Love That Works: The Art and Science of Giving

About the Course:

Love That Works (psychology/relationships) poses a clear distinction between our society’s customary form of love, which almost guarantees failure, and higher, more generous ways of loving that enrich both individuals and society as a whole. Drawing on history, philosophy, psychology, theology, and science, this course explains why love in our society often ends sadly or even tragically, then proposes how anyone can create successful love.

Dr. Gary J. Oliver, executive director of the Center for Marriage and Family Studies and professor of psychology and practical theology at John Brown University said of this book, I have over thirty books in my personal library that deal with some aspect of love and without any exaggeration this is one of the finest I have read….This book will become required reading for my students. I know that anybody who wants to experience love at deeper, richer, and more meaningful levels will clearly benefit from…[this] wonderful and much-needed book.


Bruce Brander

About the Author:

Bruce Brander is an international journalist, independent scholar, teacher, and author of six books on travel and social philosophy. He has been a staff writer and photographer for newspapers in New Zealand and the United States, a writer and editor for National Geographic, and a traveling journalist and editor for World Vision, a global relief and development agency. Decades of broad. global experience led to his efforts to comprehend modern social problems and seek workable solutions. He has taught on four continents and is listed in Who’s Who.

Course Objectives:

  1. to survey theories of love and resolve current confusions about love

  2. to gain a clear, simple, and complete definition of love

  3. to answer the perennial question: “How do I know I’m in love?”

  4. to understand three principle levels of love: eros (romance); philia (devoted camaraderie); and agape (unconditional giving-love)

  5. to recognize how the levels of love are linked to emotional maturity

  6. to relate current problems with love to current cultural disintegration

  7. to understand a way to love that leads to spiritual health and emotional well-being

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