilee Merilee says:

    My favourite aunt gave me this book about 30 years ago and I ve finally finished it It contains short pieces on 100 qualities such as Happiness, Anger, Jealousy, etc., accompanied by lovely whimsical drawings It s somewhat engaging, but very 70s 80s Berkeley weaving potting Birkenstocks wholegrain bread.


  6. Janine Janine says:

    I loved this book Very short and a simple concept what if people s qualities were people themselves How would they act What would they like to do It ispoetry to me than anything else and I thoroughly enjoyed it One to come back to over and over.


  7. Sheree Sheree says:

    This book was very interesting Some qualities in the book I enjoyed and appreciatedthan others Ambivalence was my favorite The qualities are people and when she writes about what they do and don t do it helps you see and understand the quality better This book is very different from what you d think by the title Here s a short quality description for an example Inspiration Inspiration is disturbing She does not believe in guarantees or insurance or strict schedules She is not i This book was very interesting Some qualities in the book I enjoyed and appreciatedthan others Ambivalence was my favorite The qualities are people and when she writes about what they do and don t do it helps you see and understand the quality better This book is very different from what you d think by the title Here s a short quality description for an example Inspiration Inspiration is disturbing She does not believe in guarantees or insurance or strict schedules She is not interested in how well you write your grant proposal or what you do for a living or why you are too busy to see her She will be there when you need her but you have to take it on trust Surrender She knows when you need her better than you do I like to think about the qualities after I read about them She has interesting drawings for some of them I met the author at a book reading in Vancouver She is very interesting to listen to She travels where invited to talk about her books She lives in Berkeley, California It was fun to listen to her and now read her book


  8. Alex Alex says:

    We had to read this for a theatre class in college and then preform monologues choosing two qualities I think it is one of the most beautiful books I give it as a gift to almost everyone i know and had a a very good friend of mine read a passage out if it at our wedding.


  9. Sarah Sarah says:

    one of my all time favorite books to refer to I just read it again.


  10. Deb Deb says:

    Jane is Whimsy


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The Book of Qualities [BOOKS] ✸ The Book of Qualities By J. Ruth Gendler – Thomashillier.co.uk From Beauty to Compassion, from Pleasure to Terror, from Resignation to Joy here is an insightful exploration of the rich diversity of human qualities J Ruth Gendler s evocative book has as its cast o From Beauty to Compassion, from Pleasure to Terror, from Resignation to Joy here is an insightful exploration of the rich diversity of human qualities J Ruth Gendler s evocative book has as its cast of familiar characters our own emotions, brought to life with a poet s wisdom and an artist s perceptive eye In The The Book Kindle - Book of Qualities magical community, Excitement wears orange socks, Faith lives in the same apartment building as Doubt, and Worry makes lists of everything that could go wrong while she is waiting for the train In portraying the complexities of the psyche, Gendler uses the Qualities to bridge the distinctions between literature and psychology, and has created an original work that challenges us to look at our emotions in new and inspiring ways.