book review: the power of now

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Having not read a spiritual book before, I was somewhat reluctant when I received this book in the post. The Power of NOW by Eckhart Tolle challenged me a lot, not just wording wise, but mentally and emotionally and I ended the book being more aware and responsible of my actions and reactions. I like to think of his books as 'spiritual psychology', it gets you to think beyond yourself into the greater Being of life that is, as he leads you through a discussion of the condition and behaviour of the human mind. The small chapter breaks are much needed and I found it was a good practice to only read small portions at a time, to mentally digest the teachings. Everyone will take to this book differently and have different levels of 'awakening'. As rare or deep as they may be for you, the moment it happens it truly feel as if a veil has been lifted from your eyes.

Provoking and profound, it is worth a read. Life in the present moment is forever eternal.

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Provoking and profound… no doubt. This book took me forever to read, but once I finished, I felt more focused and present in life.

Comment by Marisa — December 11, 2009 @ 10:26 am

I just bought this book last week – but I haven’t started it yet! :) Now I am itching to. Thanks for the reminder.

Comment by elliebelle — December 11, 2009 @ 3:47 pm

I read this book after already taking some workshops on meditation and it seemed like a very easy read. Many of the concepts were already exposed to me before hand so I could understand it easier on the first read. I really do like how there was specific spots in the book where it said to take a break and allow the material to soak in. I have started on A New Earth and am enjoying it.

Comment by Brian — December 11, 2009 @ 8:34 pm

Yes, I feel if you have already been shown some of the concepts it helps a lot to flow through the book. Other parts I did struggle with, but I found it best to read in chunks on my commute to work so I didn’t overload my brain.
I’m almost done a New Earth and love it! For me that book even spoke to me more so.

Comment by Jenna — December 13, 2009 @ 8:55 am

Both books are great reads. If you have read The Power of Now than A New Earth may seem somewhat redundant at points but still has great insight to humans as one entity. As a store (East Hampton, NY) we are reading The Four Agreements (A Toltec Wisdom Book) by Don Miguel Ruiz. Another “Spiritual Psychology” book as Jenna put it.

Comment by Nick — December 14, 2009 @ 12:37 pm

Hi Jenna,
I read the book “The Power of Now” almost a year back, and my life has never been the same again :) It’s getting better in every way each day. i am glad that i also read “A New Earth” as well. Yes, it’s a like a different kind of psychology, one of depth and intensity.
I wonder, what method do you follow for being the moment?



Comment by Anupam — December 18, 2009 @ 2:05 am

It’s crazy how much I didn’t like this book before I actually read it. I saw Tolle in an interview and I was practically yelling at the TV, “That’s Buddhism! You’re just copying Buddhism!”

And in a way, I wasn’t wrong. But it’s important to give Tolle a TON of credit for the manner in which he lays out this books. A Series of well-paced and very smart questions (not strawman arguments), which lead to a very deep sense of peace. The power of Now is a great first step towards some very Buddhist ideas (sorry for the labels), and that’s awesome.

Comment by Michael A. Robson — July 17, 2011 @ 12:16 am

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