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- Listening Length: 2 hours and 56 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: July 13, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B005CFS8R0
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Thank God, I found this book in my self yesterday. Sabaa Tahir author of AN AMBER IN THE ASHES had mentioned this book in one of her interviews. I bought it, but didn't read it till yesterday.
And today, I am done with the book, little better, little wiser version of myself that the person who had started reading this book yesterday.
The truth is, that while Mr Pressfield asks you, in no uncertain terms, to look the demons of resistance squarely in the face, a harsh and somewhat scary exercise for most folks, he also reveals what to do about overcoming them... (and he's right he also dives bravely into sacred waters and talks about inspiration, and the muse... delicate stuff that, by other reviews, I see ruffles feathers. However you see it, every great artist, musician, leader... every person you know who is inspired to toil at what they love will tell you that they're called with a small, certain voice to do it, so call it what you will, but it certainly has validity in the arena Mr Pressfield has constructed.
I'm still trying to backtrack to sort out how I stumbled upon this book, because the title alone would have put me off... there's something about it that's too "support groupie" for my taste. Nevertheless, the elves at Amazon suggested it in such a way that it nudged me into buying the Kindle version. Only halfway through, it moved me to buy another kindle copy for a writer friend, an artist Father, and a friend trying to start a non-profit for kids and media. Then I bought the hard copy for myself. Unprecedented.
A simple and quite profound read, this book is a wonderful balance of honoring the lovely gift and call of inspiration by removing excuses, going to work and doing the damn thing. You and the world around you will be better for it. That's a heck of a tool.
So much of what Steven Pressfield describes in the first section on Resistance is recognizable - we all use these tricks at one time or another to avoid getting to work, whether it be writing, painting, or whatever our 'art' is. Recognizing the problem is the first step in finding the solution.
If you're having trouble communing with your muse, you need this book.
A simple and powerful way to understand what prevents us from being the vessel that destiny / God / light / whatever you believe made us wants you to be.
It is in three sections, each with short, one-page chapters that make it easily digestible. His style is at times funny, at times confronting, but always from the heart, from one who knows what he's talking about through the infallibility of experience.
As a fledgling writer, he has given me not just hope but a direct line into my authentic self and bringing that forward from it's greater source.
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