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Francis Bezooyen

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  • Smile at Fear

  • Awakening the True Heart of Bravery
  • By: Chögyam Trungpa, Carolyn Rose Gimian (editor), Pema Chödrön (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Karen White, Steven Crossley
  • Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,095
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,076

Chögyam Trungpa offers us a vision of moving beyond fear to discover the innate bravery, trust, and delight in life that lies at the core of our being. Drawing on the Shambhala Buddhist teachings, he explains how we can each become a spiritual warrior: a person who faces each moment of life with openness and fearlessness. "The ultimate definition of bravery is not being afraid of who you are," writes Chögyam Trungpa. In this audiobook, he offers the insights and strategies to claim victory over fear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Essential & Powerful

  • By Sara on 12-18-14

I found this to be a frustrating listen

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-18

So, the psychological concepts discussed in this book seem entirely valid and worth reflecting on to me. Despite that though, I found it REALLY difficult to get through this book. I put it aside several times, and even now wish I hadn't bothered picking it up again. I'm not entirely sure why I found it so difficult, but the following issues seem to be a part of it: 1. I frequently felt like I was being given a lesson in Buddhist terminology and symbology rather than being treated to a thoughtful exploration of fear and how to deal with it. The latter was in there, but for me the other stuff often overshadowed it. 2. I was listening to it while working, so there's no way I could give it the one hundred percent attention that I could if I weren't doing anything else. That said - I listen to books while I work every day, including books that are very involved and require attention and reflection. Where I stop being able to do this is with very technical detail like what you find in some science books. Perhaps though, the unfamiliarity of the terminology etc referred to in the first point had the same effect. 3. I like the readers voice, but kept feeling like there was something about his reading style that just didn't seem to work with the material for me. It's difficult to pin down, but one explanation that occurred to me was that he often comes off as languidly superior, or trying to sound clever - I don't know. Something about it just set the wrong tone for me, to the extent that I kept finding myself shaking my head in annoyance at his narration. Anyway - that was my experience.

  • Sense and Goodness Without God

  • A Defense of Metaphysical Naturalism
  • By: Richard Carrier
  • Narrated by: Richard Carrier
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

If God does not exist, then what does? Is there good and evil, and should we care? How do we know what's true anyway? And can we make any sense of this universe, or our own lives? Sense and Goodness Without God answers these questions in lavish detail, without complex jargon. Arguing that there is only a physical, natural world without gods or spirits, noted historian and philosopher Richard Carrier presents and defends a complete worldview, one in which we can live a life of love, meaning, and joy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Alone again, Naturally

  • By Gary on 07-29-14

Loved it!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-14-18

I absolutely loved this book. I came to it expecting to find an intelligent defense of a moral outlook that didn't depend on a God and found instead a full-fledged world/cosmic view that perfectly described my own but so much more completely than I have ever managed to communicate. If I were to direct someone to a source from which they might gain a good understanding of my own way of thinking, other than to my own writings I would send them to this book, which covers topics ranging from the meaning of words, to the nature of reason, to the nature of the universe (how it came to be and why the theory of a naturally occurring universe fits the evidence better than that of one created by a God), to the question of Free will, to the nature of the human mind, the meaning of life, and of course - the origins and nature of genuine morality, plus other topics you might not expect, such as why we find some things beautiful and not others, and a commentary on politics. I enjoyed it all immensely. Perhaps you will too.

  • Lost Connections

  • Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions
  • By: Johann Hari
  • Narrated by: Johann Hari
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,865

From the New York Times best-selling author of Chasing the Scream, a radically new way of thinking about depression and anxiety. What really causes depression and anxiety - and how can we really solve them?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Are we turning the corner....

  • By jaga on 06-07-18

A very welcome surprise.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-18

Wow. I was truly surprised by how fascinating I found this book to be, and how meaningful. Whoever you are, I think it is likely that you will find something in here that speaks to you in a way that you will find made it worth your while to read this book. I certainly did. In fact, I plan on listening to this again soon - there is a lot here that I need to reflect on some more.

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