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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing (October 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571745777
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571745774
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Celebrities and spiritual teachers often labor under the same delusion—that their talents extend to writing children’s books. Here, it is Eckhart Tolle’s turn. Tolle, the author of the adult books (and Oprah favorites) The Power of Now (1999) and A New Earth (2005), along with coauthor Friedman, offers a book whose story and message are both muddled. Young Milton runs afoul of a bully (well, his name is Milton) and spends the next day or so worrying about what will happen when he sees Carter again. The Universe does send him a couple of messages. Snuggles the cat gets mauled by Brutus the Doberman across the street, but he lets it go when he is cuddled. He is living in the Now (uh . . . because he is a cat?). The rest of Milton’s inner knowledge comes in a (long) dream, but few kids will understand the truncated concept of inner light that this tries to get across. The artwork is sufficient, with one very nice picture of Milton looking out for Carter, but it doesn’t carry the tedious story. The only recommendation here comes because of possible demand, and with Tolle’s track record, that could be considerable. Grades K-3. --Ilene Cooper

About the Author

Eckhart Tolle is a spiritual teacher and the bestselling author of The Power of Now and A New Earth. He lives in Canada.

Robert Friedman is a co-founder of Hampton Roads Publishing Company. He lives in Virginia.

Frank Riccio is an award-winning illustrator and author of children's books. He also lives in Virginia.

Together they have produced this wonderful book for the child in us all.


More About the Author

Spiritual teacher and author Eckhart Tolle was born in Germany and educated at the Universities of London and Cambridge. At the age of twenty-nine a profound inner transformation radically changed the course of his life. The next few years were devoted to understanding, integrating, and deepening that transformation, which marked the beginning of an intense inward journey. Later, he began to work in London with individuals and small groups as a counselor and spiritual teacher. Since 1995 he has lived in Vancouver, Canada.

Eckhart Tolle is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Power of Now (translated into 33 languages) and A New Earth, which are widely regarded as two of the most influential spiritual books of our time. In 2008, A New Earth became the first spiritual book to be selected for Oprah's Book Club as well as the subject of a ten-week online workshop co-taught by Eckhart and Oprah.

Eckhart's profound yet simple teachings have helped countless people throughout the world find inner peace and greater fulfillment in their lives. At the core of the teachings lies the transformation of consciousness, a spiritual awakening that he sees as the next step in human evolution. An essential aspect of this awakening consists in transcending our ego-based state of consciousness. This is a prerequisite not only for personal happiness but also for the ending of violent conflict endemic on our planet.

Customer Reviews

My 7 year old daughter really loves this book.
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For anyone who has benefited from the spiritual teaching of Eckhart Tolle, this book is a perfect way to expose children to his message.
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I am so happy that Eckhart Tolle wrote a book for children to understand the importance of his message.
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103 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
"That night, Milton couldn't get to sleep. He was thinking about what happened--and what would happen when he ran into Carter next time...The more he thought about all of this, the more frightened he became. He thought about it so much that he became more and more scared until he completely forgot that he was in a warm bed in his little room." - From the book

In the new book Milton's Secret, bestselling author Eckhart Tolle brings his message of the liberating power of Now to young people.

Co-authored with Robert S. Friedman, Milton's Secret uses the backdrop of school bullying, as well as a dog attack on a beloved pet cat, to weave a compelling story about a cheerful, bright boy named Milton who encounters these situations--and what happens when he becomes preoccupied with the possibility of harm on the schoolyard.

Concerned the past and worrying about the future rob us of our peace and joy.

Milton discovers that although his cat Snuggles had just been attacked by Brutus the Doberman, the furry pet was able to curl up on Milton's chest, purring blissfully. Wondering about this, Milton asks his Grandpa how his cat can be so happy after just being beaten up. Grandpa replies:

"Milton, cats are not like humans. Snuggles can easily let go of what happened yesterday, and he doesn't worry about tomorrow. He lives in the Now. That's why he's happy even though not long ago Brutus was attacking him. Most people don't live in the Now because they think of yesterday or tomorrow most of the time. And a lot of the time they are unhappy."

After dinner, Grandpa notices that Milton seemed troubled and asks him about it.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Debra L. Rowland on December 1, 2008
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When I saw that the Power of Now had been moved to a picture, storybook format I bought it immediately - for myself. Let's be honest, simple is always best! WEll it is simply delightful. And I have decided to pass it along to a 10 year old girl for Christmas with the hope that it does not take her as long as it has me to realize that the Power of Now is within our reach, every single moment. The book encourages the reader (by Milton's Grandfathers wisdom) to look past the appearance or discomfort or fear of a given situation to see the truth that our reaction is a choice & to know that in this moment, all is well. Highly rcommend it & the art wokr is really well done too.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By L. Erickson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 12, 2008
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Eckhart and friends deserve credit for creating one of the few non-denominational spiritual books out there for children. Anyone interested in mindfulness, and OK with discussions of 'light' as opposed 'God', will appreciate this book. I did find it a bit wordy and overly philosophical/intellectual at points - trying too hard perhaps to be true to Eckhart's adult teachings - but that is a minor flaw.

My only other comment is that it is classified for 4-8 year olds, but I would say it is best for the upper end of that age range, probably 7-10. My four-year old is pretty mature, but this was a bit too wordy for her to follow, the plot required a lot of explanation (she doesn't know what a bully is, or a sixth-grader for that matter), and the concepts of When, Then, and Now were difficult. It did engender discussion of what it means to be 'in the now' however, and I look forward to reading it to her more when she is older.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Read To Grow on April 13, 2010
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This book is nothing like I expected it to be. Maybe I expected it to be more like Eckhart Tolle's work that is directed toward adults. I own and enjoy most of his books. I am mainly concerned with promoting the idea of keeping secrets as a positive influence for a child. That seems to require more maturity from a child than I would be comfortable in discerning. I am not sure what age group the book is intended for but I could not give it as a gift to any child that I know. I returned it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Milton's Secret: An Adventure of Discovery through Then, When, and the Power of Now is a children's picturebook that teaches a basic yet invaluable lesson from Buddhism - that rather than stress out or obsess over what has happened or what will happen, there is value in living in the moment. Young Milton is an ordinary boy who loves his pet cat, but he is plagued with worry over a school bully and other problems. 'If he ever tries to hurt you again, promise me you'll tell your mom or dad at once, and you should also tell your teacher.' 'Okay, I promise.' 'When did this happen?' 'Yesterday.' 'I see, yesterday. That was When it happened. But it's not happening now, is it?' 'Of course it's not happening now. But I'm worried he'll try to do it again.' 'If he does, it will be Then, won't it? You're worrying about Then and thinking about When. Aren't you forgetting something? Then and When are in your head. They are not here Now, are they?'" The colorful illustrations bring this thoughtful parable to life, and help communicate an insight that readers age eight to eighty and beyond can benefit from. Highly recommended.
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Format: Hardcover
What a perfect introduction to the liberating, enlightening teachings of mystic Eckhart Tolle. He is a real way-shower for all faiths, and not only children get glimpses of the Divine by reading this first children's book by such a venerable spiritual teacher. My 10-year-old's teacher said she loved the book, our Sunday School youth group teachers said it is awesome, and my 5-year-old was helped by its anxiety soothing "techniques" during a recent hospitalization for pneumonia. She also applied its wisdom to dealing with a not-nice boy in school, and mentioned it after seeing a "bad man" on the news. "He doesn't feel the light in him," she said. I am giving it as Christmas presents to all my nieces and nephews and starting a campaign to get it in all our local school libraries, the hospital's library of children's books, and the county libraries. The adult book by Tolle to read is A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose. Milton's Secret is the golden-nugget version of that "teaching", accompanied by beautiful almost Norman Rockwell-ish illustrations. Oh, I am also sending a copy to my conservative Christian mother so that it can be at "Grandma's house," too. And great-grandma's house, in her case. She and my Dad enjoy Tolle's life-freeing teachings for adults, as well. They have read both A New Earth and The Power of Now. If you haven't yet, jump on this bandwagon. All your relationships will improve, with your partner, your children, your parents, your boss and co-workers and with God. We are talkin' about the ability to make instant connections to the Ultimate in any situation that might come your way, be it unpleasant or pleasant...
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