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Known simply as "The Work," Byron Katie's methods are clean and straightforward. The basis is a series of four questions addressed to your own lists of written assumptions. Whether you're angry with your boss, frustrated with your teen's behavior, or appalled at the state of the world's environment, Katie suggests you write down your most honest thoughts on the matter, and then begin the examination. Starting with, "Is it true?" and continuing with explorations of "Who would you be without that thought?" this method allows you to get through unhelpful preconceptions and find peace. An integral part of the process is "turning the thought around," and at first this can seem like you're simply blaming yourself for everything. Push a little harder, and you'll find a very responsible acceptance of reality, beyond questions of fault and blame.
The book is filled with examples of folks applying The Work to a variety of life situations, and reading other's examples gets the idea across pretty clearly; chances are you'll find your own frustrations echoed on the pages a few times. Many chapters are divided into specific topics, such as couples, money, addictions, and self-judgments, with one chapter devoted to exploring the method with children.
Questioning your own authority is never an easy process, but it seems well worth the potential rewards--stress-free choices, peace, and affection for those closest to you. --Jill Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Work from home, low wages, so no way I could buy this book with such varying reviews. Will have to check out in library/store first to see if I should add to my collection for... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Sharjoy
Purchased this book for a group and while I appreciate her approach, I struggle with it a bit (as I'm quite sure others do too). Read morePublished 7 days ago by Sam Hill
I almost never write negative reviews because I feel there is usually something of merit in what was written; no need to offend the author. Read morePublished 9 days ago by 8dozen
An excellent book that can change the way you look at life.Published 15 days ago by Philip A. Kelley
Very interesting concepts about life, about self discovery, and about how to stop suffering. I'll probably have to read it again and again to have it sink in but it was very eye... Read morePublished 16 days ago by wallis
Excellent. Shows you how to put it into practice, and when you do, it works. Does require effort.Published 21 days ago by Janelle Chaffey