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The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict

by Arbinger Institute

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This is a very good book that helps you think about how you can communicate and interact better with others. It presents the information in the form of a fictional story that contains other stories, which makes it a little more interesting than just listening to lectures and principles. ( )
  AdrienneJS | May 18, 2015 |
Writing Style: 1-2 stars
Concepts: 3-4 stars

A non fiction novel, full of fictional cardboard prop people, an index, ten times as many pages of endorsements than required (none or one would have been more than sufficient, rather than the several at the front and back), dropped and blatantly abandoned plot points all with the sole purpose to pontificate on philosophical diatribe. If you're going to use fictional characters and scenarios, please do me the courtesy of providing depth, breadth and some closure with respect to their lives. I realize life is not neat and tidy, but it's also not full of black holes and blank pages.

Aside from my issues with the writing, I appreciate the insights presented in this book. Hearts at war, justification, collusion, self-deception and paths to hearts at peace, including action items and next steps. I experienced no epiphanies, however, as all these concepts are readily and easily understood and applied through the Golden Rule and Fruits of the Spirit (See Luke 10:27 and Galatians 5:22-23).

I found myself comparing this novel to The Shack, which delivered its message more effectively. A handful of convenient shallow people forced to attend a seminar where all the dialogue (questions and answers and supporting stories) presents (repetitively and remedially) some philosophical idea wears thin as literary technique. ( )
  mossjon | Mar 31, 2013 |
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict always seemed to me to be the hardest to resolve. And then this book came along talking about how an Israeli and a Palestinian work together to bring peace in the heart of many people.

Basically their story is simple. You can do anything in life in one of two ways. Either you do them with your heart at peace or with your heart at war. In the first case you see others as people who have feelings, expectations, fears just like you. You will be empathic and will focus on building a relationship. In the second case others will be like objects to you. As such they become your target of blame, gossip and justification. Having a heart at peace does not mean that you are soft. With a peaceful heart you can even wage war! The difference being that human value is at the core of any action.

Why would you decide to be at war with yourself? Because somewhere in the past you made a decision not to honour a desire. Maybe you wanted to start your own business but thought you didn't have it in you. From then on you will need to justify to yourself why you did not act on your wish. And this has an influence on how you see the world and others. Your heart is at war.

Fortunately they also say how peace is attained. That is why the Arbinger Institute is spread all over the world growing at a steady pace. The most important is realizing when your heart is at war, stepping out of that framework and considering how you can add to more peace in the given situation. And this is always followed by action. ( ) ( )
  TBE | Nov 1, 2011 |
Using the frame of parents brought together to leave their kids at a camp for troubled teens, this book explores the causes of conflict and offers solutions. The ideas are presented in a number of formats so learners of all kinds can find something for them. The story format, the illustrations, the outlined steps - all are different ways of getting to the basic message of learning to see others as people with value and then learning to build relationships. It is an intriguing idea and one that when practiced, can certainly make a difference. ( )
  tjsjohanna | Jan 12, 2011 |
I got halfway through chapter 3 and quit, because it was annoying. Where is it going? It has not yet gotten to any point. I can't tell if it's fiction or not. Also, Lou is obviously irritating. He will be proven wrong, and will change his ways, and find peace. I enjoy books on this topic, and I'm sure the message ultimately is fine, I'm just into the way it's written, that's all. ( )
  desanders | Jun 26, 2009 |
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Written as an engaging story, this book shows how mistaken views can cause people to misread situations and exacerbate the issues they wish to improve. The Anatomy of Peace illustrates how to make inner peace a potent tool for achieving outer satisfaction.… (more)

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