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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher (June 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585428728
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585428724
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With The Art of Uncertainty, readers can chart a course for learning how to live in the "I don't know" while maintaining a sense of inner-peace and optimism. This simple but beautifully wise and practical book is a gem. Don't step into the unknown without it.

Claudia Abbott

Editor, Science of Mind magazine

With warmhearted clarity and transcendental common sense, Dennis Merritt Jones addresses the complexities, obstacles, joys, and ultimate fulfillment of walking the spiritual labyrinth home to the True Self. This is a book to read, reread, practice and embody.

Michael Bernard Beckwith
Author of Spiritual Liberation~Fulfilling Your Soul's Potential

Masters throughout the ages have taught us to come to the edge of our current belief system and take a leap of faith beyond the known...If you are ready to expand your vision of a life worth living this is a book you will want to read.

Gay Hendricks
Author of The Big Leap

Dennis' new book arrives with divinely right timing in my life and in the life of anyone contemplating next steps. How good it is to have this guide to leaning wholeheartedly into the mystery of change and walking in faith toward the full expression of one's potential.

Dr. Kathy Hearn
Community Spiritual Leader, United Centers for Spiritual Living

Dennis Merritt Jones is a brilliant and gifted teacher. His newest work is not only insightful, but gives great tools for each of us to live a life of joy: No Matter What!

Mary Morrissey
Author of No Less Than Greatness

"The Art of Uncertainty inspires and provides practical tools that can benefit all."
—Gary Zukav, author of The Seat of the Soul
 
“With The Art of Uncertainty, readers can chart a course for learning how to live in the "I don't know" while maintaining a sense of inner-peace and optimism. This simple but beautifully wise and practical book is a gem. Don't step into the unknown without it.”
—Claudia Abbott, Science of Mind magazine

“With warmhearted clarity and transcendental common sense, Dennis Merritt Jones addresses the complexities, obstacles, joys, and ultimate fulfillment of walking the spiritual labyrinth home to the True Self. This is a book to read, reread, practice and embody.”
—Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Spiritual Liberation~Fulfilling Your Soul's Potential

“Masters throughout the ages have taught us to come to the edge of our current belief system and take a leap of faith beyond the known...If you are ready to expand your vision of a life worth living this is a book you will want to read.”
—Gay Hendricks, author of The Big Leap

“Dennis' new book arrives with divinely right timing in my life and in the life of anyone contemplating next steps. How good it is to have this guide to leaning wholeheartedly into the mystery of change and walking in faith toward the full expression of one's potential.”
—Dr. Kathy Hearn, Community Spiritual Leader, United Centers for Spiritual Living
 
“Dennis Merritt Jones is a brilliant and gifted teacher. His newest work is not only insightful, but gives great tools for each of us to live a life of joy: No Matter What!”
—Mary Morrissey, author of No Less Than Greatness


Praise for Your (Re)Defining Moments:

“In Your (Re)Defining Moments, Dennis Merritt Jones wisely guides his readers into a joyful exploration and discovery of their Original Self that was shot out of eternity into this three-dimensional world to deliver their gifts, talents, and skills as only they can.”
 —Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Life Visioning: A Transformative Process for Activating Your Unique Gifts and Highest Potential
 
"This noble work is filled with truths that can take your life to a new level. Dennis Merritt Jones brings a wealth of experience, insight, and vision to the table. His thoughtfulness and eloquence speak loud and clear."
 —Alan Cohen, author of Relax into Wealth
 
“In Your (Re)Defining Moments, Dennis Merritt Jones offers a compass that leads us inward to the authentic Self, that unique spark of Life we were the moment we were born. Dennis reminds us that we still are that unique being and proves it by giving us clear, practical, loving guidance on how to courageously bring our authentic Self to daily life. When you read this book you will embark on the journey of becoming who you were born to be.”
 —Dr. Cherie Carter-Scott, MCC, author of the New York Times-bestseller If Life Is a Game, These Are the Rules
 
“Each of us has been created for the purpose of fitting into a divine mosaic that works in perfect harmony with everyone and everything else, and the next major expansion of consciousness on this planet will inevitably occur when we as individuals embrace our own nature and begin working with each other and the physical world with an attitude of cooperation and reverence. It is this truth that is so evidently present in Dennis’s new book, Your (Re)Defining Moments.”
Rev. Dr. Kenn Gordon, Spiritual Leader for Centers for Spiritual Living
 
“Here is a book for those who have read the books, done the workshops, but still sense their own epiphanies are simpler, deeper, closer. If personal identity as we have come to know it is a socially constructed wilderness, Dr. D. paves a direct path through the classic conundrums of consciousness—the sovereign Self of western civilization, the transcendent No-Self of mysticism and the east, and the pristine Now Moment that thrives only in our choice to honor its worth.”
Dr. Barbara E. Fields, executive director of the Association for Global New Thought, director of Gandhi King Season for Nonviolence, director of The Synthesis Dialogues with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, former program director of Parliament of the World's Religions
 
Your (Re)Defining Moments is a powerful antidote to aimless and hollow living. Dennis Merritt Jones has crystallized a path of awakening to free us from the trance states of limiting personal assumptions and inauthentic purposes. Reading this wonderful book is like a deep caress...a precious homecoming with the miracle and magic seeded in each of our souls.”
Dr. Roger W. Teel, Spiritual Leader at Mile Hi Church in Denver, Colorado
 
“Dennis Merritt Jones's newest work, Your (Re)Defining Moments, makes the powerful distinction between personal discovery and personal 'uncovery.' Ours is not a journey forward but a vertical plunge inward to what has always existed. Liberating and gloriously written, Your (Re)Defining Moments is a treasured contribution to a welcomed renaissance in spiritual literature.”
Dr. David Ault, author of Where Regret Cannot Find Me
 
“Through personal anecdotes and probing questions to the reader, Your (Re)Defining Moments gives us access to an engaging self-study on the nature of being and how to live a thoughtful and authentic life.  Dennis Merritt Jones’s down-to-earth style and direct approach to spirituality makes reading this book enjoyable and soul-satisfying.  Balanced with sincere kindness and a gentle sense of humor, this book takes on big ideas such as redefining original sin, re-examining the pursuit of happiness, and admitting we have to let go of some of the past, to make room for what can be.  Dennis’s latest book confirms why I have been a longtime fan of his writing: it’s inspiring, thought provoking, and encouraging.”
Edward Viljoen, author of The Power of Meditation
 
Your (Re)Defining Moments offers a most compelling and convincing opportunity for us all to remember who we have come here to be.  In this book, Dennis Merritt Jones brings a gift of extraordinary insightfulness to everyone who seeks spiritual awakening.”
Rev. Dr. John B. Waterhouse, president of Centers for Spiritual Living
 
“You could spend a lifetime searching for your authentic Self, and defining who you are. Or you could read Dennis Merritt Jones’s beautiful new book Your (Re)Defining Moments and be gently fast-tracked through the process. Life begins with each moment, with each choice. This is an easy one.”
Lissa Coffey, celebrity lifestyle and wellness expert and author of What’s Your Dharma: Discover the Vedic Way to Your Life’s Purpose
 
“Dennis Merritt Jones’s writing reminds me of a cashmere blanket—warm and comfortable without being too heavy. This book encourages the reader to rework their lives without being preachy or overly challenging. A perfect read before bed.”
Rev. Kathianne Lewis, DD, Senior Minister & Spiritual Leader, Center for Spiritual Living
 
Your (Re)Defining Moments by Dennis Merritt Jones is a must read for everyone on the spiritual path.  He is a true Spiritual Master who graciously shares his wisdom, allowing it to unfold in your own mind as gently as a rose opens to bloom. Dr. Jones has written a modern, 21st century guidebook for seekers of truth and students of spirituality. I predict this book will be used as curricula by many teachers.”
Chris Michaels, author of The Power of You
 
Your (Re)Defining Moments...is an amazing book! Dennis Merritt Jones is masterful, guiding us to a deep state of soul remembrance. He reminds us that we were born to be fully expressed and that each moment is an opportunity to choose greatness.”
Cynthia James, author and speaker


Praise for  THE ART OF BEING:

"May this book be your special friend, an introduction to Power and Presence...the essence inviting you to be you."
—Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith, Agape International Spiritual Center

"If you are seeking more peace, presence, and calm comfort, this book must accompany you on your journey."
—Dr. Cherie Carter-Scott, Author of the New York Times best seller, If Life Is a Game, These the Rules: Ten Rules for Being Human

"If you want to close the gap between your humanity and your divinity, read The Art of Being."
—Walter Starcke, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Double Thread

 

From the Back Cover

"The Art of Uncertainty inspires and provides practical tools that can benefit all." ~ Gary Zukav, author of The Seat of the Soul

More About the Author

Dennis Merritt Jones has been involved in the human potential movement and the field of spirituality for the majority of his life as a teacher, author and keynote speaker. His most recent award winning book is "The Art of Uncertainty ~ How to Live in the Mystery of Life and Love It." Jones is also the award winning author of "The Art of Being ~ 101 Ways to Practice Purpose in Your Life" and "How to Speak Science of Mind." Dennis writes a free weekly MindfulPurpose E-Message available through his website, www.DennisMerrittJones.com, and is a regular columnist for the Huffington Post.

Customer Reviews

Thank you Dennis Merritt Jones for being in my life!
Shelly Downes
I am not sure I can say anything more than the others here have said... but this book certainly changed the way I look at life and how I will live the rest of my life.
Smith
In fact, the book will require another reading in the near future, as I am sure the material will strike different chords with different people in varying situations.
James Cope

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By James Cope on June 23, 2011
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Dennis has put together a piece of work that, to be honest, just may have pulled me back from an emotional brink. The amazing part is how I found key phrases, metaphors, and visualizations that had me scrambling for a pen (okay... okay... I used the notes feature on my Kindle, but you get the idea) so I could get my thoughts and feelings into a form for future reference. In fact, the book will require another reading in the near future, as I am sure the material will strike different chords with different people in varying situations.

As I am currently undergoing a lot of changes in my life (financial status, living situation, marital strife, self-employment), this book's message made so much sense on so many levels. While I avoid spoilers in my reviews, you should know this: You will not view your station or path in life the same when you shine the light of this material on them. Living in fear has so many of us curled into virtual balls of inactivity where we believe that we are safe - when the opposite is true.

Off the top of my head (as my notes would be too extensive for this review), I can list a few concepts discussed by Dennis that will have a lasting impact on how I view the changes and the unknown future in my life:

1. Habit energy's ability to carve ruts into our minds that can set us on auto-pilot when it comes to how we live our daily lives. More importantly, there is a poignant discussion on how habits themselves are neither good or bad and must be judged their relative merits: Whether they moves us closer or further away from our visions of our ideal selves.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Earth Angel on June 9, 2011
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A GREAT read! I was priviledged enough to purchase an advanced copy. It is a wonderful reminder that the reality of our world is really one of "groundlessness." We are very uncomfortable with this Truth and spend our entire lives trying to create the illusion of "solid ground." Dennis Merritt Jones gives good reasons to embrace the Truth, and instead of resisting it, learn to love it! Great read! Five stars! Earth Angel
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Berger on June 19, 2011
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It's hard to even put into words what a special book this is! Dennis Merritt Jones has a way through his story telling that is able to speak to people's hearts and souls and help others not only grow but to awaken to the possibilities around us every moment by just being present. The book is in small digestible chapters that you will read and want to spend time ruminating over because this is not just a book that tells us what our potential is, but one that shows us how to see our potential, how to move past the ruts we often find ourselves in by understanding why we are there and what is stopping us from growing. It gives examples of how to do this and then takes you a step further by giving you exercises that will help you pertain it to your own life. As he explains, We grow or we die, like all living things. You don't have to have a particular "issue" for this book to help you grow. It's one you won't give to others to read because you will always want it to refer back to at different times in your life. Great gift for those you love!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Scott P. Weiner on August 15, 2011
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There's nothing in this book I haven't heard before. I was looking for some inspiration from this book but didn't find it. I do meditate on a regular basis, and honestly, my personal meditations are more inspiring. If you are new to meditation or metaphysical thought you might get something out of this book, but there are better-written and much more interesting books out there. I wouldn't have reviewed this book except for the fact that it had nothing but 5 star reviews, which I suspect are from friends and Science of the Mind reverends. This book is dull, and contains nothing more than recycled ideas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shari on December 3, 2011
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This book makes you think, slow down, and realize that most things in life are out of our control. It helps us "let go" of the things that don't matter and really focus on ourselves as we journey through our short lives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jillian on January 23, 2014
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I am so glad that I discovered this amazing book! I have read a lot of Spiritual books and this is truly one of the best ones I read. Dennis has so much amazing information in the book and one of my favorite things was the exercises. Doing those exercises and applying his principles to my own journey has truly changed my life in a short period of time. I have been telling all of my friends about this book because it is so powerful and well written! Thank you Dennis for sharing your incredible wisdom with the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mareda on July 19, 2011
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For those of us who like to know what is going on at every moment; what is going to happen in the next moment; and what will be 10 or 20 years from now; this is the book to read. As a Type A personality who is very much into control, I found this book a breath of fresh air. Dennis illustrates in this book how "uncertainty" can actually be fun and something to enjoy rather than fear.

With stories and examples from his life, Dennis guides the reader to a place of realization that uncertainty is really good and a reason for celebration. Living in the moment, being mindful of one's day, walking in faith. These are the tenants I want to embody. Mindfulness techniques are explained simply. Tools to awaken one's full spiritual potential are included in each chapter.

This is a warm, straightforward and enjoyable book to assist everyone to live in the moment. Enjoy! and as Dennis says "Soar."
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