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"a landmark in the spiritual literature" -- Dr. Ellen Dickstein

"the reader is lifted up to a whole new realm - a rarified region of the soul... a very beautiful work." -- Joseph Polansky, Diamond Fire Magazine

About the Author

Best-selling author Guy Finley is one of the bright lights in our world today. His ideas cut straight to the heart of our most pressing personal and social issues -- relationships, fear, addiction, stress/anxiety, peace, happiness, freedom -- and lead the way to a higher life. Guy is the author of over 25 books and audio albums that have sold over a million copies in 12 languages world-wide. In addition, he has presented over 1,000 unique self-realisation seminars to thousands of grateful students throughout North America and Europe over the past 20 years.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: White Cloud Press (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883991587
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883991586
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #566,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Best-selling "Letting Go" author Guy Finley's encouraging and accessible message is one of the true bright lights in our world today. His ideas cut straight to the heart of our most important personal and social issues - relationships, success, addiction, stress, peace, happiness, freedom - and lead the way to a higher life.

Finley is the acclaimed author of The Secret of Letting Go and more than 40 other books and audio programs that have sold over a million copies in 18 languages worldwide. In addition, he has presented over 4,000 unique self-realization seminars to thousands of grateful students throughout North America and Europe over the past 30 years and has been a guest on over 500 television and radio shows, including national appearances on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, NPR, Wisdom Network, and many others. His syndicated weekly radio program is aired on several international networks including Healthy Life Radio, Achieve Radio, Sedona Talk Radio, and Healthlife.net. Guy is a faculty member at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York and is a regular expert contributor to Beliefnet, the Huffington Post, and is a guest panelist for HuffPost Live.

Finley is Director of Life of Learning Foundation, the renowned non-profit Center for Self-study in Merlin, Oregon, and his popular Key Lesson e-mails are read each week by over 200,000 subscribers in 142 countries. His work is widely endorsed by doctors, business professionals, celebrities, and religious leaders of all denominations.

Guy's career reached this point through a circuitous path. Born into a successful show business family, he is the son of Late-Night TV and radio pioneer Larry Finley. His childhood friends were the sons and daughters of the most famous celebrities in the world. As a young man Guy enjoyed success in a number of areas including composing award-winning music for many popular recording artists including Diana Ross, Debbie Boone, The Jackson 5, Billy Preston, The Four Seasons, as well as writing the scores for several motion pictures and TV shows. From 1970-1979 he wrote and recorded his own albums under the Motown and RCA recording labels.

Throughout his youth, Guy suspected there was more to life than the type of worldly success that led to the emptiness and frustration he saw among his own "successful" friends and colleagues. In 1979, after travels throughout North America, India and the Far East in search of truth and Higher Wisdom, Guy voluntarily retired from his flourishing music career in order to simplify his life and to concentrate on deeper self-studies.

In addition to his writing and appearance schedule, Guy presents four inner-life classes each week at Life of Learning Foundation headquarters in Merlin, Oregon. These classes are ongoing and open to the public. For more information about Guy Finley, and his life-changing work, visit www.guyfinley.org


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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Johnson on August 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
I first came across Guy Finley when I stumbed upon his original best-seller, "The Secret of Letting Go." What an incredible discovery that was. I can still remember the excitement of those first few weeks pouring over the book night after night after night. I know it sounds strange, but it was as though I had been eating imaginary food up to that point, and finally had been given my first real meal.

Here's the strange part. Prior to finding Finley's books, I had read the big names in the self-help field - the Coveys, the Robbins, the Dyers - and the rest. But what amazed me was that, here was an author I'd never even heard of before, yet somehow his writings supplied the missing ingredient that finally began resolving the problems I'd been battling for years.

My hat's off to Mr. Finley for the extraordinary path he must've traveled to be able to put these works together.

And "Apprentice of the Heart" is no exception. It's simply magnificient. It's style is remarkably different from his earlier works, and it has a very lofty, inspiring, and poetic presence behind it. One thing you'll love about this book is its honesty. Mr. Finley talks very openly about the real day-to-day struggles and difficulties we all face, but which we're often reluctant to admit -- but then he goes on to reveal the subtle secrets that actually restore life's natural sweetness.

Get this book. It will stir your heart to levels you never thought possible.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Shauna on May 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
I've read a few Guy Finley books before and have seen him in person. In my opinion, his teachings go way beyond other self-help and spiritual ideas/systems. I think this new book of his is the best yet. It is written differently from other self-help/spiritual books (I've read a lot), and is a mix of poetry and regular writing. I learned a tremendous amount about myself and about Love from it and have used a lot of the information to help the relationships with my family and my partner. I would recommend it to anyone young or old.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Valles on April 28, 2004
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It's hard to believe what happens to you when you read this book.
It seems as though when we grow up, or grow older we feel like we have to be able to go through life without feeling any pain. It's as though we put a shield up over our hearts, so when we get into any kind of situation that "might " make us feel something painful , this shield can protect us. Yet, all it really does is shut us off from the moment in which we could be experiencing what life is bringing us. In Guy Finley's book the Apprentice of the Heart, this shield is gently asked to be set down. When the words come off the page and into your heart, it's as if you cannot choose what you are going to feel, but you are going to feel something. Our hearts are intended to be open to all that life brings us and yet we are afraid, but this no longer need be the case for the reader. This spirit in which this book was written, will open up your heart to feel what love "is", even though that may mean you'll also have to feel what love is not. I recommend it to any man, woman or child who has an ache in their heart for a Real & Unending, Relationship with "Love".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kali on April 28, 2004
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After reading Guy Finley's book I now know a much higher relationship to love exists and I am encourage to find it. Apprentice of the Heart set my spirit ablaze and melted all my petty notions of love. This book is for anyone, of any age or religion who seeks a new relationship with the Divine. Mr. Finley is journaling intimate, devotional prose and psalms that will inspire you to move out of the mundane and open your heart. He transports the reader to new echelons between the Lover and the Beloved. His poetry attains a level of mastery found in the prayer of St. Francis and the works of Rumi. Apprentice of the Heart is the interior exploration of one humble man who will guide you to break down the walls between the self and the Divine. A must read for all true spiritual seekers and those who desire to restore their faith in Agape.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cindy A. Kryzak on April 29, 2004
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I had thought that that which is matchless in the heart of man could not be expressed in writing. Yet this writer did. Apprentice of the Heart has that kind of depth; it convinced, encouraged and inspired me to begin reaching within myself to find a higher inner ground that patiently awaited my discovery all along. I had never before understood Love to be the ultimate journey and fulfillment of my very soul - which can take place regardless of my outer circumstances.
There is a new light on my horizon now, and I recommend this book to anyone else who wants to begin growing beyond the mediocre, routine existence that I used to call "my habitual daily life." This book definitely goes on my "must read" list.
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