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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478362537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478362531
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #656,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert E. Draper went from growing up in an impoverished Bronx neighborhood to the position of CEO of a national corporation by age 35. Feeling unfulfilled with all trappings of success, he began searching for the true source of happiness. Now retired from the corporate world, Draper teaches classes on A Course in Miracles and writes books that explore achieving peace of mind regardless of one’s life circumstance.

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In taking us on this journey, Mr. Draper takes his place as that rare author with an important message.
MLKenney
It is not pleasant sometimes to look at oneself and see how the ego works, but the effort is well worth it because of the relief and inner peace it can bring.
Life Long Learner
If you want to think in a new way about yourself, everyone else, and the world, this book will be a great help.
CaraGillete

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael Pancer on January 14, 2013
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"Silence is the Answer" is a deeply insightful, profound, and important book.

The title refers to ridding ourselves of or silencing the anxieties, questions, and concerns that tend to consume so much of our consciousness and detract from our ability to realize our full potential for happiness and well-being.

The author, Robert Draper, tells us that this book may not be for those who feel totally satisfied. But in fact this book is for everyone. There is likely not a thinking person who does not suffer from some inner turmoil. And if approached properly with the ideas outlined in "Silence is the Answer", everyone would benefit from a more peaceful mind.

It was most helpful for me that the author recognized the fact there will inevitably be negative intrusions into our consciousness and well-being. This is unlike some philosophers who seem to believe we can have a mind that never suffers these intrusive thoughts and obsessions. Here the advice given to the reader is to not struggle against those thoughts but rather step back and watch them pass through one's consciousness without dwelling on them or allowing one's sense of well-being to be controlled by them. And a good portion of the book involves describing why that is an essential good and how we can get there.

We learn that, when we master the processes that lead to a peaceful mind, the benefits are enormous. For example, there are numerous discussions throughout the book that show why we will also find a greater sense of compassion for all once we are at peace with ourselves.

As we move toward our goal, Mr. Draper points out that, on so many occasions, when one expresses anger for the perceived misdeeds of another, it is self-directed on some level.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Margaret M. Carlson on February 5, 2013
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Attention Bob Draper Fans!

Every once in a while, a reader comes across a book that makes an indelible impression and that book is: "Silence is the Answer". It is deep, powerful and a definite blockbuster.

If you want to find out how the ego thought system works, this is one writing you won't want to miss. It exposes the dark side of the ego with honest and graphic detail. It points out those things that we ought to know if we choose to look at our fears.

But be forewarned...this work is not for the faint of heart. If you believe you can handle the truth then go for "Silence is the Answer".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Life Long Learner on February 24, 2013
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This book, as another reviewer pointed out, does not offer simplistic panaceas or platitudes to the
problems we encounter both within ourselves and in our relationships with others. Having lived
through the various stages in dealing with a son who chose what I considered to be a self destructive
course of drug usage, culminating in his death, I could relate to the author's personal experiences
with his own children. It is not pleasant sometimes to look at oneself and see how the ego works, but
the effort is well worth it because of the relief and inner peace it can bring. I appreciate how Bob Draper
does not imply we can reach a state of Nirvana on this earthly plane, but he does offer hope that we can
learn and benefit by paying attention to our own thoughts without condemning either ourselves or others - i.e
by accepting them as simply thoughts that occur and do not require judgement or rejection. Ultimately,
what I take from this book is that the locus of control always comes back to ourselves, and therefore
eliminates the wasted time spent on blaming others or outside circumstances for our discomfort and dis-ease.
I will reread this book and also share it with others who are life long learners.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cher Light on March 13, 2013
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From the very first word of the preface until I completed reading the last page, Robert Draper's latest book had my undivided attention.
"Silence Is the Answer: To All the Noise of Doubt" is a very well-written book that tells us that we need to change and improve our way of thinking in order to become more peaceful in this conflicted, mad world in which we live. Otherwise, we have to wait for things to change 'out there' in order to become happy. And, we all know that that isn't going to happen.
Mr. Draper used examples of horrific experiences that people have endured during their lives. The way in which these people changed their attitudes about their experiences determined how they could move on with peace in their minds and lives by choosing it in the present.
Draper also shared a great deal about his own personal and professional life with all of it's extreme successes and grave disappointments and told the reader that all that he could change about anything was his thoughts.
While reading this book I realized that the constant chaos, chatter, and noise in my mind are truly a choice that I make, and I came to the realization that....Silence Is the Answer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CaraGillete on January 4, 2013
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If you want to think in a new way about yourself, everyone else, and the world, this book will be a great help. I couldn't put it down. Robert Draper's personal journey and quotes from sages past and present make this book compelling and relevant. This book will help you on your journey. Completely unlike other "self-help" books you've read.
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