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Publisher's Summary

Are you ready for self-transformation? Many spiritual teachers promise transformation, but Georges Ivanovitch Gurdjieff delivers.

Gurdjieff (1872-1949) was born in Alexandropol on the border of Russia and Turkey. Gurdjieff's teachings contain many concepts that, taken together, are referred to as the Work. The idea behind the Work is that our first birth is our physical body, which is all we need to get through life. But we are capable of developing into something higher; just as an acorn can stay an acorn and die or develop into an oak tree, we can develop into something higher. Gurdjieff offers a radically original vision of man and his potential for self-development.

Gurdjieff, A Beginner's Guide: How Changing the Way We React to Misplacing Our Keys Can Transform Our Lives is a beginning guide to the teachings of Gurdjieff. Practical and eminently easy to listen to, it leads the listener through some of the main concepts necessary for self-transformation.

©2011 Gil Friedman (P)2013 Gil Friedman

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easy listening and learning

helpful to get an over view and advice on how to approach this work. the work.

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A good introduction to the work

It doesn't go to any great length into the real items but I'm very glad I bought and listen to this book.
It brings back to focus the importance of personal development and Gudjieff teachings.

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Eh

Not quite what I was hoping it would be, however the narrator was pretty fantastic

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It does its job well

It is supposed to a beginner's guide to a complex philosophy and way to change one's level being. I think it does its job well.

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Good book to start understanding the work

This is a good start book to begin to get used with the work of Gurdgieff.
Clear and well narrated.

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If you know nothing about Gurdjieff this might be of interest but only as a general outline. The profound content of Gurdjieff's teaching is not captured in this book and is, in some cases, completely misunderstood in my opinion. That said I did pick up a few good reminders and insights which may have been worth the hours of listening.

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Excellent starter

A good book to start learning about Gurdjieff and the fourth way. Simple and easy to go through considering the complexity of the subject.

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  • JM
  • Sunnyvale, CA United States
  • 01-25-17

Practical system to self discovery.

This book provides the steps to know and understand yourself. As a result you decide on what to change to transform your life.

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FABULOUS! A MUST LISTEN!

A MUST listen and you can believe me as I'm an Audible Veteran! I LOVED this book!!!

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i dont want to write a review

how do i get out of this without writing a review for this book

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  • Lucy Giles
  • 03-18-15

An inspiring introduction

I chose this book having come across references to Gurdijeff in a number of books I have read and curiosity got the better of me. Friedman's introduction to the work is well written and easy to digest considering the density of the subject and was just the right balance to prompt me to take the study of "the work" further.

For anyone who is interested in the spiritual aspect of self development but has not found what they are seeking in terms of guidance in mainstream religious settings, this is an interesting route on to the path. This book is just enough to absorb key aspects of the work by way of introduction.

I really enjoyed it and will be returning to it again and again.

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  • 02-09-17

Excellent! Very helpful.

A very helpful introduction to Gurdjieff and The Work. A great place to start. Thank you.

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  • Si
  • 10-27-17

Superb

The best summary of the Work I've ever read, highly recommended even if you've already read the likes of Ouspensky, Gurdjieff, Nicoll, Nott etc. Perhaps my only criticism is that it doesn't really 'sell' the Work as a whole. Gurdjieff's notion of the levels of man is covered along with the overarching concept of raising one's level of being, but there is little if any discussion of why anybody would want to do this. This topic is covered at length in the more detailed accounts (e.g. 'In Search of the Miraculous') but perhaps it could have been touched on here too, so that a reader new to the Work doesn't simply ask, 'So what?' and leave it there.

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  • Daniil Iakovlev
  • 12-07-17

Great introduction to Gurdjieff

Great introduction to Gurdjieff - clear, concise, easily approval, actionable. Not particularly deep, but enough for a long time of inspiration.