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Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia, Revised and Expanded: How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings Paperback – Unabridged, September 22, 2009
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—Tom Robbins, author of Still Life with Woodpecker, Jitterbug Perfume, and many more
"With this work—an instant pop classic—Rob Brezsny offers a positive, participatory, proactive vision of the workings of our inner and outer universe, which will only give us as much pleasure, love, and ecstasy as we are prepared to accept."
—Daniel Pinchbeck, author of 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl
"This wild, wise, and subversive book is a must read for those who want to live a more imaginative and free life . . . Rob Brezsny is a Culture Hero."
"I dig Rob Brezsny for his powerful yet playful insights, his poetry, and his humor . . . I salute him for his dedication to inspiration."
—Jason Mraz, singer-songwriter
"Brezsny holds his own place next to other cultural shamans such as Robert Anton Wilson, Timothy Leary, Reverend Ivan Stang, William S. Burroughs, and Ken Kesey."
"The verbally acrobatic, mystically literate Brezsny lets fly a thousand zingers, each with the feel of having been carved with poetic effort to express a hard reality instead of a platitude."
—San Francisco Chronicle
"Brilliant! Absorbing! Wildly useful! Rob Brezsny gets my nomination for best prophet in a starring role. He’s a script doctor for the soul."
—Marisa Tomei, actress
"With Pronoia, renegade wizard Rob Brezsny presents an irreverent manifesto, mixing activism and optimism. It reads like the I Ching on Ecstasy and is as insightful and puzzling as a Zen koan."
—Body + Soul
“If you read a snippet of [Pronoia] every day, you’re bound to experience more than a little bliss. We already loved Rob for his thoughtful and astute horoscopes…but those are mere glimpses of his abundant wisdom, humor, and encyclopedic storehouse of information. Sit down with this compendium of ruminations, suggestions and outlandish observations and let your imagination run wild.”
—Whole Life Times
“Pronoia depicts life as a gift whose purpose is to enrich the human soul… When you see life from this perspective, living takes on a newfound joy and illumination.”
—Spiritual Media Blog
“Like some voluble combination of HL Mencken and a Sufi whirling dervish, Brezsny writes with disarming fluidity while still remaining acerbic. Pronoia’s style is too sinuous, too wriggly and difficult to classify, edgy and uncomfortable and literally kick-ass (he advocates the athletic kicking of one’s own ass with some regularity).”
—Santa Fe Reporter
“I am deeply inspired by the illuminated words of Rob Brezsny. He is a word wizard for the soul."
—SARK, author of Succulent Wild Woman, Eat Mangoes Naked, and Change Your Life Without Getting Out of Bed
“You don't need The Church, a Savior, a Guru, or psilocybin mushrooms to ‘break on through to the other side.’ Brezsny takes you there in the pages of Pronoia. It’s the best book I’ve read in the 21st century!”
—Chris Duel, News-Talk 550 KTSA, San Antonio, Texas
“In Pronoia, Brezsny tenderly leads us into the practice of re-imagining the world as a compassionate miracle. It’s the best campaign platform I’ve heard in years. And the book offers a bevy of ideas for tricksters to re-create the universe. Brezsny for president!”
—Santa Cruz Sentinel
“Pronoia is like stepping through your very own magic looking glass. Brezsny is a diabolical lyricist, an infectious dreamer, and a riotous Doctor of Know.”
“In this age of divisiveness in politics and religion, it’s rare to come across something uplifting enough to catch your eye long enough for you to put down your remote and actually read something.”
—Chico News & Review
“Now, you might think that Pronoia is some kind of mealy new-aged crap, or yet another ‘business success/self-help’ rag. But you’d be wrong. It is, in fact, the most marvelous inanimate object I’ve ever held in my hands.”
“Pronoia is a food processor for the spirit, a socket wrench for attitude adjustment, and a garbage disposal for the soul. It shreds, dices, pulses, grinds, and disintegrates all the negative myths that the doom and gloomers throw our way, and blends them into a mind-soothing smoothie for vibrant living.”
—Rob Grogan, Front Porch
“Pronoia is a life manual for not just overthrowing the dictator within (and so without) but more vital than this, a manual for creating an intelligent, sexy and juicy alternative to the Big Should."
“If you know someone who is down on himself and the world, who spends most of his time complaining rather than creating (and who doesn’t know someone like that?) this is the perfect gift for him or her. Pronoia is filled with great uplifting information, and perhaps nothing says it better than the book’s tag line: ‘888 Tricks for Becoming a Wildly Disciplined, Fiercely Tender, Ironically Sincere, Scrupulously Curious, Aggressively Sensitive, Blasphemously Reverent, Lyrically Logical, Lustfully Compassionate Master of Rowdy Bliss.’”
—New Paradigm Digest
“With great zest and an inimitable creativity, Brezsny sees the present moment as the perfect moment. … Throughout this extraordinary book, he celebrates many of the qualities we have incorporated in our vision of Spiritual Literacy: imagination, wonder, gratitude, reverence, play, beauty, compassion, connections, mystery, and more. … Suffice it to say, this is a rollercoaster ride that surprises, entertains, and edifies in equal measures. It is the perfect resource to lift your spirits and send you on your way rejoicing!”
—Spirituality & Practice
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I don't think I've ever come across a book anything like Pronoia before. It is large, chock full of information of the positive sort (as opposed to of the negative sort). This is because "pronoia" is the opposite of "paranoid" (when you think everyone is out to get you)---you think every is out to shower you with blessings! The book is written to celebrate pronoia is a variety of ways, all of which make you feel good.
The author, Rob Brezskny, writes in a lyrical, irreverant, wildly unconventional and beautiful style. I've never seen anyone else write like that---he is unique. The book sort of reminds me in a way of Ram Dass' "Be Here Now", a cult classic, and an amazing consciousness book of the time that is still in print today. I think that Pronoia will be as popular as that classic book.
Pronoia is an experience, not just a book. And you can GET the experience from just reading the book! It can be read linearly, or bit by bit from time to time, with equally good results. There are many interactive sections, provocative questions, exercises to try, ideas for journalling, etc. throughout the book. These interactive things aren't traditional exercises you'd find in a "normal" book, though. They are wild, wacky, and wonderful---just like the book!
The book is quite irreverent, yet it beautifully captures the God I worship in its pages---not the God of any one religion, but of all of us. He thinks up interesting new names for this supreme being like "the Divine Wow"...and you experience the love of this higher power throughout the book, not in ways you'd expect. There is much humor throughout too---it is a laugh-out loud kind of book.Read more ›
This is not your college Philosophy 101 class's philosophy book. It's structured rather freewheelingly, part creative workbook (including spaces for you to write your own thoughts and even your own chapter), part essay collection, part word art (noting the inclusion of "homeopathic medicine wheels" that cram negative information in a circular paragraph enclosed by healing symbols and words), part exuberant poetry slam, part instruction manual for the inner development of "rowdy bliss". Big and packed full of interesting information and musings, illustrated lavishly with quirky graphics and nifty fonts, it is the kind of book that you can either read straight through or flip around, seeing where the pages fall in a somewhat bibliomantic attempt to receive an eccentric oracle. One thing's for sure, one reading is not enough to completely absorb everything this book contains, but it will be a pleasure to go back and re-read many times in the future.
No doubt the less whimsically inclined would regard this book with a raised eyebrow and no little incredulity; Breszny's a holy fool, a sacred clown, and he can be downright outrageous and goofy even when he's at his most heartfelt and profound. Cynics may find his relentless optimism over the top.Read more ›
Rob Brezsny slays the cult of doom and replaces fear with joy.
There should be more books like "PRONOIA" published today, but so far there aren't: this is the only one.
You don't need The Church, A Savior, A Guru, Ayahuasca, DMT or Psilocybin Mushrooms to "break on through to the other side." Brezsny takes you there in the pages of "PRONOIA."
It's one of those books that you don't even have to read lineary at all: flip it open to any page and know that the Universe has directed you to this specific thought!
Bravo, Brezsny! You created something exceptional here.
"PRONOIA" is the best book I've read in the 21st Century!
News-Talk 550 KTSA
San Antonio, Texas
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Page after page of nonsensical rabble. The book has now found its way to the bathroom for some mindless reading, but I am sure it will find its way to the kindling pile this... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Nickolas L. Vannello
Wow, juicy, exciting, riveting, just so much fun to read and indulge in. If you are feeling blue or searching for some inspiration and a different perspective and spin on things... Read morePublished 11 days ago by wildoceaneyes
With a rollicking, lyrical style reminiscent of Tom Robbins, the author joyfully expounds on the virtues of positivity, citing irrefutable facts supporting just how good life is... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Maya C.
wonderful information and incredible to learn new things. be yourselfPublished 2 months ago by James Pazera
I love Rob Brezsny. Rob has an interesting way of viewing the world. I really appreciate that. I enjoy his perspective which has been instrumental in adjusting my outlook on... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rachelh
i'm sorry to say, because i enjoy Rob Brezny's horoscope readings so much, but this book is ridiculous. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer