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  • Swallow The Happy Pill: Secrets To True Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Beck
    • Narrated By Craig Beck

    "I just want to be happy," a simple goal expressed as though it were the very least we could expect of life. Some phrase it differently, and some attach requirement or specifics to the statement by pre-deciding how happiness must be packaged. Nonetheless it sounds so reasonable an expectation and yet for some reason so many people spend an entire lifetime unable to reach or even discover the first step on the path to this universal desire. Many believe that this illusive state would be possible if they could only win the lottery, inherit great wealth....

    Grant says: "Happy I listened."
    "Some chapters same as "The Switch"?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    if it was different content then another book by the same author, but it was identical! I had to check that I was listening to the right book!

    Would you ever listen to anything by Craig Beck again?

    Yes, but I'm very disappointed in the replication here!

    How could the performance have been better?

    different content, not a repeat!

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger and disappointment. I bought two books, expected two books!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Rohr
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce

    In his best-selling book Falling Upward, Richard Rohr talked about ego (or the False Self) and how it gets in the way of spiritual maturity. But if there's a False Self, is there also a True Self? What is it? How is it found? Why does it matter? And what does it have to do with the spiritual journey? This book likens True Self to a diamond, buried deep within us, formed under the intense pressure of our lives, that must be searched for, uncovered, separated from all the debris of ego that surrounds it.

    Teddy says: "Pigeonholed"
    "An honest look at what we are told to think!"

    Oh wow! I love this book. If you are a "thinker" and like to look at traditional beliefs from a fresh perspective, this will enforce a lot of what you have thought in quiet times of reflection. As per his usual style, Richard Rohr says things may not please the instituitional relegious bodies of our century as he steps back to question what we are told to think.

    He points out things like in certain centuries the focus was on different kinds of sins, such as the sin of usuary (loaning money at unethical interest rates), and how church - ianity forces group think and puts more importance on membership than on spiritual growth. He even quotes one religous authority who, when questioned about certain things, said he didn't have time to think about that, he was busy running a church! Clearly some ideas some people will want to squeltch before they catch on!

    Some of his ideas in this book are down right revolutionary if people listen closley and take the time to really contemplate what he is really saying. It's not a casual "feel good" kind of read, but something to pay attention to that can really change your world-view.

    I was surprised to see the negative reviews, and think much of those come from people who listen to Richard's books being used to his voice and his presenation style, and find hearing these ideas delivered by an emotionless professional narrator not to have the same impact. I felt the same way as first being disappointed that I didn't hear that familiar voice, but you'll get passed that if you really listen to what is being said.

    Another great book by Richard Rohr. Thank God there are people like him who are not afraid to speak out and state what some may think are radical ideas. He not only points out that the emperor has no clothes, but backs it up by describing the various body parts that are in plain view if people would take the time to look closely enough.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Parker J. Palmer
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Finding one's calling is not just about finding something we can do - it is about finding what we can't not do. "Let your life speak" is a time-honored Quaker admonition to live one's life as witness to the deepest truths one knows. But as Parker Palmer explains, those words can also mean "listen to your life, and let it tell you what your truth is."

    Julia Davis Coffey says: "Deep Wisdom in these pages"
    "Good for young people, not for mid-life or beyond"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I was encouraged by some positive reviews and thought it might be interesting to find out what I *really* should be doing after being in the same career for the last 30 years.... This book is more for younger folks just starting out on a career path. If you're later in life, you've heard all this (IMHO) and you might as well learn to make the best of what you have and build on the parts of your current vocation like best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild at Heart: Radical Teachings of the Christian Mystics

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tessa Bielecki
    • Narrated By Tessa Bielecki

    Is an intimate experience of the Divine meant only for saints and mystics? Ask Tessa Bielecki, a former Carmelite nun and abbess of a monastic community, and the answer is an emphatic no. "Mystical experience is as natural to us as breathing," she explains. "It erupts spontaneously and graciously when we live on the spot and savor the real." Wild at Heart presents her call to you, the ordinary seeker, to have a loving realization of God, which is your divine birthright.

    Vincent Brown says: "A Perfect Fit"
    "It was OK, I had hoped for more based on intro"

    It started off great, I was really excited when she told who she is, what she does, and how she got to this point. I couldn't wait to hear the rest! But some of the segments are reading of lists of books to read, or poetry or other surface level info that I wish I had a fast-forward button for. I like her and her journey, just would like to hear more about her "teachings" in depth. Maybe a second book?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Healing Our Violence Through the Journey of Centering Prayer

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Richard Rohr, Thomas Keating
    • Narrated By Richard Rohr, Thomas Keating

    Two internationally known spiritual guides explore integrating our inner and outer journeys. They challenge us to confront our inner and social violence and bring it to healing and transformation in a sacred and ecumenical context. Rohr and Keating each give insights on awakening to God's friendship, coming to know God and ourselves, growing in love through centering prayer, facing evil around us and our demons within us as well as opening our deep selves to divine therapy which heals our wounds.

    Jide's Mom says: "Outstanding! No violence needed to appreciate this"
    "Outstanding! No violence needed to appreciate this"

    Dont' t let the word "violence" put you off from listening to this. I have had little to no violence in my life, so avoided this book thinking it wouldn't be of interest. After having listened to most of what these two men have on audible, I finally decided to try this one. Wow, it is truly the very best of both of them, and having the two together in one event and referring to each other is very powerful. I loved this book, and if you enjoy either of these two people and their ideas, you will gain much from their insights here, even if you've never had a moment of violence in your life.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Whispers - The Spirit of NOW: Affirmational Soundtracks for Positive Learning

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra
    • Narrated By Brittney Browne, Cari Cole, Catherine Barrad

    Eckhart Tolle's inspiring words are spoken, sung and whispered by Brittney Browne, an extraordinary vocalist who imbues Eckhart's loving message with beauty and joy. One of the preeminent teachers of healing and spirituality in the world today, Dr. Chopra's words are spoken, sung and whispered, connecting you with your deepest self and opening you up to experiencing yourself as an expression of universal spirit.

    Jide's Mom says: "annoying"

    I found myself arguing with 50% of the statements and the background music was too much for me...turned it off after 20 minutes, tried again another time in another chapter, same thing....yet I love listening to Eckhart Tolle, oh well...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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