By The Grihastha Vision Team
Praharana Devi Dasi .
Uttama Devi Dasi
In the words of one enthusiastic reader, Heart and Soul Connection: A Devotional Guide to Marriage, Service and Love is “genuine, practical, beautifully written and promotes healthy, balanced relationships.” Four years in the making, Heart and Soul Connection is a superb collaboration of wit, wisdom, and well-wishes. The authors use their own married life experiences as well as (anonymously) those of many of their clients to show the universality of family experiences and offer proven, time-tested insights to revive and improve relationships.
The authors speak with one voice, in a variety of styles, to share the message that there are skills, techniques and insights that couples can learn to have healthy marriages and healthy relationships.
Says spokesperson, Krsnanandini Dasi, CFLE, “our team members have helped a variety of families, Asian, Hispanic, white, black, African, South American, European, young and old, Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Jewish—families from every socioeconomic and religious status. We know what works and what doesn’t. Whoever reads this book will get a package full of tools to have heart and soul connections with their loved ones.”
Some of the chapters are: Ready or Not, Here I Come (Preparation for Marriage), Affection and Physical Intimacy (“the Hot Potato”), Marriage Under attack: Dealing with Serious Conflict, Separation and Divorce, Open and Honest Communication: Let’s Talk About It; and How to Negotiate the Roles of Husband and Wife. The book provides a study guide for individuals and couples, a suggested reading list and more.
Between them, the authors have a combined total of about 200 years of marriage experience and 100 years of providing marriage, family and relationship education. These married couples and one divorcee are a good example of unity in diversity. They come from a variety of backgrounds and even two different countries (the U.S. and Canada). What they have in common is their commitment to enlivening and inspiring couples from every background. Their book, Heart and Soul Connection, is about empowerment; Couples get practical tips, skills and inspiration for vibrant and hopeful families.
The authors are Certified Family Life Educators (CFLEs), therapists, pastoral counselors, social workers and psychologists. They hail from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Louisiana, North Carolina, Canada and Florida.