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  • Jun 23, 2010

I admit I was skeptical when I first picked up Eckhart Tolle's book. Skeptical but a little hopeful as well, if that is possible. I had just started on the hunt for some inspirational books, having decided that I needed to make some personal changes to better my life. At the same time, considering he was Oprah's newest darling, I wasn't so sure that I was interested in what would surely be a "spirituality for the masses" message.

I was pleasantly surprised. Tolle's ideas hit me right where it counted - in my heart. He said a number of things that I needed to hear. It was uncanny how so many things that I'd been battling with on my own - jealousy, anger, resentment, were summed up early on in the book. I liked his explanation of how the ego tries to take over our everyday thinking, and that the way to peace and happiness is to shed this.

I walked away from this book with a new outlook on myself. Was what he had to say earthshattering and revolutionary?  Not really.  It was stuff I had read before. But the book fell into my hands at a time when I really needed it.

The biggest problem I had with this book was the writing. I was severely disappointed to find that Tolle is not an easy writer - he seemed to dance around his points in a large number of circles, never quite pinning down exactly what he wanted to say. His arguments, at times, were long and drawn out. And ultimately, he did not really provide any real advice on how to move forward with this new outlook he recommends.

But that might be for the best. Tolle would undoubtedly find it to be to "egoic" to tell someone else how to find their inner centre. It worked for me - I read the book more as a wake up call, and that was what I needed. But if you are looking for a step-by-step guide on how to improve your life, you are best to look elsewhere.

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June 30, 2010
Nicely done, yusqueya! You definitely answered the question I had about Tolle's writing style. I was concerned that it would be dry and boring--ultimately helpful perhaps, but not necessarily easy to read. I've been considering reading it for some time, but so many of this type of book that I've read have been tough to slug through.
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In this elegant new card deck, Eckhart Tolle distills the wisdom of his bestselling book A New Earth into short, carefully chosen passages for contemplation and inspiration. Each selection reinforces the principles of the book, leading us toward personal and, ultimately, global transformation. Tolle’s sage guidance will help you transcend ego-based mind-sets to awaken to your life’s purpose and achieve a genuine state of peace.

These powerful quotations will free you from the confines of the ego and help you experience your true essence as well as the true essence of the world. This process is not only essential to personal happiness but also the key to ending conflict and suffering throughout the world. The box includes a prop-up frame that allows you to display a favorite card or a rotation of cards for ongoing, deeper reflection. With each card, Tolle guides you to embrace stillness and remain fully present in each moment, awakening to a new consciousness.
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ISBN-10: 0452289963
ISBN-13: 978-0452289963
Author: Eckhart Tolle
Genre: Health, Mind & Body
Publisher: Penguin
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