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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A (mostly) undiscovered genius, 16 May 2009
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Chris Higgins "5ilver" (London) - See all my reviews
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I have a few of David Richos books, and I have to say that I think the guy is an undiscovered genius. He seems to have an phenomenal ability to integrate both spiritual and ethical principles into psychological and material reality (the real world). This is not a spiritual book in the normal sense of the word, but in my experience most of the information that is in overtly spiritual books ends up staying in the book, not making it from the conceptual domain, and not embodying in our lives in a real way. His work and the distinctions contained in this book seem to me to cross that barrier between the spiritual and the real, in part because he makes no attempt to deny or ignore our humanity, and understands that acknowledging seeming imperfection and lack of control is the great paradox of spirituality. Who would have thought that perfection and imperfection would have so much in common? I am at pains to do this book justice. As with any 'self help' book, the great danger is that the information is used to effectively beat yourself up in more erudite and advanced ways. This is the great failing of almost all self help books, that the seeker seeks them because he/she feels there is something wrong with them, and ends up continuing that process, a process of self hatred, only now they have more advanced information with which to continue the process. If this book is used with love and kindness, the distinctions and information contained here are simply profound. They are not simplistic, more simplicity, and show great depth and insight into the human condition. As the quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes says: 'I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity'. And to me that is what David Richo has, the simplicity on the other side of complexity. Of course using it with love and kindness is another matter, but worth the effort. I would recommend Cheri Hubers book - 'There is Nothing Wrong With You, Moving Beyond Self Hate', to work on that possibility. Another priceless book, together you probably dont need many other books, is 'The Spirituality of Imperfection' by Ernest Kurtz. Useful in countering what can happen when western intellects (such as me) spend to much time studying zen, and start to become a know it all, when Zen is not about knowing what Life is, but what it is not. Profound as Zen is, I do not see that it is the whole picture. Buy this book, at least, and wear it out completely, with kindness to yourself - so that it falls apart, rather than you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SMALL BIG BOOK, 13 Oct 2010
Great book for those who want to know how to live life. It blends eastern spiritualism (Buddhism) and western psychotherapy (Jungian) into joyful, common sense daily application.
It offers 52 little contemplations on topicks like being authentic, assesrtive, honoring agreements and boundaries,self image, sense of humour, not being fooled, freedom from stress, life purpose, intimacy, love of nature or spiritual power.
Short chapters make it easy to read and reflect. If you are busy person who wants to grow but finds time to think only in transit this book format will fit your lifestyle. Highly recomended wise companion who can be put in your bag and bring you meaningful breaks and transformation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 3 April 2012
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Andrew J. Zuchowski "book magpie" (derbyshire, england) - See all my reviews
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love this book, beautifully written and inspiring. arrived quickly and in great condition. will buy for some of my friends who will benefit from this book.
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