A Polyamory Devotional
365 Daily Reflections for the Consensually Nonmonogamous
by Evita Lavitaloca Sawyers
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Pub Date 20 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 15 Dec 2023
Hazel Boydell, Thornapple Press
Polyamory can be fun, sweet and even liberating. But ethical nonmonogamy can also take work. In A Polyamory Devotional, relationship coach Evita “Lavitaloca” Sawyers streamlines the vast abstractions of “working on yourself” into a guided tour of rigorous self-reflection. Building upon her wealth of experience in fostering the journey from monogamy to nonmonogamy, Sawyers invites you to ask yourself the big questions. Can compersion and jealousy coexist? How do we hold space for hurt we didn’t cause? Through 365 daily prompts, you are encouraged to develop the tools of emotional diligence that will serve you for a lifetime. For those eager to love authentically but overwhelmed by the emotional process of polyamory, this is your reminder that you don’t have to do it alone.
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I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This book has a lot of great insight into a polyamorous relationship. Although that lifestyle is not for me, for someone that is in this lifestyle can gain plenty of information from others who are also in the same lifestyle.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is in a poly relationship or to someone who is thinking about being in this type of relationship.
A Polyamory Devotional is a collection of 365 Daily Reflections for the Consensually Nonmonogamous. This is a thorough collection of thoughts on polyamory and being in multiple concurrent romantic/sexual relationships. The primary ideas are pretty standard: respect, communication, and consent.
This collection does a really great job of reflecting on various issues that are common in monogamous relationships as well as issues that are unique to nonmonogamous ones. I really enjoyed the format for each day. It starts with a nugget of reflection, tells a short story, and offers a question or two for you to think about if/how this is relevant to you and your relationships.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that there is an index at the end of the book with different topics that are brought up. This can be very helpful if you are dealing with a specific issue like jealousy or want to quickly find a reflection from earlier in the year that you want to revisit.
This is a valuable resource for anyone who is interested in or practicing nonmonogamy. It will give you insights and help you develop your thoughts around different aspects of your relationships. Highly recommend!
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the eARC in exchange for an honest review!
It feels as though there has been an explosion of books about nonmonogamy in the past few years. In most cases they can be categorized as either memoirs of open relationships or manuals for how to approach them yourself. This book is a refreshingly unique blend of the two, offering digestible snippets of vulnerable personal experience, advice, and prompts for consideration. I expect it would be fruitful to read and reflect on a single page each day as the structure suggests, but the inclusion of a topical index to pinpoint the specific days that will provide the insight you need adds further to the usefulness of this book. The individual daily discussions are light on theory, focusing instead on the lessons learned from the author's own experience. I expect this book will become a popular for those exploring nonmonogamy.
This review is based on a pre-release copy of the book provided without charge by the publisher and NetGalley.