I'm somewhat skeptical of the overall value of what this woman is teaching. While her method, which she calls The Work, may be helpful for deflating personal prejudices, it is hard to believe it is the cure-all for neurosis that it is apparently purported to be. The concept is sort of one-size-fits-all and does not take into account personality types, the complexity of mental illness or the presence of evil in human activities. What seems to be a spiritual teaching is spiced up with suspicious anecdotes where peace, love and understanding have apparently triumphed in the author's life. She is an extraordinary human being who has enjoyed an equally extraordinary life, if she is to be believed. And she is gifted with the kind of smothering albeit joyous extroverted personality that would send this introvert running for the exits. And while this book allegedly has something to do with Taoism, I imagine this woman might send Lao Tzu up the mountain in search of solitude, although Chuang Tzu might simply fall down laughing.
I Like her simplicity, question her foundation. She reflects back to her own past yet claims the past is gone, which it is but uses hers as her foundation. Her message is wonderfully freeing and I love the tools. One has only to read Father Walter Ciszek, St. Thomas Aquinas, Jean Pierre de Caussade and more to experience the same message but Byron Katie's questions help one question their own thoughts to find the peace and love and freedom available to all. I get the sense she has a strong moral ideal but claims she will and can accept whatever comes and whatever goes. Well, would she accept immorality in her home if someone were to bring it there? Probably not...living in her body she still has a foundation based on some moral code that has been taught to her otherwise she might be a cannibal or something, yet claims to be nothing and know nothing. Everything is in her imagination! That is incredible to me and a little delusional but the tools she teaches are well worth the time...
I had two copies of this book that I already gave away . I thought it's good for me to keep an audible version on my phone.
Now I have access to this book anytime loving Katies voice
I did the school for the work in March 2015. Was very impressed with it and learned a great deal. This was a great reminder of the work and BK's philosophy.
Byron Katie in her own beautiful way reminds us to get out of our thinking minds, let go of our attachments, live in the present moment, and all done with gratitude.
For me, a very inspiring book!