Okay, I love Tolle, Dyer, Chodron, Chopra, Ruiz, Byron Katie, and many others, and that won't change. But for the clearest explanation of how to disregard that 'nut' running commentary in my head, this book wins hands down. It is funny, I mean oh so, 'oh my goodness of course' belly laugh funny, and sensible and simple. I love simple. If you really want to understand who 'you' are...the real you behind the insanity, this is a great book. I found the narrator to be fine, not perfect but I had no problem listening to him. Listened all the way through first day and started over.
The Course trains the mind and opens the heart. You will find out that all things are forgivable and your burden will lighten as you realize that all things are gently planned for you by One who seeks your highest good. You will get over thinking you were ever, ever alone, or that it was ever even possible for you to be alone. Reality will replace perceptions, and you will prefer reality and laugh at your perceptions that you thought were ever real. You will love yourself and your Self and others as your Self! (If you are interested in the supplements to the Course, Manual for Teachers, etc. don't buy them separately, they are included in the recording of the main Text, which I have also written a recommendation for here on Audible.)
I hated for the story to end. I really felt the author's concerns and the human-ness of this person from the inside out! We would find an individual such as this challenging, (I work with developmentally disabled persons) but they are just like any other person, with reasons for the things they do and preferences and the ability to grow and mature. Edward is a marvelous, quirky, flawed but dear human being, enjoy getting to know him.
You really end up going through a life journey with this character, who discovers herself adrift as to past, identity, purpose....and it's a romp of a journey with twists that leave you laughing, thinking 'how ever in the world!' It's inspiring as well as entertaining.
I loved the narrator, story, everything but must mention, there are production problems. A couple of times the narration goes back a few chapters and replays entire sections. So don't think you are crazy when you think 'didn't I already hear this part?' you did, and you'll have to forward a few places to pick up the story again. This story is good enough you'll be happy if you don't let this dissuade you!
I deeply hope persons with a Christian worldview won't bypass this book simply because the author believes in reincarnation. I don't particularly believe in reincarnation but I don't think one needs to do so in order to sense that we are all connected as part of one great wholeness. (I actually think our connectedness means we all have some access to each other's thoughts and memories, etc. which might account for the impression of past lives, but I don't think it's important to know this at this time, I believe we'll all know 'ultimate reality' eventually, are Christians not promised the 'tent of God will be with mankind?')
In the meantime, spiritual teachers such as Gina Lake help point us to the most loving parts of ourselves, she calls it 'essence' and every time she says 'essence' my spirit hears 'that part of you that knows God.' What someone else's inner Self hears in the place of that word I can't predict, but I think you will find it meaningful to find out. What I look for in spiritual teachers is not 'all the answers,' which they can't have anyway, but for a saner approach to all aspects of my life, inner and outer. Those who appreciate writers like Tolle, Ruiz, and especially Byron Katie, will appreciate Gina Lake. I am blessed by this book, and have found myself listening to parts of this recording almost every day.
The narration also is excellent, by the way.
It will make you feel like it is possible to interact with your teen in a more positive way.
I will finish this book, and I am sure I will even listen more than once so that I can apply some worthy ideas and techniques. But the reviews that say the authors were 'trying to act' and that they felt they were being 'talked down to,' those reviews were spot on. The narration is a turn off, unfortunately. Overblown phrasing when a nice simple reading would have conveyed the information so much better, and I don't hate accents but their accents are annoying. I'll listen in spurts!
I loved this story. It gripped me, seriously. I cared about all of the protagonists, and worried over their fates. I actually would get to my destination and keep listening with my mp3 player in the car, to find out what happened next. And esp. if you get it in this 4.95 sale, you will be bagging a deal. It's a wonderful story, don't miss out.
If 'New Thought' authors appeal to you, and Tolle, Dyer, and Chopra resonate with you, give this book a try. I am thoroughly enjoying it. I don't feel as though I have to agree with every word and interpretation the author makes to benefit from the upbeat, encouraging ideas. If you want to make friends with your mind, this book is a step in that direction...maybe a very big step if you are ready for it.
I took away a couple of important 'big ideas' that I had long suspected but couldn't understand because I didn't have the reference point I needed. The most important point for me was how to know when to look for your own hidden agenda in situations. That is going to be so helpful. The book is also encouraging by making change seem possible, and failure understandable and even part of the process of growth.
I feel positive and strong and capable and inspired after listening to this book. I will be playing this one frequently. Liberation seems not only possible, but inescapable. If you even faintly suspect you might like this subject matter, just do it, buy it, it's a fabulous book.
I have lost weight in the past with extreme lowcarb, which works like crazy, but also left me with thinned hair. So that left me concerned about this approach. However, the foods eaten on this plan are not very limited. You really don't need to count carbs, but be conscious of the total calories, and get your calories from nutrient dense food.
So going into the plan, this is what I discovered: When you start eating fibrous, nutrient dense foods, you end up with little room in your diet for empty calories, and little desire for them as well, which is very helpful. If in my day I eat a big apple, a carrot, a salad, some lean chicken, a little oatmeal, a slice of cheese and whole wheat crackers, black bean soup...you end the day quite satisfied.
and you do lose weight. I'm down 17 pounds so far.
Some parts of the audio were more interesting than others, which is the only reason for the 4 stars instead of 5. I docked the performance stars for pronunciation mistakes, especially inconsistent ones.
It's a very worthwhile book, and if you are ready to give up empty foods or have already done so, this can extend your knowledge of how to eat, and maybe more importantly, how not to eat. Eat to fuel your body and life, and not for comfort, to fill emotional voids, etc.
I managed to miss every seeing this in print, but I'm loving this book even on my second listen. I don't usually listen to fiction books twice, but I truly loved this story.
Can't pick one!
It was a balanced presentation, no over-acting really, just a well-told story well-read.
I laughed several times, sometimes there was a bit of that human absurdity that we just have to turn a wry grin at, recognizing our own foibles. The sad parts were touching, but not to the degree to really pull tears.
Just really glad I got this book!
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