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    1. The Purpose-Driven Life
    by Rick Warren
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    Asin: 0310209072
    Catlog: Book (2002-11-01)
    Publisher: Zondervan Publishing Company
    Sales Rank: 19555
    Average Customer Review: 3.88 out of 5 stars
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    Rick Warren helps readers to discover, develop, and fulfill God's purpose for their lives.Read by Rick Warren. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Supplement to the Bible for Direction and Purpose!
    Rick Warrren's new book is an excellent read for the person who desperately seeks direction and purpose for life. At the outset, Warren challenges us to believe that we were created for a far greater purpose than just the pursuit of happiness.

    The text is designed to be a 40-day ( a significant number in the Bible) devotion covering a particular topic and with a relevant Bible verse. Each chapter is around 10 pages and covers five major purposes: 1) You were planned for God's pleasure, 2) You were formed for God's family, 3) You were created to become like Christ, 4) You were shaped for serving God, and 5) You were made for a mission.

    Warren's purpose is to move the reader from a realization of being loved by God to challenging the reader to express gratitude by loving God and serving others in Jesus' name.

    Some of the more compelling topics covered were: developing a friendship with God (yes indeed, God wants to be your Friend!), finding a church and fellowship to belong to, dealing successfully with temptation, understanding how God shaped you, thinking like a servant, balancing your life, and living to please God and not man.

    "Purpose Driven Life" is helpful in that it validates what the Bible already said thousands of years ago. I am now in the process of writing what I believe to be God's purpose in my life. From now on, Lord willing, I will read this book starting January 1 of every year while expecting to learn new insights after each read.

    All in all, the book is highly recommended and is an excellent supplement to the Bible. Unbelievers will also be challenged to think deeply and critically about why they were created and what their purpose in life is!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Understanding what the fuss is all about....
    I have bought five hardcover copies, plus the PocketPC version (for my daily reading). And I will probably pick up more copies.

    This book helps to focus your perspective on what really counts:

    Day 3: What Drives Your Life?
    This chapter sets the tone for the book and should provide the reader with enough information on what the remaining 37 days will hold, such as purpose giving meaning to your life, simpilifying your life, focusing your life, motivating your life, and preparing you for eternity

    Day 5: Seeing Life from God's View
    Talks of Life on Earth from God's perspective as a test, a trust and a temporary assignment.

    For me, the mundane activities of everyday life, that you would not give a second thought, now take on a new light. The simple act of coming to a complete stop at a stop sign now holds greater meaning and insight to my character.

    Day 25: Transformed by Trouble
    Bring out that everything that happens to a child of God is Father-filtered, and he intends to use it for good even when Satan and others mean it for bad.

    For me, this has been a mind-blower to understand that God has actually orchestrated life events that will strengthen my character, not tear it down.

    Day 26: Growing through Temptation
    For me, seeing temptation as an opportunity for growth in character was freeing. I have always viewed temptation as a deficiency in character, but now I view the decision made at this point to be the true indicator. People with a good moral compass will be tempted, but they resolve it in a manner that will be strengthen their character.

    Day 40: The book ends with an encouragement to create a life purpose statement. How working through a purposes statement can really help align your priorities to reach what really matters to you the most--your purpose or, as others have put it, the meaning of life.

    The books make strong defense for not focusing on the rat race, but taking inventory of your life to find out what really will matter at the end of your life here on earth in order to gain the fulfillment of a life well-lived.

    I hope this review helps to give light to what all the fuss is about...

    4-0 out of 5 stars Unusual
    I usually run screaming from the room when self-help, religious, or "inspirational" reads are recommended by a friend. Usually I'm right. But in this case, and a few others, I was wrong. The Purpose Driven Life may not be the best book ever written, but it is full of some great ideas and elements that get the wheels turning. Certainly it's worth the price of admission. While it's not one of those fiction books that are inspirational, books like "The Five People you Meet in Heaven" or "The Bark of the Dogwood," it is nevertheless a good read and I have to also recommend it. Just don't run screaming from the room on me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful
    I think the reason that some people have given this book 1 stars is because it takes discipline; it takes discipline to pull away from the tv set or the pc and read a good book like The Purpose Driven life. It take discipline to design a life of purpose. It take discipline to practice God's word as advocated by Rick Warren.

    So I guess 1 star reviewers just lack discipline---too bad for them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful
    I love this book. I am a Christian, but this book has helped me delve a little deeper into what God means for my purpose to be in my life and road to a closer relationship with God. I found that chapter 2 so far is one of my favorites. It does help to have a friend reading the book with you so you can discuss some of the questions at the end of each chapter, also just questions and thoughts in general from what you have read. This book also helps those who are looking for a different way to do a daily devotional to God.
    Just a suggestion: I went to the back of the book to find what scriptures the footnotes were refering to. I wrote next to eacg each number the book, chapter and verse it was referring to. It made it alot quicker to go through the chapters that way. Instead of focusing on what Bible Warren took the scritures from I just used my King James version. Also in the back are further questions for you to think about regarding each chapter.
    I highly recommend this book to Christians who are looking for a more structured way of finding out not only what God's purpose is for them in this life, but a bit more about themselves. This book isn't just a one time read, it is a good book to reread. It is also a good book to give to the Christian friend or family member that is trying to find their path and their personal journey on their walk with God.
    Take your time reading and enjoying this book. It doesn't have to be read in 40 days. ... Read more

    2. Your Best Life Now : 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential
    by Joel Osteen
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    Asin: 1586216546
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
    Publisher: Time Warner Audiobooks
    Sales Rank: 8045
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    DESCRIPTION: Renowned pastor Joel Osteen encourages people to discover their innate strengths and abilities on the road to success.

    Having started Lakewood Churchís television outreach ministry, Pastor Joel Osteen has taken a message of hope around the world. Now, in YOUR BEST LIFE NOW, Osteen continues his mission to help others to go higher, rise above obstacles, and live in health, abundance, and victory.Osteen believes fervently that our self image should mirror exactly what God says about us, not what we feel or think. And he encourages readers to be people of faith, for when one can see the invisible, God will do the impossible. ... Read more

    3. Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days (Left Behind, 1)
    by Tim Lahaye, Jerry B. Jenkins, Richard Ferrone
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    Asin: 0788749722
    Catlog: Book (2000-11-21)
    Publisher: Recorded Books
    Sales Rank: 361971
    Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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    7 cassettes/ 11.75 hours (UNABRIDGED)

    During a routine flight, airline pilot Rayford Steele is thinking about seducing a young flight attendant when suddenly over 100 of his passengers vanish! Now Rayford and the others left behind are faced with mass chaos and baffling personal loss. Among the remaining passengers is star reporter Buck Williams, who just got the assignment of a lifetime—find out what happened and why!

    In this fascinating apocalyptic thriller, best-selling Christian inspirational authors LaHaye and Jenkins pool their considerable talents. Left Behind begins the gripping story that is now the best-selling inspirational series of all time. Actor Richard Ferrone provides the powerful, hard-edged narration for this thrilling unabridged audiobook. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Left Behind
    Captain Rayford Steele is the captain of a 747 on a routine flight from Chicago to London. Buck Williams is a star writer for the Global Weekly, a national magazine, who is flying to London to meet his college friend. In one cataclysmic moment, millions around the globe disappear. Planes crash after being left with no pilot, cars crash for the same reason, and the world is thrust into utter chaos. People are terror stricken when their family and friends disappear before their very eyes. Rayford Steele and Buck Williams are two of the millions of people who are left behind. Left Behind is the first book in an amazing seven book series about the end of the world, based on the Christian church, written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. This series follows the lives of Buck Williams and Rayford Steele as they search for their family, for answers, and for the truth. You share Rayford's and Buck's excitement and fear, as you learn about what's yet to come. This amazing story about the prophesied end of the world is wonderfully written to the point where you can't put the book down. You relate with everything the characters are going through, and feel as if you are right next to them, going through all of the same things. I feel this is a must read for everyone, because it ties in family, love, action, religion, and adventure all into one beautifully done story.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Forgive me
    Until this book was published, I never realized just how un-Christian I was in my belief that the Prince of Peace really wanted to bring peace to the world. But now I've seen the error of my ways.
    Hopefull they'll make a movie of the book complete with mega-violence chest-bursting death and destruction so we believers can present a good witness to the world. Soldier on Christians!
    Is it too much to ask for a killer soundtrack, too?

    4-0 out of 5 stars Definitely a real pager turner, even for the non-Christian
    Left Behind and the 11 sequels are really just one long novel. It is possible, though not satisfying to read only the first one. I really enjoyed the first novel, Left Behind (well enough to read the next 11), although I actually stopped reading it for a while because the focus on the disbelievers was maddening. Millions of people all over the world disappear at once (coicidentally the die-hard Christians), and there is some question about what has happened? I suppose LeHaye and Jenkins were trying to convey just how ridiculous the non-Christians must seem to the Christians, but it was a bit overboard and actually a little boring. Anyway, our heroes finally accept Christ and the rest of the novels were action packed page turners. Of course, the Antichrist takes over rule of the world using the UN and the promise of world peace. I actually laughed out loud when the Antichrist was promising peace and extolling the exact sentiments you hear in the average Hillary Clinton speech (coincidence?). The novels read just an epic disaster novel and were just as fun. I would warn people who are anti-religion that the preaching is a little thick, but I enjoyed it and it was necessary to set the proper tone.

    1-0 out of 5 stars All who think this is good writing need to be taken by God..
    I have read some bad books before, but this is quite possible the worst one I have had the misfortune to pick up. I could not make it past page 75. Terrible writing, bad plot, one-dimensional characters. But hey, in a country where reality TV is such a hit, what do you expect, garbage sells! Of course, that will not change the minds of the religious zealots that have flocked to this series like a bunch of mindless sheep. Do yourself a favor, read something else...By the way, is there way to give this a negative 5?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Lord Jesus I Sure Hope You Save Us!!!!!
    I just dun finished this here book. Now I'll tell all ya fellas that I aint too much on book learnin or readin words but I was goshdanged by this here book. It's just like I always dun knew it was gonna be. The Lord Jesus God gonna come down here on this Earth and be a whuppin up on all those people that aint right like christians. That includes all the dirty muslins and the stoopid aytheists (can't never be spellerin that word correct-like). Anyways I only hope the Lord God Jesus's repersentive on Earth, George W. Bush, can a get this here 'pocalypse a comin soon enough. Theez damn books are a goshdamn sight better than a watchin Jerry Springer or beatin up ma kids like I usually be doin'. One of them stoopid revewers said this here book was a ritten at a sixth grader level. Well thats a bunch of spit and possum vittles. I dint even finish the fourth grade and I'm a readin it just fine. Ima just hopin somebody gonna make nifty cartoon out this here book. YEEEEEHAAAAWWWWW!!!! PRAISE JESUS!!!!! ... Read more

    4. Friendship With God: An Uncommon Dialogue
    by Neale Donald Walsch, Edward Asner, Ellen Burstyn
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    Asin: 1574533320
    Catlog: Book (1999-10-01)
    Publisher: Audio Literature
    Sales Rank: 166702
    Average Customer Review: 4.24 out of 5 stars
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    The first book in a new series by the multimillion-copy bestselling author of Conversations with God.

    Neale Donald Walsch has changed the way millions of Americans think about God. His Conversations with God series, book 1, book 2, and book 3, have all been New York Times bestsellers- book 1 for over two years.

    The essence of Neale Donald Walsch's message lies at the heart of faith- the sacred place in every person, where he stands alone with his God. Walsch urges each of us to forge our own unique relationship with God, a God who is everywhere and speaks to us in all we do. It is up to us to stop and listen. It is up to us to begin the conversation. And a conversation is the first step, just as in any relationship, in establishing trust, in building friendship, in creating communion.

    In Friendship with God, Neale Donald Walsch shares the next part of his journey, and leads us to deepen and strengthen our own bonds with God. He honors our heart's desire: a closer connection, richer and fuller. A friendship with God.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Friendship with God:An Uncommon Dialogue
    I have read all of THE CWG books by Neale Walsch. It is true that some of the same concepts have appeared in each book, but I feel that each time the insight is presented in a slightly different light. Like Neale, I had a childhood of heavy religious fear-based indoctrination to break out of, and the slight repetition assists me in accomplishing this. The words in this book head straight for the heart and resonate the word TRUTH. Since I was a child, I have always known that God was all loving and nonjudgemental. This book just helped to solidify what I have always known inside. Some of us believe that the Bible was tampered with over time to meet the needs of the state/church run religious heirarchies to keep power and control over the masses. The government still does this today so why should 500AD have been any different? If you have an open mind and are willing to accept the possibility that what your heart has been telling you since childhood is true, that God is an unconditionally loving parent and friend, this book will open windows that you can climb through into fields of light, freedom and the loving presence of the real God.

    5-0 out of 5 stars More outstanding conversations with God
    Having read the first three books "Conversations with God" 1,2 and 3 I was totally impressed and grateful for them. I didn't read any other of Neale/God's books for some time. I continually returned to these books for inspiration, guidance and upliftment and they are a great source to help one remember who we really are, particularly at times when life seems a little heavy. I was fortunate to hear Neale speak on his visit to New Zealand and he masterfully reinforced all that he and God had written in books 1,2 and 3. Even after that event I still wasn't motivated enough to read their book "Friendship with God". It wasn't until my wife bought the book home from the library for me unexpectedly that I read it. I must of subconsciously thought that because the first three books were so unbelievably magnificent that "Friendship with God" couldn't possibly be better or contain anything new. Well, it wasn't better, (you can't better the plain truth). But just as inspirational? Yes. Just as helpful? Yes. Just as enlightening? yes. "Friendship with God" is right up with all his other books, simply unmissable if you are seeking the truth about existence. As a bonus their are some really useful tools explained by God to assist us getting in touch with ones true self. And the best of all, God's wit is still there. He has a keen sense of humour which pops up occasionally, and makes this book a fun read. These books have a habit of appearing in your life at exactly the appropriate time. Well done Neale. Well done God. Good effort from both of you. Keep it up.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not my Favorite
    This was my wife's favorite in the CWG series. For me, the material was starting to get a little repetitious after the first three books, at least until The New Revelations came out. However, of greater concern for me is the trend for the voice of God inside the author's head to become progressively more smug and, occasionally, even disdainful towards the human race. Remarks from God regarding our "primitive" species seem to make their way into the discussion with greater frequency. However, I have often noticed the same condescending tone on the CWG website when Mr. Walsch responds to inquiries from some of his readers, so clearly the "filter" that the message is coming through is getting a little clogged with debris from the author's ego.

    The author's humility and "wonder at it all" that was evident in the first three books dissipates with every volume of this series and the God that Mr. Walsch is presenting through his books is increasingly not the kind of Supreme Being I wish to speak to much less befriend.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Create your own friendship with God
    This book provides a wonderful blueprint for creating a friendship with God. It really doesn't matter whether you believe that Neale is having a conversation with God. Simply use the information from this book and you will find that you can have a real friendship with your God.

    All of Neale's books are really written to inspire you to remember universal truths as they relate to you, personally. When you read with an open mind you will feel the truth of what is being said here. The insights you have can be wonderfully enlightening and even transforming for you.

    A key point in Neale's message is that he does not espouse that this is THE way or even a better way. This is just one way to be and you are the judge of whether it works for you. I personally believe that anyone who uses this information to create their own personal relationship with God will be delighted and amazed at what they experience.

    2-0 out of 5 stars forgive us...
    I bought this book because it came very highly recommended by a writer friend. He claimed it changed his life. I've been a Christian most of my life, and I'm always willing to understand more or better the precepts I've tried to live by. BUT!!!! if that's what you are looking for, this is not the book for you. The writer of this book goes into great detail about the religious "guilt" laid on his back by an unmerciful clergy, and then claims to have overcome it by self examination and introspection. He claims god told him that none of what is taught in the Bible is true, nor is anything from the established church to be thought of as truth. Namely, that God is righteous and therefore demands righteousness, or that God abhors sin (not sinners). What he's trying to get across is that GOD JUST WANTS TO BE YOUR BUDDY. There is no right or wrong, no atonement necessary because, hey, we've all screwed up once in a while, right, dude? No worry needed about eternity, for God is there to pat you on the back and tell you no matter what you did, "I love you, man." Schlok and hoo-hah. Skip it. Read INSTEAD: The Blessing by Gary Smalley. That's one that will change your life. ... Read more

    5. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
    by Eckhart Tolle
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    Asin: 1577311760
    Catlog: Book (2000-12-30)
    Publisher: New World Library
    Sales Rank: 41086
    Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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    The Power of Now is a guide to spiritual awakening from a man who is emerging as one of this generation's clearest, most inspiring teachers on the subject. Eckhart Tolle is not aligned with any particular religion but does what all the great masters have done: shows that the way, the truth, and the light already exist within each human being. There is no need to look elsewhere. At the heart of the book is Tolle's own story of early despair that culminated in a life-transforming experience of enlightenment at the age of 29. He emerged to share insights on the perils of the mind, the power of the present, and the accessibility of one's true nature. According to Tolle, "To regain awareness of Being and to abide in that state of 'feeling-realization' is enlightenment." ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Listen to your heart, not the reviewers (including me)
    I've noticed that some criticize Tolle for "expanding" the book or making it too long. But as Tolle himself notes, the book is written in a Q&A format where he tries to answer the same questions from different perspectives. Tolle also points out that the basic premise is not complicated, it just takes focus and practice. Others criticize Tolle for the impossible task of translating a mystical experience with words. Well, how else was he supposed to do it? Are there "mystical" media channels out there he should be communicating through?

    I have read endless numbers of books on finding oneself, reaching enlightenment, and so on, and none have rung true like Tolle's book. I have given it to many friends as a gift and only one found it difficult to grasp, the rest were deeply moved. But don't listen to me or others, check it out at the library, listen to it or read it and judge for yourself. As Tolle notes, he isn't "teaching" you anything - he's reminding you what you already know. Give it a try - it may indeed change your life.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A spiritual Gem--Filled with depth and perception!
    I don't know where to begin with this book. I will start by saying that one of the many things that makes the Power of Now a gem of a book is how Tolle has taken the core of ancient wisdom and churned out a real masterpiece without very mystical or religious concepts.
    This is definately a book for someone who is into self realization..IT IS NOT A POP PSYCHOLOGY BOOK OR A NEW AGE BOOK as some in the negative reviews have claimed. That is the problem with being on a best seller list like Tolle now is, the book is being read by people who normally wouldn't read something like this and "give it a shot cause it's kind of popular now" and are faced with talk on "Ego, trancending mind chatter, enlightenment, how the past/future are only mental creations etc." This is a book for people who are willing to take a moment to understand the premise...your true nature is beyond body, mind identification/constructs. Not in a very mystical way-in very natural way, one can even say a scientific way, the science of all religions before they became organized religions--the message of true self realization.
    Of course the book takes a certain EXPERIENTIAL KNOWLEDGE. We hear over and over that we are all ONE and that our true nature is beyond the body but how many of us truly get that in an experiental no nonsense way? Very few. The Power of Now's core teachings are a deep inner path not a quick-pop book.
    In conclusion, Tolle has a great ability to communicate with very deep perception and the book is nothing short of brilliant.
    The premise is--Suffering is due to the mind made self, the Present helps one transend the false self. Once transended...the discovery of Timeless NOW free of mental anguish...Sorry to sound weird.
    Please read this book with patience and keep a Zen like mindset to get into the tone.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Don't Climb the Signpost
    Tolle's book is an important one... a much needed reminder that is too easy to forget. All too often people can pass entire lifetimes 'missing the moment.' One can, like the worst type of junkie, become so comfortable with-and so used to-anxiety, worry, and procrastination that to simply experience tranquility in the present becomes an impossibility. For such people, the simple and inspirational teachings that The Power of Now details can incite a revolution in one's experience of being alive. That being said, though, this book possesses flaws and confusions that must be sifted through using a keen sense of criticism (yes, this too, is an important faculty of the healthy human being).

    First of all, becoming present is a practice-not a realization. I'm not sure Tolle makes this clear. Like any 'new thing' the appreciation of the present moment can seem novel and exciting but if one doesn't make it a practice and use discipline to habitualize the practice, then one will have merely another gimmick, a spiritual toy to play with for a while and then put aside. The reason why all the schools of enlightenment require masters and students and instills its practitioners with discipline and a set of methods is because nothing in life comes all at once but must be cultivated with care over a period of time. Because of this truth, I genuinely doubt Tolle's claim that after his midnight awakening he was-all-at-once-transformed, never to require further training or practice. The experience he describes at the beginning of the book might just as well be labeled a psychotic break as a religious experience. Either way, the genuine appreciation of the moment can neither be totally 'on' nor totally 'off.' It is a variable experience that can be developed but will always remain part of the organic experience of being alive. Be wary of those who seem to show no anger, no sadness, no flaw... such people are usually very good actors and nothing more. Spend time with such people, in different types of contexts, to reveal the true human being. No unidimensional personality can exist in reality. We are always part of our context and environment and no matter our training or character can be expected to occasionally fall short of others' expectations.

    A guide to enlightenment, then, should teach us that enlightenment is neither a great distance away nor too near. It is thoughtful experience revealed through action and word. I have seen car mechanics who are enlightened beings when they work on cars but atrocious when with their families. I have met novelists who convey all the wisdom in the world through a pen but seem haughty and fractured in normal human conversation. And I have met spiritual 'masters' who secretly creep away to have sex for the sixth time in a day or to check their stocks on the internet. Enlightenment is a myth, and some people treat it like a commodity to purchase or sell. To live well requires the experience of the present-often-but not all the time and in all situations.

    Joseph Campbell once expressed the opinion that the type of enlightenment we have become familiar with is unique to a conception of self that was once fairly common in Asia. The type of self most moderns live by, especially we very 'special' Westerners with our love for 'Individuality' and 'Self-Expression,' excludes the possibility of such an experience. Perhaps it is time, then, we drop this idea and redefine what enlightenment should mean now-and to people like us.

    Use this book as a pointer and compass, not as a map. The Buddha said it best, Be Lamps Unto Yourselves. I would add-and don't hide from the dark when it comes.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Yes, Good book, but..
    I was inspired to make a comment here with regard to the person with the headline:"Be wary of the Master" I think this person needs to be heard. Part of the problem with the fanaticism that grows out of great works like this is the DANGER of forgetting that the "teacher" is indeed, very human,if not flawed. It is important to know where Tolle is as far as "walking his talk". If you can't demonstrate the virtues of compassion, right action, right deeds, etc. then what is the damned point? Being "CONCIOUS" or writing a brilliant book is not enough. Putting it into your deeds, is. I'm glad that person spoke up.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best explanation of conscious existence yet...
    The review titled "Be wary of the Master..." reveals more about its writer than about Tolle. It is ultimately unimportant to me what kind of person Eckhart Tolle is. His work speaks for itself.
    "The Power of Now" is the most brilliant explanation of consciousness and existence I have read to date. It is stated so simply and eloquently, and effectively, that, if you settle down in a quiet space before you open the book, resist the temptation to use your intellect (to rationalize, compare and contrast), and just take in what is underlying his words, you may partake of the richest experience and deepest insightful 'aha's' you've ever gotten from a piece of writing.
    And do get the book: put off getting the CD or tape until you've experienced the entire book in a quiet space. You shouldn't be multi-tasking when you read or hear his words, otherwise you will shortchange your experience. Lastly, do observe his pauses. They're placed where they are for good reason. This is the moment where you let the sense of what you've read sink in more deeply.
    Then you may finally 'get' how to be present, to experience the vast and powerful "being" that underlies all our busy thoughts, awaiting our conscious awareness. And then, just maybe, we can heal this world. ... Read more

    6. Soul Stories
    list price: $25.00
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    Asin: 0743506626
    Catlog: Book (2000-04-01)
    Publisher: Sound Ideas
    Sales Rank: 228905
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    One of Gary Zukav's many gifts as a speaker and bestselling writer is his ability to present complicated metaphysical and spiritual themes in a way that is simultaneously down-to-earth and spine-tingling. How does he do it? Through story--the oldest and most powerful form of teaching the mind and touching the heart. As a frequent guest on Oprah, Zukav has also discovered that the American public is starved for grounded information on ethereal topics such as intuition, soulful relationships, and nonhuman teachers.

    Soul Stories is a collection of true tales that speak to themes such as "Reincarnation," "A Higher Form of Reasoning," "Psychic Archaeology," "The New Female," and "Universal Humans." Some stories come from Zukav's personal experience, like his sister's auto accident and his mother instantly knowing that her daughter was hurt even though they were 100 miles apart. It is tempting to view these 52 tales of fate, coincidence, and sixth sense with an air of doubt. "You have to decide," Zukav warns. "That means thinking about it and, even more important, discovering what you feel about it. Eventually, you might find that what you feel about a Soul Story is more important to you than what you think about it." No matter what you feel about the individual tales, you will leave this book trusting that the best way to understand the meaning and mysteries of life is through story. --Gail Hudson ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Some good spiritual advice
    In Soul Stories, Gary Zukav (author of The Dancing Wu Li Masters and Seat of the Soul) guides the reader on a spiritual journey towards greater openess and a feeling of connection with the world and one another. The stories range from personal experiences to parables. While all of them teach valuable lessons, I was not always comfortable with the way he tells them. As another reviewer pointed out, Zukav often writes as though his audience were young children. It's one thing to put a message simply and concisely, but to put things too simply can seem condescending to the reader. For example, in the section about how "new" men and women differ from "old," he goes on at great length describing how men have traditionally been protectors and providers and women have been concerned with raising children and taking care of the home. I think most people in their teens or older are aware of this and are also aware that these roles have been changing. In one story, there is a confrontation between an "old" style man and a "new" style woman (I put these in quotes partly because I'm skeptical of such neat categories); the woman wants to go back to school and pursue a more independent lifestyle, while her husband cannot understand this. This would have seemed more dramatic thirty or forty years ago than today, though there are people who still adhere to traditional roles. Zukav also describes emotionally charged workshops where people share and explore their various feelings and relationships. His style is very much in the spirit of such human potential workshops where the goal is to evolve or expand. I am somewhat skepticalof this approach, as it can give people a certain conceit about their spirituality compared to supposedly less evolved people (e.g. the comparison between old and new style men and women). I have been mainly criticizing the book, but I also found enough in it to recommend it to anyone interested in...yes, evolving and expanding their consciousness. For example, I liked a story about a man struggling through a barren desert until he finally finds a lush land with abundant food and water. A simple parable, but effective and well told. Gary Zukav writes with quite a bit of optimism about how quickly people are changing. Looking at the world, it often seems as though we aren't changing quickly enough, but I hope he is right. And following the advice in books such as this can only help.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Mental confusion
    These are, in the main, interesting stories, well told. That said, it is important to remind the reader that they are stories in the sense that Carlos Castaneda's stories are stories, and J. K. Rowling's stories are stories. But while readers read with the knowledge that Rowling's Harry Potter is fictitious, and that Castaneda's Yaqui mystic is at the very least wildly mythologized, many readers are not that clear about some of Zukav's material. Why is that? It's because Zukav's material is presented as though inherently plausible.

    But the central fallacy around which the tales are built is that definitions and inherited concepts are presented by the author as if they were factual reality. "Soul," "God," "reincarnation," life as path, life as school, etc., are in reality simply definitional constructs that have originated and changed over the millenia as the concepts to which these definitional labels are applied have evolved. When a life is viewed as a journey from point A through B & C to D, it can be mentally back-constructed and viewed cognitively as a "path." If D can be seen as worthwhile in relation to earlier A, B and C, then the life to which this is applied can be retroconstructed to see A, B and C as a "school" for said life regarding what happened in this life at D. The book does not help the reader realize that patterns are not just found, they are often simply unconsciously postulated and constructed from elements of wishful thinking.

    Thus, these are interesting stories for fictionalized story readers, especially for those of relatively low awareness of the nature of definitional constructs as cognitive virtual reality and cognitive retromapping, but Zukav's stories are certainly not what would strike careful and knowledgeable readers as being credible accounts. This difference in types of reader-awareness and degrees of clarity may be seen as you compare other reviews here.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Maybe I've read too many of these books!!!
    I read this book with an open mind; however, I found it getting more and more discomforted as I read each little sound-bite anecdote. I found this book to present nothing new regarding human nature or understanding.This does not discount other readers who may find useful things here, but my fear is that they won't read the truly thoughtful works of people Like Thomas Moore or James Hillman or Joseph Campbell, or a host of other true intellectual/practioners who have a profound and innovative approach to understanding the concept of soul.Each of the mini-narrative in this book deals with common issues as awareness, jealousy, fear, relationships.There are a few koan-like truisms thrown in as though they are the last word in human understanding.This might be a nice gift for a high school student or someone with no background whatsoever in addressing quasi-spiritual ideas, but any thinking, reflective adult, I would hope, is past the stage at which these obvious parables would be of much use.Apparently, Ophrah was so taken by the author she invited him for a segment on her show, and it was expanded to a full-length Christmas program.Need I say more?

    2-0 out of 5 stars Sleepy Stories
    I enjoyed Seat of the Soul much more than this work, due to the repetition in concepts.The stories help explain Zukav's concepts for someone that has not been exposed to much metaphysics, but a more versed person could find it to be overly worked and lacking of inspiration.There will always be a new author on the block reworking the same concepts with new fluffy words; unfortunatly, Zukav could have left this one off the public printer.Good for bedtime reading, you'll be out like a light in no time.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not bad
    This is not a bad book. I really enjoyed "The Seat of the Soul" and "The Heart of the Soul" a lot more than this one though. I expected a bit from this book than it gave. ... Read more

    7. The Energy of Money
    by Maria Nemeth
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    Asin: 1564555690
    Catlog: Book (1998-04-01)
    Publisher: Sounds True
    Sales Rank: 592555
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    The Energy of Money: A Spiritual Guide to Financial and Personal Fulfillment, by Maria Nemeth, Ph.D., outlines a distinctly unique approach to one of the most dominant yet forbidden topics in modern society: money, and how we deal with it. A clinical psychologist who once lost $35,000 in a fraudulent investment scheme, Nemeth learned from that ordeal (and similar experiences of friends and associates) how most of us develop relationships with money, and the ways in which we subsequently can bring these in line with our actual dreams and realities. She initially used this knowledge to start a workshop called You and Money, which eventually attracted more than 4,500 participants and led to the development of concepts now delineated in this book. Quoting relevant wisdom espoused by those ranging from Joseph Campbell and Ram Dass to Mark Twain and Dorothy Parker, Nemeth sets out "12 principles for personal fulfillment" designed to help readers "uncover the hidden landscape of beliefs, behavior patterns, and habits that underlie and sometimes subvert how you use money and other forms of energy." The result is a refreshing, useful, and surprisingly accessible mixture of universal financial advice and the much rarer--but no less important--ethereal side of fiscal self-management. --Howard Rothman ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Mind and soul approach to wealth
    The Energy of Money is a brilliant explanation of the intuition and intellect behind wealth, prosperity, and abundance. If you believe that money represents energy, want a grounded approach, this book is for you. Knowing how to raise one's energy frequency to attract greater flows of money is easier said than done. Nemeth helps guide you to the process to increase flow. Try it and see if it works. If anything, you'll learn something new that you can use.

    5-0 out of 5 stars compassionate, guilt-free approach
    I am a millionaire, and every time I read a book about money, I feel guilty.I *know* I'm supposed to pay attention to money, but I don't, so I feel guilty when I'm reminded of what I "should" do and end up doing nothing.In contrast, this book opened with the author opening her heart.She is compassionate and understanding of the guilt.Somehow, just feeling accepted by her, I was moved after the first 15 pages to get up and take care of some money issues.I have continued to read the book and continue to take positive action.I also find her insights applicable to other "congealed energy," such as issues with food.This book is life-changing!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Solid Information with Belief Shifting, Repeatable Exercises
    Taking a wholistic approach to shifting beliefs and outcomes around ones financial fulfillment, The Energy of Money differs from many other Spiritual Money guides because of the wealth of exercises and the completeness of its coverage.

    Nemeth doesn't see money as a "stand alone" issue, she sees it as being a part of one's life intention and integrity.

    Another feature that works is her taking the obstacles and problem areas and meeting them head-on rather than denying they exist.Its more of the "Name it and claim it" approach which works very well.... when the claiming involves taking congruent action, about which Nemeth also offers instruction.

    Its an all around powerful read, one which I repeat and refer to frequently both for my own learning and for my life coaching clients as well since this is oftentimes a challenging area.

    If you read it and put the information to use, you will definitely have a positive return on your investment.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Get the book, not the audio program...
    First, I ought to say that I purchased both the audio book (as a download) and the written book, hoping to find more material and exercises in the audio program and also with the desire to to be able to review the contents of the program at ease.This was not the case.As another reviewer commented, the presentation is VERY difficult to listen to as it is very monotone and downbeat.I don't think I could listen to the entire program again and I would definately NOT recommend buying the tapes or download.

    That said, I found the contents of the book to be quite comprehensive and there are numerous practical exercises throughout the book to complete.The book has its foundations in a number of metaphysical (ie. money as energy), 'spiritual' (i.e. your life purpose and Buddhist concepts of 'structures of knowing' and 'monkey mind' among others) and psychological perspectives (including beliefs systems and blocks).In particular, it is about taking the hero's journey (ie. Joseph Campbell's work), that is, about creating the kind of life that you want and assisting you to clear the blocks in order to achieve this.It aims to get the reader look at themselves, what they really want in life and the internal changes they need to make in order to do this.

    The book doesn't contain 'practical' money management strategies - that's not it's focus, it's focus is on the important inner dimension of success and fulfilment.The book is a worthwhile read and I think it's much, much better than many others on the market.The practical exercizes are also useful in enhancing self awareness and in that sense is worth the price of the book - I would definately purchase it again, I just wouldn't buy the audio version, unless you are having problems sleeping!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting Material But Boring Speaker
    I purchased "The Energy of Money: A Spiritual Guide to Financial Freedom and Personal Fulfillment", as an audio book. I was extremely excited to go over the material as I have done pretty extensive reading on spirituality as it relates to money and abundance and am always fascinated with any new twist I pick up on the subject. In that respect the book did give me what I was hoping for.

    Especially interesting was the concept of "unfinished money business". The program really stops and makes you think about just how many money related issues may be hanging over your head. Issues like... are your insurance policies adequate? Do you prepare and follow a monthly budget? Is your car maintenance up to date? Is your checkbook balanced to the penny? The list is extensive and it really makes you want to get busy at doing those things you've been putting off.

    The program is designed to make you look at your lifelong relationship with money... how you spend it, use it, abuse it and how you feel about it. Several guided exercises are designed to help you discover your deepest thoughts relating to money and how you can use that information to establish new, more meaningfulgoals.

    My main problem with this program was the presentation. It is read by the author, Maria Nemeth, and I found her voice and reading of the material to be too slow, bland and boring. The quality of the material presented was the only thing that kept me awake! ... Read more

    8. Self Esteem for Women
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    Catlog: Book (2002-11)
    Publisher: Careertrack Inc.
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    9. The Contemplative Journey (Volume 1)
    by Thomas Keating
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    Asin: 1564555372
    Catlog: Book (1997-07-01)
    Publisher: Sounds True
    Sales Rank: 640146
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, exciting course! Well worth the money!
    Father Keating eloquently re-expresses timeless truths in the light of modern ways of knowledge, with humor and great clarity. He talks sense, and isn't afraid to question established ideas. He isn't afraid to challengeus. He employs modern approaches including developmental psychology tore-present the wisdom of Christ in ways which resonate deeply with themodern mind. His clarity on a par with Anthony De Mello"s"Awareness", but he goes beyond theory to shows us how we canincreasingly apply spiritual truths through our life, prayer andmeditation. De Mello shunned techniques, which he regarded as programming.Easy for him to say, but we deluded ones need to start somewhere, and Fr.Keating shows us how to start.As long as we understand that "the mapis not the territory"I think there is benefit in having a map of thepath we are to progress. Father Keating offers us what seems to be a goodone. Christians of any denomination who are stuck, or who cannot make senseof mainstream Church teachings in our age will I think come away with therenewed enthusiasm born of seeing things from a whole new angle.FatherKeating shows us that the genuine teachings of Christ have great meaningand power. They have undiminished validity in our age. But our world-view,our whole paradigm today is different from that of 2000 years ago. Metaphors which convinced people fairly easily then are often not nearly sopersuasive to our more questioning minds today. Some of the teachingsneed to be re-expressed in the light of modern ways of knowledge in orderfor us to be able to fully appreciate and participate in their validitytoday. Father Keating does this with startling clartiy. Others who areinterested in meditation and spirituality will no doubt be surprised todiscover what Father Keating has to teach. There is a commonality betweengenuine contemplative or mystical approaches to the ultimate which comesacross very strongly here. Jesus said to the (significantly, as yetunconverted) Pharisees "The Kingdom of Heaven is within you".(Luke 17) To me, this is one of the most significant passages in the Bible,and yet most appear to ignore it. Why don't we experience the Kingdom?Father Keating teaches us about our false self, and gives us techniques tostart to overcome its false programs for happiness, and turn ourselvestowards genuine spiritual values, the road to real happiness.It says inthe Bible that we must be born again. I believe this, yet many claim tohave had this experience, and some of them do not show the exemplarybehavior one would hope to see from such a person. I think Fr.Keating castssome light on why this is often so. Anthony De Mello tells a story of a manwho went to a village and showed them how to make fire. So for a time,everyone participated in this great miracle, and gained warmth and theother benefits of fire. But after the man was gone, the people made atemple to that man, and enshrined the fire making instruments, told greattales of the wonder of fire, perhaps had heated theological arguments overthe merits of different firemaking methods... But there was no more fire..It appears that people like the anonymous medieval monk who wrote "TheCloud of Unknowing" had developed the "technology ofenlightenment" which allowed humans to participate in the mystery ofGod, rather than just waiting around for posthumous salvation. I had longsuspected that Christian Mysticism offers "technology ofenlightenment" akin to Buddhist practices, butfound Christian Mysticwritings impenetrable compared to the clarity of modern Buddhist authors.Fr. Keating is however as clear as any Buddhist teacher, and amplydemonstrates that the Christian faith offers us a complete path tospiritual growth, not just a posthumous ticket to Heaven.This is the kindof course you'll want to listen to many times. ... Read more

    10. Inspirational Companion From Marianne Williamson,An
    by Marianne Williamson
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    Asin: 0694517674
    Catlog: Book (1996-09-01)
    Publisher: HarperAudio
    Sales Rank: 951548
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Marianne Williamson's lectures on Hope, Happiness, Miracles, Meditation, Prayer and Spirituality.

    A continuation of her lectures based on A Course in Miracles.

    Marianne Williamson has 21 original lectures with HarperAudio. Run a search on her name to get a full listing. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Yes, I loved it
    Marrianne Williamson's work is both real and honest. Rather than couch things in a concepts that are alien or extremely religious, she talks to you about the realities of existing. Of how things will not always be easy, about how you will lose your way, and honestly how to see people clearly. Growth is messy, it's not neat, maturity is not easy, nor is spirtiuality delicate work, but with assistance from a tape like this you can see yourself clearly and how to bridge yourself from concept to human to spiritual being.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Stellar Performance!
    Marianne Williamson has a way of shaking the Universe upside down and letting all the stars fall out and into your heart. She quotes often from "A Course in Miracles," yet this work isn't "sermonious" or demanding. It is nourishing and easygoing. Miracles are to be expected, and forgiveness applies to oneself first.

    If, according to Thoreau, "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation," then perhaps the mass would be canonized by listening to "An Inspirational Companion." I know I certainly felt better about myself, and life in general after learning how to coax meaning from the darkness of everyday life. Marianne says that we are all God's gift to the world. What a wonderful thought! If you are searching for enlightenment, then these lectures will show you where to look - the stars are flickering right there, as twinkles in your own eyes. . .all you 'gotta' do is look inside to realize that. I loved it!! ... Read more

    11. King James Complete Bible on Audio Tape
    by Alexander Scourby
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    Asin: 1930034016
    Catlog: Book (1995-04-01)
    Publisher: Cassette Communications Inc
    Sales Rank: 174992
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    The most popular narration on the market. Over 20,000,000 copies have been sold since the first recording. The complete set of 48 digitally recorded cassette tapes. Enjoy many hours of listening pleasure.Narrated by Alexander Scourby. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Useful and Well Done
    Most who are familiar with the Bible are not familiar at all with the content of the major and minor prophets. The emotional impact of hearing the book of Ezekiel--especially in one sitting, which this set makes not only possible but enjoyable--is rather strong. In fact, it got me kicked out of my church, because the prophets give a sense of the extreme condition in which God finds us, and I applied it to Christendom. In this day of "luke-warmness", that did not go over too well : ) Having this set on tape gives us opportunities that otherwise simply would not be there for getting the "sense" of what's in the most-admired and least-read book in the world. I'd advise buying it if you're in doubt.

    I've used the prophets as an example. My point is that there's no substitute for getting a whole book (especially the large ones) at one time. I've rated it at four stars because many of the... publishers (I don't know about this edition) to save money, cut the books into different tapes, which makes it nigh unto impossible to keep one's place...How would you like to go fast-forward and rewind for 10 minutes trying to find the beginning of Isaiah?...

    Mark Vedder

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good way to spend time in the car
    This set of tapes has served me well. I listen to them in the car. I read the Bible every day, and I enjoy being able to listen to the Bible as well. I feel that the Bible is God's word, and God is the only One that can provide security and salvation for mankind. God's plan for the earth is in the Bible. The Bible is more than a history book.
    Scourby provides a good voice to listen to. I highly recommend this set of tapes for anyone who enjoys listening to books on tape.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Always "Gentle on the Ears"
    Scourby's voice was made to read the scriptures! His ability to match the tone of each passage is astounding! Without having to rely on dramatization, he is able to transport you to ancient Babylon, where Daniel is about to be thrown into the lions' den, or to Jerusalem, where 12 year-old Jesus discusses law with the priests and doctors. ... Read more

    12. The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-Create Your World Your Way
    by Wayne W. Dyer
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    Asin: 1401903150
    Catlog: Book (2004-02-01)
    Publisher: Hay House
    Sales Rank: 9633
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Intention is generally viewed as a pit-bull kind of determination propelling one to succeed at all costs by never giving up on an inner picture. In this view, an attitude that combines hard work with an indefatigable drive toward excellence is the way to succeed. However, intention is viewed very differently in this book. Dr. Wayne W. Dyer has researched intention as a force in the universe that allows the act of creation to take place. This book explores intention—not as something you do—but as an energy you’re a part of. We’re all intended here through the invisible power of intention. This is the first book to look at intention as a field of energy that you can access to begin co-creating your life with the power of intention.

    Part I deals with the principles of intention, offering true stories and examples on ways to make the connection. Dr. Dyer identifies the attributes of the all-creating universal mind of intention as creative, kind, loving, beautiful, expanding, endlessly abundant, and receptive, explaining the importance of emulating this source of creativity. In Part II, Dr. Dyer offers an intention guide with specific ways to apply the co-creating principles in daily life. Part III is an exhilarating description of Dr. Dyer’s vision of a world in harmony with the universal mind of intention. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Praise for the Power of Intention
    Another great book by Dr. Dyer. He is a very passionate persuader. I was watching Dr. Dyer on PBS and his message sounded so simple and sincere: determination as energy, not something you do, but something you are. Lots of platitudes but never vague, The Power of Intention has inspired me to get going with my life; To overcome negative thoughts and feelings, to let go of erroneous thinking and seeing.

    This is also a feel good and warm book. After you read it, you will feel uplifted for a while and if you are like me, you will strive to be a nicer and more sincere person.

    As the father of some very active young children, I found myself searching for a way to teach the Power of Intention to them. I knew that they could benefit greatly from Dr. Dyers material, and I was right. I read a book by Matt Pasquinilli called The Child Whisperer a couple of years ago and I got it off the shelf and reread it after reading The Power of Intention. Although the two books are very different in scope and style, I found that they compliment each other nicely. The Child Whisperer is a step by step guide to employing concepts like the Power of Intention with children.

    4-0 out of 5 stars ┬┐Simple Concepts, Profound Effects┬┐
    In his book, Dr. Dyer helps us identify how we can be in harmony at all times by merging our thoughts with the creative energy that he calls intention. He does this in a very graceful way, through stories and quotes as well as lists of suggestions. He urges us to examine our usual behaviors to life and describes how the power of intention "matches-up" directly with our thoughts (according to him it is in our thoughts that we produce reality, so we have to be aware of the energy our thoughts carry). His approach is indeed very useful and inspiring, with concepts that are so simple, one some times oversees them in this fast paced world. While enjoying this book, some of the concepts Dr. Dyer touches reminded me of another book that I hold very dear to my heart and that I would like to share with you, called "WORKING ON YOUR RELATIONSHIP DOESN'T WORK" written by Ariel and Shya Kane. Through their book, the Kanes present the three principles to create magic relationships in your life, including the one with yourself. I highly recommend both of these books which pearls of wisdom continue to light up my life.

    3-0 out of 5 stars The Power of Intention
    In The Power of Intention by Wayne Dyer he does a goof job of describing a power he calls "The Source". However, the author doesn't do a good job of explaining how to obtain it. This book is filled with nice sounding platitudes, but it is a bit overly simplified.

    I have however read a book recently gave me a lot of answers concerning the inner struggles I have been battling with for years. It is laid out in a question and answer format that helped make it a quick and easy read as well. It dealt with such subjects as different religions, the Christ Consciousness, DNA, reincarnation, and much more. It is called "The Book of Thomas," by Daniel Aber and Gabreael.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Dyer Is Confused
    As I have indicated before, I have read and enjoyed numerous Dr. Dyer titles. However, I do feel that in this book and the previous There's a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem, Dr. Dyer has become increasingly vague and unsure of what he wants to say. When he attempts to talk about "higher energy", he never really comes to the point, or how it might be applied to our lives. I really think he is confused. And the sources he cites, such as Hawkins and Hunt, are spurious at best.

    My advice is to stick with Your Sacred Self and You'll See It When You Believe It.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Dr.Dyer Repeats Himself Again
    Although I enjoyed listening to The Power Of Intention it is basically the same philosophy that Dr.Dyer has sold his followers for the past 20 years.What I dont get is how Dyer and other new-age gurus express that emotions such as jealousy and anger are "low energy" emotions when Christ and other spiritual leaders they quote from poseesed these energies also as documented in the Bible,etc.etc. ... Read more

    13. The Mitford Years: At Home in Mitford/a Light in the Window/These High, Breen Hills/Out to Canaan (Karon, Jan, Mitford Years (New York, N.Y.).)
    by Jan Karon
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    Asin: 0140868135
    Catlog: Book (1998-11-01)
    Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
    Sales Rank: 15171
    Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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    Readers everywhere have discovered Mitford is good for the soul. Peopled with a lovable cast of characters and filled with mysteries and miracles, Mitford has become one of the most memorable small towns in recent literature.

    Boxed set includes:

    Out to Canaan
    A New Song
    A Common Life
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Escape!
    Jan Karon certainly made me want to live in Mitford. Since I can't do that her books have been the closest thing to being there.I'm on the third book in the series and look forward to spending time with Father Tim and Cynthia and the wonderful and real cast of characters who inhabit Mitford. I first read about Mitford and Jan Karon when I picked up a copy of TEA magazine and read a review of her new book A New Song and an interview with Jan Karon. I grew up in a small New England town much like Mitford. It is a delight to escape there everytime I read about miss Rose, uncle Billy, Emma and Dooley not to mention the Main Street Grille. Each book includes a certain amount of mystery too. Will Tim and Cynthia get married? Will Dooley become a gentleman? Will Barnabas return?These questions keep me coming back for more and more. Ms.Karon please keep writing and providing me with a great escape.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hats Off to Jan Karon! (
    Where do I begin to describe the wonder and beauty of a place called Mitford? Normally, I read romance and murder mystery novels, but after reading the Mitford series, have no desire to pick up anything else. They have transported me to a higher plane and inspired me to be a better Christian, better friend, better mother, and better wife. Father Tim, Cynthia, Dooley, Barnabus, Uncle Billy . . . all the characters are real people to me. I feel like I should walk outside and see them on the street. They are honest and caring and giving and very, very human. The difference that Father Tim has made in the lives of everyone around him is a perfect example of what the Holy Spirit can do in the life of a believer. And what a difference a dog, a boy, a wife, and a household filled to the brim with happiness and confusion has made in his own life. That's what life is all about. Learning and growing and becoming the kind of people that God wants us to me. Hats off to Jan Karon!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Comfy escapist reading
    I almost never read books of this genre - they're usually way too sappy for me. I'm more of a historical novel kind of person - I like a lot of real characters and angst and war and to learn a little something while I'm reading. But for some reason, this series really started to grab me, especially after the second book. True, the characters don't seem to have any real problems and they all care for each other equally and live in an impossibly idyllic little village. But then again, maybe that's WHY I like this series so much. It's a vacation from my typical reading list - if I want to take a breather and read something that makes me happy and calm and transported to a fantasy-land that almost crosses over to reality, I take a trip to Mitford.

    As a Catholic, the whole "we're all happy Protestants in this town" can get to be a little wearing after a while, but it's also a nice reminder that there are still people of faith and moral uprightness out there. That might be another reason this series appeals to me - I live a basically religion-free existence, thanks to popular American culture, and that's okay for the most part. But at the end of the day, I often find myself longing to reassociate with religion in a non-invasive way, and these books do that for me with their gentle spirituality.

    If people are expecting to read books with depth and underlying tensions and hidden hatreds, you're not going to find that here. I consider these books "vacation" from everyday life, and the heavier fare that I typically read. They are sweet and simple and take you to a place that you just might be able to create for yourself someday.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Slogging through "Mitford"
    I was rather disappointed with this series. I bought the first three books some time ago (at that time, half of the published series, but I believe two more books were written in the interim) and thought I was in for Maupin's "Tales of the City" in a more rural setting--I was wrong. SO wrong!!!!

    Oh, the characters are colorful enough. I like the repartee Father Tim has with Dooley, his secretary (Edna?) and Puny, the kookiness of Miss Pattie and Miss Rose and Uncle Billy, and Puny's blunt down-home way of talking ("Esther Bolick's lookin' to give you the ol' 'whang-do.'")

    However, there's no intrigue--the plot lines are short-lived and resolve with a "happily ever after" ending since most of the characters are God-fearing White Christian heterosexuals who live squeaky clean lives. I'm only a third of the way through the third book and it's obvious that I'm in for at least 100 more pages of "I can't believe how lucky I am to have found Cynthia" from Father Tim. That's great for Father Tim, but just think of all the paper wasted that could have been put to better use with actual story arc or two.

    As a Jewish gay man born and raised in NYC and now living in San Diego, perhaps I'm just the wrong demographic for this series. For sure I won't be finishing it--YAWN!!!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Karon plays with characters the way little girls play Barbie
    As you read this, you might find it hard to believe that at heart, I'm a sucker for warm hometown tales. I still watch, and enjoy, Andy Griffith reruns; Mayberry rules! So I was all prepared to curl up in a comfy chair and fall in love with Mitford too. Alas, this did not happen.

    Have you ever watched little girls playing Barbie? Of course you have. You've seen how they haul out those stilt-legged little dolls (which, on their own, don't do much but lie there looking vacuous), and they walk them and "talk" them through imaginary scenarios, in accordance with whichever character they're imagining Barbie to be at the moment.

    Well, that's the way Jan Karon handles her stable of lovable, eccentric small-town Southern characters. She fashions her "dolls" out of every cliched notion she can find, and then she walks and talks them through every possible hackneyed scenario, be it dramatic or touching or what passes for humorous -- and she calls it a novel. And wins the heart of millions.

    But not my heart.

    While the author's sincerity and good-heartedness, not to mention her faith, are apparent in her writing, I feel her stories and characters simply lack authenticity. Furthermore I found most of the characters to be more annoying than lovable; I failed to be won over even by the venerable Father Tim, a marshmallow of a man who, goodness me, remained a virgin till his marriage at 60. (Okay, so he's a clergyman, but still...) And his goody-two-shoes wife is even more irritating, perhaps because I expected so much more of her. I wouldn't want to be a fly on their bedroom wall; I'd probably die of boredom.

    I have no objection to reading stories about people of faith, nor do I require steamy sex scenes, or even any sex scenes at all, to make my enjoyment of a novel complete. But I do demand a measure of depth and realism, which I did not find here (but found in abundance in, for example, Gail Godwin's wonderful novel about a small-town clergywoman, *Evensong*).

    I know that Ms. Karon lives in a Mitford-like town and, no doubt, her characters are vaguely inspired by real-life people, but something got lost in the trip from the real world to the printed page. I went so far as to read the first four books in this series, hoping they would get better. They did, but only marginally so. I will concede that Ms. Karon seems to have grown a little more comfortable as a novelist. She will never be a Barbara Kingsolver or a Louise Erdrich, and I wouldn't expect that. But I would expect a far more authentic voice than I've experienced in the pages of these novels. I was not motivated to read beyond the fourth book in the series.

    So count me NOT at home in Mitford. Give me Andy, Barney, Aunt Bee and even Otis any day. ... Read more

    14. The Mark: The Beast Rules the World (Left Behind #8)
    by Tim Lahaye, Jerry B. Jenkins, Frank Muller
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    Asin: 0788749706
    Catlog: Book (2000-11-08)
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    5 cassettes/8.75 hours (UNABRIDGED)

    In the blink of an eye, millions of people on earth have disappeared. The Rapture, predicted centuries ago in the Book of Revelation, has finally happened. Now, the evil one rules the world, and those left behind must make a crucial decision. Each one must choose whether to receive the mark of the beast, or die. Never have faith and courage been more important for the group of believers called the Tribulation Force.

    The Left Behind Series has topped best-seller lists across the country, been the subject of special features in national media, and captured the attention of Hollywood producers. With sales in the tens of millions, the Left Behind books have become the biggest selling inspirational series of all time. Now, you can hear all the apocalyptic action voiced by Audie Award-winning narrator Frank Muller in this complete, unabridged production. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars An AMAZING SERIES OF BOOKS
    Anyone who has enjoyed the Left Behind series owes it to themselves to read The Christ Clone Trilogy by James BeauSeigneur. The entire CHRIST CLONE TRILOGY is very well written. I simply couldn't put them down. I suggest you read this series with a highlighter nearby so you can mark things and research them for yourself. This is made easier by BeauSeigneur's use of footnotes.

    The Christ Clone Trilogy will surprise you with nearly every page. I highly recommend this trilogy to anyone who wants to understand biblical prophecy and the book of Revelation. BUY THESE BOOKS, READ THEM, GIVE THEM TO YOUR PASTOR TO READ, AND BUY COPIES FOR YOUR FAMILY!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Better than people give it credit for
    A lot of the reviews I have read of these books tend to put it down by comparing it to other end of the world books. And while I will admit that these are not as smart or engaging as some of the the better books that cover the same topic like Fire of Heaven or We All Fall Down, I still really enjoyed them. A friend introduced me to the first book and I cut through all 12 books over the past two months. In a way, it's not really fair to compare them to some of the other books because they are trying to do different things. Left Behind seems to me to try to simply tell a great story about the end of the world. It's light, but what's wrong with that? I really felt like I NEEDED to know what was going to happen next when I finished a book and the very next day would order the next one. I call that a success. A book like We All Fall Down is obviously much more intense and thoughtful, the characters seem much more like real people, and it gives you more to think about, but why does that make Left Behind bad? Can't The Ten Commandments and The Passion both be good movies?

    2-0 out of 5 stars A failure
    I am an ardent believer in Christ, but that does not mean that anything written about Christianity should be endorsed and embraced regardless of its quality. I have read all 12 of these novels and they simply aren't very good. The writing is poor, the plot unimaginative, and there certainly isn't anything in these books that will cause a Christian to re-examine and thus more fully embrace our beliefs. Look, I don't doubt that the authors had the best intentions with these books, but quality has to count for something. There are better alternatives out there. Try We All Fall Down by Caldwell. It's well-written and extreimly intelligent. If you're going to read about Christianity, read something that is worth your time.

    1-0 out of 5 stars The series is boring as heck...
    First, you have the rapture, which while interesting, mainly is a matter of getting home which takes half the book. Honestly, the main character is an airline pilot, why couldn't he hire a private plane to pick his daughter up? Then you have the rest of the first book waiting painly for the two major characters to meet. Then, in the second book, you have them talking forever about getting a job at home, and publishing this website, but you don't see them doing it. The priest dies in the second one, and they hear about this Tsion Ben-Judah character. In the third one they finally publish the website, and Tsion joins, but even now, they have almost no real converts. They seem to skip the seven signs too, or at least do them out of order, for I saw no overt mention of the famine, plagues, or death, they did war and from what I noticed the next was the earthquake. By the fourth book I stopped reading.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The ultimate loyalty test
    "The Mark" picks up where "The Indwelling" left Global Leader Carpathia institutes a mark of loyalty to be forced upon mankind, with the alternative being death via guillotine. While this installment is basically uneventful (except for the Trib Force escaping from or hoodwinking the Global Community police force in several places), to me, it was the most spiritually impacting of the eight I have read, especially when it comes down to the fateful choice of refusing the mark, or accepting it. Leon Fortunato's introduction of the loyalty mark was quite chilling. I thought the passage when Miklos' wife (and a group of other believing women) refused the mark and received the punishment was quite heroic.

    One glaring spiritual omission, however, is found in Revelation 14:9-10 where an angel in a loud voice says "if anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he will also drink of the wine of the wrath of God" such angel was found in "The Mark" warning people. (Perhaps I'm too picky?)... Still a great book in a great series. ... Read more

    15. The Will to Live and Other Mysteries
    by Rachel Naomi Remen
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    Catlog: Book (2001-04-01)
    Publisher: Sounds True
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    As an honored physician and teacher, Rachel Naomi Remen has spent a lifetime immersed in the world of science. Yet today, after four decades of face-to-face experience with cancer patients, medical academia, and her own chronic illness, she has come to see that life is best defined not by science, but by mystery.

    On The Will to Live and Other Mysteries, this bestselling author and beloved "healer of the heart" probes the universal experience of the unknown and reminds us that we all participate in life's mystery. "We have become a culture of control," Dr. Remen begins, "and have traded mystery for mastery." But "life is larger than science," she says. "Science is only one of the tools for healing. Real healing is always a work of mystery." A master storyteller, Dr. Remen shares compelling front-line stories of people who opened to mystery and found healing. She encourages us to pay attention and stay "awake," because the mystery at the heart of life can speak to any one of us at any time.

    Complete with step-by-step exercises that Dr. Remen has taught to thousands of people, The Will to Live and Other Mysteries will touch and strengthen all who hear it, awakening us to our real power, and enabling us to live more fully and deeply, no matter what obstacles we face in life. ... Read more

    16. Infinite Possibilities: The Art of Living Your Dreams
    by Mike Dooley
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    Asin: 096421685X
    Catlog: Book (2001-10-25)
    Publisher: Totally Unique Thoughts
    Sales Rank: 405145
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    Jambo Fellow Adventurer!

    Virtually everything in our society tells us, reminds us, and insists that we are limited, aging "creatures", who live lives between luck and fate, in a hard, unforgiving world... and sadly, many of us have believed it. The truth however, and this will likely ring true in your heart of hearts, is that we are INFINITE and POWERFUL... fun loving gladiators of the Universe; Adventurers just being human, with eternity before us, and the power of our thoughts to help shape it.

    WE MAKE OUR OWN REALITIES, OUR OWN FATE AND OUR OWN LUCK... that, is how powerful we are... and that is how powerful YOU are. To offset all the contradictory thinking of the masses, YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS KIND OF MESSAGE as often as you have to hear all the others...

    This is NOT a motivational audio program. It's more philosophical, and it's aimed at the "Truths of Being"; becoming aware of them, understanding them, and harnessing them. My aim throughout is to remind you of:

    * how POWERFUL you are,
    * HOW FAR you can reach, and
    * how much you DESERVE...

    ... so that you can begin thriving as the giant you are, in a kingdom where you have indeed been given dominion over all things.

    Blood, sweat and tears AREN'T what it takes to see your dreams come true, imagination, belief and expectation are what's needed... then you're drawn into action, circumstances and "coincidences" that make dream manifestation INEVITABLE. This isn't wishful thinking, it's the way things have always been in time and space. You don't need more education, more connections, or more lucky breaks... you just need to understand the principles and concepts that every prophet and messiah has shared since the beginning of time. Principles that have nothing to do with religion, but everything to do with the truth about who we are, why we're here, and the magic at our disposal.

    Your dreams are not yours by accident. You have them for a reason, many reasons, not the least of which is to make them come true. Your dreams are what's meant to be... you just have to do your part... but that can be mighty tall order... when you DON'T fully understand what your part is, nor the processes that make dreams come true. With UNDERSTANDING however... you'll find that NOTHING COULD BE EASIER than the way things have always been.

    Just look around you today at those who are so-called successes. Are they smarter than you? Are they more deserving than you? Have they paid greater dues than you? NO. NO. NO WAY. Whether through their intelligence, or ignorance, usually the latter but it DOESN'T matter, they're actually living in ways that ENGAGE life's principles so that the Universe begins serving them. The good news about this... is that such people are PROOF that ANYONE ELSE can do the same. But here you'll have an advantage... YOU'LL UNDERSTAND YOUR SUCCESSES and therefore won't have to live in fear that they could ever be taken away from you.

    There is nothing you can't do, nothing you can't have, and nothing you can't be...

    * You do have the power,
    * You are guided, and
    * the Universe IS conspiring on your behalf.

    My series outlines dozens of principles that have been around since the beginning of time... principles that are now at play in your own life, whether you know what they are or not, and principles which are ridiculously easy to use. By identifying, understanding and harnessing them... you WILL access the power that literally turns wishes into reality, your wishes.

    If someone told you the truth about life, reality and the powers you possessed... would you recognize it as the truth? If someone offered you the keys to the kingdom of your wildest dreams... would you accept them? Is there something in your heart, right now, that's telling you that just maybe, you could use and benefit from these simple recordings? I think there is. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Self Help Tool - Unique and Original
    This is a set of twelve audio tapes (or CDs). The over-riding theme revolves around the old saying that "As one thinks so shall one become" with a lot of other secondary themes and principles. The way in which Mike Dooley speaks and the way he uses logic and deduction makes his ideas quite credible, inspiring and frankly unique compared to a lot of other similar material. The beauty of these tapes is that there are twelve separate themes -- from relationships to beliefs to Q&A and more.

    Overall his methods and approach are the opposite of dogmatic and are very positive, open-minded and at least for my tastes not overly spacey or new-age. I would have to say that his approach to describing God is one of the most convincing, practical and realistic that I have heard.

    Mike professes to start each day with a cigar and a cup of coffee which I think is pretty cool and shows that he is pretty much living a life like everyone else and not a guru or too "new-age" so to speak. ... Read more

    17. Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential
    by Caroline Myss
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    Asin: 1564559351
    Catlog: Book (2001-12-01)
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    Sales Rank: 123147
    Average Customer Review: 3.51 out of 5 stars
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    On Sacred Contracts, Dr. Myss helps listeners take the next step in their personal evolutions, through the use of archetypes as tools for self-transformation. First identified by the legendary psychiatrist and author C.G. Jung, archetypes are symbols for unconscious energies and potentials held in common by all of humanity. Dr. Myss identifies a "tool box" of 12 major archetypal patterns, and explains their roles in the "alchemy of spirituality." Listeners join this respected medical intuitive as she explores how we can identify our personal archetypes, uncover their higher purpose, and then work with them for self-understanding and spiritual development.

    Shared with her hallmark humor, honesty, and intelligence, Sacred Contracts is a welcome resource for fans of Dr. Myss everywhere. Original adaptation of the book by the author. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Multiple Mirrors to See Your Soul and Its Commitments!
    Sacred Contracts engages you in an extensive, self-exploring expedition to unearth the core ingredients of your unique, spiritual identity. Because there are so many assignments to do in the book and it is so detailed, I suggest you get the hardcover version rather than one of the audio versions.

    Of all the many books I have read about finding and following the dictates of your own true self, Sacred Contracts is by far the most unusual and detailed. The author calls upon major religious traditions, Eastern ideas about energy centers in the body, Jungian psychological archetypes, and astrology among other sources as context for seeing yourself as unique. Although few of these references are ones that I relate to very often, I was impressed by the way that they centered my focus by helping me see what life roles are not important in my life, as the contrast for seeing what is important. In my past experience with increasing self-understanding, the focus was on what was important. Cutting away the unimportant makes those important areas stand out much more clearly.

    This is a book that can help you learn for the rest of your life. Unlike many books that are aimed at helping you find "the answer" and then getting you off working with "the answer," Sacred Contracts is designed to help with new challenges and issues in the future . . . as well as the ones you have today.

    I found myself particularly enriched by reviewing the very long list of potential archetypes that are developed in the book. These are explained by stories of individuals, references to popular books and movies, and examples of how one archetype differs from other, similar ones. As a result, the archetypes and my own reactions to them came into much clearer focus in my mind. When I had read about these in Joseph Campbell's work, I often found them to be distant. Here, they are immediate.

    Sacred Contracts focuses on "what is our mission in life?" This includes both "where am I going?" and "who will go with me?" The answer is unique for each person to each of these questions. A sacred contract is "your overall relationship to your personal . . . and spiritual power." The contract is "a plan to help you develop your divine potential." This is to fulfill "an agreement your soul makes before you are born." As I read these concepts, I found them to be most closely identified in my mind with the beliefs of Buddhism as they relate to the reincarnated soul. The author takes care to show that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam also contain these points of view.

    The book contains a lot of material to help you absorb the context of these perspectives. In that sense, I felt a little like I was reading a condensed version of The Golden Bough.

    After you understand the archetypes and their manifestations, you are directed how to engage in an extensive mental dialogue with and write about the positive and negative forms of each important archetype for you. These will include the four universal ones (child, victim, compromised person, and saboteur) as well as your selection from dozens of others for the ones that seem most important to you (such as addict, angel, bully, gambler, Midas, poet, and thief). For example, you will ask, "Why did I choose this archetype?" "In what way do I feel the archetype serves my Contracts with other people?"

    The focus of all this remains on keeping "your attention on reaching your highest potential." To do this, you must "surrender to self."

    Most people will find the list of what to think about and the exercises to do to be a bit intimidating. I certainly did. The work is based on a successful seminar that the author has been developing over many years. So it is intended to take quite a bit of time to do and implement. I suggest that you find blocks of time of at least two hours in length to work on these assignments when you will not be disturbed. If you are single, you might go someplace where you can be alone but see the splendor of nature. If you live with your family, early morning or late at night would probably be the best time . . . while others are at rest. Naturally, if you like what you read here, you could also consider doing a seminar with the author. I'm assuming that that is much more expensive than working with this book on your own. Some people might find it helpful to find someone to do this with, so that you share your results with one another. This could help provide the discipline to keep working on discovering your sacred contracts.

    May you fulfill your highest purpose in ways that bring great joy and benefit to you and all whom you meet! God bless you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sacred Contracts is a brilliant!
    Sacred Contracts is a brilliant synthesis of spiritual insight and psychology. Presumably based on the author's well known workshops of the same name. Sacred Contracts takes Jung's concept of archetypes beyond anything Jung himself might have imagined and brings the notion squarely into the 21st century.
    The author developed an enjoyable and ingenious process for deciphering your own Contract using a new theory of archetypes that builds on the works of Jung, Plato, and contemporary thinkers. This book is genuinely transformative in understanding the why and what of your inner self.

    I bought the audio version after reading the written version. Really use both. When I work I use Neurosync behavior modification software to make other improvements. I enjoy self improvement and self enlightenment and I highly recommend both the book and audio versions.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Feeling at home with yourself.
    I found Caroline Myss' "SACRED CONTRACTS" to be a warm and insightful guide to investigating one's purpose in life. Myss writes with a great generosity of heart. She describes her book as "a product of my wanting to share with people my insights about our individual and collective life purpose over nearly two decades of working with the energies of the human spirit." Myss explores the idea of archetypes, or energies, that are aspects of our personalities intricately involved in the fulfilling of our purposes.

    The book functions as a guide to help you identify the key archetypes in your life, so that rather than getting lost in the drama of your life, you can step back and experience yourself as more centered in the big picture. The tone is light and often playful, and Myss sprinkles her discussions with many gems, such as: "real creativity is based on a solid foundation of knowledge and discipline." Her chapter on the "Wizard of Oz" as a symbol of personal transformation is moving and mesmerizing. I had never considered the difference Dorothy made to the lives of the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Lion before I read this chapter. Myss repeatedly underlines the importance of living in the moment: "Fulfilling your highest potential actually means acting on your highest or deepest truth each moment of your life." As an excellent companion book on your road to personal growth, I strongly recommend "WORKING ON YOURSELF DOESN'T WORK" by Ariel and Shya Kane. (Their audio CD's and tapes are brilliant as well.) This simple and practical book is an indispensable guide to living fully in the moment and discovering joy and satisfaction with a consistency beyond your wildest imagination.

    1-0 out of 5 stars dizzying
    I have been on a spiritual path for 20 years, and agree that a certain amount of self-discovery is necessary. However, this convoluted,complicated book encourages a level of introspection that can not be healthy. I can't imagine anyone taking this book seriously as coming away anything but self-absorbed, with no real interest in other people, as they have found themselves so archetypically interesting.
    A great investment for true narcissists!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Life Altering
    This is the first book I have ever read that even comes close to explaining what I believe the afterlife to be, or rather the beginning of life on earth. Except for a few minor differences this is right on. Have you ever heard things that you know the meaning of the words, but until someone enlightens you the meaning of the words is missed. This book turned on the light in my head about sooooo many things, that it is hard to believe. Enlightenment comes in slow subsets, and this book has connected many subsets for me. ... Read more

    18. The Western Guide to Feng Shui: Six-Tape Audio Program and Workbook
    by Terah Kathryn Collins
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    Asin: 1561704350
    Catlog: Book (1997-08-01)
    Publisher: Hay House Audio Books
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Terah keeps it simple and easy to use
    Terah's voice is very pleasing to listen to and she presents the concepts simply so one can immediately put the concepts to use in your home and office. I have done both -- with good effect. Her experience in working with hundreds of homes and offices is condensed into a very pleasant listening and learning experience. If you want to affirm in your physical world what you are already affirming and praying for in your mental world, then this is the program for you. I've listened to a lot of tape programs over the years and hers is among the best!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Western Guide to Feng Shui - 6 audio tape series
    This tape series is the follow on to the original piece by the author. What an excellent way for readers to learn about Feng Shui - while driving the long commute home or at home. Terah Collins covers the basics in a clear, concise, and informative way. I finally understand the history behind this Eastern practice of building and maintaining harmonious and peaceful environmental surroundings. The workbook clearly compliments topics on tape. Especially useful is tape 5 which covers the room by room outline for emphasizing each type of chi treasure that is part of the bagua in one's home or office. My home has already become a more inviting and peaceful place to live! ... Read more

    19. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams/Audio Cassette
    by Deepak Chopra
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    Asin: 1878424165
    Catlog: Book (1995-01-01)
    Publisher: Amber-Allen Publishing
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    Average Customer Review: 4.32 out of 5 stars
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    Deepak Chopra’s best-selling guide to creating abundance and prosperity is now on CD and read by the author. Based on seven natural laws that govern all creation, this book shatters the myth that success results only from hard work, exacting plans, and driving ambition. Deepak Chopra offers a life-altering perspective on attaining success: Once we understand our true nature and learn to live in harmony with these natural laws, well-being, good health, fulfilling relationships, energy and enthusiasm for life, and material abundance can be achieved. Simple yet profound, the book’s timeless wisdom and practical steps can be applied with surprisingly quick results. "A must-read for anyone who missed The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran." — The New York Times ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars "The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success"---- " revisited"
    Knowing how to be spiritual is going to be our quest, for our future understanding depends on it. It's going back to our roots so to speak...from where we came...remember? If "Healing Society" by Dr Seung Heun Lee requests a spiritual awakening to accomplish our goal of "playing well together" to accomplish our higher purpose of peace on earth... who better than a wise and compassionate teacher, we know as Deepak Chopra, to tell and show us how to be this? Deepak generously leads us to a beautiful place where all we have to do is "be." Spirit is what we are... and love is who we are... and where we come from and then return to. What more can we desire? Maybe to revisit that perfect state from which we came,perhaps? Maybe everything is possible and simple. Maybe we should return to our innocence. In innocence we are fearless in our thoughts and actions...totally in tune with our inner self. Let's be beautiful spirit shared from our hearts where God lives. Read or reread "The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success" A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of your Dreams and Deepak will give you the gift of your inner you...your "self"...dare to be beautiful!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Practical and very fulfilling. A must read!
    I have been going through a major turning point in my life and this book has allowed me to deal with my life's challenge in a very self fulfilling way. This is a must read for anyone wishing to find true inner peace and happiness. I wish I found this book 20 years ago! Read it every day and make it a fundamental part of your life. Self fulfillment will come when you practice the "Seven Spiritual Laws of Succcess". This book truly illuminates the heart, soul and mind

    5-0 out of 5 stars "This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds."
    It is always nice to find someone out there that thinks the same way you do, however express it much better.

    In "The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success", by Deepak Chopra, he describes the fundamental principles of the universe and how we as part of the universe can be successful. Throughout the book he has to slow sown and explain how he is using many of the words as we usually give them different meaning. Then there are a few times that he has to turn to Indian words instead of making up new ones. Many say he is based in Ancient Vedic concepts yet if you did not know of them you would relies these are concepts of the now.

    He hits the deck running with this book so if you have not been exposed to these concepts before you may need to re-read the book several times. And this book was not meant to jus be read you need to practice the concepts to understand them. This book is based on "Creating Affluence" and does not have the size to contain a lot of background reasoning for drawing conclusions. Your practice off the laws will do that for you.

    The concepts are too simple to give the titles any meaning however here they are.
    1. The Law of Pure
    The source of all creation is pure consciousness...
    2. The Law of Giving
    The universe operates through dynamic exchange...
    3. The Law of "Karma" or Cause and Effect
    Every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind...
    4. The Law of Least Effort
    Nature's intelligence functions with effortless ease...

    5. The Law of Intention and Desire
    Inherent in every intention and desire is the mechanics for its fulfillment...
    6. The law of Detachment
    In detachment lies the wisdom of uncertainty...
    7. The law of "Dharma" or Purpose in life
    Everyone has a purpose in life...

    On a personal note it is so eerie that many of the things he talks about especially in the seventh law was the way me ad my siblings were raised. However I was 20 years old before cutting throw my first Veda

    Be sure to also listen to the audio to here how he emphasizes.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Applying these laws has helped many...
    ...myself included.

    I first read this book about 4 or 5 years ago when I began my journey towards discovering my Higher Self. This book is a great read no matter what religion (if any) you belong to. Honestly, the fundamental laws that lead to success in the game of life along all lines--health, wealth, peace of mind, love/relationships and true expression--are very simple but few of us are lucky to happen upon them. Then, for those who do, applying these laws consistently is something that even fewer of us do.

    My favorite nugget of wisdom from this book is the follow:
    "That which doesn't multiply through giving is neither worth giving nor receiving." (pg. 30)

    I try to keep this insightful idea in mind when I consider not only finanacial and material concerns but my relationships and interactions with people as well.

    I have read 3 of the author's books and this one is thus far my favorite.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Spiritual Laws Made simple
    Chopra has manage once again to bring a lot of Eastern Philosophy to the west with a certain simplicity.He makes it easier to follow these principles in our everyday lives.Spirituality is everyday living and This book allows us to practice that!
    Thank you Chopra for these insights ... Read more

    20. Failing Forward Turning Mistakes Into Stepping Stones For Success
    by John C. Maxwell
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    Asin: 0785268049
    Catlog: Book (2000-03-08)
    Publisher: Nelson Books
    Sales Rank: 493942
    Average Customer Review: 4.51 out of 5 stars
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    The major difference between achieving people and average people is their perception of and response to failure. John C. Maxwell takes a closer look at failure—and reveals that the secret of moving beyond failure is to use it as a lesson and a stepping-stone. He covers the top reasons people fail and shows how to master fear instead of being mastered by it. Readers will discover that positive benefits can accompany negative experiences—if you have the right attitude. Chock full of action suggestions and real-life stores, Failing Forward is a strategic guide that will help men and women move beyond mistakes to fulfill their potential and achieve success.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars You don't have to afraid of failure anymore
    Many of us dislike failures and mistakes. We will try to avoid them because we are afraid to be labeled as losers. However, this book tells us there is no perfectionist on earth, as long as you are human being, you would make mistakes. Those mistakes will guide you the way to success if you are to learn from them. The difference between average and achieving people is their perception and response to failure.

    This books provide us with 15 steps to failing forward. You are going to overcome adversity and maximize your potential if you follow these steps.

    Moreover, Maxwell gives readers a lot of real life experience examples to demonstrate how successful people response to adversity and handle it.

    This book is highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Well structured book of encouragement
    I have read a few of John Maxwell's books about leadership and found them all to be insightful. In fact, he is usually one of the first authors I recommend to anyone looking for a book about leadership. I particularly enjoyed this book because it brings a somewhat different perspective to failure - a practical one.

    We all have heard the cliches about "staying the course", and "not giving up", but this book adds layers of details about failure that you will probably not find in other books. Maxwell goes step-by-step into the numerous facets that can determine the differenc between success and failure. Having finished the book, I am more inspired to get busy, and make things happen - even if it means failing forward a few times.

    Also, I especially liked the fact that John Maxwell includes numerous stories about those who have failed (usually numerous times) before achieving their goals. The stories help illustrate the points he makes throughout the book, and prove that it takes determination, effort, hard work, and sacrifice to get through the obstacles that you will face while chasing your dreams.

    I highly recomend this book to anyone interested in learning practical strategies for achieving your goals and dreams. The exercises at the end of each chapter will help put Maxwell's concepts into action for your own life. Good luck.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Failure is Your Stepping Stone to Success!
    John C. Maxwell brings a gift to all who have ever felt like a "failure" by the extraordinary examples of some of the greatest people that have achieved outstanding success, only to attribute that to their prior so-called "failures."
    This book will help you USE the lessons you can learn from your experience. One of the most important aspects of this book is to NOT PERSONALIZE the experience, and take it into the core of your being, The KEY is to take "you" out of the failure, and look at it as another outward experience that will teach you much. It is most often that our deepest struggles are the very foundations for our greatest growths and triumphs. This book sets a model of clean ethics, taking responsibility, being PASSIONATE about what you are doing, because without passion, you might as well just stop - because passion is the driving force behind every success.
    If you have been through the mill, and want to really be inspired about your experiences from some of the greatest people who have brought inspiration to others, then this book will give that to you. An excellent book for turning failure into genuine success. 10 Stars!
    Barbara Rose, author of 'Individual Power' and 'If God Was Like Man'

    5-0 out of 5 stars Failure is never final
    This was is my first book by Maxwell, but it won't be my last. Maxwell mixes scriptures along with success principles and tells us that failure is never final. It's not how many times you fall, it's how many times you get back up and how much you learn from it.

    Some people have called this a hookie-pookie superficial feel good book. I strongly disagree, except that I can do more by feeling good than by feeling lousy.

    Maxwell is excellent. His words will inspire you but more than that, his words, when followed will instruct you as well.

    Outstanding book. Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An important nook about an important life issue
    John Maxwell does a marvellous job of helping people to work through failure and move on. I am 53 years old and was recently laid off by an employer who told me that I was the best employee he had. I felt betrayed and would wake up every morning thinking of ways to get even (even though I knew I wouldn't act on them.) I was really hurt and couldn't get over it. A friend of mine suggested I read two books. The first one she recommended was this one and it really helped me to put things into perspective. Instead of moping around the house, I started looking through the papers and making calls to get job interviews. Yes, it got me going! The other book my friend recommended was Optimal Thinking: How To Be Your Best Self which helped me to understand that every situation (even a a situation I don't like) is an opportunity to be my best, and it showed me how to make the most of any situation. With books like these in the world, we never have to be stuck and we can really make the most of our lives. ... Read more

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