Fairfield, IA, United States | Member Since 2007
I wish I could say something nice but while the topic is of utmost value this book is very dry and boring.
I really enjoyed listening to the audio ACIM Part I but can't remember to listen to the daily lesson, and I don't want to stop with just one lesson when I do. I think this workbook would be better in printed book form.
I really don't know how to characterize this book. For the first 16 hours I thought it was a mundane romance with the stereotypical macho-tough hero and smart-ass heroine duo who take turns rescuing each other from impossible situations. I was basically just sticking it out because I'm compulsive about finishing things. Historical romance genre fans would probably find it well-written, at least until the last few chapters, when it suddenly takes a horrific twist that seems to have no where to go except to complete tragedy. But then, it twists again find resolution with a flash of psychological brilliance (however unlikely) and a merging into some well-written, genuine depth of sanctity, before returning to the mundane romance. No matter what your tastes and preferences, this book requires a significant amount of "suspension of disbelief," but if you can make the twist and turns, you might like it. It will certainly will be shocking and distasteful to some, though I thought those parts required some of the best writing and a deep understanding of dark psychology. I also appreciated that the faith aspect was neither maudlin nor dogmatic, but meaningful. Even so, I think I'd rather have spent my time with War and Peace or other proven classics.
I loved this book because it was my kind of chemistry--real life stories mixed with technical facts. Apparently i have a reading disorder because I find it extremely difficult to memorize dry facts, but attached to these incredible stories, how can i forget them? I agree with the listener who said the print version might have been better due to the numerous facts, but as I don't have to pass any tests, my take is that it is a great audiobook. I even find myself telling others some of the stories, like how red dye was once used successfully to save lives.
To make practical use of Abraham-Hicks or any life-changing work, it is useful to listen to it over and over again.
Some people say that Jerry talks too fast (did you know if you have an Ipod touch that you can slow down the rate of speech?) but I don't think he talks faster than Ester/Abraham, nor do I find his fast reading to be a bother. What I do like about Jerry is his sincere appreciation for the work of Ester and Abraham, and the sound of his voice.
Even though the reader, Daniken's feisty certainty still comes though. How has he managed to persist in facing all the criticisms? Obviously because his findings, while often perhaps more theory than proven fact, nonetheless still carry serious weight to those who are able to open their minds enough to appreciate the obvious--if wholly different--viewpoint than most accept as true. But the tide is definitely turning. More and more, the meme is being accepted that history we learned in school and conventional church is wrong.I hope that, before he dies, he gets the credit he deserves for his pioneering work.
THE HELP was extremely well written; I couldn't wait to get to the next "page." It had depth, suspense, colorful (pun both intended and also meant in other shades of meaning) point-counterpoint of understanding of the times--fear and love, the great courage required to change the system, the beauty and inhibition, and gallantry and pathos of the Southern ways, and a myriad of feelings brought out not just by the historical value but by good writing. To sum it up, I'd say that it was just one damn good book.
It is always good--inspiring and morally strengthening--to read about great people, to be stimulated with admiration, respect, to understand for how they react under pressure, how they got to be who they were, and how we can become like them. One of the unique features of this book that makes it different from other biographies, is that "Sully's" story is not a chapter in itself, but is told in bits and pieces against the background of other great people. For instance, his "cool" in his crises on the Hudson is found among others who train for crises so that at the moment, their thoughts are on the job they must do, not the danger they are in. Over and over again, we get to see the common threads among uncommon people, and are left with a sense of, "Yes, I can do this too."
Rosenthal takes the mystery out of mysticism with practical explanations supported by extensive research, and at the same time makes science interesting and readable. It is a common supposition that meditation has something to do with religion and is in competition with prayer or other beliefs. But Rosenthal's explanations make it obvious that Transcendental Meditation is not only religion neutral--requiring no belief or spiritual bent--but is in fact mental hygiene, as necessary as brushing one's teeth. The word TRANSCENDENCE means "to go beyond." Anyone who is interested in getting beyond their present state (no matter how good it might be), improving his or her mental and physical health, sense of well-being, expanding creativity and personal development and learning about expanding consciousness to higher states will find this book useful. I have meditated for many years and can vouch for TM's effectiveness but it is often difficult to explain to others why TM is so powerful, so I admire Rosenthal's writing all the more because he explains it so well.He succeeds in explaining the benefits from a scientific and medical perspective that is not only informative but inspiring, even humorous at times. His writing style is down to earth and easy to read, with great anecdotal stories and supportive scientific facts. I'm already sold on TM's benefits, but I'd read this again just for the pleasure of it.
Warning: the first section of this book is so gory that it will probably leave you with a lingering horror. The value of wading through it is that it graphically, immediately, assures you all the way to your gut that life is better now. This is, in fact, one reason for reading this book, because it "proves" that violence is indeed decreasing.
In quality, this is one of the most well-researched books I've ever read, and I loved it at times for the fact that it brought up issues from angles I had not considered. I gave it four stars however only because I believe it is not a book for all readers. As much as I love research, it is at times too dense to hold the attention. But I certainly admire the writer for what to me seemed like brilliant writing for a non-fiction book.
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