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The Raw You: A Contemplation of the Soul Paperback – September 6, 2007
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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.Read more ›
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.
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Know yourself. People are searching for fulfillment and happiness in all sorts of ways. Cleveland discusses how true happiness comes from within and not by some institutionalized... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Avid Reader
This book is an inspiration for anyone wanting to follow their true path in life. It is well-written and beautifully designed.Published on December 13, 2008 by Sherrie M. Floyd