- Series: Erhard Seminars Training : 60 Hours That Transform Your Life
- Hardcover: 181 pages
- Publisher: Harpercollins; 1st edition (March 1976)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060105623
- ISBN-13: 978-0060105624
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Est (Erhard Seminars Training : 60 Hours That Transform Your Life) Hardcover – March, 1976
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Top Customer Reviews
For those of you, who are skeptical, this is the best book to read because so was she! She takes you through the training in a remarkable way that describes the experience without really giving anything away. She shares what she got and how it impacted her and then includes chapters on est in the prisons, on Werner himself and many short pieces by graduates. Her research is tremendous and you put it down having as clear an understanding of est and Landmark as there is.
As someone who has gone through the Landmark Forum and many of its succesive courses, I can say that it is quite simply one of the most extraordinary experiences you will ever have. Sure, you could say it's weird that everybody comes out so happy and that it costs too much and that you have to sit for so long in one spot. What you should know is that it challenges us in every way we know. That we can only sit still for a certain period of time. That we know everything about ourselves. That we're a good judge of character. Everything. The Landmark Forum and est before it are never about changing your views. Because change implies that your views are somehow bad and they're going to make them good.Read more ›
The book doesn't shy away from some of the controversial methods used in the forum. It also goes on to describe very interesting programs that included bringing EST to prison inmates and young children/teens. The book also brings Werner Erhard and his past up to full brink. The author takes the time to describe some of the advanced programs and seminars as well.
I've reviewed the forum twice in the past seven years. My wife has taken the course as well. This book felt like I took a full review for less then $8. It also helped expand the vocabulary and awareness Landmark has had on our personal relationship. The author, herself, states that people could read this book before taking the forum, but I think it's better to read as a follow up.
In a nutshell, for less than $8, you get a great review of the Landmark Forum. Furthermore, this book helped explain the beginnings, including how the foundations of the program were laid out, along with the background on Ernhard. It helped answer many questions I've had over the past decade or so. I wasn't born when EST was having it's hay day, but it was awesome to learn what that experience must have felt like.
The Landmark Forum has done a terrific job separating itself, as an act of preservation, from the Ernhard controversies attached to EST. Suffice to say, many of his Zen quotes still survive to this day and are written throughout this book. Landmark maybe thriving in niche areas today, but to read about how the EST program was designed to work for young children, teenagers, and even prisoners was extremely profound. Furthermore, getting the viewpoint and some of the psychological terminologies and comparisons the the field helped put some of their techniques into solid, scientific, perspective.
Overall, I felt the book was fairly neutral. The author explains that she doesn't think this could be of hindrance to the experience of the forum, but I'd recommend reading this as an immediate follow up. Even if you haven't taken the forum, or are still considering it, the book has an insightful approach to looking at what your experience of life could be.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
as far as personal growth and the empowerment, personal responsibility movement starting from wayyyyyyyyyy back, I consider this a necessary read for anyone in the coaching,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Darla M. Desautel
I read this book over 30 years ago and it prompted me to take the est Training. It did change my life for the better and I've been grateful ever since. Read morePublished 9 months ago by A conscientious guy
Decided to order the book because of my new obsession with werner and est. I have an intense interest in powerful words and ideas that cut through the very soul of man. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Joshua Himes
I love the book. Very honest portrayal of a movement that swept through the country in the 70's and 80's and wonderful tidbits from the "inside" of est. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Carl
This book is an excellent reminder that I 'got it' 30 years ago. How awesome is that! This book crossed my path about a month ago.. Could not put it down. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Vicki Lynn
est - Still valid with those that got "it," and have sustained their transformation in this untransformed environment of PC B.S.Published 19 months ago by Lloyd Evans
I did the EST training in 1979 and hadn't seen this book since...it's the original. I'm very Happy I found it!Published on January 8, 2014 by janzmr
Brought back fond memories. Great training lasts forever. This training program is truly transformational. The book is nice to have around as a reminder.Published on June 30, 2013 by Free Shipping - ValueRays