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The History of Last Night's Dream: Discovering the Hidden Path to the Soul (Plus) by [Kamenetz, Rodger]
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“Kamenetz has written a manual for living the dream of life through the real dreams of an individual.” (Andrei Codrescu, NPR Commentator)

“A profound, affecting and deeply rewarding book from a charismatic teacher.” (Jonathan Kirsch, author of A History of the End of the World)

“Kamenetz’s new book brilliantly combines dream and soul and offers an accessible understanding of both. I highly recommend it.” (Brian L. Weiss, M.D., author of Many Lives, Many Masters)

“An enchanting and provocative book exploring a subject with profound implications about our very humanity.” (Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize Winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain)

“[A] powerful and beautifully written book.” (Stephen J. Dubner, bestelling co-author of Freakanomics)

“Kamenetz’s fierce honesty and unflinching self-revelation inspire both admiration and awe [...] [A] smart, funny, and revolutionary book...” (Susan Larson, New Orleans Times-Picayune)

“Rodger Kamenetz writes in this fascinating book that words, too many words, stand between us and our dreams.” (Los Angeles Times)

“The History of Last Night’s Dream is at once affable and audacious; Kamenetz is a reliable narrator in unreliable territory.... Kamenetz’s poetic eye is alive and well.” (The Forward)

“Rodger Kamenetz’s vividly honest and well-reswearched book on dreams in Western culture is extraordinary-- in part for its defiance of genre...Before I read it had heard Kamenetz refer to it as a memoir, but it as much an argument for a paradigm shift in dream interpretation.” (The Christian Century)

Synopsis

Offers a spiritual perspective on dream interpretation that demonstrates how the struggle between dream subjects and dream interpretation has shaped Western thought, in a guide that reveals how to experience dreams as life-changing gifts.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 391 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (13 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000W9653U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #826,218 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars 19 reviews
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 20 Oct. 2007
By Amanda C. Bosky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I love to dream. I have always believed dreams are important but never knew quite what to do with them besides record them in journals. I feel like the author handed me a toolbox when he wrote this book. I could have floundered on my own for years and never come to one tenth of these conclusions on my own. I especially appreciate Kamenetz's intense honesty and openness in sharing his own dreams and life experiences.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honesty that cuts to the bone 29 Aug. 2008
By G. Buglion - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Reading The History of Last Night's dream is like looking into the open door of a private home - only instead of seeing the furniture and decor - you get to feel into Kammenetz's soul. I am awed by his honesty and the 'direct hit' the dreams have for propelling him into what really appears to be true inner growth.I found that it started a little slow - but keep reading! It will blow your mind - and change your ideas about dreams!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Three Audiences 26 Aug. 2010
By Lifelonglearner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There are three audiences for this book: (1) those interested in the Book of Genesis and the historical Jewish perspective on dreams, (2) professional psychotherapists/counselors who do dream interpretation for their clients roughly following the Freudian approach, and (3) the man/woman on the street who wants to understand what his/her dreams mean, especially those that are recurrent or that seem especially "important" upon awakening. Consequently, as another reviewer observed, the text is "clunky", with the three perspectives rather roughly tied together. Not being Jewish, I read the historical/book of Genesis review, which seemed thorough, with mild interest. I'm not a professional psychologist, but if you are and your training was in Freudian dream interpretation, you owe it to yourself and your clients to read this book, including Kamenetz's critical review of Freud's theory of dream interpretation. If, like me, you are a man or woman on the street, this book will provide a non-Freudian grounding for working productively with your dreams. Where Kamenetz shares his own dreams and the development of his understanding of them, the narrative is compelling reading.

The fact that neither Bregman nor Kamenetz is a trained or licensed therapist does not automatically disqualify them from competence. Before modern societies started formally licensing practitioners and requiring specific educational programs, indigenous societies identified individuals within their midst who exhibited special abilities, such as shamen and other healers. Requiring formal licensing may go to legal liability or social status, but not necessarily competence. Lastly, if Freudian and/or Jungian dream interpretation were so darn successful, why would Kamenetz or any of us need to read another book on dreams? It's their failure to adequately explain dreams that makes Kamenetz's personal dream quest valuable to all of us.

I have not studied with Bregman or Kamenetz, am not a member of any group affiliated with them, and don't live in Vermont. I have studied my own dreams since childhood (I'm now 67) and find much of what Kamenetz says to ring with clarity and wisdom.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book shows the true nature of dreams 29 Aug. 2008
By Anders Pytte - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is an eye opening book. Dream work, as opposed to dream interpretation, involves developing a deeper and deeper relationship with the soul until you begin to see yourself as God sees you. It is transformative, and this is what Kamenetz's book is about. He presents some erudite background in the beginning of the book. He then describes his own journey into his soul in vulnerable and poignant terms, and how he was changed by the experience. I was inspired and moved. Thank you, Mr. Kamenetz.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kamenetz Catches the Dream 29 Aug. 2008
By Patsy Hickey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A powerful story of a seeker who found what he was looking for. From Israel to Denmark to a small town in rural Vermont, Kamenetz chases the dream until he catches up with it. This story of Kamenetz's awakening to the power of his own dreaming is heartbreaking, moving, and enlightening. This book may well change our collective view of dreaming forever. Even more phenomenal, though, is that Kamenetz has given each of us---dreamers all---a chance to finally hear what our dreams have been trying to tell us all along.
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