Embracing Reality: The Integral Vision of Ken Wilber Kindle Edition
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The only negative of the book is the cheap paper it is printed on--newspaper grade. This book should have been printed in hardcover or at least a durable paper.
If you are like me and find Wilber's ideas both fascinating and extremely dense, Reynolds' book cuts through Wilber's complex ideas and presents them clearly so that anyone can understand them. I can't tell you how helpful it is for a scholar like Reynolds' to highlight the main points of a chapter or book itself so that it starts really making sense. In this way, Reynolds' book is an indispensible guide and needed companion to all of Wilber's works. Read Wilber, then read Reynolds to understand what you just read from Wilber.
But for the Wilber scholar this book is also great. It brings together in one place, all of Wilber's current work (I know Wilber has moved and evolved since this was published, but Reynolds is coming out with a new book called, Where's Wilber At?, that keeps pace with Wilber's evolution). Reynolds is able at various points (his Introduction is brilliant in its summary and is worth the price of the book alone)to summarize and epitomize Wilber's work in the clearest lanuage possible. He's also pulled in various graphs, charts, and pictures from all sorts of sources (you would have to buy all of Wilber's books to get this stuff), which further clarify the concepts.
I can't say enough about how careful and meticulous the research is embedded in this book, but I know Reynolds' work has saved me tons of time and money in my own Wilber research. If you are a Wilber fan, then you will want to have this book, as well as Reynolds' next book.
If I understand Ken Wilber's philosophy of the Spiritual Realm, then he and I disagree on what life is all about. Notwithstanding that, I'm convinced that he does a very vital work in trying to show where and why physicalist, reductionist, materialist worldviews gravely miss the boat. Those failed philosophies of materialist orientation wish to dissolve mind, soul, spirit (consciousness) into a flatland of value-neutral reality. This is gravely wrong, and Spirit prevails eternally as the very Ground of all being. Spirit has value, meaning, purpose, desires, will, and infinite goodness.Read more ›
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Embracing Reality offers two things, something of a semi-biographical contextualization of the development of Wilber's thoughts and writings, and a series of more-or-less detailed... Read morePublished on July 4, 2009 by Seth T. Miller
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