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4.0 out of 5 stars 'Care of the Soul' repackaged
For someone who is unfamiliar with spiritual ideas this would be a real eye-opener, but it is not much different from 'care of The soul'. 'Original Self' would be more suitable as a gift. It consists of short essays which address vital topics yet do not require long periods of study. It is well presented, each essay is illustrated with both a woodcut and a quote. Yet it...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A very abstract style of writing!
Some good points in this book, but the author has a tendency to write in very abstract terms. He makes sweeping statements which are purely his own opinion as though they were fact, and gives no rationale to support them. An entertaining read but far too ethereal to be helpful in real life. Try M Scott Peck's books instead; they're much more grounded.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Care of the Soul' repackaged, 29 Jan 2002
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This review is from: Original Self: Living with Paradox and Originality (Paperback)
For someone who is unfamiliar with spiritual ideas this would be a real eye-opener, but it is not much different from 'care of The soul'. 'Original Self' would be more suitable as a gift. It consists of short essays which address vital topics yet do not require long periods of study. It is well presented, each essay is illustrated with both a woodcut and a quote. Yet it cannot be overlooked that this is quality writing. Moore demonstrates knowledge of themes such as jealousy, patriarchy, gender and memory as well as vision and intelligence in discussing them. The most profound message of the book for me was something that I didn't understand right away. The author tells how at a seminar a woman said "From now on I'm just going to live with what is" to which he replied without hesitation "The trouble is, what is, isn't." Realising what he meant was like solving a Zen koan.
If you haven't already read 'Care of the Soul' by the same author, you should read that instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth buying, 13 Jun 2004
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This book has a lot of wonderful ideas -- some of them contradictory -- presented in short, easy-to-read chapters. It is better than some of Thomas Moore's other books which are long-winded and, well, boring. Moore is a brave and humble man, often contradicting the set theories of psychology and liberal religious thinking. I thank him for this book and recommend it highly. Reading it can be liberating.
An Australian reader in Geneva, Switzerland.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I buy this book every few years to give ot people, 19 Mar 2013
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It is a soulful and helpful book with easy to manage chapters. I love Thomas Moore's way of turning traditional psychoanalysis on it's head and encouraging the reader to take another look at everything. It often moves me to tears to have such sense written down and confirm instincts of my inner most being.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A very abstract style of writing!, 26 Oct 2013
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Some good points in this book, but the author has a tendency to write in very abstract terms. He makes sweeping statements which are purely his own opinion as though they were fact, and gives no rationale to support them. An entertaining read but far too ethereal to be helpful in real life. Try M Scott Peck's books instead; they're much more grounded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Food for the soul, 6 July 2013
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Thomas Moore is a thought provoking writer who speaks also to the heart. Reading one or two a day is a good prescription.
For people who would like to be reminded about the beauty of their own lives beyond the does and don'ts
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read, 11 Mar 2013
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I enjoy Moore's work and how he explains his understandings. This book is wonderful to dip into. Short chapters with clear points.
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