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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: SelectBooks; 1 edition (September 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590792092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590792094
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

William J. Murray is the chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition in Washington, DC. For more than two decades he has been at the forefront of social conservatism. He continues to work for the rights of Christians in America and persecuted Christians around the world and is the author of seven books.

Andrew Cohen is a spiritual teacher, cultural visionary, and founder of the global nonprofit EnlightenNext and its award-winning publication EnlightenNext magazine. His original teaching of Evolutionary Enlightenment redefines spiritual awakening within the context of cosmic evolution and highlights a new understanding of God or Spirit as the creative impulse toward change in both self and culture. After a transformative meeting with the renowned Advaita Vedanta master H.W.L. Poonja in 1986, Cohen began teaching internationally and almost immediately started reshaping the larger cultural conversation about the purpose and significance of enlightenment in our time. He founded EnlightenNext magazine almost twenty years ago as a forum for serious spiritual and philosophical inquiry, and has since become known for his unique capacity to foster culture-changing dialogues among leading thinkers from a wide array of traditions and disciplines.

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I would highly recommend this inspiring book.
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How exciting to be alive and read a book like this that takes you to the possibilities of what life can hold.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Andra Kins on September 26, 2011
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I highly recommend this book to everyone interested in living a deeply meaningful and purposeful life at the start of the 21st century. Evolutionary Enlightenment, as Andrew Cohen has explained in his new book, is an original, contemporary spiritual teaching having its roots in traditional enlightenment but then going further to contextualize nonduality in an evolutionary context. It points to how we can consciously create a new culture between us based on continuously striving to bring into being higher levels of consciousness.

This book is not just about theory. Cohen outlines his Five Tenets for living an evolutionary enlightened life, and having been engaged in practicing Evolutionary Enlightenment for some 10 years, I find these Tenets ever fresh and new, and a constant source of further contemplation.

Andrew Cohen writes in the book, "The teaching is about catalyzing the miracle of emergence in the interior of the cosmos, in and through our own selves." What is significant about this is that it sets the biggest possible context for our human lives and puts the responsibility for change and creating the future directly in our own hands. Cohen outlines the awe-inspiring power of the evolutionary impulse when it manifests as the spiritual impulse in human beings. This is what Andrew Cohen is bringing to the world - this new and totally relevant interpretation of who we are, and why we are here. It confirms our potential for never ending creativity and integrity. The book is inspiring, easy to read, and totally engaging. It definitely has a transmission coming directly from Cohen. I just want to read it again!
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73 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Joel P. Pitney on September 26, 2011
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The first book I read by Andrew Cohen was 8 years ago. It was called Embracing Heaven & Earth and it hit me like a lightening bolt. What struck me more than anything else was the clarity of Andrew's thinking and the powerful call for deep integrity, which I found quite rare and refreshing for a contemporary spiritual teacher. Now, 10 years after that book was published, Andrew has written a new book and true to its message, it represents a serious evolution in his thinking, in the depth of his transmission, and in the vast breadth of the perspective he brings to the spiritual path. And once again, it blew me away completely.

Reading this book is like attending a month-long intensive retreat with Andrew (and I have been on several), in that he perfectly guides you through a process of discovery that starts from a place of cosmic depth, then dives into the nuts and bolts of human development, then explodes out into the cosmic significance of Evolutionary Enlightenment on an even grander scale.

This is a must read for any lover of rationality with even an inkling of interest in the spiritual dynamics of the self. Cohen's approach is both precise and deep all at the same time. I found myself lifted into a higher state of awareness during most of the book and also more educated about my own experience of being human.
This book is going to change a lot of lives, I'm sure of it.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Willa Geertsema on September 26, 2011
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It's been a long time since Andrew Cohen published a book, but this book makes good on that as it is the long-awaited complete summary of his teaching of Evolutionary Enlightenment. I knew it was going to be good, but I never expected it to be this accessible, complete, easy to read, and deeply captivating. Cohen takes you by the hand and walks you through time and no-time, all the way from the timeless ground of being and before the Big Bang, through the process of creation, up to this moment when you read this book and feel deeply touched by your own privilege to be alive just now. His language has always changed and morphed over the years, but I think in this book he has found the most direct, moving, profound yet accessible way to bring the evolutionary and enlightened journey across.

Oh, and that doesn't even begin to describe how this book is the "how to" for Ken Wilber's dense writings on Integral Theory, again in profoundly practical, jargon-free language.

While I was reading, I was thinking "I could read this to my mother and she would love it!". At the same time, my own copy is already chewed up, highlighted, and marked on every second page, quoted in my academic writings. I have no doubt this book will be an all-time classic as it brings the most profound teachings in a way that is so 21st-century, relevant, and accessible, that you don't need to "be spiritual" to get it - everyone can get this.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By KathyBayer on September 26, 2011
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This book speaks to your heart and mind and opens possibilities for our human potential that are completely thrilling. It's both an original articulation of mystical insight and a pioneering philosophical model. I found every chapter of this book to be a meditation and contemplation in itself. Cohen communicates profound spiritual understanding in such an accessible way that you're pulled along in a current of spiritual depth. And at the same time, the intellectual rigor challenges you to dig into your own thinking and explore the concepts presented for yourself.

Cohen takes forward concepts forged by a progression of spiritual teachers and philosophers who have attempted to understand the nature of spiritual awakening and the workings of evolution - including Schelling, Hegel, Teilhard de Chardin, and Sri Aurobindo. He looks creatively at the relationship between the deep spiritual experience of "being" and the fact that we live in a fast-paced world of continuous "becoming" where the understanding of evolution is at the leading-edge of our conceptual horizon. The book is a journey through a step-by-step process to awaken to your own deepest experience and to understand and practice the components of developing individually and collectively in a context that holds both enlightenment and evolution. Discovering what this context is and the possibilities it lays open for us at this point in human history is what makes this book such an exciting and potentially transformative read. I've been a student of academic Western philosophy, evolutionary spirituality, and specifically Cohen's evolutionary enlightenment. In 20+ years of study, I haven't come across anything that synthesizes spiritual experience and a rational philosophical argument so relevant to our lives today, and revolutionary in its implications, in the way this book does.
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Andrew Cohen is a spiritual teacher, cultural visionary, and founder of the global nonprofit EnlightenNext and its award-winning publication EnlightenNext magazine. His original teaching of Evolutionary Enlightenment redefines spiritual awakening within the context of cosmic evolution and highlights a new understanding of God or Spirit as the creative impulse toward change in both self and culture. After a transformative meeting with the renowned Advaita Vedanta master H.W.L. Poonja in 1986, Cohen began teaching internationally and almost immediately started reshaping the larger cultural conversation about the purpose and significance of enlightenment in our time. He founded EnlightenNext magazine almost twenty years ago as a forum for serious spiritual and philosophical inquiry, and has since become known for his unique capacity to foster culture-changing dialogues among leading thinkers from a wide array of traditions and disciplines. 

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