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Having read and enjoyed other books by this author I have to admit ...
on 27 February 2017
Having read and enjoyed other books by this author I have to admit to having been more than a little disappointed and frustrated by this book. I found both 'The Invitation' and the preface to be turgid and lacking in clarity. The main body of the book seems to have two distinct topics: firstly, the difference between what he calls 'The False Self' meaning the ego, and The True Self, and secondly an attempt to reinterpret Christianity and fit it into this theory of the two 'selves'. Had it stuck to the first topic then I think it might have worked for me. Perhaps this is best left for Catholics, as an interesting take on Christianity. Having said all that, there were plenty of passages that had me glued to the page. However, for a more incisive and well-argued approach to 'The Ground of Being' I would recommend both 'The Shaking of the Foundations' by Paul Tillich, a book of his sermons, and 'The Way of Paradox' by Dom Cyprian Smith, a clear and inspiring book about Meister Eckhart.