A book by Eckhart Tolle< read all 14 reviews
My emotional 'reaction' to this book was actually more of an understanding, and more importantly, an awareness of "presence". I felt very calm and present while reading this book, which actually created an experiencial quality to this inquiry. Typically most books like this read like advise, so you learn what you 'should' do, instead of the actual 'hand-holding' experience of bringing you there. In addition, it is staggering when I think of the implications of how many people this book has reached (Thank you Oprah) and the possibilities of what we can achieve and how living in the present could create peace on our Earth (hence, a New Earth). When I realize that my mother and father and relatives, those who I wouldn't normally consider on a focused 'spiritual path' , are reading this book, the more it makes sense that we are actually evolving by reading this!
I would read this book to those who have interest in new age material, living simply, or those who are interested in such types of thinking as 'positive and intentional thinking' (whereby our thoughts create our reality). I feel that this book is a wonderful read for those on a self-inquiry to their purpose and meaning in life. In addition, this book could provide a very peaceful sense of comfort for those who are perhaps at the end of their life journey.
I would consider the setting of this book to be the 'present' and when we achieve being in the present by way of reading this book...it is the most lovely setting indeed!!
Although simply speaking, to those who have not read this book, the idea of the 'present' being the setting and the overall theme of living life in the present may seem trite and unimaginative, and well, quite simply BORING...it is a beautiful surprise to reveal how 'affected' we are by life when we live in the moment. For me, Tolle is one of those authors who can literally bring me there, here to this very present moment. This in itself, is a reason to read this book and share with your family and friends!
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