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LOVE is a Challenge!
I believe that the greatest challenge of a person is the challenge to love. We all have experienced love. We have felt and enjoyed the love of our parents, our brothers and sisters, our relatives and friends, our acquaintances and well wishers. On our part we have also loved and cared for them with all our hearts.

And yet some times we wonder what love is? Why is our greatest challenge to love? British poet John Keats once wrote that, "Love is my religion - I could die for that". Keats identifies love with religion but he does not define love. We cannot define love as we cannot define, say for example, the smell of a rose or draw the picture of a perfume.

This book, Love is Challenge! does not present a treatise on challenges to love. But the book takes up issues of interest to our times and treats them from the perspective of love. The book revolves, so to say, on the axle of love.
The book covers a wide range of topics from circle of love to keeping anger under control, from euthanasia to a life worth living, from Mother Teresa to Sr. St. Alphonsa, from harvesting local terrorism to Islam a religion of peace, and from Diwali to Good Friday. In all these inspirational essays a perceptive reader may discover and even experience the challenges to love, which might help her/him to live life to the full.
 

The chapters of the book are:

I. LOVE IN PRACTICE IV. LOVE IN FAITH
1.  The Circle of Love 16.  Laugh with Jesus Laughing
2.  Pledge to Protect the Environment 17.  Sr. Alphonsa Rejoiced in her Suffering
3.  Ten Commandments for Drivers 18.  Diwali - A Christian Perspective
4.  Lifelong Single Life 19.  Christmas Reveals God's Love
5.  The Problem of Coexistence 20.  Good Friday and the Cross
       
II. EXPERIENCES OF LOVE V. REFLECTION ON LOVE
6.  Power of Words & Personal Struggle 21.  Love in Fascinating Poems
7.  International Friendship Day 22.  Vision from Traumatic Experience
8.  Enjoy Old Age 23.  Why some Marriages fail
9.  A Life Worth Living 24.  Shoes and other Footwears thrown in to Temple
10.  On a Visit to my Home Land 25.  Two Specific Resolutions to be taken on New Year
       
III. RELIGION AND LOVE    
11.  Who Dares to Speak about Sin?    
12.  Euthanasia and Morality    
13.  Why Wise Men Show Ignorance?    
14.  Islam - A Religion of Peace    
15.  The Triveni Sangam    

 

RATIONAL FAITH TO SUCCESS
My book "Rational Faith to Success" looks at our lives rationally and positively with faith in God and in humanity and points to morally and ethically acceptable ways to success and happiness. This inspirational book is not a guide of any sort. But it takes up current issues and concerns of common men and women and treats them rationally with love and understanding.

I believe that we can change wherever we are and whatever we are by changing what goes on in our mind. I have experienced change by consciously changing my thought pattern.

Here these 27 essays are treated from genuinely human and religious point view. These essays of interest to ordinary people are independent pieces and inter connected only for this positive rational outlook and love for life to the full 
I hope that the personal reflections on various topics in this book enhanced with stories, anecdotes, examples and inspiring quotes may touch the readers and inspire them to embark on a rational path of positive thinking and to success.
 

The chapters of the book are:

I.  WAY TO SUCCESS IV.  LIFE TO THE FULL
1.  Seven steps to overcome oppositions 17.  "Be Not Afraid!"
2.  Do Everything with Enthusiasm 18.  Filthy Show of Wealth
3.  Value of Trustworthiness 19.  Fate, Cause and Effects
4.  Inter - Religious Friendship and Peace 20.  Smile with Smiling Jesus
5.  Our Goal is to Build up Relationships 21.  The Identity of Love
       
II.  RATIONAL FAITH V.  CHILDREN AND YOUTH
6.  "No God, No Religion" 22.  Be Patient with Children
7.  An Atheist's View of Life 23.  Be the Strength of your Child in Failure
8.  Which is the Best of Religion? 24.  Grandparents' Role in Character Formation
9.  Cultured and Acceptable Behaviour 25.  Importance of Sex Education
10.  God's Identity 26.  Controversy of Beard
11.  Life After Death-Christian Belief 27.  Criminality of our Youth
       
III.  MORAL VALUES    
12.  Is Euthanasia Desirable    
13.  Service to Relieve the Pain of Barrenness    
14.  Lending Womb, a Humane View    
15.  Burial or Cremation?    
16.  Laugh with Jesus Laughing    

 

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Books by Fr. Varghese Paul, S. J.