Enchanted Love: the Mystical Power of Intimate Relationships

Marianne Williamson, Author Simon & Schuster $24 (288p) ISBN 978-0-684-84219-6
Musing about deeply passionate love in prose that's sometimes overwrought, spiritual thinker and bestselling author Williamson (Illuminata, etc.) pleads for a millennial movement toward ""holy romance,"" based on deep spiritual connection between partners. Essentially addressing baby boomer women, she advocates a ""new model of romance"" and relationships containing ""love, righteousness, compassion."" Describing her blend of Christian-influenced belief tempered with goddess worship and myth as ""mystical feminism,"" Williamson calls on women to help men find a similar cosmic rebirth. Cautioning women not to strategize or use manipulative tactics to gain a man's attentions (otherwise, he'll be the wrong one), she offers many insights, especially about forgiveness, healing and partnering. Williamson's views on monogamy, sexuality and male and female characteristics are provocative (""a woman should always be one step ahead of a man""). She often wraps her ideas in self-conscious, muddled prose, though her many fervent fans may not mind the overflowing images of mermaids, spaceships, angels and castles. Each chapter is accompanied by tender, candid entries from the author's journal and lovely prayers crafted for relationships. Women seeking the right relationship will find the book reassuring and ardent, if not always clear. Agent, Al Lowman. 14-city author tour; 20-city radio tour. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 10/04/1999
Release date: 10/01/1999
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