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At times, it's brilliant and deep; other times, it's fuzzy and mumbo jumbo
on December 22, 2008
- Exceedingly challenging and profound philosophy. I doubt 1% of the readers can achieve what he is asking them to do (transcend your body, your desires, and this world). I suspect Tolle is unable to do it. If he cared so little about what people thought or his own ego, he probably wouldn't have fought so hard to get on Oprah and promote his book. However, that doesn't mean you shouldn't try to do what he advises or that there isn't wisdom to what he's saying.
- Usually it's easy to read and fast.
- He gets repetitive at times.
- He fills many parts of the book with new age, fluffy, mumbo jumbo. These vague, elusive statements can be interpreted many ways and can leave the reader feeling great (if the reader interprets the way he/she likes it) or feeling confused (if the reader is trying to understand what the author is saying).
- Could be more "how to" oriented. He should offer more practical steps on reaching this wise state of mind and spirit. He tells you that it's important to get there, but offers few useful ways on how to get there.
CONCLUSION: In many ways this is an extremely advanced book. I doubt most people can truly appreciate it, and fewer can live up to it. The subtitle is misleading. This book has little to do with finding your purpose. It's more about transcending your purpose, not really caring whether you have a purpose or not and just being content. Period. I recommend this to deep, spiritual people who are already not attached to many things. We often like to think that we aren't attached, but if I take away your home, car, degrees, job, and money, then you might feel differently. This book can help you get detached. It's tough to write a great book about this subject. Tolle has written a good one (hence, 3 stars), but not a great one.