- Paperback: 161 pages
- Publisher: Sounds True (November 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591792592
- ISBN-13: 978-1591792598
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Blue Truth: A Spiritual Guide to Life & Death and Love & Sex Paperback – November 1, 2004
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In my experience, most self-help books don't do much more than tricking you into a "feel good" state of mind but ultimately leaving you confused, depleted and with a sense of emptiness. You start to doubt if the advices presented in the book even work, if they are even applicable to you. The once seemingly rich thoughts start to look shallow, hollow like a Christmas tree ornament: shiny on the outside but empty inside. And even if the book gives you some real and authentic insights, they are very rarely of a kind that truly reshapes your vision. More often than not you conclude, "OK, this sounds true, but it is somewhat self-explanatory... I knew this already, I get this... so I am not sure what this book has really given me." Or quite the contrary, you come to the conclusion: "This can't possibly be true... it can't be that simple and one-sided." (hint: this gut feeling is usually correct – you are sensing that an author tries to sell you tinted glasses which restricts your vision with an otherwise broad spectrum to only one color).
Long story short, Blue Truth is NOT one of those books. It is rather a poem than a plain instruction manual. It requires that you dig yourself into it, contemplate and taste every word of it. It demands that you put into some effort to extract every drop of wisdom. You absolutely cannot lazily skim through this book. You have to savor it, slowly. I do not even recommend reading too much chapters in one sitting. There are parts in it it that you will not comprehend at first attempt, but this is alright. This book has so many layers that you will find yourself keep returning to it again and again. I do not want to use too big words but it is more akin to the classic wisdom texts like the Tao Te Ching. I suspect David Deida was in some kind of inspired mental state when writing it.
I have read his other popular book, The Way of the Superior Man too, and most of what I have written here could be said about that book as well. But Blue Truth takes that to an even deeper level. I highly recommend it to everyone who are willing to take the long road to truly get to the core and meaning of LIFE.