I had time, credits, and the motivation to pursue this phenomenally successful book. Unfortunately, the result was that I was simply bored. Bored by the author as the reader, and bored by the trite pseudo psycho/philosophical/metaphysical tripe that was offered. I felt as if it were 2 a.m. and I was suffering through a real estate based get-rich-quick infomercial. I was asked to launch into an ill-conceived new worldview on the basis of faith in the author. But nothing about him engendered faith in his "I had a miracle so I hold the answers to the eternal questions that no one else alive has ever been able to figure out" routine. The author struck me as a sort of Brigham Young without tablets. I felt rather sad actually, I had hoped that there was more to benefit from such a successful literary endeavour. Oh well, I'll keep looking.
This is a book about spirituality, and if you choose to hear it this way, God. And at the same time I believe an atheist could listen and identify with it. In fact one of the phenomenal things about this book is that an atheist, agnotstic, Christian, Muslim, and Buddhist could all sit with this book and identify with it in their own individual way, be it identifying with the individual, their god, or higher spiritual state of being.
While the book is along the spirituality line, it really reframes religions, all religions as part of the same whole. And he quotes and discusses the concept of “god” in many different religions, but ties them all back to a single concept. And specifically he discusses the teachings of Christianity and dispels, in an unbelievably eloquent way many of the misinterpretations of the original teachings that are prevalent today
But the book isn’t about God, it’s simply about one’s self, the author just pulls together western religion, eastern religion, and individual awareness in one framework and shows, with examples from various religions, and mostly from individual experience, how they all point back to the same thing.
If spirituality is not something you are interested in, and in fact it is only very minimally what I am interested in, you could as easily read and identify with this book on the level of a personal psychology guide. I believe that virtually anyone interested in their own well being will find that this book speaks to them on a level that makes sense for them in their life. To accomplish this is a truly magnificent feat, and the author has my deepest respect for accomplishing this seemingly impossible task.
I really enjoyed this book. What I particularly liked was the Question / Answer format the book takes. The author discusses a point and he then reads questions that have been posed to him from audiences in the past. I found it particularly rewarding because often times a question I had in my mind was later asked and answered by the author.
If you are a veteran of self help or spiritual seeker this book will ring true. If you new to this some of the discussions might be a little deep but I think it has a lot to offer.
I really enjoyed having the author narrate this. I'd love to hear this person speak.
As a Buddhist, I find an amazing parallel between the teachings of Tolle and the basic sanity of Buddhism. Thanks to Tolle, I now understand why the glimpses into reality that I have experienced have always faded and not lead to lasting peace - my mind incorporated them into my 'story'.
Thanks to this reminder, I feel like I am embarking on a spiritual journey that has been sidelined for a very long time by my identification with my mind and my story as it is expressed through past and future. Although much of the wisdom expressed in this book has been expressed before, at least one new concept, that of the 'Pain Body', is both new (to me) and very useful.
This book is very inspiring. After years of confusion and procrastination, Tolle's 'Power of Now' has compelled me to begin my spiritual practice 'now'.
To it's defense I must say I didn't finish it - but that said I can say I don't quit many books. The author (who also reads parts) is a previously depressed guy who one day hux-flux found enlightenment and then found his call to teach it. That's all good - but this guy is almost totally void of humility and is not teaching as much as tutoring. Early on he flips the secret of God, we have misused the phrase but he knows what it really is! On top of that he speaks with a voice someone would use if he wanted to portray a stereotypical Asian wise man on Saturday Night Live. Keep browsing past this one, there are a lot of better books on similar enough subjects. I want my credit back!
Eckhart Tolle proves with this awesome work that the flowering of a new gnostic expression of reality is alive and present, here and now. As Jean Klein would say, "the perfume of the Source" exudes from every page of this book which has the power to transmit the underlying essence to the reader, beyond a simply intellectual understanding of the words. The Power of Now is the single most significant book I've ever read and has had a profound impact on daily life.
The Power Of Now is toward the top of my list of books that make you think (or in this case, stop thinking). In short, it is somewhat Buddhist philosophy that goes like this: The past is gone and only exists in your memories. The future only exists in your head, as well. The only thing that is real is the present. And, if you would just stop thinking so much about the past and the future, you could enjoy the present. That's pretty much the book in just a few sentences.
Personally, I had a death of a family member as a young teenager that affected me for many, many years after it happened. I really think my life might have been different if someone had explained to me back then that I had the power to just stop thinking about it.
On the other hand, it is silly to think that the past just disappears. For example, a Southern California middle school teacher was recently fired for appearing in a pornographic movie. The film was produced well before she became a teacher. It is clear here that what she did in her past affected both her present and her future. Eckhart Tolle's advice in "The Power of Now" might make her present more enjoyable for her personally, but the bottom line is, nobody else is just going to magically forget about her past (career wise, anyway).
But kudos to Eckhart Tolle for not only writing a whole book explaining the benefits of "stopping to smell the roses," but doing so in a masterful way. Used in moderation, the information could benefit much of America, whose unchecked egos have caused much misery and pain.
For anyone interested in "The Power Of Now," I'm going to suggest the book, "The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself," by Michael A. Singer. It contains some of the same concepts, but, in my opinion, in a kinder and gentler way. Perhaps, it is a little less, "just stop thinking" than Eckhart Tolle, but still explains some of the dangers of the unchecked ego fairly well.
While I agree with most of the posted reviews that Tolle's message (while not new) is refreshing, unfortunately the slow delivery of this program makes it a challenging listen. I do not recommend you try to listen to this while either driving or lying in bed. Eckhard Tolle's soft speech, montone cadence and heavy accent will certainly lull you to sleep. I think an abridged version would have worked much better for this program. As the title suggests, this program should capture "The Power of Now" - rather than "The Lull of Monotony". For a similar message, I far preferred Dr. Wayne Dyer's energetic delivery in the "Power of Intention". As for Tolle, this program will certainly collect lots of "digital dust" in my Audible library...
The Power of Now will always remain loaded on my PocketPC (along with whatever else strikes my fancy each month). I've listened to it over and over. And over. Tolle's voice and tone are therapy in themselves; his message has been absolute healing for me. After listening to this audiobook, I went out and bought the print version - that's a first!
As a practicing catholic, I believe Mr. Tolle in an inspiring and humble prose lays down the principles of a fulfilling and happy existence in this world. He does not wander in unmeaning theoretical discourse, instead he starts with common day experience and dwells into the wisdom of all major religions, including christianism but not limiting to it, to come up with pearls. Ecumenism at its best. I believe it will be appealing even for atheist, or people who are looking for meaning in their life.