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50 Spiritual Classics: Timeless Wisdom from 50 Great Books of Inner Discovery, Enlightenment & Purpose: Timeless Wisdom from 50 Great Books of Inner Discovery, Enlightenment and Purpose
 
 

50 Spiritual Classics: Timeless Wisdom from 50 Great Books of Inner Discovery, Enlightenment & Purpose: Timeless Wisdom from 50 Great Books of Inner Discovery, Enlightenment and Purpose [Kindle Edition]

Tom Butler-Bowdon
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"A kaleidoscope of inspiration ...insightful commentaries on each classic and biographical information on the authors. A unique overview of Spirituality" -- Watkins Review, Summer 2005

‘What an uplifting journey I had... If you only
ever read one spiritual book, let is be this one." -- Susan Jeffers PhD, author of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway,

Susan Jeffers PhD, author of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway,

‘What an uplifting journey I had... If you only
ever read one spiritual book, let is be this one."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 600 KB
  • Print Length: 327 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1857883497
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing (1 Nov 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004E10QIW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the indispensible guide to spiritual matters... 25 Mar 2005
By Stuart Moses VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I first discovered Tom Butler-Bowden's books following a recommendation by a course leader on a programme called Personal Effectiveness For Men. I've been hooked ever since. I'm interested in self-development, but often find the sheer volume of material daunting. Butler-Bowden's books work as stepping-stones to greater learning. No longer do I waste my hard-earned money and time on books that do not interest or inspire me. I recommend you let him be your guide in all self-help, success and spiritual matters.
50 Spiritual Classics adopts the format of Butler-Bowden's previous 50 Self Help Classics and 50 Success Classics. In a clear and concise style he examines 50 texts ranging from ancient to modern, taking in many different forms of spiritual experience. The short chapters allow the reader to learn a lot with just a little effort.
It's not just how Butler-Bowden summarizes the books that makes 50 Spiritual Classics special. What he does is arrange the information to help the reader digest the sometimes complex ideas easily. You can read 50 Spiritual Classics from start to finish, or if you find a particular stream of spiritual thinking more to your taste, follow that path by referring to the In A Similar Vein section. Butler-Bowden also gives a one-sentence In A Nutshell summary of each book. Perhaps even more importantly he organises the classics into different categories, such as great spiritual lives, practical spirituality, opening the doors of perception and divine relationship and life purpose.
50 Spiritual Classics is by its very nature less practical than Butler-Bowden's previous books. There is still much to inspire here, though spiritual revelation seems much more personal in nature and difficult to reproduce.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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Butler-Bowdon's '50 Self-help Classics' (2003) and '50 Success classics' (2004) have been acclaimed as erudite commentaries in personal development literature. His third volume in this Trilogy- '50 Spiritual Classics' is a compelling read that establishes Butler-Bowdon firmly in the unique niche' that he has carved for himself with his previous two works in the field of personal development literature.
Reading the `50 Spiritual Classics' is an enlightening and often humbling experience. Whether it be The Discourses of Epictetus (Enchiridion), or Pirsig's 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenence', the author displays a masterful ease which is commendable. Halfway through a chapter, one is often seized upon by an unstoppable urge to tear out, get hold of the title being commented upon by the author and read every page of it. And then one decides to exert self-control and continue with Bowden's own book as it is just too difficult to put down.
A brief glance at some of the authors reviewed bears testament to the breadth covered by this 320-page book: St. Augustine, Malcolm X, Chuang Tzu, Gandhi, Kahlil Gibran, Carlos Casteneda and Fritjof Capra! Somerset Maugham's `The Razor's edge' and Huxley's `The Doors of perception' are included. The authors and works in focus are dissected in a fairly non-judgemental fashion. Tom Butler-Bowdon succeeds in bringing out the essential messages and themes of the spiritual classics reviewed without sounding reverential.
This is not a jingoistic account of spiritualism or PD literature; This is not a collection of pontifications from a zealous convert; this is not a book of lists........
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Robert Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is one of five volumes in a series written by Tim Butler-Bowdon. Each of the others also focuses on 50 "classic" sources of information and wisdom provided in landmark books in the fields of prosperity, psychology, self-help, spirituality, and success. Of course, throughout human history, the subject of this book - spirituality -- has been nurtured as well as defined and measured in many different ways. Hence the importance of the fact that Butler-Bowdon offers a wide range of perspectives from the works of an especially diversified group that includes St. Augustine (Confessions, 400), Carlos Castaneda (Journey to Ixtlan, 1972), Mohandas Gandhi (An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth, 1927), William James (The Varieties of Religious Experience, 1902), C.S. Lewis (The Screwtape Letters, 1942), Teresa of Avila (Inferior Castle, 1570), Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, 1998), Rick Warren (The Purpose-Driven Life, 2002), and Paramahansa Yogananda (Autobiography of a Yogi, 1946).

As in the other volumes in his series, Butler-Bowdon follows a format for each of the 50 chapters: brief representative quotations, an "In a nutshell" section, a rigorous and remarkably thorough summary of the given source's key points, a Final comments" section, and then (in most instances) a brief bio of its author. I also appreciate the fact that the book can be read straight through from the first chapter to the last (i.e.
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