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Impersonal Life: Graceland Edition: The Little Book in Which Elvis Found the Light [Paperback]

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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: DeVorss & Co ,U.S.; Graceland Ed edition (27 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875167675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875167671
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 10.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,053,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After discovering IMPERSONAL LIFE in 1964, Elvis Presley was never the same. He read and reread it and underlined heavily throughout it. He bought copies by the dozens. He gave them away to friends and acquaintances and discussed it for hours on end. This is the intensely spiritual side to Elvis, unsuspected by the general public. Elvis' biographers have long known these facts. Now you can read for yourself what Elvis found in these pages that changed his life. You will discover the prophecy that he saw applying to him uniquely. And you will see the extraordinary, tough spiritual discipline that Elvis submitted to. IMPERSONAL LIFE has long been a best-selling manual of spiritual teaching and discipline. It was so compelling to Elvis that he began sharing it with the world by giving copies away by the case. It was starting point for his self-exploration and spiritual awareness. Here, Elvis found food for his soul and he devoured it. Perhaps you, too, will find here the inspiration that Elvis did.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Thankyou Elvis, I bought and read this book in 2001.It is a book that will always be in my top ten. Most spiritual books today sell the message in this little red book. Its a book you can pick up and read a little or a lot. The book suggests you read a line and only carry on when you understand. This book was written over hundred years ago and the message in the book is what sells books today creating all you desire and more. Its a book that speaks to you directly The "IAM"presence. I beleive this is a book that will last many years in your life. its grown with me as I have grown. I still pick it up today and enjoy- All you need is in this book. Its a book of surrender, finding your true self, creating the life you want, understanding others ect. Its a lot of stuff in a little book. this book was my bible and changed my life.The book spoke to me hope it does to you. Thankyou very much Elvis without you I wouldnt have found this little gem. If you are weary feeling down ,dont know who to turn to this book could help or if your just wanting more from life its a good book to read.My favourite chapters are IAM...BE Still and Know. The Key, Thinking and Creating, Soul mates, Finding me, actually theres only 2 chapters that didnt appeal maybe there for my future growth. Joeseph benner who wrote this book asked for no money or recognition for the book. Its as good if not better tnan most books written today on spiritual or personal growth. I buy other books cos I like to read but, if I had to choose one book that helped me in my life it would be this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a fantastic enlightening read 27 Dec 2009
this little book changed my life and has alot packed into it no wonder elvis loved it
well worth a read if you are on your one personal journey or just curious
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!!!!! 8 Nov 2013
By jaks
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Yet another insight into Elvis, you dont need to be religious to read this book it pertains to all of us, brilliant!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A diamond of a little book (will move YOU like Elvis!) 11 Jun 2002
By Joel L. Gandelman - Published on
The Impersonal Life is being marketed by DeVorss & Co as "the Little Book in Which Elvis found the light." And for good reasons: it's a sound marketing move, it gets more people to read it....and this potent little book will truly help you find the (inner/spiritual) light if you are even slightly seeking it.
This book has little to do with Elvis, except that he loved it second only to the Bible, handed out hundreds of copies to friends...and it enlightened and inspired him. The Impersonal Life was written in the early twentieth century by the enigmantic Joseph S. Brenner, who wrote and published it under the pen name ANONYMOUS.
So what is it? Firstly, it is definitely a little but very profound book. DeVorss' special Graceland-authorized edition (with a young and thin Elvis on the cover) is tiny enough to carry in your pants or jacket pocket, purse, carry on luggage etc.
Secondly, it's basically an early 20th century version of Conversations With God, although it does not venture near some of the controversial areas that the later (and I think inferior) volumes of that contemporary book did.
The Impersonal Life is also seems like a first-person work(the author speaking as that spark of divinity he contends is within all of us) that could have been written by the great Ernest Holmes, author of the landmark Science of Mind writings. Its core idea is that your mind is linked to a Higher Power so a "Thinker is a Creator...(who) lives in a world of his own conscious creation."
Brenner, writing as the voice of God and appealing and explaining to each reader's own divine spark, writes that "every thing, every condition, every event that ever transpired was first an idea in the mind. It was by desiring, by thinking, and by speaking forth the Word, that these ideas came into visible manifestation."
Why did Elvis care and be influenced by The Impersonal Life -- and why should YOU? This little book, with each of its words as potent as literary dynamite blasting away earthly mental clutter and worries, stresses the importance of belief and nonshakeable FAITH...and argues that inspiration and intuitive flashes just don't happen. There's a reason. And if you follow these impersonal flashes you can live an impersonal life....uplifted from the personal human concerns and preoccupations, better focused on spiritual concerns and increasingly empowered with increasingly documentable spiritual power.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book that caused Elvis to hear his call 2 Aug 2001
By Kathy Fernandes - Published on
Of course I knew about Elvis but I hadn't read much about him. I wouldn't call myself an "Elvis Fan." Then I happened to get a chance to visit Graceland one day and after that visit, I knew that Elvis answered his life's call and was compelled by Spirit to be the legend that he was. So what would influence Elvis to become so great?
The answer is in this book. The book is not about Elvis. It has a little introduction about how Elvis used this book. "The Impersonal Life" was actually first published anonymously in 1916. The author has been discovered but little is known about the author. Elvis bought this book by the case and gave it out freely to friends and acquaintences. He read this book over and over and over, underlining and putting notes in the margins. He absorbed the meaning of the book and you know that is true after you read it.
The book's content is very spiritually fulfilling. It does not include religous language, symbolism or dogma but it is very spiritual. "I AM" is speaking to the reader. On page 122 it reads "I may be expressing through you beautiful symphonies of sound, color or language, that manifest as music, art or poetry, according to mortal terminology, and which so affects others as to cause them to acclaim you as one of the great ones of the day."
Does that not say what Elvis was about? This book contains the words that caused Elvis to hear and understand his call. The book is small and very easy to read. It is rich with Spirit speaking and it compels you to live out your life answering your call, whatever that may be. Wow! I am glad I discovered this book. I, too, will read it over many times. It's definitely worth more than its weight in gold.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The words that comforted Elvis & ME! 11 Feb 2002
By A Customer - Published on
This is the Elvis that few people have ever seen or known about--the Spiritual side. I truely enjoyed reading the SAME words that comforted Elvis in his times of need. The words contained with in this small, but powerful little book spoke out to me as if IT was written just for me. This must have been how Elvis felt while reading it too. This book is like an instruction manual directly from God, speaking from within. I will keep this book and read it many times as a reminder of the power of God, which is found within. It makes a great gift for those who are interested in the spirual side of Elvis, but most importantly for those who want to discover more of the spiritual side of themselves.
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat 10 April 2014
By Juanita Arambula - Published on
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I had trouble understanding it at the beginning.But what I think the outcome would be is to have Faith in yourself?
4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars But It Didn't Save Elvis Did It? 4 Jan 2011
By Mr. D. Beaumont - Published on
It is surprising to me that this book is marketed as the book in which Elvis 'saw the light'. It's not much of an advert for seeing the light is it? - dying at 42 of a drugs overdose having had your life lurch out of control in various ways for years before. Don't get me wrong I am a great fan of Elvis' work and share and feel the connection along with millions of other people. But I don't like to see this mawkish nonsense go unchallenged. If Elvis found some 'comfort' in this book then fine, but it is clear he found comfort in all kinds of other things too - including things that were very bad for him and eventually killed him. This book was no magic bullet for him.
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