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This review is from: The One (Finding Reality & The Awakening of Spiritual Awareness) (Paperback)
I immediately guessed that this must be self-published by the facts that it a) is not double-spaced & b) by the vast amount of spelling and punctuation errors, e.g: "Lye's" for "lies", and "cultures learning's" for "cultures' learnings". This strikes me as unprofessional and makes for, at times, a muddling read.
Although the author does have some good ideas and say some poignant things, the book is extremely repetitive throughout. At its worse it is rambling & unclear. For example: "We are the Reality which lies beyond, and gives power to, all of the thought stuff in our mind." It is a world apart from Tolle's quiet, elegant prose.
I also feel that there is some latent anger in the author; that he disdains those who do not share his world-view or who are in a different "place" from him. Shouldn't there be total acceptance in the soul of one who claims enlightenment (such as he is presumably doing)? For example, he says: " "You should try telling them that what they believe isn't true at all, but is just a few thoughts rattling around inside their mind [...]. And then prepare to take your guard as you behold the irritation growing within them right before your eyes." .......... Is this really the calm tolerance of a person who lives moment to moment, trusting in the greater divine plan? If we are one as he says (which I DO believe) he is in fact irritating himself ("What you give, you keep" - "A Course in Miracles".)
I am afraid I did not finish this book, but I did some checking on later pages to see if it looked as though it improved ... the same things that bothered me in the first 100 pages were still rife. I struggled very much after p.73 where he spoke about his budgie who used to bang its head against its cage until it bled, concluding "maybe it was his attempt at flagellation, I can't be totally sure." I am sorry to say that anyone who fails to see why a caged bird might be harming itself, and (apparently) does nothing to rectify the situation, is not someone whose writings I wish to immerse myself in.
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Initial post: 7 Jan 2013 22:59:06 GMT
G. Anderson says:
Hi balloonfactory, I notice punctuation and spelling mistakes in many books, but it doesn't bother me at all. Are you sure you are not just nit picking because the books message didn't appeal to you?
The budgie comment sounds more like a joke to me.
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jul 2013 18:21:52 BDT
I agree with balloonfactory, there is nothing more unprofessional than spelling and grammatical errors in a supposedly professional publication and quite frankly there is NO excuse for it!
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