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  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590030702
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590030707
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fans of Guy Finley know he's a repository of "great wisdom" from philosophers, poets, and religious figures from throughout history. He thinks thinkers as diverse as Rumi, Emerson, Thoreau, Saint Augustine, and Krishnamurti all have ideas worth considering as one meanders along the path to happiness. Finley says that contentment comes when one learns how to "bridge the distance between who we are at present and what we may become." While this is certainly material he's covered in his many other titles, here he focuses on the importance of living in "the Now" (which he deems worthy of constant capitalization).

Finley's concept of the "Now" seems to borrow more than a bit from Buddhism's idea of mindfulness, as well as cognitive therapy. He claims those seeking to find internal peace must "[dare] to leave who we have been behind," consciously forgetting about unpleasant events and emotions in the past, lest they influence one's feelings--and undermine one's self-confidence and potential for happiness--in the present moment.

Finley's writing is rather rambling at times, and he relies heavily on italicizing to express his points as he covers topics ranging from heartbreak, the "False Self," self-fulfillment, and "the Light of the world." Each chapter includes an "Ask the Masters" section of hypothetical spiritual questions (example: "Why do we have so little true understanding of ourselves?"), which he answers with quotes from the likes of Plutarch and Thomas Carlyle. He also adds a "Key Lessons" summary at the end of each chapter, offering a Cliffs Notes-style translation of his often lengthy arguments. For all his lack of clarity, Finley does do a capable job of expressing one timeless truth, as he calls it: that one's inner nature determines one's experience of the outside world."--Erica Jorgensen

About the Author

Guy Finley is a spiritual teacher who distills the wisdom of the ages and makes it accessible to all. His bestselling books include The Essential Laws of Fearless Living, The Intimate Enemy, and Design Your Own Destiny. He appears regularly on the Jordan Rich radio show and has appeared on Larry King Live, CNN, Entertainment Tonight, and many other radio and TV shows.

Customer Reviews

His books helped to give my life direction and guided me to meaningful change.
Larry James
The style of Mr. Finley's writings in the form of parables allows the reader to discover for themselves these spiritual truths.
Nedra Elton
Just what I needed in my life at this time, Guy gives such good advice on letting go and living in the now.
S. Bowen

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By M. Lange on May 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
Guy Finley is one of those treasures that everyone should get to know. I gave this book 5 stars, because I think it conveys very important concepts to live a happy, fulfilling life. Guy's writing style is a bit "quirky" and repetitive, and some find it a bit off-putting. I enjoy reading him, though, because I have heard his talks both on tape and in person, and can hear his voice when I read his books. So, I have an advantage.

If you really want to get into some great material, get his tapes or CDs. Warning: they are highly addictive!! His talks are wonderful, and full of incredible metaphors, stories, and passion about what we are about, and how we can attain so much more through mastery of our selves.

Guy Finley can best be described as a self-taught master of a wisdom tradition that incorporates the work of Vernon Howard, Gurdjieff, Ouspensky, and Krishnamurti, into a contemporary blend of thought that is not New Age at all, but transcends the superficial and aims much higher. He is iconoclastic and insightful, challenging and subtle.

Anyone who has the opportunity to gainn access to his work, whether in book form or tapes of his powerful talks, should do so.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Luis A. Iglesias Gomez on November 19, 2005
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Let Go and Live in the Now is a complete handbook of the art of self-knowledge and skillful living, practical and down-to-earth and yet lofty and spirit-filled. In this book, author Guy Finley uses original "truth tales" to convey deep spiritual teachings that concern the whole of Creation as much as the individual. These stories are thoroughly explained and elaborated upon within the chapters, most of which include practical "lists" of exercises and ideas one can work with right away. Here are some examples: "Five Ways to Raise Your Level of Spiritual Freedom" (p.60), "Seven Insights Into True Silence" (p.86), and "Seven Simple Exercises to Invite the Extraordinary Life" (p.181). For an example of the depth and the clarity of Mr Finley's thinking, I would strongly recommend that you carefully study the information contained in pages 49 to 59. There you'll find what you've been wanting to know all along.

Particularly useful is the closing section of each chapter, which includes a Q&A section entitled "Ask the Masters", in which Finley quotes famous spiritual authors and philosophers (Thoreau, Eckhart, Krishnamurti...) to answer questions likely to be in the mind of every reader, and a final summary of the chapter under the title "Key Lessons in Review". These Key Lessons make excellent working tools for those who like to meditate on higher ideas.

If you are familiar with Mr Finley's work you will recognize in Let Go and Live in the Now a different approach from his previous books; each one seems to appeal to a specific part in the reader (the mind, the heart, the emotions...), but all revolve around the same central idea: liberation from the prison of the self through true self-knowledge leads to the happy life --already awaiting you-- that your heart longs for.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By DJ Modica on August 17, 2005
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"It is impossible to realize the fulfillment of the Divine as long as we remain filled with ourselves." Page 122 of "Let Go and Live in the Now." If you are a sincere student of Life... you owe it to your self to have this book as a guide, or better yet a map... to a place where a human being can live in True Peace. This book has helped me to realize the only thing keeping me from Living in the Now... is Me. I wish the whole world would read this book... and apply what's in it. What a different place it would be!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nedra Elton on July 18, 2006
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I highly recommend this book Let Go and Live in the Now. All individuals walking the spiritual path and who truly seek to understand the Universal Principals that govern our daily life should read this book. This book is like nourishment for the hungry soul. As with all of Guy Finley's books I find it to be a true treasure. I have enjoyed reading this book and have read it several times, gaining a deeper understanding of truth each time. The style of Mr. Finley's writings in the form of parables allows the reader to discover for themselves these

spiritual truths.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dan G. on November 16, 2004
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Guy Finley's 'Let Go and Live in the Now' is a modern version of true wisdom from the ages. The book is about what all the true teachers -- Christ, Buddha, Ouspensky, Collin, Krishnamurti -- have said before. It is a must read for any seeker of the truth and then doing the good of the truth.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kate Cremer on October 22, 2004
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'This book is for any person who longs not just to discover the truth of themselves, but who wishes to become a conscious participant in the great transformation of our Living Universe.'

Who doesn't wonder why they're here, or what the purpose of their life -- or life in general -- is? These questions seem to be so large and incomprehensible that we tend to get lost in them and assume they're unanswerable. But the answers do exist, and to find those very real answers we must begin by recognizing that something else has been falsely (mis)leading us our entire lives -- with the result being that our hearts have become battered and broken. I was shocked by this revelation, as stated by Guy Finley -- but immediately knew it to be true. You will find jewel upon jewel in this book, through simple yet laser-sharp insights, and stories, and exercises, and carefully culled quotations by many an old master...Truth itself speaks throughout these pages. I'm grateful to have found this book.
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More About the Author

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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