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1. Original Prayer: Teachings and Meditations on the Aramaic Words of Jesus
by Neil Douglas Klotz
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Asin: 1564557200
Catlog: Book (2000-01-01)
Publisher: Sounds True
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Body-Based Meditations on the Original Words of Jesus

The Prayer of Jesus, or Lord’s Prayer, is among Christianity’s most beloved teachings, a daily devotion practiced by Christians everywhere. If we could travel back in time to the ancient Holy Land—and witness Jesus himself speaking and meditating upon these words—what would we learn? On Original Prayer, acclaimed teacher and author Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz immerses us in the language and philosophy of Jesus’ world to reveal a practice with the power to change forever the way we experience sacred scripture.

Neil Douglas-Klotz begins by revealing the rich layers of meaning enfolded within the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic—the language that Jesus and his disciples actually spoke. Through his insightful Aramaic translations, Douglas-Klotz opens a window into the Lord’s Prayer that allows us to hear and understand the teachings of Jesus as he authentically taught them 2,000 years ago.A Way to Experience Scripture Directly, through the Body

Verse by verse, Original Prayer guides us through a series of 24 specific practices of "body prayer"—the original Middle Eastern form of meditation that uses chant, breathing, and awareness to engage the entire body and spirit in contemplation of scripture. These are the same kinds of devotions used by the first Christians to delve into the Gospels—not as a scholarly exercise—but as a living and breathing experience of God.In the fertile spiritual landscape of the ancient Middle East, prayer, meditation, and scriptural study were practiced as a single contemplative path. Now, with Original Prayer, you have within your reach the definitive resource for experiencing this luminous practice, using one of the most enduring cornerstones of the Christian faith—the Lord’s Prayer. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Pioneering work to be accepted with caution
If you read all of the reviews on this audio series you will notice a general positive trend, but at least on review which suggests that the author may have taken liberty with the pronounciations and interpretations. I think all these reviews may be true. The bible has existed in two forms - the mostly Greek and Latin version which has been protected by the Roman Catholic church and an Aramaic version which is possibly older and closer to the words that Jesus actually spoke. There are very few scholars who have tackled the latter version. Infact there are only two scholars who have achived significant recognition in this area: Dr. Rocco Errico and Dr. Klotz. As a result I am not surprised to see some disagreement about whose views are more accurate. I do know that Dr. Errico's work has undergone some scrutiny for basically being sloppy and Dr. Klotz's work has been scrutinized as being an overly liberal interpretation. What I like about this series by Dr. Klotz is that he is very open about where his interpretation comes from and only offers his concepts as one version of the truth. I think such comments come from a very insightful mind. I think over the next 20-50 years of scholarship in the Aramaic bible we will better understand where the truth is, but in the meantime this is a very inspiring series that has nothing less than changed my life for the better.

1-0 out of 5 stars Wrong pronounciation - fantasy interpretation
Sorry to say, but this work is NOT one of the best. First of all, the interpretations the author gives - may they be spiritually uplifting - are a sufi interpretation and addition. Sufism is the mystical school if the Islam.
If you want to get down to the core of Jesus and his prayer you must look at him entirely through Near Eastern eyes at the time of Jesus.
The pronounciation: a complete enigma! No Aramaic scholar whould know where Mr Klotz got the pronounciation from which he displays here. Abwoon dbaschmaya. The "b" letter as written in both cases must collaps in this grammatical case when pronounced: awoon dwashmeya. And that is only 1 shore example.
The way Mr Klotz speaks the lord's prayer, Jesus has definitely NOT spoken it. There exists a CD with the reliable pronounciation of the Lord's Prayer but I am afraid it is only available ... word by word and phrase by phrase spoken in Aramaic and explained in English by Dr. Rocco Errico (more about him further below), the world's foremost authority in Aramaic studies in relation to Jesus. The title of that CD is "Acht Einstimmungen auf Gott" (Eight Attunements to God).

If you ask me, the only reliable source for Aramaic knowledge is Dr. Rocco Errico, whose many books you can find here ... By the way, Dr. Errico was one of Douglas-Klotz's teachers and this makes Mr. Klotz's pronounciation more than incomprehensible because he learnt it actually from the number one authority in the world.

In closing: if you want a worthwile interpretation of the Lord's Prayer based on the ancient Near Eastern culture and language, trust the book "Setting a Trap for God" by Dr. Rocco Errico. Everything else is coloured by Mr. Klotz's own preferences. But it has nothing to do with Jesus and his times. Jesus was down to earth and a revolutionist, not a sufi mystic.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Poetic, Mystic Vision of the Words of Jesus
If you know in your heart that there is something deeper than the language and the meaning you find in the traditional Bible translations . . .

If you're a mystic in spirit, always yearning for a greater, more intimate experience of God . . .

If you're avidly curious about the man known as Jesus, what he really said, what he really meant, how he really experienced life and God . . .

If your heart sings at the thought of chanting, singing, praying the actual sounds used by Jesus as he taught his followers what we now know as the Lord's Prayer . . .

. . . Then this audio series is for you. Built on a strong foundation of scholarship that transcends religious traditions (Douglas-Klotz was raised in, studied and deeply respects Christian, Jewish and Islamic beliefs and practices, and brings all of them into his discussion), this work is warm, deep, accessible, open, and transparent. It is a poet's work, exposing the many interwoven threads of meaning imbedded in every word of Jesus's Aramaic prayer and inviting each of us into our own intimate, deeply personal interpretation and understanding of every phrase, word, sound. This is not something to be "learned" -- it's something to be lived, breathed, experienced. Beautiful!

5-0 out of 5 stars The best resource for The Lord's Prayer in Aramaic
Neil Douglas Klotz provides a 12 lesson, step-by-step, audio program to learn, not only the prayer in the Aramaic language, but also the full meaning.

I truly love Neil's approach to this prayer through his singing of each line and by having the participant feel the meanings through his body prayer methodology.

I play the tapes in my car during my long commutes and have learned enough to actually say the prayer as Jesus said it. My children, ages 5 and 8, happily sing along with Neil.

I highly recommend this to anyone wanting to learn the Aramaic pronunciations and FEEL the prayer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Refreshing Thoughts on Praying during the Time of Jesus
Neil Douglas-Klotz presents his research and a view of the spiritual journey in a very gentle but authoritative fashion. His knowledge of the Aramaic used by Jesus, as well as of other ancient languages of that time and earlier, comes through with clarity. Yet his scholarship does not overwhelm his principal theme--that the "Lord's Prayer" or "Our Father," as presented in languages most familiar to us, limits our understanding of what Jesus was actually communicating. While not denigrating the more traditional forms we have learned, he points out how linguistic nuances and cultural flavorings greatly alter what is contained in the original language. He also takes the time to ameliorate what have become issues of gender discrimination in the sayings of Jesus.

For example, when Jesus begins his prayer with the words we have learned as "Our Father", Douglas-Klotz points out that the Aramaic expression has much broader and deeper meanings, such as "Divine Parent", "Father-Mother", "Divine Unity", or "Birther of the Cosmos." Or that the term "kingdom" is inclusive rather than exclusive and is actually linguistically feminine in the ancient Aramaic.

The presentation is pleasant, informative listening. It's not preachy in any way; his sincerity permeates the work. The chants and prayer forms he teaches during each of the twelve sessions are easy to learn regardless of one's musical ability.

This work is very useful for anyone interested in learning about the teachings of Jesus--Christian and non-Christian alike. It provides many fresh and thought-provoking insights which are supported by Douglas-Klotz's solid academic research and his personal, inner reflection. ... Read more

2. Understanding Your Angels and Meeting Your Guides
by John Edward
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Catlog: Book (2000-07-01)
Publisher: Hay House Audio Books
Sales Rank: 38145
Average Customer Review: 4.05 out of 5 stars
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Learn how to use tools such as meditation and visualization to contact your angels and guides.John will teach you how to successfully meditate so you can relax your body, open your mind to the intuitive side, and visualize what you want in life. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful....
Simply said, I love John Edward's books, tapes and Understanding Your Angels and Meeting Your Guides is one of my favorites, well so far.
I have always wanted to connect with those who have crossed and with my guides who help me but never quite knew how to go about it. Meditiation has always been a wonderful way to relax but until recently I was unaware how to use my meditation to find answers or guidance. John's tape has taught me how to guide myself through visualization to not only meet my guides but it has also given me the tools to meet with those loved ones who have crossed.
John's voice is calming and relaxing. At first, I would listen to his tapes day after day to meditate, now I am able to guide myself through the visualizations to remain in the meditation as long as needed.
As John explains on the tapes, meeting your guides does not automatically happen and I am here to say that he is not lying you us, patience is key.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good meditations, just talks too fast
I really have enjoyed John Edward's meditations, especially the one "meeting my spiritual guides". What bothers me is he just talks way too fast and doesn't give you a chance to linger in the meditation. One meets their guide and John Edward instructs to ask several rapid questions such as their name, what I am to learn during this meditation and before he takes a breath and gives a chance to hear the answers we are asked to say good bye. I would of liked it better if he guides us to ask prepared questions on the instructional side of the tape and gives a chance to hear the answer to our question while he stays quiet for a minute. I do like that John Edward speaks in easy to visualize terms.

1-0 out of 5 stars Have Lunch Waiting
'Understanding your Angels and Meeting your Spirit/Demon Guides by John Edward. Sorry Johnny but the 2 don't mixed/work together.
There is nothing in the Bible that teaches about Spirit Guides, this is something the Devil uses to sucker gullable people into a false sense of security.
The only guide John has is a good broker and a money guide for the stock market, oh by the way he likes to dance.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great, but not amazing
I started this today with a veiw to opening myself up to things unseen. I am a MASSIVE fan of John and had high hope for this tape. I love his style and loved the opening section about his own experiences. The visualizations are gorgeous and permiate (sp) thought and meditation easily.

I have only done tape one so far and already have a few niggles. The breathing (Branic) technique that he uses is nigh on impossible to stay attuned to, his six second count was all out and slightly painful to achieve. The other niggle I have is that I kept hearing a whisper right at the back of the recording. A voice most definately. I played it to my partner and he seemed to think that it was side a playing backwards and that parhaps my tape was dicky. I couldn't help feeling though that I was in fact being hypnotised in some way. OK maybe I am crazy but I'd love to hear if anyone else has heard it too (I am not certified I swear)

All in all I'd like to say. Lovely visualisations, lovely voice, but over priced and harder work than is nessisary (sp)

5-0 out of 5 stars I liked it
I enjoyed this one, and found the meditaion very easy to follow. Just don't try to hard. ... Read more

3. Anger : Wisdom for Cooling the Flames
by Thich Nhat Hanh
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Asin: 155927669X
Catlog: Book (2001-11-10)
Publisher: Audio Renaissance
Sales Rank: 148120
Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
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It was under the Bodhi tree in India 2,500 years ago that the Buddha achieved the insight that just three states of mind were the source of all our unhappiness: ignorance, obsessive desire, and anger.Each of these are equally difficult, but in one instant of anger, lives can be ruined and our spiritual development can be destroyed.

Twenty-five centuries after the Buddha's insight, medical science tells us that he was right.Anger can also ruin our health.It is one of the most powerful emotions, and one of the most difficult to deal with.

But it can be dealt with, and itcan be overcome.anger offers us a fresh perspective on taking care of our anger, suggesting we take care of it as we would a crying baby -- touching it, talking quietly to it, probing for what's making it cry.

Filled with stories, techniques, and practical advice, Anger offers a wiseand loving way to transform anger into peace, and bring harmony and healing to all the areas and relationships in our lives that have been affected by it.As the Dalai Lama says, Thich Nhat Hahn "shows us the connection between personal, inner peace and peace on earth."
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5-0 out of 5 stars tremendous insight of Thich Naht Hahn
I picked up this book knowing of Thich Nhat Hanh and thinking it might be interesting to see what he had to say. As a psychotherapist I found his insight into the condition of emotional blindness stunning. I have to say that I seldom feel enthusiastic enough about a book to recomend it particularly highly and I have never written a review for Amazon before, this is a first for me. I write it out of deeply felt gratitude to TNH. This book contains insights into how Anger and ohter emotions take hold of us and how we can change the state we are in for the better. Notice I say change the state for we cannot 'get rid of' only transform what we have. TNH explains this with great clarity, sincerity, simplicity and compassion. He is convincing and compelling, interesting and enjoyable to read.

his meditative suggestions are also simple and expound the idea of meditation in a unique way. this way is surely 'the way' and is explained so that meditation will never, at least for me be the same again.

if you suffer anger or other emotional woes read this book. I feel certain that it will give you a tremedous and new perspective into your suffering and how best to deal with it.

TNH uses analogies that make it so simple you almost kick yourself for not understanding before. He shows us that you don't need endless psychology degrees or the patience of a saint to have cope with emotions. He explains why compassion heels us as well as others.

If you read only one book on zen Buddhism read this one...

5-0 out of 5 stars An outstanding book which speaks direct to heart
I felt very enlightened after reading this book in a single sitting. Anger is basically a book which shows us how we can apply the great principles of Buddhism to solve our emotional and spiritual problems. Author Thich Nhat Hanh clarifies abstract and intricate points in a story telling way that speaks direct to heart.
I learnt many practical ways to combat my anger and shows a "Mindful way of life" in which we can be very joyous and productive. In short, dont hesitate to read this book. Reading this book is like listening to Buddha in person. You will feel sense of exhilaration and peace in getting a glimpse of great but simple truths of life. Author Thich Nhat Hanh deserve more than five stars. Great work. Dont miss it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Life changing reading...if you're willing to do the work
I'm usually leery of reading books that other people claim "changed their lives" because I fully believe we are responsible for changing our own lives, and usually those "life changing" books turn out to seem more like excuses for why you are the way you are..."its not your fault" or "just read this book and your life will be fixed." Thich Nahn Hanh offers no such excuses or quick fixes. Just simple common sense that is, unfortunately, far from common in this day and age. This book is listed in the "anger management" catagory, but really, it applies to so much more than just anger issues. ANYONE would benefit from reading this book, except perhaps those few who have already realized these simple truths...and even they would probably benefit, but perhaps could save their money and just borrow a copy from a friend ;)

5-0 out of 5 stars Gentle, humane, wise
Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk, writes with gentle compassion on how to care for the anger which is within all of us, and transform its negative energy into positive energy. His guidance on breathing, walking and acting 'mindfully', with stillness and concentration, is the most clear and helpful I've ever read.

And this book is not relevant to anger alone. I have long been unsuccessfully fighting the craving to overeat - and found that when I simply noticed the craving lovingly and non-judgmentally, it lost its hold over me.

For anyone who has wrestled unsuccessfully with anger and its consequences, I recommend this compassionate, practical book with all my heart.

5-0 out of 5 stars Embracing Anger
I believe I understand why many people have a hard time identifying with some of Thich's writings due to repetition in many of his works. Perhaps also a few would like a more "intellectual" approach to the Buddha's teachings. We must truly get past this, he "repeats" himself because he knows how easy it is to "forget."

In Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames, I found a lot of worthwhile advice one can implement in their mindfulness practice. Reiterating the importance of not running or wishing our anger away, but rather, embracing our anger. Really, in essence, embracing any emotion that comes our way. Here we are allowed to see the emotion's inherent transperency. He provides metaphors as his examples on explaining the importance of this.

"If a mother is working in the kitchen and hears her baby crying, she puts down anything she is holding, and she goes into the baby's room. Nothing is more urgent than the baby's cries. The first thing she does is pick up the baby and embrace the baby."

That's perfect, emracing another's emotional turmoil should be like embracing our own. In Mahayana Buddhism, those who accept the precepts take the Bodhisattva vow. This vow is one of saving all beings. Interdependence makes it clear that you are not seperate from this all, that indeed you are part of it. Applying the same "therapy" you would to another in turmoil should be likewise applied to yourself. Then you neglect no one.

This book can really help us grow in our practice. Sogyal Rinpoche, author of "The Tibetan Book of the Living and Dying",says, "Thich Nhat Hanh writes with the voice of the Buddha." I must say, I have no other choice but to agree.

Enjoy this book:) ... Read more

4. How to Know God : The Soul's Journey Into the Mystery of Mysteries
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Asin: 0375409491
Catlog: Book (2000-02-22)
Publisher: Random House Audio
Sales Rank: 215421
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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Read by the author
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The bestselling author Deepak Chopra is back with a new work that explores the seven ways we experience God.As Chopra explains, these experiences are shaped not by any one religion but by an instinct that is hard-wired into the brain.In this remarkable work, Chopra takes us step by step, from the first stage, where the brain's "fight or flight" response yields us the experience of a God who is an all-powerful parent, to the seventh stage, where the brain experiences God as pure being, a sacred presence that just is.All seven stages are available to us at all times.

In How to Know God, Chopra charts a fascinating course for us, as we explore mysticism, religious ecstasy, genius, telepathy, multiple personality, and clairvoyance, drawing insights from psychology, neurology and physics as well as from the great religions.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A fresh look at a profound subject
This is a very thought-provoking book, and for anyone with an open mind it will at least give them a new way of looking at the nature of reality and how it might be possible to "know" God. Because Chopra takes a fresh approach and does not follow any particular dogma, some may have a bit of a knee-jerk response and write him off as "New Age." The search for a deeper understanding of God, however, is as old as humankind itself, and hardly started with the "New Age" movement in the modern world. Hinduism and Christianity are two of the world's great religions, and each has contributed great insights to that ancient search. Anyone with a true spiritual motivation will be able to recognize certain universal religious truths revealed in other religions besides their own, even though there may be many differences in terms of methods, traditions, and so on. I'm a bit sorry to see the reviews for this thoughtful book become a forum for aggressive assertions of the superiority of one religion over another. There's no problem whatsoever with the basic teachings of either Hinduism or Christianity, but the problem is the growing tendency toward fundamentalism in both of those religions. With a fundamentalist viewpoint, one sees only the outer form of one's own and other religions, and completely loses the insight into the deeper underlying truths. That seems to be the source of some of the attacks on this book, whereas, ironically, this book itself is a very helpful antidote to that type of closed-minded thinking.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Scientific Treatment
It is clear that this book draws its ideas from great Eastern books in addition to including examples from Western Culture. It does make a lot of sense to draw interpretations and ideas from the great Eastern sources since they are complete and scientific. Western religions are more shallow and superficial and dwell more in the material world. How else can one explain the Western books talking more about Commandments for living? I think that most critics of this book have a problem because they are non-accepting of different or more complete universal interpretations of God. Most of these people are so immersed with their lives in their world, this planet and following the commandments that they cannot see the rest of the Universe.

2-0 out of 5 stars There are better books
Deepak is looking at God through India glasses, tinted differently than rose-colored perhaps, but definitely different than the God I know and love. There are better books on the market which explore and take God "out of the box," such as Tiffany Snow's "Psychic Gifts in the Christian Life - Tools to Connect." Through Tiffany's glasses (and I know we all wear some version of them) I saw many more facets, rainbow colors and true gems of the nature of God than I did through Chopra, whether you are a Christian or not. I did like Chopra's "7 Laws" though, and some of his other works.

3-0 out of 5 stars Journey to know God
If you indeed want to take this journey, a good starting point is "Autobiography of a Yogi" by Swami Paramahamsa Yogananda.

I don't need to say anymore, you will figure it out for yourself.

5-0 out of 5 stars Infinite Wisdom, Can You Define That?
I enjoyed Deepak Chopra's book, and plan to use it as a reference during my lifetime to review other people's different "constructions" of "their GOD". For me it's hard to believe that this world's "work-a-job" people (most people) have time to read, research, and (most important) practice spirituality to an extent to give credit to another's (humans-Deepak's) ability to grasp an ineffable infinite intelligence or Being. Read a modern (LIFE Application Bible) Bible and after sorting through numerous conflicting footnotes after 6 months, you too will wonder why this Bible seems so "contradictory" (Yes even inspired with the Holy Spirit). I say this after seeing others "doubt" Chopra's reasonings. Let me end with this: Create a Universe, heck Galaxy of Billions of Suns and Planets full of infinite wonders and life...and then perhaps you can talk to us, and our egos will be able to comprehend why "negative reviewers" understand so well how 'dumb and boring' extensive works (like Deepaks) are elementary. Give me a break critics, perhaps once in "Heaven" you'll be arguing (to God himself) your right of entry in your unbelief in anything but your own falible EGO. May God bless us all, and slow us down enough to notice that He may have already done so...daily, daily daily, GOD BLESS YOU. /////// + B. Morgan ... Read more

5. Conversations With God : An Uncommon Dialogue, Book One, Audio Volume I
by Neale Donald Walsch, Edward Asner, Ellen Burstyn
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5-0 out of 5 stars God answers man's most troubling questions.
Conversations With God, Book One is the personal expose of the author, Neale Donald Walsch, who after having suffered disappointment upon disappointment in all areas of his life writes an angry letter to God composed of questions, and to his surprise receives an answer. In the course of the conversation Neale poses probing questions dealing with the issues of money, personal relationships, religion, guilt, fear - life as we know it. Some, if not all of the questions asked have troubled each one of us at one point or another. The answers are simple, eye-opening, and replete with humor and honesty. Most importantly the answers are not just relevant to the author, but to every member of the human race. Following the guidelines given in this book can cause a global shift, creating a world devoid of fear, and resplendent in peace, love, and sheer joy - the world and type of existence that God has intended for us all along. Reading Conversations With God, Book One is an, inspiring, moving, life changing experience.

1-0 out of 5 stars Beware of this misleading book, warned from my friends email
Beware of "Conversations with God" books

Conversations with God

Dr. James Dobson talked about this book twice this
week. It is devastating and parents and Christian
schools need to be aware of this. Do pass it on to
your pastor/church/e-mail addressees. Parents Beware
very disturbing information. Please read. Parents,
Grand parents, Aunts, Uncles, Please pay special
attention not only to the what your kids watch on TV
and in movie theaters and the music they listen to
but we must also be alert regarding the books they
read... Two particular books, Conversations with God
and Conversations with God for Teens, written by
Neil D Walsh. sound harmless enough by their titles

These books have been on the New York Times best
sellers list for a number of weeks; these
publications makes truth of the statement "Don't
judge a book by its cover/title". The author
purports to answer various questions from kids using
the "voice of God"

However, the "answers" that he gives are not
biblically-based and go against the very infallible
word of God.

For instance (and I paraphrase), when a girl asks
the question "why am I a lesbian?" His answer is
that she was born that way because of genetics (just
as you were born right-handed, with blue eyes,
etc.). Then, he tells her to go out and "celebrate"
her differences. Another girls poses the question "I
am living with my boyfriend. My parents say that I
should marry him because I am living in sin. Should
I marry him?" His reply is "Who are you sinning
against? Not me, because you have done nothing

Another question asks about God's forgiveness of
sin. His reply - I do not forgive anyone because
there is nothing to forgive. There is no such thing
as right or wrong and that is what I have been
trying to tell everyone; do not judge people. People
have chosen to judge one another and this is wrong
because the rule is "judge not lest ye be judged".

And the list goes on. Not only are these books the
false doctrine of devils, but in some instances even
quote (in error) the Word of God. . These books (and
others like it) are being sold to school children
(The Scholastic Book Club) and we need to be aware
of what is being fed to our children. Our Children.

Our children are under attack. So I pray that you be
sober and vigilant about teaching your kids the Word
of God and guarding their exposure to worldly
mediums, because our adversary, the devil, roams
about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour
(1 Peter 5:8). And how many of us know that lions
usually hunt for the slowest, and weakest and

Pass this on to every believer you know. God BLESS!

1-0 out of 5 stars PLEASE, DON'T BE FOOLED BY THIS "god"!
Don't waste you hard earned money! This book is utter nonsense written to swindle and mislead the weak-minded.

The "god" of this book is simply THE RHETORIC OF EASTERN MYSTICISM, which is ironic since that particular 'god' is an impersonal force that could not communicate with anyone. The whole concept of this book is as idiotic as saying you could have a conversation with electricity.

The oxymoron of 'ABSOLUTE RELATIVISM' is strongly preached throughout the book. There is no separation of right and wrong or good and evil. THE AUTHOR EXPECTS US TO PARK OUR BRAINS IN NEUTRAL and accept that the most wicked mass murders, serial rapists, and hate breathing racists are only 'bad' because we 'think' they are bad, not because they really are evil. This 'god' would have us believe that there is no difference between a Mother Teresa and an Adolph Hitler.

In an ever increasing age of moral relativism, which is a large reason for much of the current financial market woes, HELLO, it never ceases to amaze me the depths to which publishing companies will stoop to print any trash that can make a buck for them.


5-0 out of 5 stars Gods will not mine
I felt like this book was written for me. It was all i needed to know at the time. I realized that following Gods will was not done without courage and belief. I fell almost reborn it sounds remarkable but it is true. I came up with an excerise to help me remember Gods will and i remind myself everyday. Your in a room tied to a chair and a person comes in with a gun and holds it to your head and ask you one question,which you can only answer yes or no. Do you believe in God? Something to think about. Passages from the book that relates to this;
"Mine is always your highest thought, your clearest word,your grandest feeling. Anything less is from another source"God Bless!

5-0 out of 5 stars God has the ultimate of timing
Wow! This book happened along at an incredible time. The contents in this book pertained to everything I needed to know from God. Now, if I can just practice some of these techniques, I know I can fullfill more than I ever thought imaginable. Somehow deep in my soul, I knew what this book was all about, and the book confirms this as well. It's too much to try to express in words of how wonderful and powerful this book is to me. Never again will I be at the mercy of ridicule for my own beliefs as this book actually gives the tools to difuse it all. Pure common sense really, but I need to train myself (and will with this book at hand) and there is no disputing any of it. Can't be done. ... Read more

6. Screwtape Letters
by C. S. Lewis, John Cleese
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In this humorous and perceptive exchange between two devils, C. S. Lewis delves into moral questions about good vs. evil, temptation, repentance, and grace.Through this wonderful tale, the reader emerges with a better understanding of what it means to live a faithful life. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I wish I'd read this book many years ago...
I'd recommend this be one of the first books you read as you start your spiritual journey. This is a profound book that will jolt you awake from your apathetic musings and stir you to the depths of your soul.

I was a Christian for 12+ years before I picked up this little volume and it was of inestimable worth for me, but I regretted not having read it much sooner.

It's one of those books (like E. L. Prentiss's "Stepping Heavenward") that feels like it was written JUST for you. "Screwtape Letters" has that same feel - that C. S. Lewis crawled into your consciousness and described every mental battle you've ever had - and explains that those subtle arguments which steered you away from spiritual growth, were cleverly disguised devilish whispers. As Lewis points out, the path to hell is a gentle slope.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn how to differentiate between God's thoughts and the lies of evil. "Screwtape Letters" pulls back the curtain and reveals evil's best kept secrets and oh-so subtle tricks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Astonishing
I first read The Screwtape Letters at the age of 15, and two years later I've read the book countless times and continue to find deeper meaning in each reading. Lewis expertly reveals the devices used to tempt the unsuspecting human; and I'm sure I'm not the only one who realizes several more of their own blunders every time they pick up the book. The traps of temptation are laid bare as Lewis ruthlessly exposes the suble art of manipulation.
This book is highly philosophical, so don't pick it up when you're looking for some escape fiction. While some complain that the book lacks "excitment," I hold that you cannot blame a philosophical book for being just that: philosophical. All the excitement needed is in the intellectual stimulation and in the wealth of knowledge provided by this book. The seriousness of this subject is artfully highlighted with Lewis's characteristic wit and humor. This is a refreshing touch to the deep and somewhat disturbing questions Lewis dares to answer. If nothing else, The Screwtape Letters will force you to truthfully examine yourself. I highly reccomend this book anyone seeking Christian literature or philosophy. It is well worth the time you take to read it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Book About the Christian View of Demons
This book consists of thirty-one letters written from a demon (Wormwood) to his nephew (Screwtape) who is also a demon. CS Lewis does a great job of picturing how demons think and act. The demons address many different issues, and how they use these issues to further their cause of evil. The book has helpful in that it made the existence and danger of demons very real. It caused me to think, "How do demons try and ruin me?" One of the most important tools of the demons is religion. Satan and his workers tried to use religion to draw people away from God and God's Word. This book was a fun read, but also a difficult read in some areas. Parts of the book are very philosophical, and somewhat separated from the overall narrative. I think the book was very helpful, and would be enjoyed by the Christian who is interested in the spirit world.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you like C.S. Lewis . . .
. . . like I do, I strongly suggest We All Fall Down, by Brian Caldwell. Like Lewis, Caldwell takes an intellectual aproach to the concept of Christianity. His novel is very much in the vein of The Screwtape Letters and The Great divorce. I highly recomend it for discriminating Christian readers.

5-0 out of 5 stars So that's what they're thinking
C. S. Lewis takes you into the mindset of a pair of demons named Screwtape and his nephew Wormwood, who connive to corrupt an unnamed British man living during World War II. The elder Screwtape is imparting his wisdom on the lesser experienced Wormwood throughout the letters, often agonizing on the effect the "enemy" (God) is having on the subject human. Screwtape discusses a variety of tactics Wormwood might take in pulling this man's soul toward their goal.

The book is very interesting, but somewhat difficult to read. Lewis writes in an academic style which one might expect from an Oxford professor. ... Read more

7. Angels and Spirit Guides
by Sylvia Browne, Jill Kramer
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This audio discusses the properties of angels; the true nature of God, good and evil, and the other side. It also explains how to overcome guilt, accept ourselves and understand our own "contract". ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Delightful!
I absolutely loved this tape. After hearing so much about her, I had tickets to see her, but alas, it was cancelled due to 9/11. So I bought the audio tape "Angels and Spirit Guides". I didn't expect it to be nearly as great as it was. Sylvia combines humor, wisdom, and honesty to deliver a message of spirtualism that, unbelievably echoes my own unshared beliefs. I will be ordering this tape for several friends, one in particular who lost a daughter, for Christmas presents this year.

Highly Recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars angels and spirit guides
another great book by a wonderful friend and lady. i laughed i wondered and enjoyed this tape as much as the other books or maybe more. if i could of voted for a 100 stars for this book or more i would have. thanku sylvia your have given me peace.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sylvia you've got to read Angels in the Mist
I love Angels and your book is another that I enjoyed reading. There are some really great Angel books and I know that we're not alone. My little one always ask me to read Angel stories, but I never found an Angel story that was the complete opposite of the HP series until now.
If you get the chance read this Ladies work she's not known yet, but I feel that if given the chance that she'd be a major player with her work. My little one is now asking me to read your Angel book and hers almost every night.
And for her to love these two books is a great toole for reading in her life.
I wish you all the best.


5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!!! AWESOME TAPE!!!!
This is my very first tape by Sylvia,....& after hearing just the first side,....I felt so much better,,....& have now ordered more of her books,..& tapes,....I knew she was so,...warm,....& I felt drawn to her,....but WOW!!!! Now,.I just have to have anything I can of hers,....well,.most of it,...that I can get my hands on,...,..I have heard people on Angels,...& all,..but they just never ever reached me as Sylvia has!!! Now,...I will just have to keep adding to my "collection" of hers,....God Bless YOU,...again,..Sylvia!!!! She is the Greatest!!!,...LH

4-0 out of 5 stars Angels and Spirit Guides by Sylvia Browne
I purchased the audio tapes a few years ago and ran across them recently and decided to listen again, because I feel that with this particular subject matter, we hear what we need at the time we are listening. I was amazed when listening to Sylvia this time because it seemed as I though I was right in the room with her, and when she did the healing session near the end of the tape, again I was surprised. I thought, oh what the heck, what have I got to lose by listening to it again. And the very next day I came to realize that many of the toxins that Sylvia had talked about that we acquire over time, were indeed trying to flush themselves out of my body. I felt renewed and uplifted, reminded of how we all have a purpose here on earth, and that we will be here until we have fulfilled that purpose. I also feel that her words helped me to focus on some of the purposes that I hadn't been able to do previously, and gave me the inspiration to get out and start doing some of those purposeful things I should be doing. I am very thankful for listening to hear tapes again, and hope some day that I can meet Sylvia in person. I love her sense of humour, and I'm really glad she inspired me to take a new look at the same old daily mundane things in my life. ... Read more

8. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
by Don Miguel Ruiz, Peter Coyote
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Rooted in traditional Toltec beliefs, these four agreements are essential steps on the path to personal freedom: Be impeccable with your word; Say only what you mean; The word is the most powerful tool humans have; Don't take anything personally; Self-importance leads people to think they are the center of the universe, causing pain and injustice; Don't make assumptions. To avoid frustration and blame, ask what is meant; Always do your best. This is the surest way to avoid self- condemnation, though it is important to realize one's best is always changing. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars No Hocus Pocus.
So many "self-help" books are pure rhetorical tripe. Common sense, good manners, and sensible actions regurgitated. In "The Four Agreements," Ruiz does not break new ground but the simplistic and thoughtful nature of his message make this book a winner.

Let's face it, experience and iteration (practice) will propel one toward their stated goals with certainty. To point, the four agreements, as simple as they may be, are tantamount to successful achievement of personal and/or professional goals:

1) Be impeccable with your word - keep your word or your reputation will fail.
2) Don't take anything personally - tough act to muster at times but possible (besides, its good for the soul).
3) Don't make assumptions - those who assume will lose the benefit of fact and learning; check your facts--learn what is necessary.
4) Always do your best - this is the most simplistic of the agreements but one that we all have a tendency, at one time or another, to allow to lapse; if you decide to undertake something, make it YOURS!

So many people who read books such as this or "Who Moved My Cheese" (self-help genre) attempt to pick apart the conceptual nature of the message whether simple or complex. Certainly, many books of this ilk are not worth the paper they're written on but when you find a message that speaks to your intellectual being as well as your soul, you'd better listen. Riuz's message is poignant; follow these simple rules and create your own happiness.

This isn't a "cure-all" book. If you read it without concurrent introspection, then you've done nothing more than read a short book espousing basic vitues. However, if one reads this book with an open mind and the congruous search for excellence, this will be a truly powerful experience. If one does not, then one has lost the message behind the words. Don't read the WORDS, absorb the MESSAGE!

Jump in, both feet. You'll not be sorry.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ancient wisdom for modern days.
What a great book! "The Four Agreements" flows with a simplicity and honesty that caught my attention. I came away from this book feeling more at ease in myself. Perhaps the most powerful passage in the book for me was "Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive -- the risk to be alive and express what we really are." I hadn't looked at this idea before, and when I checked with myself I found it to be true. Miguel Ruiz's book does a great job of describing the process through which we lose sight of our true selves. After that, Ruiz outlines the four agreements you can make with yourself to have a fulfilling life. They are simple and powerful and they can make a a great difference in the quality of your life.

Gladly enough, when I found this book on Amazon and read the reviews to check it out, I saw a review for another book which I bought as well. It is Ariel and Shya Kane's "Working of Yourself Doesn't Work: A Book About Instantaneous Transformation." This book is about having a magnificent life and nothing less. And while it seems too good to be true, I found that the three principles of transformation the Kanes talk about touched me so profoundly that I HAVE discovered my own magnificence. No kidding! Just by being in the moment, life becomes magical. By becoming aware of the mechanical behaviors that keep us out of the moment, we regain our original freedom. My work is easier and I feel more connected to the people in my life. Read this book and the presence of the Kanes will seep through and you'll feel how true and powerful their words are, and how deeply they care about people and about the often-missed possibility of living with immeasurable joy, wellness, relationship, and satisfaction.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Agreements for Life
This is a beautifully written book coming from the sincere and simple yet profound wisdom that will help many people if applied. I found this to be among the few books I have purchased where the solutions for humanity are filled with compassion, inspiration and expansive wisdom as well as compassion.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good ideas..remedial delivery...
I enjoyed the book, but it was very repetitive and a little simplistic. Lots nifty ideas with a few interesting metaphors and insights... The book doesn't provide many revelations (if any). It mostly serves to re-enforce what we already know is right and true. We've all heard a million versions of the ideas delivered in this book. Stuff like:

"Say what you mean. Mean what you say"
"Assuming makes an ASS out of U and ME"

You get the idea... Read this book as a reminder. Read it to gain an alternate perspective. I would recommend it to anyone who is on a path to self-discovery. Remedial or not, the toltec perspective referenced in this book is a valuable one...

One thing I've noticed about most of the negative reviews. They all seem a little bit angry. Perhaps too angry to be receptive to a book with such a positive spin...

5-0 out of 5 stars Not Making Assumptions
By implementing the four agreements into my daily life I have been transformed. I took back my power by being able to 'see' other peoples parasite when it was exposed to me. I have been handling every situation in my life now with one of the agreements. I also recommend reading Rat Race Relaxer: Your Potential & The Maze of Life by JoAnna Carey. ... Read more

9. The New Strong-Willed Child
by James C. Dobson
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America's most trusted parenting expert Dr. Dobson has completely rewritten and updated his classic bestseller, The Strong-Willed Child, for a new generation of parents and teachers. The New Strong-Willed Child follows on the heels of Dr. Dobson's phenomenal bestseller, Bringing Up Boys. It offers practical how-to advice on raising difficult-to-handle children and incorporates the latest research with Dr. Dobson's legendary wit and wisdom. The New Strong-Willed Child is being rushed to press for parents needing help dealing with sibling rivalry, ADHD, low self-esteem and other urgent issues. This book is a must read for parents and teachers struggling to raise up and teach children who are convinced they should be able to live by their own rules! ... Read more

10. The Jewel Tree of Tibet: The Enlightenment Engine of Tibetan Buddhism
by Robert Thurman
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Tibetan Buddhism’s Abundant "Jewel Tree"

Tibetans call their cherished tradition of Buddhism a "wish-fulfilling jewel tree" for its power to generate bliss and enlightenment within all who absorb its teachings. This path to enlightenment, it is taught, requires more than a sitting meditation practice alone. With The Jewel Tree of Tibet, honored scholar and teacher Robert Thurman brings these insights to you as they were meant to be transmitted—through the spoken word.

As a young seeker almost 40 years ago, Thurman first journeyed to Dharamsala, where he became the first Westerner ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Now, Thurman guides you lucidly through the unifying principles of Tibetan Buddhism’s many branches. With him, you will discover Tibetan Buddhism’s detailed map of the "the bliss state of enlightenment"; the principles of tantra for opening the doors to "infinite compassion and continuity"; and how to overcome the dangers of the spiritual quest to discover states of consciousness that transcend even death.

Finally, here is Robert Thurman on audio, offering a rich and intellectually riveting retreat program—complete with many specific meditations and spiritual practices to fully immerse you in the mysteries of The Jewel Tree of Tibet. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An American Buddhist speaks from his heart
This is a six cassette, nine hour designed-for-publication recording of a retreat conducted by renowned American Buddhist Tibet-o-phile, Robert Thurman, whose many credentials are too numerous to mention. The recurrent theme of the recording is a relatively simple visualization excercise, whereby the meditator draws inspiration and compassion from revered beings--the Buddha and his lineage descendents of enlightened teachers, for example, (although according to Thurman, a non-Buddhist might draw equivalent inspiration from the likes of Christ, Moses, etc.)--and then extends such heartfelt loving kindness to others. Thurman guides the listener through this meditation several times through the tape, making it familair and workable. However, in my estimation, the brilliance of the tape rests in everything else Thurman wraps around this meditation, which turns out to be a condensed discussion about the history of Buddhism, its contrast to much of Western scientific, materialistic, philosophical and psychological thought, and how the major tenants of Buddhism, in a very practical sense, can become believable and workable for your everyday common-man Western-raised student.

Thurman, by anyone's estimation, is a compelling speaker, who somehow blends passion, eloquence, intellectual challenge and humor in trying in discussing the most complex of subjects, and he largely succeeds on this tape. His mission, seemingly, is simply to make Buddhism more understandable by interpreting it into a more American/Western idiom, without changing the 2500 year message. Nevetheless, in accordance with the subject, much of the material discussed is mature and intellectually and emotionally challenging. These talks are almost the antithesis of typical "new-age", feel-good type Jacuzzi-Buddhism relaxation tapes, (although I believe Thurman intends these talks to be accessible to the beginning--but serious--Buddhist).

Some of this material, but not the visualization, is contained within his recent book "Inner Revolution, Life , Liberty and the Pursuit of Real Happiness", although the tapes gladly spare the listener of all the political commentary of that book. I can imagine many future listeners, much as myself, revisiting these tapes repeatedly because of their authentic message delivered through a delightful human voice.

Robert MacLachlan ... Read more

11. A Brief History of Everything
by Ken Wilber, Steve Grad, Willow Pearson, Ken Wilbur, William Pearson
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A Brief History of Everything Ken Wilber Now available for the first time on audio, here is Ken Wilber’s concise account of our place in a universe of sex, soul, and spirit. Told in an accessible and entertaining question-and-answer format, A Brief History of Everything examines the course of evolution as the unfolding manifestation of Spirit, from matter to life to mind, including the higher stages of spiritual development where Spirit becomes conscious of itself. Wilber offers striking and original views on many topics, including gender relations, modern liberation movements, environmental ethics, the conflict between this-worldly and other-worldly approaches to spirituality, and much more. Read by Steve Grad and Willow Pearson. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book that unifies wisdom from many sources.
To me as a scientific minded person approaching spirituality but having a hard time integrating the two, this book was a landmark.

Not only does the book give an excellent structure where all sorts of wisdom and knowledge may live side by side in a friendly manner, but on the personal level it helped me at least intellectually to unify various aspects of myself and my life.

Lately I have read large amounts of buddhist texts, new as well as traditional. This book takes a wider perspective and helps me relate my spiritual understanding and experiences in framework where it can co-exist with everything else I know about biology, physics, psychology, etc.

I recommend this book to everyone with an open mind that has the capacity to understand and grasp the subject and has any interest in science, psychology, philosophy, religion, history, feminism, biology.

I have already one other book by Wilber in my book stack, and I'm sure I will at least buy and read a few more before I move on.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Insights of a Modern Sage
Ken Wilber is one of the truly great wise men of our time. in this book he has given us a vast panoramic look at humankind's past, present, and possible future. primarily, he treats our spiritual nature and transpersonal potential. early in the book he writes, "i think the sages are the growing tip of the secret impulse of evolution. i think they are the leading edge of the self-transcending drive that always goes beyond what went before. i think they embody the very drive of the Kosmos toward greater depth and expanding consciousness. i think they are riding the edge of a light beam racing toward a rendezvous with God." he backs up this huge statement with a wise exploration of evolution, philosophy, history, psychology, systems theory, gods and goddesses, comparative religion, gaia theory, gender issues, great men and women of the past and much more. the question and answer format works well as he weaves into the tale interesting sidebars, humor, anecdotes, research and the musings of a modern mystic/seer/scholar. this book is something special and destined to be a classic in the field of human potential. whether you're an established Ken Wilber fan [as i am] or reading him for the first time, this book should be on your short-list of must read books. Enjoy!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking in some ways, but undertone of discomfort
This is the first Ken Wilber book i have read. I read it because i had read somewhere else that this book espoused a viewpoint of how religions, societies, political systems, etc evolved. In fact, he does that. It is an interesting explaination. I get the sense however as i read this stuff that he is manufacturing this system. I almost feel that he is making up his own vocabulary, which generally gets in the way, to explain this.

When i was much younger, i read quite a bit in the existential and sociological works area. This refreshed my memory of that exercise. You have to really dig down and spend some time thinking about this stuff to have a chance at grasping it. The question becomes whether it is worth it? Is there a benefit from spending a great deal of time reading this guy's works? I do not have simple answer. I know very little about the man himself. I guess the first question would be whether he himself has risen to some higher level of conciousness as a result of his deep thinking here? I do see some applications of thinking about various social, societal, inter-personal interactions. I just am not sure yet whether i buy into this framework of thought.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best
Ken Wilber shows us that although we all take different roads in life, we share a common direction in our development and evolution. He brings together a vast number of theories and observations and organizes them into one theory. It is quite amazing! Wilber has written many books on this subject but this is the one I would recommend people to read first. If you'd like a shorter, more simplified but extremely well-organized / well-articulated book that covers this material, I strongly suggest "The Ever-transcending Spirit" by Toru Sato. It also discusses practical implications of these ideas that make you feel like you could have saved a lot of hassle and confusion if you read it eariler in your life. Both Wilber and Sato are clearly two of the most advanced thinkers of our time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Life-changing philosophy
For any thinking person who's struggling with the schism between science, psychology and faith, this book has the answer. Mr. Wilber has an amazing mind, and in this book he simplifies his theoretical framework to make his brilliant thought easier to grasp. I disagree with the reader who complained about lack of references -- all the footnotes are available in his other works. This is the synthesis of his thought for those who want to understand, not those who want to nit-pick.

For me, it's a life-changing book, showing the way to order my own thoughts and experiences. Wilber is the only writer I've come across, other than James Hillman, who helps me reconcile all my disparate reading and experience.

In this book, he perfectly and succinctly outlines the growth process I see in my clients who are struggling to overcome dysfunction, find meaning in life and transcend their pasts.

I am grateful for this book's influence in my thought, and in my work as a therapist. ... Read more

12. The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
by Marcus Aurelius
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Few ancient works have been as influential as the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, philosopher and emperor of Rome (A.D. 161–180). A series of spiritual exercises filled with wisdom, practical guidance, and profound understanding of human behavior, it remains one of the greatest works of spiritual and ethical reflection ever written. Marcus’s insights and advice—on everything from living in the world to coping with adversity and interacting with others—have made the Meditations required reading for statesmen and philosophers alike, while generations of ordinary readers have responded to the straightforward intimacy of his style. For anyone who struggles to reconcile the demands of leadership with a concern for personal integrity and spiritual well-being, the Meditations remains as relevant now as it was two thousand years ago.

In Gregory Hays’s new translation—the first in thirty-five years—Marcus’s thoughts speak with a new immediacy. In fresh and unencumbered English, Hays vividly conveys the spareness and compression of the original Greek text. Never before have Marcus’s insights been so directly and powerfully presented.

With an Introduction that outlines Marcus’s life and career, the essentials of Stoic doctrine, the style and construction of the Meditations, and the work’s ongoing influence, this edition makes it possible to fully rediscover the thoughts of one of the most enlightened and intelligent leaders of any era.
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5-0 out of 5 stars An Ancient Roman Amazingly Up To Date!
As you read the words of Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome, you'll find advice and help that is as helpful now, in the 21st century as it was in his lifetime.

I am a voracious reader of self-help books, and I see a lot of the essence of them summed up in Aurelius' MEDITATIONS.

Aurelius is a Stoic, which is not to be confused with an unfeeling view of life. He is concerned with living a life of integrity and adopting principles of self discipline, especially in the face of impulse and action. His goal was to be just, self-disciplined, courageous and independent, and to live in the present.

The book is divided into sections and the paragraphs are numbered. The style of writing is easy to understand, but it isn't "fast" reading -- sometimes it's possible to read two or three sentences and think deeply.

It's a good book to carry with you and read in odd moments -- or when you have a lot of time to read. It will make you think and contemplate.

5-0 out of 5 stars Way, way before its time
Meditations is the kind of book you can just open up to any page and learn from, a still-relevant lesson about how to set priorities in what Socrates called the examined life. It is also a fascinating tour of the mind of Marcus Aurelius, the military leader, emperor, educator, philanthropist, and philosopher who remains one of history's most noble protagonists, and whose writings reveal the loneliness of his soul without being bitter.

This is a must-have book for the nightstand of anyone living a contemplative life, a profound precursor to modern self-help books written by a Renaissance man who lived centuries before the Renaissance.

There is no plot to summarize here, no accurate generalizations to be made. One gets the idea that these are thoughts the author jotted down, sometimes between appointments and sometimes after months of contemplation. Often they are obvious, sometimes they are obscure. They can seem rooted in history, and at times based on today's current events. They can be funny, surprising, or sad. But they are almost always worthwhile.

A final note: I have two editions of this book, and while I think both this one and the Hicks' translation are very good, I prefer this by a small degree.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best translation of this classic
This is my favorite translation of the meditations, an opinion further solidified yesterday when I went to the book store to get a last-minute graduation gift for a young man, and all they had was "The Emperor's Handbook" by the Hicks brothers. It was good, but I think it lacked the manliness and concise clarity of the Hays translation. I have not read the original Greek, (trying to learn some now!), so I'm no authority, but I imagine this is how a man like Marcus Aurelius might write to himself in this circumstance.

As for the greatness of the original work itself, all I can add to the other fine reviews here are two quotes I have always loved from Clifton Fadiman's "The Lifetime Reading Plan":

". . . during the last ten years of his life, by the light of a campfire, resting by the remote Danube after a wearisome day of marching or battle, he set down in Greek his Meditations, addressed only to himself but by good fortune now the property of us all," and, "Through the years The Golden Book of Marcus Aurelius, as it has been called, has been read by vast numbers of men and women. They have thought of it not as a classic but as a well spring of consolation and inspiration. It is one of the few books that seem to have helped men directly and immediately to live better, to bear with greater dignity and fortitude the burden of being merely human. Aristotle one studies. Marcus Aurelius men take to their hearts."

4-0 out of 5 stars I love M. A. Antonio 's Spiritual Execises
This translation may not be perfect, but it is a good resource for wise choice making. Although, Marcus Aurelius persecuted Christians (a sect in his time) his virtues and stoic philosophy grant him the ability to be a distinct spiritual artist. I prefer to replace his "gods" with God and his force against Christians as a force against sects or being part of bad crowds or better yet ignored. There is no substitute for the bible, but his spiritual exercises should be recognized as good.

4-0 out of 5 stars 4* Read this one and avoid any inferior translations
There's some confusion over the editorial & reviews. This edition is translated by Staniforth, and that is the one to read. Some postings suggest they are describing the Hays translation, which this is not.

I picked up the Hays translation of this work, and phrases like 'junk' and 'if you keep putting things off' leapt out of the text. Consternation - did the Greek original actually have words like that? It was a 'modern translation - modern as in 'dumbing down'.

So I went looking for this Staniforth translation, only 40 years old, but more faithful to the original, as in 'think of your many years of procrastination' rather than 'if you keep putting things off'. I'm sorry, but if you can't handle good English, and need the 'dumber' versions, then you're probably too dumb to appreciate the finer points of the work in the first place. Both versions were the same price, so that didn't influence my decision.

Then you can sit back and invest your time in enjoying the thoughts & the musings of this interesting man, who although Roman, was able to make his records in Greek. ... Read more

13. Contemporary Zen Classics: The 3 Pillars of Zen, Zen Mind, Beginners Mind, Zen Fresh, Zen Bones (Classic Zen)
by Roshi Philip Kapleau, Shunryu Suzuki-Roshi, Peter Coyote, Mitchell Ryan, Thomas Cleary, Paul Reps
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Catlog: Book (1998-04-01)
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14. Finding and Exploring Your Spiritual Path : An Exploration of the Pleasures and Perils of Seeking Personal Enlightenment
by Ram Dass
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Catlog: Book (1989-05-15)
Publisher: Audio Renaissance
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Discover and Live a Life of Spiritual Fulfillment

With wisdom gained from his personal 30-year search for enlightenment, Ram Dass speaks from the heart about the often rocky yet profoundly transforming road to living the spiritual life.

With personal anecdotes and commentary, Ram Dass illuminates a wide variety of ancient and contemporary philosophies, drawing from such sources as the Buddha, Russian philosopher Gurdjieff, Mahatma Ghandi, Zen master and many others. Here is down-to-earth advice from both the East and West on the experiences awaiting those on the path to spiritual fulfillment.

The stages along the spiritual journey

The pleasures and pitfalls you might encounter en route

The value and potential dangers of teachers and gurus

The importance of following your intuitive heart

If you are a serious seeker of the spiritual path, here is advice and encouragment on finding the one that is right for you. If your interest lies in the people and ideas that shape the way we think, here is an introduction to one of the most influential contemporary philosophers.
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5-0 out of 5 stars RICH SOURCE OF LIFE'S WISDOM
I am very touched by opportunity to say what this tape means to me. For many years now, this voice of deeper meaning has calmed me, guided me, while coming back into my "mind's ear" to allow me to help many, many others. May you enjoy finding out that your body is like driving my old Volvo, I honor it...but it's not 'me'. May you find out how to delight in the ego, but not be trapped by it. May your journey be blessed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Making life spiritual
Ram Dass explores what it means to embark on a spiritual journey, and how to spiritualize every experience we encounter, even when we would consider it a failure or an obstacle; he also answers questions we ordinarily have about our relationship with different teachings and to the teachers themselves in a helpful way for westerners. This is a winner--And Dass' voice is a delight to listen to. You'll want to hear him over and over again. ... Read more

15. Power of Kabbalah Audio Set
by Michael Moskowitz, Rav Berg
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Catlog: Book (2001-03-01)
Publisher: Kabbalah Publishing
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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The timeless principle set forth in The Power of Kabbalah Audio Set with workbook, apply to everyone who seeks fulfillment. The ancient spiritual tool of Kabbalah, has been called the best-kept secret of our time.

The Power of Kabbalah Audio set is an incredible program including the system of logic and a phenomenal technology that will completely change the way you view your life. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Power of Kabbalah Audio Set
I have read a bit about Kabbalah but had never really been exposed to any real practical application of the subject. Moskowitz provides a very good practical application of Kabbalah with this tape set. What is interesting is that the information is really nothing new since it has a common thread with many of the great spiritual and philosophical schools of thought, but Moskowitz has a way of presenting the information on this complex subject in a manner which is easy to grasp and he places emphasis where emphasis really seems to make sense. I am not certain why the tape on Kabbalistic Astrology was added because I thought that it detracted from the overall quality of the entire tape program. I felt that I could have picked up any cheap supermarket astrology magazine and have found the same information. I really couldn't take it very seriously. I think astrology can be useful, but this presentation was just too superficial to be of any real value to anyone. I wish that he had left it out and had just referred the listener to a serious book on kabbalistic astrology instead. Overall it was a good program but I wish it could have been presented in a book format instead. A good bibliography or some book suggestions would have been helpful for those of us who would like to do further research.

4-0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking and Demystifying
The Kabbalah is a system of thought derived from an ancient Hebrew book called the Zohar. To one uninitiated in the system, I have always found books on the subject to be a little too daunting for my taste, with many difficult names and, for me, poorly explained concepts. I am glad to say that Michael Moskowitz manages to demystify the whole subject to an enormous extent.
Although the Kabbalah might be thought of as religious, there is no trace here of religious fervour or any attempts to persuade and convert. On the contrary, it is presented as a philosophical system that can sit alongside any current beliefs you may have, and furthermore is thoroughly grounded in the principle of "no coercion in spirituality".
There are explanations here for the interaction of the material and spiritual realm, for the beginning of the universe, the theory of multiple universes, the nature of miracles, and even the origin of Satan. In every case, these explanations offer genuine illumination for the open-minded.
At the heart of this tape set, as a self-development tool, is the concept of proactive versus reactive thought and action. In this respect, the Kabbalah is interpreted in a way that makes it thoroughly relevant to any modern predicament. The teaching on this subject would sit quite happily with Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. But it also takes the practical benefits of proactivity a little deeper by offering an explanation for why this approach is the right one, and a theory of how it works to replace the reactive chaos of our lives with an alternative place of peace and fulfilment.
There are, it should also be said, some challenging sections to the tape set: sections on reincarnation, the Kabbalistic approach to astrology, and the use of Hebrew letters as an aid to meditation. A guided meditation is included to illustrate this last point, but if I have a criticism of the tape set, it touches too lightly on this area to leave any deep impression of the use of it.
In all, I found this a very useful and accessible introduction to the Kabbalah. I have listened to it several times and not yet tired of it. It will reward anyone who comes to it with an open mind. ... Read more

16. The Four Loves
by C. S. Lewis
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Catlog: Book (1994-07-21)
Publisher: W Publishing Group
Sales Rank: 475170
Average Customer Review: 4.55 out of 5 stars
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The remarkable audio edition of C.S. Lewis' beloved classic is the only existing reading of his own work. With penetrating logic and winsome wit, he explores the four aspects of love—storge (affection), philia (friendship), eros (sexual love) and agape (selfless love).

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good Companion to Aristotle
There have been many good things and helpful reviews already written about this book so there's no reason for me to go on about how wonderful and insightful it is. My comments are more directly related to those who have a wish (or are assigned) to read Aristotle's work "The Nichomachean Ethics". I read the Ethics for a philosophy discussion class my freshman year and was intrigued by mush of what Aristotle had to say about love and human behavior. While it is a very insightful work, the Ethics is extremely difficult to read, and takes much time and pastience.

About a month after completing the Ethics, I happened to pick up Lewis's "The Four Loves" in my college's bookstore, and I couldn't put it down. What surprised me most upon reading it, however, was that much of Lewis's understanding of the human loves came directly from Aristotle. I went back and reread the Ethics and found (not surprisingly since Lewis was a classics scholar) that for his understanding of friendly and passionate love (for Aristotle philos and eros), Lewis's arguments followed Aristotle's very closely, and were much more clear and easy to understand. On top of this, his additions of affectionate love and agape or godly love (a Greek thought to be sure, but not in Aristotle's time), expanded upon the notions of love and offered a fuller treatment than Aristotle.

I say all this not to disuade anyone from reading Aristotle or thinking that Lewis was an Aristotle knock-off, on the contrary, both these these works should be read, and in opinion my opinion they complement each other very well and aid the reader in more fully understanding both works: understanding Aristotle because Lewis presents many of his same arguments only more clearly, and understanding Lewis by seeing the evolution and expansion of his thought from the Greek concepts.

And even if you don't feel like tackling Aristotle, "The Four Loves" is a work worth reading in and of itself (just don't think that you can get away with substituting this work for the Ethics, since the Ethics goes far beyond a discussion of love).

5-0 out of 5 stars What Now My Love?
Doing a book review on CS Lewis' "The Four Loves" brings forth an entire new meaning on 'a writer's block'. To expound this extraordinary Lewis' work on the four New Testament Greek "love" words - storge (natural affection), philia (friendship, love), eros (attraction, sexual love), and agape (love, charity) - amounts to nothing more than a leaky version of the Cliff Notes at best. There are Lewis' scholars who could do far more justice to this work than I.

The long and short of "The Four Loves" is this. The three "loves" (storge, philia, and eros) are stemmed from agape (God's perfect love). Each is fractured and flawed since the Fall. Underlying all that we do, in both good and not so good, are these shades of loves. All are a fragment of and a divagation from the origin. The agape. Our forms of love have fallen short and are in need of mending. Only God's love mends.

If your affectionate other were to ask after a romantic candlelit dinner, "What now my love?" Don't sing. Lean forward and cup her hand, you segue to say, "Eros makes promises. Romance must die in marriage, and that marriage requires affection." Saying this may or may not take you to places you've never been - for the better or for the worst. Your look of love, however, could only change for the better. Thanks to Lewis.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you like C.S. Lewis . . .
. . . like I do, I strongly suggest We All Fall Down, by Brian Caldwell. Like Lewis, Caldwell takes an intellectual aproach to the concept of Christianity. His novel is very much in the vein of The Screwtape Letters and The Great divorce. I highly recomend it for discriminating Christian readers.

3-0 out of 5 stars interesting & unique
An interesting and rewarding read, but difficult in sections. Overall the good points, and unique views were worth it. I thought the author had some well thought-out ideas but meandered on the supporting arguments. The main idea being the ancient Greeks had four words for love depending on the type of love. C.S.Lewis analyses these types of love; Affection, Friendship Eros, and Charity. I suspect most readers will be surprised when they read what is included in each classification. I would recommend an audio version of book. The supporting arguments are better suited to the ears, which are more adept and can selectively tune-in. I plan on reading other books by C.S. Lewis. Hopefully the main thoughts put forth in the next book will also outweigh a writing style that does not seem to agree with me.

4-0 out of 5 stars the more you put into it...
As other reviewers have stated, C.S. Lewis takes a look at the four Greek words for love (storge, affection; philia, friendship; eros, romantic love; agape, charity). In addition, he defines some terms such as "Gift-Love", "Need-Love", "Appriciation-Love" and uses these in describing various attributes and potentialities of the Four Loves.

Lewis winds these terms and some other ideas throughout his writing and builds upon his ideas in his definitions of the various loves. I felt like I needed to totally comprehend each section before moving on, and while his ideas are not enormously complicated, they do require time and a hungry frame of mind to get the most out of the reading. It definitely would have helped me to take notes.

Lewis also used a lot of literary illustrations with the reasoning of the literature being more of a common ground with the reader than his personal experience; unfortunately, the literary cannon seems to have changed a bit - I don't know too many other people who have read Ovid or Tristram Shandy and can remember them well enough for these illustrations to make a whole lot of sense. The ideas being illustrated are still communicated well enough without the illustration, but several times I had to read the same passage more than once to get it to click. His other books I have read (Great Divorce, Mere Christianity, Screwtape) were easier, but this one is definitely rewarding.

My favorite section was Charity (agape) at the end of the book, which provided a beautiful description of God's Love and how it should basically light all the other loves on fire. Lewis sees Christianity as a light by which he understands, and he advances some enjoyably comforting, convicting, and profound ideas in this book. ... Read more

17. The Deepak Chopra Wellness Collection : Ageless Body, Timeless Mind; Journey into Healing; The Way of the Wizard
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18. French New Testament
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Catlog: Book (1994-03)
Publisher: Christian Duplications International
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4-0 out of 5 stars Great way to learn French!
If you want to learn French, and you are familiar with the New Testament, this is the way to go. The narrator reads the text at a normal speed, his articulation is clear and for the price, you get many hours of the spoken language at a bargain. Beyond that It is an opportunity to listen to the word of God and learn an new language at the same time. These cassettes are well produced and I have thouroughly enjoyed them. ... Read more

19. Kosmic Consciousness
by Ken Wilber
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"Just who is Ken Wilber?" For more than 30 years, a rising tide of readers enthralled by this visionary philosopher’s map of human potential have asked this question about the famously "low profile" author. Finally, early this year, Wilber—the author of A Brief History of Everything and Grace and Grit—agreed to create a series of in-depth dialogues on audio for the first time ever. The result is Kosmic Consciousness: a landmark recording that invites us to experience a full-length audio learning course with this celebrated thinker.

Listeners will be surprised and delighted to discover the Ken Wilber behind the writer’s pen—spontaneous, irreverent, and incredibly passionate about how each of us can participate in the unfolding of human consciousness. Through over 12 hours of revelatory insights, Kosmic Consciousness explores: The integral map of the Kosmos (the universe that includes the physical cosmos as well as the realms of consciousness and Spirit), the pursuit of the Good, the True, and the Beautiful, discovering your "multiple intelligences", using altered states, male and female sexuality, how meditation accelerates personal growth, prayer, does it work?, integral perspectives on individuals spanning Jung to Piaget, Baryshnikov to Nietzsche, Jesus to the Buddha, and much more. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Penetrating and Brilliant
When I first heard that there was going to be a ten CD set of Wilber's lectures, I assumed it would be unaffordable as many things that bear the "new age" label (as unfair as this description is when applied to Wilber's work)often are. Now that I've actually listened to the set, I feel like I owe Ken significantly more than I paid for it.

Although I loved "Speaking of Everything" when it was all that was available, this new set is arguably the best thing I've purchased in the last several years. Please buy "Kosmic Consciousness". It is a true source of wisdom and joy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wilberitis
If you want to know what Wilber is like, get this set. He presents his theories as well as his personality. Wilber is one of the most insightful spiritually based theorists, and has developed a very interesting model or rather models. The only negatives of the series are his laugh which is irritating at best and his constant joking about himself being crazed. Be much better if he could find his own voice, but then maybe this is the real Wilber. You decide. Definitely worth the money.

4-0 out of 5 stars An In-Depth, Focused, Look at Wilber's Theories
Tammy Simon and Sounds True have put together the ultimate audio learning set for those who are fans -- or would like to be fans -- of the great American spiritual philosopher Ken Wilber. Tammy closely interviews Ken as to the many components of this "theory of everything," and she is relentless in making sure that Ken has explained topics to the point where they can be clearly understood.

Ken, as always, is brilliant, and Tammy shows great spunk throughout. One of my favorite exchanges comes early on where Ken is describing first person, second person, etc., and at one point he says something like, "You have to have two minds capable of understanding each other to have this. Suppose, for example, that you were catatonic..." and Tammy shoots back "...or that you, Ken, were totally incomprehendible." Well, maybe you have to hear it, but it is definitely funny.

Tammy has clearly done her homework, and Ken has such a huge wealth of information at his disposal that a great deal of ground gets covered. The reason I have given this 4 as opposed to 5 stars is that it ... is ... just ... a ... little ... long. But then again, if you want a comprehensive learning experience, you'll certainly get it here. Another slight criticism is that Tammy doesn't really push or challenge Ken personally here (e.g., the way Ken is pushed and challenged in the earlier Speaking of Everything CD interview). But then again, when looked at for its main purpose -- conveying the breadth and some of the depth of Ken Wilber's theories -- Kosmic Consciousness does an excellent job.

This interview, while perhaps a little light for the most serious of Wilber scholar's, does have a good deal that is new and interesting and that will keep the interest of the already-deeply-immersed. And for the person struggling to understand Ken's books, especially the technical details of concepts like lines, levels, waves, quadrants, and so on, Kosmic Consciousness will be a real Spirit-send. All in all, if you know a Ken Wilber fan, or someone who should be a Ken Wilber fan, then this ten CD audio set will make a great gift. ... Read more

20. The Serenity Prayer: Affirmations & Meditations for Recovery
by Emmett Miller
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Catlog: Book (1996-10-01)
Publisher: Hay House Audio Books
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Create your positive future through personal motivation, inspiration and meditation. ... Read more

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