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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale (10 April 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184953960X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849539609
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 3.1 x 13.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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‘It’s an amazing story and what’s most remarkable about it is the personality of Slade herself. She is an exceptional individual’

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'This is an amazing woman with an amazing story' (Davina McCall)

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‘This book chronicles the gradual transformation from a high-flying financial advisor to a committed Buddhist nun through the course of work, relationships, motherhood and finally spiritual commitment. A good read for all those involved in practising a spiritual path in a western context.’

(Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, author, teacher and Buddhist nun)

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Emma Slade says I am in this book. We were neighbours for a little while several years ago, when she was still in the world of banking but really looking for a new kind of life. We used to talk about what she could do. It was a fascinating conversation which went on for some months - she really was searching. A terrifying ordeal in the Far East (being held hostage at gunpoint and then being dramatically and violently rescued) had completely disrupted the orderly future she might have expected for herself.
She was already rather unusual in combining the international lifestyle of a highly paid City analyst with that of being a yoga teacher, but no-one could have predicted the outcome of her searches.
In fact, as we all know now, after going on retreats and doing a lot of studying, she decided in the end to become a Buddhist nun, having had ('endured'?) a long and arduous training from her Lama, and this remarkable book charts her journey in detail. She doesn't hide anything from us - we learn about her family, her son, her travels, her difficulties and her decisions. It's a ripping read, too.
Meeting her again now, in her full rig as a nun, in saffron and crimson robes, with her beautiful blonde hair all shaved off, and sandals on her feet even in the cold of a reluctant spring time, is partly shocking and partly very uplifting.
It also has funny passages. I laughed at the notion of her yoga classes given to other Buddhist nuns - how on earth do they manage all the asanas wrapped in their slippy robes?
And the thought of her diligence in obeying her Lama's instructions to perform various rituals 110,000 times - oh my! I don't think I could do that.
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Awesome book. A truthfulness honest book. It's one of those books where you can truly see what you're reading i.e. You're in Bhutan with her. I've already recommended this book to my friends and it's one I will read over again. I've been interested in Buddhism and a new way of life.
Much Metta to Emma and to her son Oliver and to all in Bhutan and her family. Her story after Jakarta really shows you that you can move on from trauma. It isn't an easy ride or a quick fix, Emma has turned her life into helping others and her own spiritual growth.
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I thought I hit the button for a sample but ended up buying this book by accident - and I'm so glad I did! It is a thoughtful, intelligent, inspiring story written with humour, intelligence and humility. I flew through it as I found it very captivating. I also feel glad that all the proceeds of the book go towards the charity in Bhutan that the author set up. Definitely worth buying (on purpose!) and reading.
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It's a real page turner. Emma Slade documents her fascinating life with large amounts of humour and a refreshing dose of honesty. 'Set Free' has a relaxed, easy style, both entertaining and interesting. From the first chapter on I was gripped and couldn't put it down! If you want to know how it feels to totally turn your life upside down and come out smiling then read this book.
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I think we all all searching. Emma describes her path so eloquently. Excellent if, like me, you are drawn to Buddhism., or are fascinated by the life journeys of others.
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I read this book from cover to cover in one sitting... a truly fascinating read covering Emma's journey from city life to yoga teacher to becoming a Buddhist Nun... the book is full of humour and heart searching, an extraordinary tale... written with real passion... would highly recommend
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Great transformative story which is very easy to connect to. I read it in a little over 24 hours! Someone whom has found the courage to follow their heart a beat at a time. Thank you for sharing your story Emma!
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Living in Whitstable I have seen a particular woman walking around in the town who stands out from everyone else by the fact that she wears a Buddhist monk clothing, she is unique by the fact that she is a Westerner. She has a presence about her, and seems very intriguing. By chance I recently stumbled upon the fact that her name is Pema Deki (Emma Slade ) and that she is a Buddhist nun and wrote this book SET FREE. I have just finished reading it , and found it fascinating and very uplifting to read her story from corporate banker to Buddhist nun. Got a real sense of the transformation , of someone finding their true purpose, someone dedicated to showing kindness , compassion for others and making it their life's purpose to help those in need , as she is currently doing for children with various difficulties in Bhutan. Definitely worth a read !Set Free: A Life-Changing Journey from Banking to Buddhism in Bhutan
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