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The Raw You: A Contemplation of the Soul Paperback – September 6, 2007
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About the Author
K.J. Cleveland was born in Alabama, grew up in various areas, including Mannheim, Germany, due to her Mom being a librarian for the U.S. Army. Her mother, Sherrie Floyd, opened libraries for the U.S. Army in Bosnia, and subsequently won Federal Librarian of the Year in 2001 for her endeavors. K.J. Cleveland has a Bachelor's Degree in psychology and a Master's Degree in history with concentrations in philosophy. After college, she moved to California, where she began her writing career. She and her brother, Randy Jones, published The Raw You: Self-Awareness Journal for one year in West Los Angeles, followed by a book, The Raw You: A Contemplation of the Soul, which received an incredibly positive response from its readers. Cleveland writes about philosophical topics citing Immanuel Kant, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Plato and Isaac Newton, which discuss how to know thyself and proof of God or an intelligent author. She also writes everyday books about the courage to be yourself, building your self-esteem, discovering your true desires, trusting your instincts and never giving up hope that your dreams will come true. She has also written an academic book about her grandmother’s childhood when she was a sharecropper. Other books she has written include The Courage to be Yourself: Look Inside and Develop the Confidence to be Your True Self, What is Enlightenment? Theories about God and the Unseen Realm, and Knowing Yourself Beneath Your Societal Identity From Plato, Isaac Newton, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Immanuel Kant and Never Give Up: Exercises to Listen to Your Heart, Set Goals and Make Your Dreams Come True. To learn more about knowing yourself and making your dreams come true, check out www.ToKnowThyself.org, www.NeverGiveUp1.com, www.DreamsComeTrue1.org and www.WhatIsEnlightenment1.org.
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The concept of "knowing yourself"--while as old as the Bible--is presented in fresh and challenging ways that stimulate, not just philosophical inquiry, but personal introspection. It is also evident that the author, though obviously well-informed in the basic suppositions upon which human philosophy is based, is not mired in the perceptions that so much "wisdom" in the field has said you must adhere to. She believes in God and there is no apology for that. But she is fully aware that affirming God's existence does not do away with all of the philosophical problems his existence presents. I like the fact that Cleveland inspires contemplation while not trying to fit everything in a neat, orderly box. Perhaps she stimulates thought more than she provides answers, but that is what all competent philosophers do. To know what questions to ask and how to promote independent thought is what a good teacher will do for her students, and Cleveland does that for us in this book.
The author's basic premise that there is within us an identity--a person, a soul--that we do not meet and develop without time and effort is undeniably true. And you will feel that way as well when you consider her approach and her points. Everyone would benefit by reading the book. I do not know the author, but from what I can gather this is her freshman effort. And while there are s ome indications that she is not a veteran writer, this book comes off very smoothly for a first book. I shudder to think what insights she will offer ten years from now, when she is writing what I hope will be at least her tenth book. For the thinkers and seekers who like to be stretched by deep and penetrating ideas, The Raw You is worth your time.
That being said, here is what I think about the book. It is an easy and quick read opening up the mind and the spirit to free themselves from the chains that bind their minds and souls. The subject matter is backed by many quotes from a wide variety of fields as is needed to convince the reader of points made by the author, some of which I had never heard before. I think that the exercise at the end is excellent and many people need to do this exercise to realize what really holds them back from attaining their dreams. I'll use a quote as well to describe it "The Kingdom of Heaven is all around Man but he is too blind to see it."
Now for the parts I didn't like. I believe the book is too short and of course wanted more subject matter, such as how to discern specifically the bonds that hold you. Also, at the start of the book, it seems to lead you that there is going to be some sort of help like an exercise at the end of chapters, not verbally, but all you find is an exercise at the end of the book. Perhaps this was too much to ask, but it was what I was thinking.
So, over all this is an excellent book and I will recommend it to family and friends. I await her next book and hope to see more knowledge and enlightenment bestowed upon us.