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Become the Force: 9 Lessons on How to Live as a Jediist Master Paperback – November 7, 2017
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"Will appeal to Star Wars fans looking to unleash their inner Luke Skywalker and gain a deeper understanding of how to use the Force in everyday life.”
About the Author
Daniel M Jones was born on 15 July 1986. He belongs to a band called the Straight Jacket Legends, whose debut album was recently released in Japan to great acclaim and notable success. He has been diagnosed with Asperger’s and hosts his own popular Aspie World YouTube channel as well as speaking on behalf of the Autism Society in order to increase awareness of the condition.
Theresa Cheung was born into a family of psychics and spiritualists. Since leaving King’s College, Cambridge University with a Masters in Theology and English, she has written numerous bestselling mind, body, spirit books, including two Sunday Times Top 10 bestsellers.
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That said this book was terrible and does very little to convey an accurate picture of the Jedi
Community, it’s history or it’s core beliefs. So, if you’re considering this book because you’re looking for insight into real world Jedi philosophy and teachings, I’d advise you to turn to the internet instead.
The problems seem to arise from the fact that Jones appears to be very ego driven. He read some new age books, and then was inspired by a conversation with a co-worker to start his own church. However, while one would assume that someone starting their own philosophical system would initially focus on discussion and finding a place to work out their new faith, Jones instead decides to put out a press release. He then does an interview and is then upset that the interview did not immediately turn into more attention. This all points to Jones failing to take real time to consider and explore before jumping in and wanting to be the poster boy for real world Jedi (Jones even concedes when he has been confronted by Jedi who have been in the community longer than he has, or who disagree with him that he has the reaction of “do you know who I am? I put Jediism on the map, not you guys”... except the Jedi path isn’t one of seeking fame).
The fact that the early parts of the book are filled with superlatives about Jones, which I can’t help but be shocked that co-author Theresa Cheung didn’t cut or tone down, sets up what seems to be the true nature of Jones very quickly - He appears to want attention. He wants to be recognized. He wants the credit, whether he deserves it or not.
The fact of the matter is the the real world Jedi community is more than 20 years old, significantly predating Jones. Conspicuously Jones does everything he can to skirt that issue (“As far as I was aware when I founded the Church of Jediism there were no other Jedi organizations. I believe I was the first to form an online group of note in 2007”) which seems ridiculous when Google is a thing that exists, and Jones could fact check that real word Jedi had been operating on line for years prior to Church of Jediism.
That notwithstanding, what Jones offers in this book feels like little more than bad science and rehashed tropes from a million bad new age books (he actually touches on Indigo Children and the Law of Attraction stuff presented in The Secret, to give a couple well known examples) which have nothing to do with actual Jedi philosophy. You won’t find anything here that you haven’t seen elsewhere. It’s all fluffy feel good philosophy that isn’t going to do anything to bring you closer to being like the Jedi presented in the films. There’s nothing here to get you past your ego. To really build toward empathy. To work at making you better and more “in tune”. To get you go he kore conscientious snd service oriented.
It’s just fluffy tropes.
I would seriously advise against this book. It’s not going to lead you down the Jedi path. It’s nothing new. It really feels like it’s just another chance for the author to get some attention. And really, I don’t mean to present this as a gripe session about the author, but it’s frustrating when about half of each chapter is Jones recounting stories from his life about founding his church, or doing press for his church, or how special and unique he was as a child. These stories aren’t on point anecdotes. The book doesn’t need them. And it only feels like they exist to spotlight the author over the material.
I wish Jones the best. And I sincerely hope that the path he’s found, but I can’t recommend this book to someone who is interested in learning more about the Jedi path.
The reader, gets an insightful perspective from an autistic perspective. I rather enjoy it so far and am immensely proud to know him.
What an inspiration and a gift to Star Wars lovers, philanthropists and Aspiens world wide!
Instead, what it quickly devolves into is a self-help guide for Asperger sufferers in the framework of a series of new age, white light, pseudo-scientific teachings. It talks extensively about new age concepts like vital energy, the law of attraction, psychic power, energy healing, and Noetic science. It also mentions some of the most discredited pseudo-scientific studies such as Dr Masaru Emoto’s water experiments. These concepts make up the bulk of what Jones considers to be “Force” concepts. At one point Jones, goes into the concept of Indigo Children. These are children believed to possess supernatural traits of abilities and possibly possessing alien ancestors. The book describes how Jones believes himself to be one of these children. The problem lies in the fact that none of these concepts really have anything to do with true Jediism.
The book also has no regard for what is commonly accepted as the history of Jedi realism. Several times he touts himself as the founder of Jediism when there is ample evidence this is just false. There are also blatant inaccuracies in the book. At one point he described the Temple of the Jedi Order, another Jedi group, as a Christian group based on the teachings of Joseph Smith. Both are wrong. The group is not Christian based and actually bases much of its philosophy on the writings of the American mythologist Joseph Campbell.
Also sprinkled throughout the teachings of this book are link after link to some of the books contributors self-help pay sites. All shameless attempts to get the reader hooked and then pay more money. Basically the bulk of this book is designed to re-frame the new age movement under the context of Star Wars to make it palatable for those seeking easy answers to some of the hardest questions of life. Barely mentioned are concepts such as Buddhism, Taoism, Shinto, chivalry or the Bushido code. It never even mentions the exploration of some of the deepest philosophical questions of life. Questions like who we are, where we come from and where we are going as individuals and as a species.
Basically if you want fluffy answers to fluffy questions this book is for you. Otherwise stay away and spend the time to search for the real answers yourself.