i bought this book a couple of years ago, whilst on my on path/quest (call it what you will) for truth in what i was looking for. there is a lot confusion within our community about what does exist, what doesn't exist, what is real and not real, what is fact, what is fiction. for those searching for a deeper meaning to their life and a reason for the existence of the feelings they have, this book helps to clear the skies of such confusing (and often heated) discourse and help plot a course forwards.
the book is clearly written, and is a real gem. if i ever had the opportunity to contact or speak to the anonymous author ('a greatful slave') i would have much to thank him for. this book has helped me immeasurably since its purchase and paid for itself many times over. to say it's worth its weight in gold would be an understatment and then some. there were a number of times whilst reading this book, that it made me cry. why? because after searching for so long for someone in this big wide world of ours who understood me, who knew what i needed, and was looking for in my life to feel complete, to simply be able to read the words of someone else who was living that life, that comprehended the depth and power of the things i felt was an incredible feeling. it enabled me to no longer feel alone or 'outside the box'.
this book saved me from just giving up and falling into line with what society expects is 'the norm', and helped me keep the faith when i had little left of my own to steer me.
as of april 2010, i now have found the very thing that was missing from my life, and have never felt happier or more content in my life - much of this is down to the many lessons this book taught me to be mindful of. the real mind-bender is comprehending that this is simply the beginning of my own journey now!
from one grateful slave to another, i truly thank you for the part you played - wherever you are out there.
ps: Mr Baldwin, if you ever read this, please get in touch - i would dearly love to try and pass on my sincere thanks for all this book did for me in helping me grow and find my true sense of self.