This book offers practical, straightforward, demanding (achieving greatness takes work) and inspiring advice; definitely worth listening to .
If you want to learn about turning upsets into positive energy, or even about the Mace method, don't read this book. The author basically says that we all have multiple identities/roles that we take on, based on good and bad life experiences (a valid observation), and that his method allows you to immediately rid yourself of the negative identities that are holding you back or making you unhappy. He spends the entire book telling you how great his method is, but he never actually gets around to explaining what his method is or how it is done!
Although not his best known, this is probably Greene's best, and certainly most powerful, book, depicting the holiness of a priest who does know know he is holy, and in fact believes the opposite is true. Well worth listening to!
The speaker is very enthusiastic and speaks well but the content is mostly hype with little substance.
The author gives a nice, actually quite good, framework for approaching basic prayer. Given that the word 'mystic" is in the title, however, I had hoped to hear a more esoteric discussion (along the lines of Thomas Keating for example), and had hoped he would refer more to, and draw from, the teachings of actual mystics to a greater degree.
This book offers some practical advice, suggesting some rather mechanical ways to approach situations, but does so without much inspiration. The best point made actually comes at the beginning of the book---that we often need to get out the the way of ourselves to achieve our best.
I did not find this book very useful. Since I had bought the book, I forced myself to listen to the whole thing, hoping to glean something of use, but was disappointed. One of his main recommendations is to take multiple days off, on a regular basis, for this or that purpose. For those of us who work more than a 40 hour week (or even for those who work just 40 hours) it is not a very practical suggestion. His other recommendations of writing down goals and of affirmations are not new. I cannot think of anything I took away from this book.
The writing of Epictetus is as relevant, practical and powerful today as the day it was written. His writing should be required reading in all schools. He teaches how to build one's character, achieve excellence in, and take control of, one's life. He is not advocating the easiest life, but rather, the best life possible.
This is not one of Dyer's best performances in terms of presentation--he usually has a more dynamic speaking style--- but the content, as with most of his books, remains inspiring. Over the last two decades, his writing has gradually evolved into one more and more interested in the spiritual and how to apply it to every day life.
The original written version of Psycho-Cybernetics was decades ahead of it's time. The update and revision is well done. This is one of the best and most practically useful self-help books available.
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