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Lions Roar : May 2012
SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2012 83 LEANING INTO SHARP POINTS Practical Guidance and Nurturing Support for Caregivers By Stan Goldberg New World Library 2012; 232 pp., $14.95 (paper) The man’s wife was hooked up to an oxygen regulator. “How do I do this?” he whispered to hospice volunteer Stan Goldberg. “We’ve been married for forty years, but God help me, I don’t know what I should be doing.” This, says Goldberg, is a question that millions of people ask every day when they find themselves thrust into the role of caregiver for someone with a chronic or terminal illness, and for just this reason he offers Leaning Into Sharp Points. Among other important topics, this book addresses how to begin talking about what your loved one has meant to you and how much they will be missed; how to balance your needs against theirs; and how to deal with any abuse or negative behavior they may direct at you due to their illness. Goldberg, whose writing appeared in The Best Buddhist Writing 2010, is also the author of Lessons for the Living: Stories of Forgiveness, Gratitude, and Courage at the End of Life. A LITTLE BOOK OF LOVE Heart Advice on Bringing Happiness to Ourselves and Our World By Moh Hardin Shambhala Publications 2011; 160 pp., $15.95 (cloth) It is said that all the Buddha’s teachings can be divided into two broad categories: skillful means and wisdom. The wisdom teach- ings offer insight into the nature of reality, while the skillful means teachings offer instruction for practices. In that vein, Moh Hardin presents both skillful means and wisdom teachings in A Little Book of Love. And—whether he’s addressing listening and speaking with love or building trust or letting go—he always has practical and transformative suggestions. “This is a little book about a big word: love,” Hardin writes in the introduction. “Love is not just a feeling we have toward our spouse, our family, or our friends. It includes these relationships, of course, but love is a way of being present and awake in the world altogether.” BY ANDREA MILLER Books in Brief A COUPLE’S GUIDE TO SEXUAL ADDICTION A Step-by-Step Plan to Rebuild Trust and Restore Intimacy By Paldrom Catharine Collins and George N. Collins Adams Media 2011; 256 pp., $14.95 (paper) A Couple’s Guide to Sexual Addiction is by husband and wife team Paldrom Catharine Collins and George N. Collins. Paldrom is a former Buddhist nun who helps couples work through sexual addiction through Compulsion Solutions counseling in Califor- nia. George, a recovering sex addict, is the author of Breaking the Cycle. According to the authors, sex addiction is a compul- sive urge to engage in sexual activity, be it having affairs, using prostitutes, or excessively viewing pornography. For the addict, sex is an escape or a balm in a way that is detrimental to the indi- vidual, their family, their friends, and/or their work. This book is for couples who have decided to stay together and work through breaches in their relationship caused by sexually compulsive behavior. Part one explores how to come to terms with the shock, hurt, fear, and shame surrounding addiction; part two unpacks the skills required to rebuild the partnership; and part three deals with ways of deepening emotional and sexual intimacy. THE HUSTON SMITH READER Edited by Jeffery Paine University of California Press 2012; 280 pp., $29.95 (cloth) There was no such thing as comparative religion; if you knew someone of another faith, you ignored them, persecuted them, or tried to convert them. Then, with his 1958 classic, The Religions of Man, Huston Smith showed America another way. He was born in 1919 to missionary parents in China, and he planned to become a missionary himself. Instead, he became what was considered an eccentric college professor. He discovered Hinduism and threw himself into it not just by studying it, but by practicing it for ten years. After that, he spent a decade immersed in Buddhism and another immersed in Islam. Smith’s writing, which spans six decades, is renowned for being highly accessible, and this newly published reader offers a fascinating selection of his work.