Although the journey is challenging, Eckhart Tolle offers simple language in a question and answer format. The words themselves are the signposts to guide you on your journey. There are new discoveries to be made along the way: you are not your mind, you can find your way out of psychological pain, authentic human power is found by surrendering to the Now. When you become fully present and accepting of what is, you open yourself to the transforming experience of The Power of Now.
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"One of the best books to come along in years. Every sentence rings with truth and power." (Deepak Chopra)
"A reminder to be truly present in our own lives and liberated from our past and future. It can transform your thinking." (O: The Oprah Magazine)
Very good listen. Lots of good advice for everyone. I don't agree with everything but then I don't think you ever should. I'm too skeptical to believe everything Tolle has to say. But I could see much of what he says as a way to find peace in my own life.
Eckhart has a voice that is pure heaven to listen to. His message will bring peace to anyone, no matter what your circumstances. Since I have listened to numerous recordings of his work, I would recommend The Findhorn Retreat, Stillness Speaks, Living a Life of Inner Peace before this one. I found this one exceptional of course, but very heavy in concept. A new listener needs something much shorter so they can aquire the peace necessary before Now.
Few books change your life and thinking as much as this one will. This book was amazing. It presents concepts that have been hinted at by other authors, teachers and philosophers but are presented here in a unique way. The logic is sound. Because of the depth of the content it is best to listen, stop and absorb what is being said. Think about and feel what he is saying and your soul will understand the truth. Though much of what he says is not to think or judge, I'm guessing most of us need to pass through this stage before we can open up into unconditional acceptance of the "now". Begin the journey here.
I have already listened to it several times and am considering getting the written version - it is that good. This is a must-have for anyone who is seeking their own spiritual wholeness. If the tone of his voice or his manner of presentation bothers you that much, then perhaps you are not ready to hear and accept the substance.
I've meditated and read many books in 62 years and have never had so many positive changes from any as I have from "The Power of Now". If you're "ready", this book might be for you. I found it more effective as an audio book than when reading it. It also appealed more to me than Byron Katie.
This is a FANTASTIC book. It is great for all spiritual and non spiritual people. I learned how to free my mind from noise. I now understand much more about the meaning of the sayings of Jesus than I ever have before. Many of the parables make sense now. Find fulfillment and understanding by listening to this with a quiet mind. Listen to at least the first chapter, you will either get it or you won't. Love it or hate it, freedom or slavery. It's kind of like The Matrix...
As the spiritual elements of my life and existance have evoloved, I found this book to be probably one of the single most important tools in my journey. Erik's concepts while deep and sometimes hard to fully appricate, are non the less easy to grasp. As I listened to this book I found myself "finally understanding" some very important realizations that only Erik could fully put to words.
Eckhart Tolle provides well thought out question/answer format for his perspective of "now" and presence of being. He provides answers with teachings from Buddha, Old Testatment, and many other followings. It is easy to follow the idea structure, and you will be filled with a new worth or be looking for it after.
Eckhart Tolle proves with this awesome work that the flowering of a new gnostic expression of reality is alive and present, here and now. As Jean Klein would say, "the perfume of the Source" exudes from every page of this book which has the power to transmit the underlying essence to the reader, beyond a simply intellectual understanding of the words. The Power of Now is the single most significant book I've ever read and has had a profound impact on daily life.
It's hard to believe - until you hear it...that Eckhart Tolle can write such brilliant books, but has NO IDEA how to read them out loud! His voice is dull, monotonous, sleep-invoking and downright annoying. Gaps and stops, pauses and falters...will someone please speed up the tape---give that man some Coffee!
My advice would be to buy his books and read them out loud... yourself!
My advice to Mr. Tolle would be simple...carry on writing your excellent books but please don't commit them to Audio....unless that is you can find a narrator that can do them justice.
Listen to the audio preview of ANY of his audiobooks on this site and I think you'll get the picture.
Book content 10/10 :-)
Audio Version 2/10 :-(
This seems almost like I listened in "random" mode. It does not flow. The ideas sometimes are clear, but they present little progression. Disappointing after listening and reading _A New Earth__. Sandy
"I was sceptical"
Initially not sure whether this would be any good and thought maybe other reviewers were desperately looking for something that the rest of us knew was a bit 1960's and zen like. Maybe they are - maybe not. I don't think I am but I did find this surprisingly inciteful and useful. Lots of really down to earth good advice and good philosophical (and dare I say it) spiritiual food for thought. But to reiterate: useful and pragmatic from the start. Have listened to some bits a few times as it seems to make me think of things slightly differently each time.
This audiobook was great and I genuinely consider it to be life changing. Tolle's teachings made me realise the root of my anxieties and hence unhappiness.
He gets quite spiritual at times, which doesn't particularly appeal to me, but the overall message is a wonderful one and has made me appreciate 'the now'.
"Buy it NOW!"
The incredible power of this book stems from the simplicity of its teachings. Tolle presents a system so simple and undebiably true that it cannot help but work. I am not so sure I would have taken so much from the written book, so the audiobook is definitely the recommended format to absorb this timeless teaching. If you do only one thing to improve your life, then make that reading this book.
"Present Moment Awareness"
This book opens the door and gives a glimpse of a world I had not experienced since childhood. That of living in the present moment. A beautiful but very indepth read.
"Find TRUE & PERMANENT HAPPINESS - Amazing book"
I would just like to take this opportunity to thank the author for producing this book, an amazing, truly life changing experience. I recommend listening to this title in small chunks to really take in the PEARLS of WISDOM. Free yourself from your mind, find your inner happiness.
"I now live in the present"
This was recommended to me as a book I should read. I am glad I did.
The book explains how we rush about in our daily lives, earning money and supposedly living. But how often do you sit and think about what you are doing 'now'.
I have learned to enjoy living in the 'now'
To listen to the sounds of nature and actually see nature growing.
There is so much beauty around us.
I would listen to the book again, if only to remind me, if I should forget, to live in the 'now'
The most memorable part was actually realising that I can listen and be in the present and it is peaceful and calm.
Eckhart's voice is calming. He pauses several times to allow you to take in what he is saying.
I listened to this book in 2 days. When the author told me to enjoy the moment, to listen, feel and taste the now, I felt that my life is suddenly going to be richer in experiences.
This has proved to be so in many experiences since.
"Couldn't finish it"
This book because it is so badly read I couldn't finish it. I know its meant to be amazing, but I just didn't take in any of the information because of the narrator.
Eckhart Tolle is an extremely inspiring man. I love this book and his other books also. His ideas are great and having implemented some of them already in daily life I feel a lot more positive than I have in the past. Releasing how far away we are from living life like we should in order to be happy and healthy is amazing. I'm not sure I could dive in like the author did and live happily homeless but I have definitely taken as much of his advice as I can. My only slight issue is that his voice is very calming and hypnotic to the point that I found myself getting a little sleepy while listening but that can also be reviewed as positive because he is very easy to listen to. I would definitely recommend this book.
Perhaps I was under a misapprehension when I bought this book - I was expecting something about meditation and the philosophy of living in the present.
Sadly, it turned out to be pseudo-religious with an author that claims lots of answers but can substantiate none of it. He answers with generalisations (the best one was where a voice says something like "Are any of your claims proven?" and Tolle replies with "Do it, and you yourself will be the evidence)", and when he started banging on about "energy fields", "life energy", "energy polarity", and how women feel pain because of the rape and subjugation of previous generations, I was just laughing at the stupidity.
Now, the one useful point here is the idea of living in the present and not dwelling too much on the future or the past. I really hoped this would elaborate on that area, but to be honest it didn't really move on after the first few chapters.
The performance is ok - Tolle has a calm, steady tone although they have put a bit of an echo on the sound, so it sounds like he's trying to hypnotise you. There is an annoying cymbal that is meant to break the chapters but just sounds a bit silly to me.
So in conclusion, I bought this based on the other rave reviews. I guess others must have a very different view on the subject. Maybe if you want to believe this stuff and don't require real evidence or substance and are happy to trust people on the basis that they claim to know, then you might get on fine with this. Personally I am disappointed - there may be some useful stuff here but it gets drowned out by the unsubstantiated claims.
Utter nonsense, give it a miss and use your credits on something else that's not total tosh.
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