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A(nother) New Cult,
This review is from: The Golden Motorcycle Gang: A Story of Transformation (Hardcover)
Jack and Bill are men on a mission. A mission based predominantly on the 'Conscious Evolution' work of Barabara Marx Hubbard. Well over half the book is devoted to a somewhat rambling account of Jack's life to date. I was looking for so much wisdom from this experience and was left found wanting. Embellished facts (the book admits to this from the outset) over any real substance on how to apply life's lessons. Jack I know to be better than this. The book really starts to show its true colours when on page 95 Jack talks about the three requirements to be a member of his Transformational Leadership Council- basically that 1) You must already be doing something similar so this can be added to his existing offering (which rules out 99.9% of population) 2) You have to have your ego in check (something not very present in this book) and 3)...yes you've guessed it, you have to have lots of money! The rest of the book as the title suggests is all about `The Golden Motorcycle Gang'- basically an exclusive club of special beings (there are many times where the book treats this as a fact as opposed to the metaphor that it is) that are present on this earth to bring about peace and harmony for all. Yes! You've guessed it- Jack and Bill are members of this elite club.
The spirit of this book is based on an invitation for us all to become members of this 'club' which has as its main aim for as many people across the globe to focus on world peace for one `magical' day next year. Whilst the aim is honorable, this is spoilt by the continual ego trip of the authors and constant endorsements of their friends in the club. Here's the thing....most members of my `Motorcycle Gang' strive to focus on the positive every day and do not feel the need to shout about this from the rooftops.
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Initial post: Nov 15, 2011 5:54:16 PM PST
I think you nailed it.
Posted on Nov 17, 2011 7:53:00 AM PST
Patricia Weber says:
This saved me from buying the book because you summarized what I want: a book that shares the specific wisdom, not one that is the author-show. Thanks.
Posted on Nov 20, 2011 1:14:12 PM PST
Moby Dick says:
I was really considering buying this book, on the advice of a book writing coach yet!! Thank you for saving me some money. Clearly this is not something I need.
Posted on Nov 21, 2011 2:24:56 PM PST
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Posted on Nov 22, 2011 11:58:09 AM PST
S. Ashton says:
Amen! Thanks for taking the time to write this review.
Posted on Dec 12, 2011 7:55:01 AM PST
Halley's Comet says:
You write: "The Golden Motorcycle Gang'- basically an exclusive club of special beings (there are many times where the book treats this as a fact as opposed to the metaphor that it is)" - and so you've missed something essential. It's clearly NOT a metaphor to Jack - it's real. So why are you insisting on making it a metaphor. Suspend disbelief, just like in a movie. And seriously - Jack doesn't need to write a book like this for the money, Chicken Soup has done that. I believe what he's trying to do is awaken others to remember "who they are" - and there's nothing wrong with that. And nothing wrong with his co-promotion of others. And there's nothing wrong at all with shouting positivity from the rooftops. The book begins by pointing out what a negative miss this planet is in. And there you are, criticizing him for shouting out a different message. Your cynicism and negativity are not a pretty sight.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2011 8:23:41 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 12, 2011 8:26:41 AM PST
Tara Fiona- Thanks for taking the time to comment. Throughout his mass of often excellent work (this book not included), Jack like so many other respected scholars in the world would state that it is a very important and necessary step to learn to critique and not take things at face value. This is not a `negative' thing, quite the opposite in fact and critique and cynicism are not the same thing. Sometimes `truth' is not a pretty sight, sometimes truth can be painful. I do not choose to focus at all on what you refer to as the `negative miss (mess?)' this planet is in. I choose to focus on all the good in the world and as Jack says, you get what you focus on. I agree. If the `Golden Motorcycle Gang' were not a metaphor, then surely this would mean that Jack and co are either a group of higher beings or prophets. Keeping my disbelief in check as you suggest- where is the scripture in any established religion to back this up? Where is the evidence in secular literature? Like I said (in love just to be clear on this)- sounds to me like the exact definition of a cult. We're all special beings, 'The Golden Motorcycle Gang' no more so.
Posted on Feb 7, 2012 9:22:20 PM PST
Robert Norman says:
It have to say I sadly agree. I'm about halfway in and so far it's a kinda dull bio punctuated with moments of esoteric silliness... Save your time and re-read The Success Principals....
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