A New Earth Book Review
by Steve M Nash
Self help books don't come more controversial than those written by Eckhart Tolle. And his A New Earth is no exception - a spiritual guide to life. Personally, I enjoyed this more than The Power of Now book which I found hard to grasp. Tolle's A New Earth covers similar ground, but in a much more readable form, for me...
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MY BOOK REVIEW of A New Earth
This book simply teaches about the importance of the present moment, the now. It talks about stillness, silence and enlightenment. And it talks about the tyranny of the egoic form (the Pain Body). It talks about the future of humankind, too. (Wow, what a book! ;-))
Actually, A New Earth is an amazing book, and a lot more engaging (and easier to read and comprehend) than Tolle's first landmark book The Power of Now, in my opinion anyway.
Like many other readers, I also intend to read it many times over.
However, I do not think, as critics seem to want to refute, that it has the answers. I don't believe self-help books (or any books, for that matter) are meant to have answers - good self-help books simply try and show you where the answer lies within you. And that's what Tolle's book does, admirably so, for me anyway.
A note of caution. To many this book might seem a lot of spiritual mumbo jumbo ("unutterable twaddle" as The Daily Express puts it) - what the heck is a pain body when it's at home?
And there are many Christians that seem to be reacting defensively to Tolle's message (as summed up by this fascinating book called A New Earth, An Old Deception: Awakening to the Dangers of Eckhart Tolle's #1 Bestseller by Richard Abanes), so this book might not be for you. I just thought I should mention this. (By the way, what the heck's a pain body? Well I think it wrote A New Earth, An Old Deception. :-O)
Personally, I find it hard to find fault with the truth that there really is no past and there really is no future, there is just now. It's a simple message that you have may have read many times before so if you believe that you don't need to read this book, then fine don't read it.
As I think the Self Help Collective website testifies, I am not a fan of gurus. Instead, I believe in you, and I believe in me! I also believe that we all sometimes just need a helping hand along the way. And Tolle's A New Earth does that for me.
What do you think about A New Earth - are you a fan or do you hate it? Do let me know - please comment below!