Loving Bravely – Book Review

by Danielle Carlson, AMFT

Clients are often interested in ways that they can do their own self-awareness and relationship work outside of their weekly hour of therapy. A great way to do this is by reading books that help you explore your inner experience and the relationships in your life.

With that in mind, I am really excited to share with you all a book that I had the pleasure to help create with it’s author Dr. Alexandra Solomon. The book is Loving Bravely: 20 Lessons of Self-Discovery to Help You Get the Love You Want. Dr. Solomon is a staff clinical psychologist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, and her decades of experiences working with couples and individuals to strengthen their relationships lead her to writing this unique and refreshing book.

What I love about Loving Bravely is that unlike many dating books that encourage you to turn your focus to the people you are trying to find, Dr. Solomon helps her readers tune into their own internal wisdom and develop a deeper understanding of their past relationships and their current patterns and desires. The book takes readers through different areas of both individual self-awareness and relational self-awareness to become more resilient and confident in their search for and experience of love and relationships. It’s like the process of therapy, distilled into a book/workbook experience.

This is a great book for those who are looking for a more satisfying and deeper next relationship, and for those who are currently in a relationship and hoping to break unhealthy patterns and deepen their connection to their partner(s). In an easy and personal writing style, each chapter reveals Dr. Solomon’s wisdom about key areas of relationships, and then gives readers exercises to work with to apply these lessons in their own life. The book was written to allow the lessons to be applied to many types of relationships, from LBGTQ partners to non-monogamous relationships — even to even family and friends!

Dr. Solomon has distilled years of her own wisdom, as well as that of her colleagues and clients, into twenty lessons that each have the power to bring depth and clarity to the reader’s life and loves. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed working on it!

To read a chapter, click here.

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