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Embracing Reality: The Integral Vision of Ken Wilber by [Reynolds, Brad]
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Brad Reynolds has studied under Ken Wilber for the past ten years.

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  • File Size: 7091 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Paragon House (June 27, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 27, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008FQZ46Q
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Brad Reynolds has written an exceedingly important book. This book describes Ken Wilber's philosophy and his books to date in very clear terms. He has done Wilber an incredible favor in not straying from Wilber's path and carefully summarizing each of his books. Reynolds is a very clear writer who may have something to say beyond an interpreter for Wilber. It would be nice in the future to hear Reynolds view of the world.

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.
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First of all, the writing in Embracing Reality is fantastic in that it is clear, concise, and it flows beautifully. I would say that it is even better than Wilber's writing, especially Wilber's "novel", Boomeritis.

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.
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I benefited from reading Brad Reynolds' work, and I believe he did fine job of summarizing Ken Wilber's voluminous writings. However, I wish to comment briefly on the ideas expressed in the book -- being, in fact, Wilber's own ideas. As for Wilber's philosophy of spirituality, I remain dubious about some of his ideas. He has a greatly different worldview from mine, given that I greatly favor a worldview that endorses many of the fundamental teachings of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. I am convinced that there's a Divine Realm (God, that is), and it is my conviction that we are here in this world of suffering and struggling in order to learn how to come into harmony with Ultimate Reality (God). I do not believe that we will ever (in any realm of reality) have our "spirit" dissolve into some sort of "non-dual" state whereby we become basically just a "drop in the ocean of reality". Rather, our unique "self" will persist into every realm we enter, and we will have individual conscious awareness of being an individual -- not merged with the "Kosmos" into an amorphous "non-dual" dissolution.

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.
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