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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (March 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738712639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738712635
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,797,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Anyone who feels trapped in frustrating routines will find guidance and inspiration in Stewart's personal travelogue of turning road rage into spiritual insight." -- Matthew Gilbert, director of communications, the Institute of Noetic Sciences and author of The Workplace Revolution

"Dr. Bitkoff has presented us with a plan for entering into the world of Spirit even when engaged in as frustrating an activity as a daily commute on crowded roads. The book is a delightful reminder that Spirit is always present in the moment." -- Rev. Charles T. Weatherford CtH, OM

"Enlightenment is a step by step process of exploring the knowledge buried within each of us. This book is filled with clear and exciting examples of that process." -- Kathy Brown, owner of Shooting for the Moon Spiritual Development Center

"Most of humanity is asleep. They are drifting in this world aimlessly. They build synagogues, mosques, and churches

in order to glorify themselves. They do not know where they came from or where they are going. Some of them are awakened and are trying to awaken others. This book reflects some thoughts to that effect." -- A. Hussain, MD, Psychiatrist

"This is a book about the obvious for those of us too busy to see it. This book can help put us back in touch with choice and with an appreciation for both reality and ourselves." -- Bill Burns, Metaphysician, psychic and teacher

About the Author

Stewart Bitkoff (Pennsylvania) has spent most of his career living and working in the New York City area. Specializing in therapeutic recreation, psychiatric rehabilitation, and psychiatric treatment, he has worked for New York’s psychiatric hospitals for thirty years. Dr. Bitkoff has a doctorate in education, has served on the faculties of New York University and other universities and colleges, and has studied at modern mystical schools.

Listen to Dr. Bitkoff's weekly internet radio talk show: Practical Wisdom, Tuesday 1-2 pm; go to www.pibco1.com.


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Dr. Stewart Bitkoff has been my chauffeur during these excursions.
Robert Moyer
This book taught me that attitudes and thoughts can be changed, how to apply spirituality to my own everyday mundane life experiences and so much more.
Daina
He makes us aware of the inner connection to all of the external world.
Stephen D. Taus

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Katz on March 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a beautifully explicated work founded in Sufi tradition, which instructs on how to be free from the control of your thoughts. Bitkoff communicates on many levels, from the most obvious and practical to the utterly divine. Prayer, positive thinking, therapeutic meditation and breathing, surrender to God, are all weaved into this story in such a way that you don't always know that you are being instructed.

Whether you are looking for some peace of mind to get you through your daily commute, or if you are pursuing a much deeper understanding of life, this book will serve you outstandingly.

Because Bitkoff instructs on many levels, keep this book around for a long time. You never know when some portion of it will begin to make new sense to you. I suggest reading the entire book now and parts of it every 3000 miles.

Jerry Katz
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Slevin Colletta on April 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. It is a great coffee table book - something that can be read like a story, or something that you could simply open up to a random page, and get your thought for the day. It is a quick read, but each time I read over a passage I pull more out of it, or have a completely different view on the thought.

A great book for discussion groups or book clubs, because there are so many questions and answers within the book. . .you read the book on two levels, one as a step by step, and another that sparks a higher level of thinking within you. Like hearing a great song, the music takes you one place and the words will lead you to another.

I got several to give out as gifts - perfect for people who travel for business or someone who might be overextended. I gave one to a friend who is consumed with work, and she really appreciated it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charles T. Weatherford on March 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
A Commuter's Guide to Enlightenment
BY Stewart Bitkoff Ed. D.

A Review by Rev. Charles T. Weatherford CtH, OM

Dr. Bitkoff has presented us with a plan for entering into the world of Spirit even when engaged in as frustrating an activity as a daily commute on crowded roads. The book is a delightful reminder that Spirit is always present in the moment. Disappointment, grief, surprise, joy, depression and even, horror are woven together into a tapestry of the daily commute and yet, each moment serves as a doorway through which one catches glimpses of the magnificent sacredness which lies just behind the physical world. It is up to the traveler to decide which doors to open.

The book tells us that the doorways are everywhere and all the time and as long as we remain in the "Now" we are ever in the presence of Spirit. If we spend too much time remembering the past or worrying about the future, we waste our opportunities.
Dr. Bitkoff's instructions are detailed and insightful. The Commuters Guide to Enlightenment reminds us that changing ones attitude can change ones whole life.

For anyone considering a spiritual path this book is an excellent guide. The author shares insights and memories which are valuable resources for the journey. One can always benefit from the advice of a traveler who has already passed along the way ahead.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Paul S. Miko on March 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
Like rain in the desert....When I first read A Commuter's Guide to Enlightenment, I found it to be both pleasant and enjoyable. It wasn't until sometime later that I began to appreciate the subtle and profound teachings contained in its pages. Are there really people who can reflect the Light to others? Can one really attain enlightenment while commuting on the Major Deegan Expressway? The answer is, yes! But just like rain in the desert, it may take a little time for one to become more fully aware of the resulting beauty and nourishment engendered by this fascinating book. For the person willing to ride along with Dr. Bitkiff, the commute is definitely worth the effort.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Greenstein on March 19, 2008
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Take a journey like no other. It is the trip of a lifetime with an exceptional tour guide. He has visited all the important sites, knows their history and significance, and can tell you where to look to get the best view. The journey is nothing less than your life and the trip is your everyday life experience. In this unique travel guide, Dr. Bitkoff teaches the basics of spiritual growth using allegory, metaphor, narrative and common sense. While life passes all around us, we are taught that our attitudes and beliefs help determine what we see, hear and feel. Dr. Bitkoff helps us to become aware of the relationship between our external environment and internal response. He helps us approach the twists and turns in life by providing intellectual, emotional and spiritual choices that we either never learned or simply failed to pay attention to.

Finding one's center in the midst of heavy traffic is no easy feat, but as Dr. Bitkoff points out, our life rarely travels in a straight path. We often go through the motions in life as if blinded by sun glare; we are forced to slow down or change our direction. In Sufi parlance by remembering who we are, not only does our worldview change, we change as well. Life may be illusion, but the road is real. Let Dr. Bitkoff be your driving instructor.
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