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50 Spiritual Classics: Timeless Wisdom From 50 Great Books of Inner Discovery, Enlightenment and Purpose (50 Classics) Paperback – March 10, 2005
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50 Spiritual Classics captures the diversity of life journeys that span centuries, continents, spiritual traditions and secular beliefs: from the historical The Book of Chuang Tzu to modern insight from the Kabbalah, from St. Augustines Confessions to Eckhart Tolles recent The Power of Now, from Don Miguel Ruizs The Four Agreements to Rick Warrens phenomenon The Purpose-Driven Life. The first and only bite-sized guide to the very best in spiritual writing, this one-of-a-kind collection includes personal diaries and compelling biographies of such diverse figures as Gandhi, Malcolm X, and Black Elk; Eastern philosophers and gurus including Krishnamurti, Yogananda, Chögyam Trungpa and Suzuki; and Western saints and mystics such as St. Francis of Assisi, Herman Hesse and Simone Weil.
In its commentaries of both the conventional classics as well as new writings destined to endure, 50 Spiritual Classics makes universal the human spiritual experience beyond time and space and will inspire spiritual seekers everywhere to begin their own adventure.
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Reading the `50 Spiritual Classics' is an enlightening and often humbling experience. Whether it be The Discourses of Epictetus (Enchiridion), or Pirsig's 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenence', the author displays a masterful ease which is commendable. Halfway through a chapter, one is often seized upon by an unstoppable urge to tear out, get hold of the title being commented upon by the author and read every page of it. And then one decides to exert self-control and continue with Bowden's own book as it is just too difficult to put down.
A brief glance at some of the authors reviewed bears testament to the breadth covered by this 320-page book: St. Augustine, Malcolm X, Chuang Tzu, Gandhi, Kahlil Gibran, Carlos Casteneda and Fritjof Capra! Somerset Maugham's `The Razor's edge' and Huxley's `The Doors of perception' are included. The authors and works in focus are dissected in a fairly non-judgemental fashion. Tom Butler-Bowdon succeeds in bringing out the essential messages and themes of the spiritual classics reviewed without sounding reverential.
This is not a jingoistic account of spiritualism or PD literature; This is not a collection of pontifications from a zealous convert; this is not a book of lists........Read more ›
This collection would have been much improved by leaving out the questionable or at least the "yet to be determined" classics (although does anyone really think that in a hundred years from now, people will still be reading The Celestine Prophecy?), and instead include some already determined and completely agreed upon classics.Read more ›
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In the first instance, I have bought these three books in one go because I have been fascinated by what the author had done: He has practised what is known as the highest level of reading. Mortimer Adler, in his classic book, 'How to Read a Book', written in the forties, had called it 'syntopical reading'. It's actually reading a number of books of the same genre, more or less simultaneously & then synthesising the key points.
Secondly, the author, who is a graduate of the London School of Economics, somehow impresses me with his ability to synthesise the big picture of each of the books that made up the entire collection. For apparently a left-brain thinker i.e. economist by training, this has been a very remarkable feat, as his synthesising endeavour has been essentially more of a right-brain activity. Well, I must compliment him for a job well done.
Before my final decision on buying the three books, I have been thrilled by the prospect of reading three books, which in turn will give me access to one hundred & fifty books.
For each book, the author has very artfully as well as skillfully selected fifty books to made up one collection. I may not agree with his selection, but I must admit that I can't default him at all.
Take the first book, '50 Self Help Classics', with timeless wisdom, as an example. Out of the fifty books he has selected, I have read only seventeen of them. I have those books in my personal library.Read more ›
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Concise, yet complete or adequate insight into the variety of spiritual seekers, avenues and voices of history.Published 4 months ago by Robert Snyder
This is a good review of some important and Influential works. I can't read everything and I'm particular about the material I read, so I was looking for a concise collection that... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Eric Dumouchel
Excellent! Wonderfully well-written survey of and introduction to essential Spiritual ClassicsI Would make a great textbook for a Spritual Classics 101 Course. Read morePublished 20 months ago by karl melanson
I've owned this particular book by Tom Butler-Bowden for around eight years (probably purchased around its publication in 2005). Read morePublished on November 10, 2013 by Etienne Jackson
Excitingly refreshing. Thoughts never thought before. Will find one or more similar in tone to read and ponder. Much new to my train..THANK you Thomas!Published on November 9, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Goes well with 50 philosophy classics gives. Leads to further reseach I am over 80yrs and have most of books in my library.Published on October 22, 2013 by Gordonbertram
If your looking for a spiritual path this is an excellent pointer.
If your looking for a stand alone source its short summaries are not sufficient.