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Rebirth: A Fable of Love, Forgiveness, and Following Your Heart Hardcover – January 3, 2017
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"A profoundly valuable book that will help you rewire your deepest self so you lead your greatest life."
―Robin Sharma, author of the #1 international bestsellers The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and The Leader Who Had No Title
"If you need an injection of wanderlust in your life, this debut novel by my friend Kamal Ravikant is your medicine. It motivated me to keep writing."
―Tim Ferris, Men's Health
"Say yes to life! That's the message I take with me as I turn the last page of Rebirth by Kamal Ravikant, a story about the magic that happens while walking the Camino de Santiago. Thoughtful, sincere and beautifully written, Rebirth is about a man's search for meaning and purpose. Wrestling with the pain of his past, facing his resistance to forgive, and searching for answers to life's bigger questions, this classic hero's journey is one we all take when we're ready to live a more soul-directed life...Rebirth doesn't disappoint."―Cheryl Richardson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Take Time for Your Life and The Art of Extreme Self-Care
"This book transported me into an adventure I hope I never leave."
―James Altucher, author of Choose Yourself
"Rebirth reminded me that sometimes we need to lose ourselves to find our way. This is sure to be a literary classic and a great story we can all learn from."―Brandon Webb, former U.S. Navy SEAL Head Sniper Instructor and New York Times bestselling author of The Red Circle
"There is a line in this book: If you're on the road, you're a pilgrim. This is a beautiful book for anyone who ever has or ever will make a journey--inward or outwards."―Ryan Holiday, author of The Obstacle Is the Way
"Thoughtful...Ravikant adds a welcome contribution to the rich tradition of enlightenment stories."
"Powerful writing, with a deep message. I compare it with the writing of Og Mandino, Paolo Coelho. Rebirth is truly one of the most powerful books I've ever had the honor to read."―Bob Berg, co-author of the national bestseller, The Go Giver
"A really beautiful book."―Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress
About the Author
Kamal Ravikant is the author of the bestselling books, Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It and Live Your Truth. He's been a US Army Infantry soldier, held the hands of dying patients, climbed in the Himalayas, spoken to audiences around the globe, walked 550 miles across Spain, meditated with Tibetan monks, and has worked with some of the best people in Silicon Valley. But more than anything, he is passionate about writing books that improve lives. He lives-for now-in New York City.
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Amit was totally lost. His father had died. His job over. His relationship gone. He felt adrift, depressed, broken.
He was so lost he wandered the world trying to find his way back.
Twenty years later Amit/Kamal wrote the novel about what happened - REBIRTH.
The novel is about how he discovered for himself the ancient art of the pilgrimage. How to be a wanderer.
Would a pilgrimage, a wandering, solve his problems?
I read Kamal's book. The book comes out today. I had him on my podcast (also out today). I wanted to find out how even in our daily lives we can go on a pilgrimage.
Even if I'm in a cubicle, can I break free, can I become a wanderer?
Sometimes I also feel stuck. But I don't want to go away for months at a time. I want a pilgrimage in my life right now!
From what I can gather from reading the book, REBIRTH, and talking with Kamal, a pilgrimage has several parts:
A) SEEKING AN ANSWER
Something happened. Something confusing. Something that wasn't in the plan.
You have to get off the regular path. Try a new one. Try one that takes a bit of courage and discipline. To meet stranger along the way
B) IT TAKES TiME
I'm not a believer that you have to go to a far location.
But take time for yourself each day to do something you've never done before. Think about things you never thought about before.
Find the places in your life that you never looked before. They are there every day. The pilgrimage awaits.
Do a dare you never would have dared to before.
Maybe some people find life easy. I don't.
Life is filled with worries about money, about relationships, about (for me) kids, about decisions, about the people who hate you, who annoy you, who scare you. Anxieties, regrets.
Every pilgrimage begins with the struggle. And every journey is a struggle.
The struggle doesn't stop. It just changes. It changes into one where you are lost to one where you have vision.
Where the struggle is not being trapped in the vision of others but for the unique impact that you want to create.
D) BENEFITS OF A PILGRIMAGE:
- You see more clearly: Everything you see on a pilgrimage is different from "normal life". Enjoy them. Learn from it. Even a single day, a single meeting, can be a pilgrimage. What is your takeaway from it.
- You meet people. I like to pretend everyone has a fortune cookie to give me. A little bit stale, a little bit crunchy, with a folded message inside. Read it.
- There's an end. We've made pilgrimages too easy. We can go to a museum and see 2000 works of art.
It used to be that people would travel a 1000 miles to see one painting hanging up in a chapel. Then you can really appreciate what you see.
The more you appreciate the people, the things, the emotions around you, the more you are a pilgrim.
- Come back changed. A pilgrim doesn't just fly a plane from LA to NY. A pilgrim changes because of the journey. You do that by using your senses: listen more, see more, taste more, observe more.
The convenience of modern society comes at a price. It's too difficult now to be a pilgrim because everything is two taps away on our phone.
There is an "otherness" to being disconnected for a bit. To search. To wander.
And finally, to give up looking. To surrender to the results.
It's freeing to give up, even for a few minutes, everything you ever knew. To become a Wanderer.
To look around and see everything as if it were new.
REBIRTH, by Kamal Ravikant, got me thinking about these things. He went on his pilgrimage. He met people. He went on an adventure, a journey, and reading his book showed me how.
I need to leave. To struggle. To find an answer.
And then to completely give up all hope of ever finding one. To find again the beauty of being completely lost.
If I get lost enough, maybe I can find something worth looking for.
“Writing a book review,” I said. “Want to help? What should I say about this book?”
“Needs pictures.” Lesson: Never ask a nine-year old for deep literary thoughts.
“It’s perfect the way it is,” I said. “A good book puts pictures in your mind. We can see them when we read.”
Kamal Ravikant did exactly that in Rebirth. Though I’ve never been to Spain, Kamal let gave me a glimpse of the Camino de Santiago in all its beauty. I didn’t just see the Camino, I felt I experienced it, too.
A good writer puts pictures in my mind. Better writers get control of my heart, but a true masterpiece makes me forget I’m reading at all. The book disappears, and I am there.
That’s what "Rebirth" did for me--I walked each mile of this pilgrimage along with the main character, Amit. I felt the breeze, shivered in the rain, took part in the conversations, listened to pilgrims, and drank the wine.
For me,"Rebirth" wasn’t only about reading Amit’s pilgrimage to find himself after losing his father, it made me think deeply about my life and goals, too.
If you’ve ever thought about leaving your life behind, spent time searching for “the truth,” or if you like soul-searching journey books like Cheryl Strayed’s "Wild" and Bill Bryson’s "A Walk in the Woods," Kamal Ravikant’s "Rebirth" will be perfect for you.
This book is brilliant at walking us through that one journey in our life that we didn't realize was a journey...till the end. I was alone with my grandmother in the moment she passed away. For so long I felt such guilt that I didn't comfort her the way she may have needed cause I was crying so hard. I had a false definition of what it meant to be strong, cause I thought being strong meant not crying in a moment like that.
We all have a past and unfortunately a lot of them suck. This book says "It is not your wound that makes you special. It is the light that shines through that does." This book helps shine the light on where we need to look in order to live a richer life. The author takes us to the next step in loving ourselves, but through a different vantage point. A necessary vantage point that erases noise in order to see the true beauty in life. The beauty that shows us what it means to fly because of what lies beneath our skin.
I felt like I was walking with him in this book and when I finished it I was able to look up and say "Yes" with a smile as I closed it. Tomorrow is going to be a better day because of reading this book.
To the author: Thank you for the journey. :-)