About the Author
Spiritual author and teacher Eckhart Tolle was born in Germany on February 16, 1948. He lived in Spain and England before settling in Vancouver, Canada in 1995. He received his education at the Universities of London and Cambridge. Following several sustained periods of depression, at the age of 29 he experienced an enlightenment that dramatically changed the course of his life. His subsequent spiritual teachings have focused on awareness of the present moment, freedom from negativity, and the attainment of inner peace. He does not align himself with any specific religion or tradition. He has written numerous books including The Power of Now; A New Earth; Stillness Speaks; and Practicing the Power of Now. He is a public speaker who teaches and travels throughout the world. In January 2008, A New Earth was selected for Oprah Winfrey's book club.
The teachings of Tolle are deceptively simple. Here he continues his teaching on the benefits of focusing on the now and being present in the moment. He has a low-key manner that is easy to listen to and to follow. With self-conscious humility Tolle breaks down his ideas into simple concepts that together offer a glimpse into the profound. He takes his subject matter seriously but not himself, and sprinkles in a light dose of humor. The recording has some of the drawbacks of a live recording, from a baby crying to some volume unevenness, but the energy of the presentation offsets any such shortcomings. J.E.M. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine