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I'll Put 3 Chips On God: just in case there is one Paperback – August 13, 2012
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About the Author
Preeti Gupta was born in Chicago to parents emigrated from India. She has been published in several community magazines and newspapers. 3 Chips on God is her first book. In addition to being an author and a seeker of Spirituality, Preeti is a Financial Planner and CPA who loves money (yes, she is aware of the irony). She lives in New Jersey, alone with her laptop and chocolate. She does not have any plants or pets, because she is traumatized after the death of her cactus which she killed in 1999*.
*Obituary in Ch 4, "Reincarnation"
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Top Customer Reviews
Once I started reading, I was put at ease with the author's relaxed (and sometime humorous) tone throughout the whole book. The two main foundations of the book are found in chapters 1 and 2. Chapter 1 lays out the personal position of the author as a person who believes in something beyond this Earth. Chapter 2 serves as scientific and philosophical evidence to the point. The rest of the chapters develop and apply the themes in various ways throughout the subsequent chapters.
I was pretty much a fan for the whole book. There were several points in the book where I could truly relate such as vegetarianism, humane treatment of animals, karma, meditation, and more. I struggled (and still struggle) with how to deal with these lofty goals and incorrectly assumed that I was the only person that dealt with such ambiguity. It was comforting to hear from someone else how they dealt with such issues.
There was only part that I had any concern with was the scientific material used in the book. In some areas of the book, this works perfectly to explain the concepts of the chapter. In other areas, I felt lost in scientific terminology that didn't interest me much. In both cases, though, when I read more of the book I saw why the book had this information. Regardless of my personal gripes about the material, all of the information was helpful.
Overall, I found this to be an encouraging, honest, and well-thought out work that authentically and shows the beautifully, flawed creatures that we are. The author states her case and makes a convincing argument about the potential for something beyond this human existence.
I especially recommend this book for Millennials, people undergoing a "quarter-life" or "mid-life" crisis or having a period of deep reflection. In my view, this book is similar to books like Jeff Goins' Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into your Comfortable Life and Tyler Braun's Why Holiness Matters: We've Lost our Way--But We Can Find it Again, only from a different perspective.
Down to Earth, frank conversation
Authenticity should connect with lots of readers
Expert ability to synthesize and communicate complex concepts
Organized, but still retains free-flowing and organic essence
Decent length-broad enough to cover topics, yet short enough to retain interest
Some of scientific material takes a little getting used to.
May not convince hard-core "evolutionists" and agnostics, but should provide "food for thought"
Some sections (such as palm reading/ astrology) may turn off people who prefer not to question their faith or have very rigid beliefs
Ignore the title or illustrated cover, at least for me it gives little hint of the practical insight gained from reading. You will benefit from reading some chapters more than once. Chapters I read more than once were on attachment, detachment, the stranger in the mirror, vegetarianism and squashing bugs, small acts of kindness and others. I have highlights in other chapters that for me contained meaningful unexpected pieces of wisdom, comfort and assurance. My kindle makes finding these parts easy.
I was surprised the affect from reading some chapters was an immediate relief of stress and self doubt that is now allowing me to focus with more certainty on life's challenges to benefit not just me but others.
It really was a cool journey as it was like the author was right with me helping me along to understand and laugh. The writing style was so much fun to read. An exceptionally talented writer. She had me laughing out loud with out of left field references to Marcia Brady from the Brady Bunch pretending everyone in the audience is nude, or seeing herself as more of Mike Brady not Donald Trump that comes home from work to a simple, groovy life where everybody knows my name and they're always glad I came.
I can't fully express the book in this review but at least for me it's a must read, a reference and source of answers, inspiration and comfort. Thanks for this important contribution!
The book starts out with an exploration of how the world seems to fit together, with things like the soul and the existence of God, and the meaning of the Ego considered in non-technical language. The second half of the book is then about what impact those ideas can and should have on us if they were true. There can be some doublethink at times about how we can be truly non-attached from things in life when we would die if we didn't spend at least some portion of the day working and eating ("if it is my dharma, or duty, to fulfil any earthly responsibilities that I have agreed to undertake, then how can I not be worried when I am not able to do so?") and I think Preeti covers this admirably from the perspective of someone who isn't a monk or has spent their life meditating.
There are also several ideas that I found to be very original. I was especially intrigued by the analogy of the soul as "Soul Energy", which causes the Mind to act and, after we die, is released to mingle with other Soul Energies. The concept that perhaps the spiritual realms is governed by the same laws of entropy as the physical, but that we simply haven't discovered its nature yet, is something I have not really found elsewhere, so I am glad to have read this.
There's a undercurrent of humour throughout ("If I could choose a miracle to witness, it would involve me being able to eat tubloads of chocolate and getting thinner the more I eat it") and some outright funny parts, such as her description of the tragedy of what happened to her cactus ("I killed a cactus! I killed a cactus! I can't believe I killed a cactus?!").
It cannot be denied that Preeti's background in Hinduism is strongly represented in this book, but if you have ever wanted to understand the underpinnings of all the dharmic religions (Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism) without any technical language, this is definitely your go-to text. With cute diagrams and very simple speculative scientific explanations for ideas such as reincarnation and karma, what can be very tough dogmas that make little sense to Westerners become very accessible.
As someone who does have a background in theological study, Preeti's emphasis on explaining spiritual concepts without reference to the traditions, and thinkers, from which they come, can be somewhat irksome at times, but it is very clear that the contents of "Three chips on God" are her personal spiritual conclusions ("Anything that is not in your Attachment Bucket is by default in your Detachment Bucket. And anything that is not in your Attachment Bucket, you do not get to sleep with" - you have to be there) that she is hoping to share with others and hopefully make up for the death of her cactus. Generally though, a great read."
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