POWER AND INTIMACY

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"Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment."
Mohandas Gandhi

In the New Testament, Paul writes to Timothy, “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline (2 Tim. 1:7). I love that verse. These are the characteristics we have been talking about. The spirit we have from God encompasses power and intimacy (love) along with discipline.

“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart. I’ll always be with you.”
— Winnie the Pooh

I love this quote from Winnie the Pooh. Like others, the author of this favorite children’s series has come across the power and intimacy formula for a happy life. Power: braver, stronger, and smarter. Intimacy: I’ll always be with you. Keep an eye out for this lost formula and you will find it in the strangest places.


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his book will cover the Biblical and psychological evidence that we humans all need a rich diet of power and intimacy in our lives.  These items cannot be taken from others but must be things we generate and promote in our own lives.  Not only that, but we must have a balanced meal of it as well.  Many people know that these things are important in their lives but they do not understand that these things are oppositional in nature.  As I mentioned in my book, they are like "oil and vinegar in the salad of life."  The more you add of one, the less you will have of another.  In the book I take the time to define what is meant by power and what is meant by intimacy.  These concepts are greatly misunderstood which can cause all kinds of problems in marriages and with families.  I describe six power and intimacy keys to help people be successful in their relationships.  The book goes on to define four different types of people using Winnie the Pooh characters.  There are two styles of power: active power and passive power.  There are also two styles of intimacy: active intimacy and passive intimacy. The book also gives nine self worth concepts and nine more tools to help promote a balanced power and intimacy lifestyle. 

 "I often say that opposites do attract, and then they attack."
Dr. Neil Clark Warren

Another concept of the book is the idea that people high on power end up being attracted to people high on intimacy.  Unfortunately, those relationships can become unfulfilled. The book goes on to detail ways of fixing the imbalance in the relationship.  One of the concepts in this book is the principle that a person who begins to work on his life will influence other lives.  There are references to Biblical scripture, psychological principles and examples of people in history that reflect the balanced power and intimacy lifestyle.


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