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Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite
At the Very Heart and Soul (A Common-Sense Guide to Appreciation and Gratitude for Couple Relationships) by Timothy N. Gocke is a non-fiction self-help book that would appeal most to married couples looking to improve their relationship through appreciation and gratitude. The author not only shares how to improve one’s relationship, but also explores how modern living with hectic work schedules, current technology, and day-to-day stress has come to place more pressure on long-term relationships. The author shares his own experiences and years of wisdom in the hope of helping couples to help themselves. Are you ready to begin learning about the need for appreciation, gratitude, and how to overcome narcissistic tendencies?
At the Very Heart and Soul is a well-written and practical guide that I found to be very informative. I personally have witnessed a lack of appreciation and gratitude and the harm it can do to others in some of my loved ones. This book really serves to highlight how far a bit of appreciation can go in improving relationships not only between adults but also in families with children. I found the author’s explanation for how the familiarity stage of the relationship is often when couples begin to stop showing appreciation for each other and how this can negatively influence the relationship. This made a lot of sense to me and matched up with my own observations. Overall, I am very glad that I read this book as I feel the knowledge I gained from it will help me to manage my future long-term relationships in a healthy manner that will include appreciation and gratitude.