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A New Earth, An Old Deception: Awakening to the Dangers of Eckhart Tolle's #1 Bestseller [Bargain Price] [Paperback]

Richard Abanes
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June 22, 2008
When Christians are confronted by media with a "new" theology, they aren't always sure what to do. It may sound spiritual, almost Christian. But something isn't quite right. Richard Abanes helps believers as well as the curious understand that Eckhart Tolle's message in A New Earth is dangerous. He then provides a clear biblical response to this New Age message. Topics include Tolle's misuse of Scripture, false teachings on God, the Bible's teaching on evil, A New Earth's version of salvation compared to God's plan, and much more.

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Editorial Reviews


"Anyone who is confused by the claims made in Tolle's book will find clear explanations and answers here." -- Melissa Parcel,

About the Author

Richard Abanes is a bestselling and award-winning author of nearly twenty books, specializing in the area of cults, the occult, world religions, and pop culture. His most popular titles include The Truth Behind the Da Vinci Code, One Nation Under Gods, and Harry Potter, Narnia, and The Lord of the Rings. He's written for most major Christian magazines and in 1997 received The Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America for his "outstanding work on intolerance." He has been interviewed on hundreds of radio and TV programs including the 700 Club, Hard Copy, MSNBC, and CNN. He and his wife, Evangeline, live in Orange County, California.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764206648
  • ASIN: B002PJ4OL0
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,890,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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274 of 295 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Same old 'we know best' May 12, 2009
Richard Abanes has produced a completely predictable and unsubtle fundamentalist Christian attack on Eckhart Tolle's 'A New Earth'. He doesn't look in much detail at Tolle's overall work but selects phrases he wants to be quite superior and snide about. He seems to love throwing around the phrase 'New Age' as a term of self-evident foolishness. His brief and amateur analysis of Tolle's experience in terms of near death experience and false self is utterly superficial. His attitude towards Tolle (and by implication towards others like Krishnmaurti) is wholly unloving. Of course, understood from his own framework of Biblical literalism, it all makes sense, and I imagine it appealing only to those wishing to be confirmed in that unintelligent and unyielding framework. Abanes is also highly selective regarding Biblical texts, avoiding all liberal Christian generosity. Tolle is not without his faults (he also has some areas of superficial analysis and a rather facile belief in democratic access to the now) but Tolle gives off far more love and understanding than Abanes.

Colin Feltham
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483 of 526 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Obviously intelligent, but not what Jesus would do. July 23, 2008
Mr. Abanes book is very intelligent and great deal of analysis has gone into this effort. Christians that are solid in their faith in God, and that truly desire to follow the message of Jesus Christ, have no problem with, and, in fact, can easily embrace the work of Eckhart Tolle. However, Mr. Abanes appears to be deeply threatened and has been shaken by Mr. Tolle's work. This is worrisome. Please be careful, if you read this, to make note of the underlying fear, criticism, and defensiveness that permeates the work. These are always red flags when someone is attempting to debate a position. Too bad Mr. Abanes energy could not be channeled into something more positive, creative and productive. He's completely missing the big picture. On the up side, this book has definitely helped me to more clearly see the loving intelligence of Mr. Tolle's book. So, in the 'What Would Jesus Do?' question, I must say that Mr. Tolle would be closer to the answer.
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243 of 280 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A New Earth Deception September 7, 2008
Clearly this author is very much on an ego trip. As a follower of Christ for the past 20 years of my life in no way did I find what Eckart wrote in contridiction to my faith. What the book did do is help me understand the bible more. I think Mr. Abanes needs to become a bit more conscious before passing judgement. Everyone is entitled to believe what they want and what makes him think what he wrote is so right? People just make up your own mind about God and why he has you here. It is on the inside of you. Just listen not to the voice in your head but to the small whisper in your soul.
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67 of 75 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a Disappointment! May 17, 2009
By K. Gray
I wanted to read Abanes book side by side with Tolle's book to see two sides of an interesting topic. Unfortunately I found Abanes book to be unreadable. It is condescending and judgemental.

He seems so eager to prove Tolle wrong, that he does not even accurately capture the thoughts from Tolle's book before he critizices them. This is a big disappointment. It amazes me that Abanes must think he might teach me something by criticizing Tolle's work instead of generating convincing arguments.

While I am impressed with Mr Abanes ability to quote scripture, I stopped reading his book after nearly three chapters. I was simply not learning anything.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Typical, thoughtless January 5, 2011
This is a typical, knee-jerk, almost fundamentalist christian reaction to a wisdom that is fundamental to what makes us human BEINGS.
The teaching by Eckhart do not conflict with Jesus' teachings, only with some of the teachings of MEN who purport to know what the Christian God wants for humanity.

READ A New Earth, read The Power of Now. As a Christian, I ask you to find any part of the teaching that conflicts with Jesus' words. Tolle constantly refers to Christ's teachings with reverence, but the fact that he also refers to the Buddha seems to upset some with closed minds.
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars it's all about your level of consciousness January 9, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
If you are a christian and you want to stay close-minded then you will find this book helpful. Intuitively, u may feel a connection with eckhart tolle's teaching but you have a fear that your beliefs may be shaken, so obviously a book like this will give you what your looking for, which is to comfort your rigid belief structures.
Perhaps people that seem close minded are actually just attached to the authority in which they have placed so much trust. Breaking a view with that authority means reconsidering so many other possibilities. Is that why so many people never consider another perspective? Is being `close-minded' really just a safety net used by the brain as a protection from having to rethink the foundation of all one's beliefs?
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars All Attack is a Cry for Help July 29, 2009
Where there is angst, anguish & attack, there cannot be peace. These ideologies are mutually exclusive and cannot coexist in the same space. Anyone who has the time, energy and financial where with all to draft an entire book to attack another author must have a very sad life.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Did we read the same book? August 30, 2009
By A Customer
Format:Kindle Edition
Talk about taking things out of context. You had your mind made up before you read the book. I never got the feeling that Tolle was trying to set himself or us as being gods. He is only giving insight into how to let go of egotistical and materialistic ways that hinder us from having a personal relationship with God. The kind of relationship that organized religion sometimes gets in the way of. It is meant to work along with organized religion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good all around.
Good all around.
Published 3 months ago by Mihail Fuksman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great case defending the Christianity against New Age beliefs
This is a great book that takes on the position of a new belief system, one that strongly leverages the Bible without understanding it's cultural and historical context. Read more
Published 7 months ago by GRadney
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money or your time.
Horrible book, horrible man. In this case book burning would be an acceptable solution!
Published 10 months ago by Nan Collins
1.0 out of 5 stars I pray for the man who wrote this
Anyone who would take the time to write an anti-book to "A New Earth", a book that has brought many people closer to God and helped them find a large amount of peace in... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mass effect lover957
1.0 out of 5 stars shameless attempt to piggy back on Tolle's book without doing any work
I am not opposed to the idea of a orthodox christian criticism of Tolle's ideas but this guy just copied the design and part of title of Tolle's "A New Earth" and didn't... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Santiago Barcia
2.0 out of 5 stars What a Crazy Book
What a crazy book this one is. I like Eckart Tolle's A New Earth much better. It makes more sense to me than Abanes book. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Dragon Phoenix
1.0 out of 5 stars A quote to explain it all
"The ideas and concepts presented here may be important, but they are secondary. They are no more than signposts pointing toward awakening. Read more
Published 22 months ago by W. Nelson
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Book: Threw It Away
I meant to order Tolle's book, A New Earth and got this horrible one instead. I threw it out immediately. I love Ekhart Tolle and don't want to read dribble like this.
Published 23 months ago by Judith Crandell
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Attempt
Obviously this guy just needed a project. There could have been at least one valid point in the book- but there wasn't.
Published 23 months ago by Ronnie Mickle
1.0 out of 5 stars Okay if you already agree with him
Basically, this is a book for Fundamentalist Christians who read Tolle's book, were called by its message, and who now want some way to reject it and return to their old beliefs. Read more
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