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The Last Hustle Paperback – 31 Jul 2011

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Non-Duality Press (31 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956643280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956643285
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,022,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kenny Johnson tells his life story with bare-faced honesty, true feeling and engaging self-awareness. Shanti Einolander puts Kenny's story into writing beautifully. It is an uplifting experience reading this book. Make note, there are descriptions of upsetting scenes. The only thing missing for me was knowing what happened to some of the other characters in Kenny's life. Maybe he is protecting them from publicity.

Visit this sacred space website started by Kenny and find out about his peace in prison programme.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Turning ourselves in 11 Oct. 2011
By A 21st Century Spiritual/educational and cultural ethos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've worked in Youth Corrections and with "at-risk" children on the educational side now in public schools. I thought I'd understood what incarceration was like until this book. I was mesmerized and could hardly put it down, recognizing that as brutally honest as was the story of criminal street life/prison, one can see both our individual/collective pain (cycles) in Kenny's candid exposure and experience. When he turned himself in to his parole supervisor, and lost a relationship with a woman who deeply loved him, one could experience Kenny's painful shell being pierced and being opened by grace. While the depth of his experiences and insights were so illuminating, it is his openness to showing how (irregardless of states or degree of illumination) the bodymind still has its tendencies and work to do that is refreshing. Facing making a living as an ex convict, which Kenny so poignantly stated, is extremely sobering/difficult. Kenny demonstrates that acceptance of our human tendencies, that which also illumines self/other, is not some 'exalted state' but an acceptance of all states within ourselves; at last, in this moment to moment accepting awareness is rest (when we in the past might have rejected, dissassociated and/or said 'THAT but definitely not this'). Kenny illustrates that in this raw honest awareness of what is, trust and the sacred present themselves.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Did Not Give Up 21 Sept. 2011
By Susanna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Loved the book - that is, loved the tenacious boy/man who kept trying, and trying again, who wanted to become the tiny flame that burned within and did not give up, even in hell, until he did become that flame - a flame that now glows quite brightly. I learned much that I never knew about the world of prisons; and to tell the truth, do not want to know. Kenny, you lived it for many of us and hopefully we learned from you.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw, Real and Ripe for Awakening... 18 Sept. 2011
By D. Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I just finished this book and what a peaceful day I've had. After reading the first page I could hardly put it down. This book held me captive with its raw truth and poignant stories of the realities of prison. I was given an inside look into a criminal's thought process allowing me to experience their pain and see their humanity. Finally after Kenny's spiritual awakening the paragraph at the top of page 231 took me "there" and I've experienced spiritually awakening moments ever since.

Even in the midst of chaotic thoughts I remember that the truth is there, a place of rest. I love how he said to explore that, play with that and allow it to grow. : ) Ahh... What peace. Thank you Kenny!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Real As It Gets 4 Nov. 2011
By Jerry Katz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Most books in the genre of spiritual awakening focus on the claims of the awakened state: "There is only consciousness (or God, love, awareness)," and so on. They invite the reader to see things as they are, not as they appear to be.

Sometimes an awakened author will speak about life before awakening, but not so often since it is seen as less than enlightened to appear as though attached to memories.

Rarely will the author reveal the shadow side that lurks after awakening: the unpretty impulses that continue to stir and surface.

However, Kenny Johnson tells it all. The Last Hustle is about life before awakening, awakening itself, and life after awakening. What is most valuable about this book is the distinction between the perception of things before awakening and that perception after.

Life before awakening was a loveless childhood, thieving, pimping, violence and years in prisons. With a firm grip on your arm he takes you into the bowels of places you would rather not go. But the grip is purposeful and you know where this journey is going.

His awakening itself was, like all awakenings, unique. It was prepared by remembered things spoken to him by his mother and aunt. It was developed by exposure in prisons to meditation, Yoga, Buddhism, the Black Israelites, and various conscious and intelligent men including a caring guard. It culminated in a connection with Gangaji and it -- the awakening -- happened when she visited his prison.

Life afterward was radically different:

"It is really humbling to come from the streets as one who brought destruction to everyone he met and now to find myself trying to bring as much love as possible to all whom I meet."

"Just as I had come from the lineage of Iceberg Slim, The Magnificent Seven, Fillmore Slim, Minnesota Bob, and Sly Ryan, now I was in the lineage of Ramana, Papaji, and Gangaji."

Though he would never return to crime after his final release from prison in 1997, Johnson still had to face episodes of anger, alcoholism, drug abuse, and their roots in poor self-esteem. He clearly shows that life after awakening includes directly looking at these arisings. Nor have shadow issues ceased in his life. He writes:

"I don't know what a final awakening will mean for me, but I do know that Kenny Johnson is a far better and more content human being whose greatest desire now is to serve that awakening. He is no longer hustling and thieving, beating on women or giving the judicial system hell. He gets up each day and makes an intention to live a life of peace as best as he can and to try to guide others to do the same. Yet he's also mindful and respectful that any moment he could re-experience all of the old anger, sadness, mistrust, delusion, and denial of the truth of his being."

Often painful, often loving and spacious, The Last Hustle chronicles a full life and transmits a palpable sense that love is here and now and that it demands you face your life here and now. The Last Hustle is as real as spiritual books get.

Kenny Johnson has returned to prisons as an educator and spiritual guide through his organization ThisSacredSpace dot org. His journey is highly worth experiencing.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Hustle 10 Oct. 2011
By charley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I loved the book its raw honesty clearly reveals the heart of the author I read the book in two readings i could not put it down I loved it.
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