The Hidden Power of Kindness:
by Rev. Lawrence G. Lovasik
A Practical Handbook for Souls Who Dare To Transform the World, One Deed at a Time
Manchester, NH: Sophia Institute Press, 1999
Reviewed by Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur
"The Hidden Power of Kindness: A Practical Handbook for Souls Who Dare to Transform the World, One Deed at a Time" by Rev. Lawrence Lovasik is an abridged edition of "Kindness" which was originally published in 1962. Its message is as important today as it was then, perhaps even more so.
We live in a rude world. It often seems that people have forgotten how to be kind. "The Hidden Power of Kindness" seeks to remind us. Lovasik begins by offering six simple rules to living kindly, three "don'ts" and three "do's:"
- 1) Don't speak unkindly of anyone.
- 2) Don't speak unkindly to anyone.
- 3) Don't act unkindly toward anyone.
- 1) Do speak kindly of someone at least once a day.
- 2) Do think kindly about someone at least once a day.
- 3) Do act kindly toward someone at least once a day.
When you do commit an unkind act, ask God for forgiveness, offer an apology to the person, if possible, and say a prayer for the person you offended.
The remainder of "The Hidden Power of Kindness" expands upon those simple rules, providing concrete examples of ways to practice kindness. Jesus told us to love our neighbor. Acting with kindness is a powerful step to living that mandate. Lovasik's book offers a wonderful blueprint for transforming your life and your relationships with other people.
Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur is editor of Spiritual Woman and author of "Letters to Mary from a Young Mother" (iUniverse, 2004). She has a Master
of Arts Degree in Applied Theology from Elms College. Visit her blog at http://spiritualwomanthoughts.blogspot.com