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3.0 out of 5 stars A life-changing book?...Maybe, maybe not, March 6, 2008
This review is from: A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose (Oprah's Book Club, Selection 61) (Paperback)
Back in 2000 I read Tolle's "The Power of Now" (TPON), and thought so highly of it that I included it in the "Must Read" list at the end of my own book. As such, I figured "A New Earth" just might be as valuable to me as TPON was at that time.

I read this book over a weekend and my first impression was that it was a solid effort, and that it was essentially a hybrid of TPON, with the primary difference being that it's written in a prose as opposed to a Q&A format. The fact that it's similar to TPON isn't necessarily a negative, for that book had some very valuable content in it that's clearly worth hearing again.

Is it a life changing work? Well, the truth is it all depends on YOU. If you're considering buying it because Oprah recommends it, but you haven't read a single book in the spiritual growth/personal growth category in the past, then my sense is that you might become a bit frustrated with its esoteric nature. A better choice as a first book might be "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz, as he likewise addresses the power of the mind to overtake us if we don't learn to cultivate the ability to step back from its ramblings. A book I read recently that would also be a wonderful first title to read in the category is called "The Belief Formula" by Pete Koerner, as it talks in detail about thoughts and provides practical ways to get more in control of them. This book would be of particular benefit to anyone who would like a bridge from traditional religious training to the more mystical teachings of authors like Eckhart Tolle.

If, on the other hand, you are a person who has read a few to several books in this category, then "A New Earth" is another quality title to read as you continue to walk your path of self-discovery. If you've already read TPON by Tolle, as noted above you'll notice some obvious similarity between the two books, but this book does have some new content that is certainly worth reading.

One thing I didn't like is that the book's subheading, (i.e., Awakening to Your Life's Purpose) suggests that this topic is a major point of discussion throughout the book, but actually it's not. The whole idea of "life purpose" isn't addressed in any significant way until chapter nine of a 10 chapter book. And, when it is talked about, it's not by any means a primer on how to identify your purpose in this life from a worldly point of view (what you are to do while you are here). Note that Tolle's discussion about purpose is on a much deeper, mystical level.

As a final point, before buying this book I took the time to read a broad cross-section of reviews about it on Amazon.com (from 1 star to 5 stars). One thing I did find troubling in some of the negative reviews was the Oprah bashing that some chose to do. People who think that her sole motivation for getting behind this book so aggressively was to create yet another financial windfall, or to establish some sort of new religion are, in my view, sorely mistaken. Anyone can see that she really does care about the world, and is committed to doing something to raise global consciousness. What's so wrong with that? If you don't like what she's doing then don't buy the book.
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Initial post: Mar 25, 2012 8:57:17 PM PDT
Maybe the reason this didn't have such an impact on you is that you read it in a weekend. With a book that tackles such deep and complicated subjects, it's important to just read it slowly and take in what the author is telling us. This isn't a novel that you can just read and enjoy, it's full of insights that are hard to understand at first because of their depth. And we're not used to such thoughts.
Maybe you should try reading it again and really letting the words settle in your thoughts. You may find that it helps you.

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 4:07:17 PM PDT
Paisley says:
Thank you very much for your review. It was exactly what I was looking to hear before purchasing. I'm looking for a book more geared toward finding your life's purpose and I don't think this is it though it sounds like a good read that I'm ready for too! (If you know of another book you could recommend on finding your life purpose please let me know!)

And I like what you said about Oprah too. Anyone walking along the spiritual path that feels the need to bash ANYONE be it Oprah or not, has a lot more reading to do!

Posted on Jul 27, 2012 1:12:40 PM PDT
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Posted on Oct 23, 2012 9:08:07 PM PDT
CTW says:
"One thing I didn't like is that the book's subheading, (i.e., Awakening to Your Life's Purpose) suggests that this topic is a major point of discussion throughout the book, but actually it's not. The whole idea of "life purpose" isn't addressed in any significant way until chapter nine of a 10 chapter book."

I read this book 8 times completely and parts of it more than 20 times. I think you completely missed the point of "life's purpose". What I got out of it is that whatever you do while alive on earth IS your ONLY "life's purpose". Simply 'being alive' Is YOUR life's purpose. He says this in the first few pages clearly telling the story of how a flower comes from dirt, looks beautiful for a short time and goes back where it came from. And the ONLY purpose of the flower was to be beautiful.

This book WAS a positive life changer for me.

Posted on Mar 29, 2013 8:29:29 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 29, 2013 8:31:25 AM PDT
i think "life purpose" in A New EArth, simply means becoming more conscious. Our typical definition of life purpose has to do with career or what to do in the life. but perhaps when you awaken you see that there is only one life purpose, and that is to create peace, which can happen in so many ways, but can only happen with consouseness. the creativity and the doing come out of consciousness. so to me, i see why he called it "awakening to your life purpose" it is the most appropriate title if you can see it. nothing mystical in it..just so simple and true.

Posted on Apr 17, 2013 2:07:16 PM PDT
I would like to read this book and "The Power of Now" so you mention you have read both. Which one do you think I should I start with??

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2013 10:00:55 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 20, 2013 10:28:19 AM PDT
Read 'A New Earth' first. If you want more, 'The Power of Now' is the same stuff but said in a different way. While you wait for your order, his website has free videos. 'Dealing with anger, resistance and pessimism' is the best video.

Posted on Jul 5, 2013 1:31:32 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2013 11:30:47 AM PDT
Thanks for the video recommendation.
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