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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the New York Times number-one best seller The Untethered Soul comes the astonishing true-life story about what happens when you just let go.

A thriving spiritual community on over 600 acres of pristine forest and meadows in Florida, a cutting-edge software package that transformed the medical-practice management industry, a billion-dollar public company whose achievements are archived in the Smithsonian Institution, a book that became a New York Times best seller and an Oprah favorite, and a massive raid by the FBI that would lead to unfounded accusations by the US government - how could all of this spring from a man who had decided to live alone in the middle of the woods, let go of himself, and embrace a life of solitude? But this man had made a radical decision - one that would unwittingly lead him to both the pinnacle of success and the brink of disaster.

Michael A. Singer, author of The Untethered Soul, tells the extraordinary story of what happened when, after a deep spiritual awakening, he decided to let go of his personal preferences and simply let life call the shots. As Singer takes you on this great experiment and journey into life's perfection, the events that transpire will both challenge your deepest assumptions about life and inspire you to look at your own life in a radically different way.

©2015 Michael A. Singer (P)2015 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"A lone voice in the modern wilderness calling for surrender instead of striving, Singer shows how surrendering to life does not mean giving up our dreams." (Shawn Achor, happiness researcher and NY Times best-selling author of The Happiness Advantage)
"Only the rarest of books has the power to clearly explain the difference between a human being and a human doing, and why that distinction is so important. The Surrender Experiment is such a book. Inspiring, authentic, and intensely compelling." (Dean Radin, author of The Conscious Universe)
"Michael Singer writes a beautiful, touching memoir on the amazing power of surrender in his life. With courage, spunk, and thoughtfulness, he has reached beyond the status quo to dare to trust life and surrender to its ultimate perfection." (Judith Orloff, MD, author, The Ecstasy of Surrender)

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  • Caleb G.
  • Edmond, OK, United States
  • 06-12-15

The Highest Path Of Freedom

Michael Singer recounts vividly his path through life living it as it arrives. Acceptance and surrender trump personal plans and preferences. The author demonstrates, through his own journey that peace and happiness are achieved when we cooperate rather than compete with what it presents us.

Having read 'The Untethered Soul' and put its sacred truths into practice during the most challenging period of my life, I can say without hesitation that Mr Singer's life of surrender is truly liberating, the essence of real freedom and the secret to unsurpassed peace.

22 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Georgia
  • 06-04-15

Riveting! Superb!

If you could sum up The Surrender Experiment in three words, what would they be?

Riveting, transparent, intriguing, mind-blowing stories!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Surrender Experiment?

This made VERY aware of just how many thoughts of RESISTANCE crossed my mind. Michael's other book, Untethered Soul, made me aware of the constant chatter, but Surrender Experiment made me acutely aware of thoughts of RESISTANCE which was truly transformative. Through the stories of his own thoughts of resistance I became aware of my own... painfully aware of my own (in a good way).

What does Michael A. Singer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I actually had the paperback WHILE I was listening to the audio and loved that duo. Having the author himself read the book made it even more credible as he WAS the person in the book. His voice added even more enjoyment to the reading of the book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

MANY!! Many times, Michael surrendered to a life situation that seemed utterly ridiculous to surrender to and the voice in my head said "You have GOT to be kidding me!!! Why would you just give in to that?!" Someone builds a house on YOUR land without asking you.... an irate customer demands you pull your workmen off one job and come do hers immediately. Just say yes to both??!! Huh??!! Are you kidding me right now??!!<br/><br/>Then the rest of the story unfolds and life not only fully supports him but over delivers leaving me shaking my head with a smile realizing the gem this book really is. I know it sounds ridiculous but ya gotta read the book to really get this folks... ya just gotta read the book. I can't even explain it here. Truly....<br/><br/>By chapter 34 my resistance to this level of surrender was overtaken by fascination with what may actually be possible that I have not yet tapped into. (yes it took me THIRTY-FOUR chapters to start feeling full acceptance to what he was saying). :) Suddenly I'm realizing that my own mental/internal resistance to change (and to what life put in front of me) probably had me turn down more opportunities in my life than I could ever count because the voice in my head resisted it in some way. My personal preferences won most of the time disallowing the natural flow of life. Oh man, I see this SO clearly now! Unreal.

Any additional comments?

First I should say I'm a lover of Michael's first book "The Untethered Soul" which radically transformed my life, so I pre-ordered this one and anxiously awaited. Before I got the book, I wasn't sure if I'd totally buy into the premise of "complete surrender" because I'm more in the arena of "you create your own reality" not to mention believing in parallel universes etc. etc.Michael's book is a totally different angle - life just happens, don't try to figure out why and how it's happening, you're not doing any of it, just follow life, and it'll be just fine. <br/><br/>So with great intrigue I was looking forward to reading it. Even though I knew his perspective on life was different than mine, I do believe in surrender - meaning it's fine to envision something but then completely let go and allow the Universe to do its thing. So even if I used Michael's viewpoint in that way, I was open to hearing what he had to share on the topic of surrendering.<br/><br/>I tend to take what resonates and discard what does not when it comes to *any* spiritual teacher. Love Michael Singer's work a whole lot, yet I believe we're each here to have our own unique life experiences on this earthly ride. I go within to see what life experiences my inner being wants to usher me into next. For me, unlike Michael who believes life just happens and we are NOT creating it, I'm a believer that we DO create our own reality. (much like the book Three Simple Steps by Trevor Blake and Parallel Realities of Self by Frederick Dodson).<br/><br/>So my own experiment will be a merger of expressing my desires to the Universe AND surrendering a whole lot more to whatever shows up. Different than Michael... and we'll see where that little experiment takes me. Hey, life is a playground and I'm gonna play it any way I like darnit! :)

34 of 35 people found this review helpful

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Compelling, inspiring

I read and reread The Untethered Soul and was left wondering who Michael Singer was. What life experiences led to the wisdom expressed in that earlier work? Well, The Surrender Experiment answers the question with an amazing story. I rarely read a book more than once but I will likely read BOTH of these again. They contain truth and wisdom, eloquently and accessibly expressed. I am fortunate to have discovered them.

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stick to untethered soul

I got this because I liked untethered soul so much, mostly because it reads very much like eckhart tolle's power of now. This book is about an hour or two of what you'd expect from reading untethered soul, and then it just goes into hours and hours of what feels like the authors attempt to clear his name of any suspicion regarding the incredibly boring account of the lawsuit he faced. There are about 5 straight hours of anecdotes that could have been reduced to "I did X and everything worked out better than I could have imagined." Cool story, but it could easily have been condensed to 2-3 hours tops.

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A REAL Forest Gump on steroids inspiration for me

I'd read (and enjoyed) the author's book "The Untethered Soul". Loved it and was surprised so many people around me not interested in "this sort of thing". Drawn inexplicably towards spiritual reads (and having a completely opened mind) after a diagnosis of breast cancer I admittedly ate up a lot of books on cancer & the spiritual journey began with "Anatomy of the Spirit" by Caroline Myss.
One thing lead me to another...a few months & over 55 books later I was becoming a different person entirely. I share this review with you because it made my heart lift, encouraged me & reminded me that as long as I let go & truly trust in the wisdom of the life that made me I'd be fine. This struggle to get calm enough, centered enough is difficult after so many years of believing the "chatter" that's my mind.
The book is beautifully written, well told by the author (soothing voice), and a page turner. As an autobiography it's (an I rarely use this word) awesome. It's what I imagine surfers feel when riding on one of those massive waves with exhilaration while possessing the calm of stamina and strength. That's the tremendous life I just finished reading about.
Grateful for such a gifted share, well thought out and executed work. Head bow.

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hard to relate

i found it hard to relate to this story, due an emphasis on financial success.

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Disappointed and can't bare to listen anymore

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Another narrator who can present the material better.

What was most disappointing about Michael A. Singer’s story?

I love Michael Singer's The Unteetered Soul and was really forward to listening to his new book. However, I would think that if he narrates his own book it would be better since he should be passionate about the material, but he's not. At least it doesn't come off like he is. I was bored to tears and couldn't stand to listen to it anymore. The story doesn't pull me in either.

Would you be willing to try another one of Michael A. Singer’s performances?

No. I would read his book instead.

21 of 25 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic

I loved The Untethered Soul. Every time I bought a copy, I would end up giving it away. I was excited to experience another book by Michael Singer and listening to it gave me the freedom to enjoy it in my car etc. What I found in this book has been immensely powerful and important in my spiritual journey. The concept of surrender has been extremely challenging for me. I was actually recently really feeling like life was against me because of 10 years of health issue after health issue (I'm young), but in listening to this, I experienced a paradigm shift. What if all of this was in response to my prayer to be relieved of the bondage of self? What was good and positive about these experiences? What if I saw life as my best friend, loving me in bringing me experiences I needed? What if I stopped judging things as good or bad and just practiced deep acceptance and letting go? Wow. Thank you, Michael Singer. What were intellectual concepts have shifted to a place of moment to moment practice. I needed this and it arrived at the exact right time. Thank you, life. Help me stay the course.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Don't Bother

I love books on mindfulness and gaining insight on living a fulfilling life. However, this book is terrible. Narration is monotone. Story is so, so. Overall, it is flat with no entertainment or insight value to it.

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I'm guessing his other book is much better.

Would you try another book from Michael A. Singer and/or Michael A. Singer?

I might read his other book, if only to find out what others enjoy about his perspective.

Would you ever listen to anything by Michael A. Singer again?

Maybe, he was easy to listen to. Fluid in his delivery.

What aspect of Michael A. Singer’s performance would you have changed?

The performance was fine. Easy to listen to

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

I was disappointed. I bought the book because I'm working becoming more in tune to what the universe is telling me; to become more present in my everyday interactions. <br/>Unfortunately, I found the author to be borderline narcissistic, interested in only himself. In this book he mentions a wife and a child, but neither one seemed to had a starring role in his life. He mentions stocks, bonds, millions, billions, and private airplanes more than his family, or any epiphanies they brought to his life. In fact, he mentions his own, physical appearance, like someone trying to seek attention, more than anything else in this book. <br/>It was kinda creepy. <br/>However, the author was born into privilege, he was bright, and seemed to have an inquiring mind, and strong business savvy, so good for him. <br/>

28 of 37 people found this review helpful