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5.0 out of 5 stars A life partner, inspiring teacher and amusing friend, February 7, 2002
This review is from: Spiritual Fitness: A Seven-Week Guide to Finding Meaning and Sacredness in Your Everyday Life (Paperback)
Since I got this book I have not been able to put it down.It goes with me EVERYWHERE. The vocabulary is light and easy to identify with and the "exercises" at the end of each chapter are simple to put into practice. I have already found the contents of this book so thought provoking that I have been able to reassess and reassemble several old and tired thought patterns that I held for many years. The results are immediate and rewarding. Caroline's dialogue is clear and straightforward. She uses personal narratives and experiences to demonstrate a point or principle, and I have found myself both amused and humbled by her admissions. I have had the pleasure of attending several of her courses and because her book contains many of her expressions, it is as if she is there actually reading the contents out loud.
The method of setting the topics out and seperating them into 7 weeks work gives the reader a chance to work on one particular area as a complete concept before moving onto another. The guidelines are simple to follow yet encourage the reader to delve deeper within their own self, to work on the roots and core of personal existence. As I said before I have this book with me always. It has often felt as if I am on this life jouney with a companion to share the road with. I felt strongly that all the laws that Caroline expands on are formed out of her own self discovery and based on her own personal awareness. She explains the depth to which her life had sunk before she became aware that there was a better and more fulfilling way to live. I found this very humbling to read.
THIS BOOK IS A MUST for anyone and everyone. From those who are on a quest of self discovery and personal growth to those who enjoy understanding more about life around them. You can pick this book up and read one page or a chapter. There is no need to recap over several pages to refresh the reader on the theme of the exercise. This has been very handy for me as I lead a very hectic life and at times am only able to catch a couple of pages. There is no compulsory hard work entailed in this read, the hard work is of personal choosing in making the 7 lessons part of ones life.
I shall always be able to pick up Caroline's book as a reference and important refresher course if I should need reminding of the way be keep myself spiritually fit. There is a lot in the book that once taken on board seems so obvious and clear, that it makes understanding the contents so natural. It is very well set out and presented with clear demarcations between chapters. From the first one on "motivation recharge" to the last on "Holding your power and living with joy" the reader is taken step by step through a natural journey of inner growth. There is a valuable conclusion to each chapter with exercises to practice and thoughts to ponder on.
Participation with the book is out of choice and there are no assumption that everyone is proceeding at the same level or to the same degree. There is a relaxed feel to the book which is not only relfected in the unspoken invitation to keep picking the book up to see what is said next, but also in the helpful cross-referencing throughout and index at the end. Caroline has a warm and smoothe voice, gently yet with a powerful message. Her inspitational and thought provoking book reflects these qualities in her. It is been a delightful read, a valuable teacher and sympathetic companion. My life has changed in very possitive ways since starting to open the cover and delve within its contents. I can't wait for the next book.
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