I wish I’d read this book when I was younger as I would have been better able to respond to situations in my life and been more assertive. River Smith gives practical advice and step by step responses to challenges in daily living as well as using uplifting quotes from well known people to inspire us. – Amazon Review
A Conspiracy to Love
Do you want more love in your life? More respect? More joy? This book is designed to help you explore paths to personal growth and transformative power.
It will help you:
- Determine the necessary ingredients for love and happiness
- To lovingly challenge your unfinished business
- To develop tools that are easy to learn and use
- To work toward healing your self and our larger community
This book is about generosity for ourselves and all those who cross our paths. It’s about growing consciously through our joys, our fears and our pain. It’s about transformation of each of us, our culture and our beloved Earth. This book is about LOVE, about POWER, and a SEA of JOY.
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“In this book you will discover a recipe for loving self-care. Among ingredients, are love, awareness. Written with compassion,, River Smith leads the reader to see how abundant and attainable these ingredients coupled with other tools can be blended into our personal lives. Into our community. Into our world.The book more than inspired from the writer to the reader, is a well thought-out plan for peace within oneself. The simple methods laid down in the book reach deep into the soul and the heart of us as humankind. It is a must-read for all. It begins and continues with each of us.” –Dari Bartos
“Terrific for the therapist’s lending library A great graduation gift. A self-help guide that really helps. I am delighted to have “A Conspiracy to Love” on my bookshelf. It is an unusual book in many ways. It is a disarmingly welcoming and easy to read book. It feels as cozy as a child’s bedtime reading. Smith’s simple formulas for helping us to get intimate with our own needs and wants and pursue them with tact, honesty, courage and self-acceptance are exactly the kinds of tools and life lessons that I have usually learned the hard way, through repeated, painful trial and error experience…. As a counselor, minister and healer, I feel empowered to guide people in simple, gentle paths to a better life, with this book…. The kind, unflinching truthful-ness and love that shines through the pages of this powerful little book have changed my life.” –Victor L. Lewis, Director at Radical Resilience Institute (Review for a previous edition)
About the Author
A social justice educator/activist and psychologist specializing in post-traumatic stress and relationship healing, River Smith is past co-chair of the National Organization for Men Against Sexism. A former college history instructor, a producer and host of radio and TV shows focused on love & justice, he is also a nationally published poet, eco-feminist commentator, columnist and author of numerous books including Like She is In Him (2019), The Power Handbook (2014) and with Victor Lee Lewis and Hugh Vasquez, Lessons from The Color of Fear: A Teacher’s Manual (2007).
As a weekly commentator for a National Public Radio affiliate, an inner-city alternative high school principal, a feature writer for City News, a guest columnist for The Plain Dealer, a producer and host of the AM radio show, The Love Project, and the public access TV show, The Love and Justice Report, River Smith has learned much about life, love, and how to maximize effectiveness and happiness in ourselves, our families, our jobs, and our communities.
Dr. Smith’s work as a psychologist, organizational consultant, professional workshop leader, and author/co-author of five books brings him the skill to entertain and inform an audience on topics from assertiveness strategies in the workplace and transforming our relationships with food, to men’s roles, eco-feminism, sexual harassment, and social justice issues.
As a nationally known poet and accomplished spoken word artist, River can weave a few rhymes, too.
Most of River Smith’s recent talks and workshops have been based on his 2009 book, A CONSPIRACY TO LOVE: Living A Life of Joy, Generosity, and Power (revised editions 2012, 2017, 2022).