50 Spiritual Classics: Timeless Wisdom From 50 Great Books of Inner Discovery, Enlightenment and Purpose Paperback – 10 Mar 2005
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A kaleidoscope of inspiration ...insightful commentaries on each classic and biographical information on the authors. A unique overview of Spirituality. (Watkins Review)
What an uplifting journey I had... If you only ever read one spiritual book, let is be this one. (Susan Jeffers PhD, author of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway)
50 Spiritual Classics captures the diversity of life journeys that span centuries, continents, spiritual traditions and secular beliefs: from the historical The Book of Chuang Tzu to modern insight from the Kabbalah, from Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet to Eckhart Tolle's recent The Power of Now.See all Product Description
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50 Spiritual Classics adopts the format of Butler-Bowden's previous 50 Self Help Classics and 50 Success Classics. In a clear and concise style he examines 50 texts ranging from ancient to modern, taking in many different forms of spiritual experience. The short chapters allow the reader to learn a lot with just a little effort.
It's not just how Butler-Bowden summarizes the books that makes 50 Spiritual Classics special. What he does is arrange the information to help the reader digest the sometimes complex ideas easily. You can read 50 Spiritual Classics from start to finish, or if you find a particular stream of spiritual thinking more to your taste, follow that path by referring to the In A Similar Vein section. Butler-Bowden also gives a one-sentence In A Nutshell summary of each book. Perhaps even more importantly he organises the classics into different categories, such as great spiritual lives, practical spirituality, opening the doors of perception and divine relationship and life purpose.
50 Spiritual Classics is by its very nature less practical than Butler-Bowden's previous books. There is still much to inspire here, though spiritual revelation seems much more personal in nature and difficult to reproduce.Read more ›
Reading the `50 Spiritual Classics' is an enlightening and often humbling experience. Whether it be The Discourses of Epictetus (Enchiridion), or Pirsig's 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenence', the author displays a masterful ease which is commendable. Halfway through a chapter, one is often seized upon by an unstoppable urge to tear out, get hold of the title being commented upon by the author and read every page of it. And then one decides to exert self-control and continue with Bowden's own book as it is just too difficult to put down.
A brief glance at some of the authors reviewed bears testament to the breadth covered by this 320-page book: St. Augustine, Malcolm X, Chuang Tzu, Gandhi, Kahlil Gibran, Carlos Casteneda and Fritjof Capra! Somerset Maugham's `The Razor's edge' and Huxley's `The Doors of perception' are included. The authors and works in focus are dissected in a fairly non-judgemental fashion. Tom Butler-Bowdon succeeds in bringing out the essential messages and themes of the spiritual classics reviewed without sounding reverential.
This is not a jingoistic account of spiritualism or PD literature; This is not a collection of pontifications from a zealous convert; this is not a book of lists........Read more ›
This book acts as a bridge to understanding that words are a very important tool in finding our way in life and provides the reader with an excellent insight into further reading. In short this book is a collection of book reviews, if you will. With little insights into many areas of philosophical thought, Tom has really put a lot of work into compiling this book and writes with such enthusiasm and elegance.
50 Spiritual Classics is a compelling book from the outset and really inspires its reader to explore the actual books he is discussing.
As well as information about the books' Tom devotes up to a page at times to a short biography of the author and this also is a well-rewarded read.
The book is well structured and layered with lots of interesting facts, and comes highly recommended, especially if it is to be your first book into the world of spiritual realms because of the fascinating introductions into the actual classics. These classics should be read when embarking on trying to get in touch with your soul, the pure essence of life, and many of these books can give you a sense of purpose in these modern times. Buy-it-now or at least add it to your wish list.
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If you want to get some bite-sized info on the main religions and concepts in vogue, this is the book for you. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ms Cyprah
This is a bizarrely uneven selection, mixing small extracts from acknowledged spiritual teachers of the highest order with extracts from some pretty muddled New Age thinkers... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Shakespeare lover
I am not religious, but having successfully reduced my stress levels with regular meditation, I started to explore Eastern religions. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Beth Duffus
This book gave a good overview of the worlds religions, philosophies and spiritual ideas. It was concise and simply written making often complicated ideas easy to understand. Read morePublished on 12 Jan. 2014 by Amazon Customer
I would recommend this read to those who are curious about spiritualism and need a quick summary of the most influential of spiritual thinkers as a starting point for further... Read morePublished on 4 July 2013 by vivianne fonne
This book offers the opportunity to access the essence of the writings and thoughts of fifty different authors who have written materials in the "mind, body, spirit" genre. Read morePublished on 15 Feb. 2012 by Lunarcraft
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