Like in any great parable, we see an ordinary skeptic wandering in a land of spiritual teachers disguised as misfits and vagrants. More so, we have a straightforward storyteller, able to keep the dialog moving at a clip while giving a strong sense of scene and action. As Paul heads toward the frightened girl in the crosswalk, Hartmann writes, "Three steps out, the voice inside his head was now shouting, you're gonna die, but he didn't stop. Just five more steps and he could shove the little girl--now frozen in horror staring at the truck, whose brakes were screeching--hard enough to knock her out of the way.... If he succeeded he would then, himself, be in front of the truck that he knew would take his life. But even if he wanted to turn back he'd already gone too fast and too far." Even if readers wanted to turn back from this fast-moving parable they will find themselves, like Paul, mysteriously committed to a magnetic journey through underground tunnels, distant lands, back in time, and into the greatest spiritual secret of the century. --Gail Hudson
Spiritual Secret is a precious gift. Thom Hartmann says, "Nothing has meaning, save the meaning you give it. What you call your culture is nothing but the stories you all decide to agree are true, whether or not they are."
So Thom has created a story which helps our culture. He creates new meaning with a clear vision-- one based on what Jesus and Moses and Buddha and Mohammed taught, rather than the institutional religious teachings which, over time, became distorted and twisted by greed, ego and the desire for power.
This story offers us us a new story to embrace as our spiritual reality, one closer to the bone, with truths which, though always available to us, shout out through his words, with clarity and soul.
While it has many incredibly inportant messages, it reads like a cross between an action thriller and one of Daniel Quinn's idea adventures, like Ishmael.
Beware. Reading this book will permanently change the way you see your life and the world. -- Rob Kall, Founder/Organizer of The Winter Brain Meeting, President, Futurehealth, Inc.
explores truths that shake up the realities of its characters, that will shake up yours too. -- Bodhi Tree Book Review
Also check out his other books, Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight and Prophets Way- both are very worth reading.
This book gives some insights in the evolution of religions, and invites to take your own responsibility of your believes.
I had thought Thom was a powerful writing of non-fiction, but he has proved that he is an excellent storyteller as well.
We listen to Thom Hartmann every day over the internet. We learn something new every day and his books enhance the message greatly.Published 18 months ago by Kurt Grow
EVERYTIME I READ HIS WORK OR WORKS, BECAUSE HIS ARE VARIED, I LEARN SOMETHING NEW FROM HISTORY, SCIENCE, PSYCHOLOGY OR POLITICS. Read morePublished 21 months ago by WARBUCK
Who is enlightened? Could the messiah be found among a group of homeless people in NY city's underground? A fascinating premise ably executed.Published 22 months ago by F. Daniel Endy
Thomas Heartman wrote this superbly. I have now read 50 pages and find it intriguing to read with great encouragement for the soul.Published on August 31, 2012 by kevin kelso
Thom Hartman uses "A Christmas Carol" structure to reinterpret sections of the Bible within a broader spiritual context. Read morePublished on April 7, 2011 by P. J. Swanwick
I am so pleased to be able to review this book. My wife and I just finished it. We truly enjoyed it. Read morePublished on September 11, 2009 by Hammering in the Morning
A fast, easy read. I started it with disappointment as I enjoy Hartmann's speaking style and I thought the book was too simplistic. Read morePublished on June 29, 2009 by Timothy M. Killcoyne
Firstly let me say I have a lot of respect for Thom Hartmann. The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight is a classic. This is a departure from his previous work, as it's his first novel. Read morePublished on July 3, 2008 by David Arenson
This may be the greatest spiritual secret ever told but it has been told time and time again in a number of books, so don't buy the book because of the title. Read morePublished on June 13, 2008 by Amazonian