Monday, September 1, 2008

Hmmm.....


I am not even sure what to blog about. I just know that I have to move that last post down, and move on. While I am waiting for Hannah to return with my dark-chocolate Raisinettes. OH! I know, I know.

I don't much post about books, and frankly, I am not sure how to even begin to describe this book. I am afraid if I call it "one of the most important books of this century" people will "bah" and turn their cheek. But, I swear, it is.

I have never been a religious person, and not much of a "spiritual" person either. (For some reason it bugged me when people described themselves as "not religious, but spiritual.") And if I tell you this book is a spiritual book, I would be missing the mark. It is not a self-help book, not a religious-y spiritual book, and I am not sure what it is. Perhaps you could call it a book of practical Zen. But it is so much more than that.

I don't mean to sound so "easily influenced" but A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle has single-handedly changed my life in an extreme way. In a very good way. About ten pages into it, I knew there was something there. As if someone was able to put into words what I always thought was probably true, but just couldn't connect the dots or even more, explain it.

From the Eckhart Tolle site:

He implores us to see and accept that [the state of humanity] is based on an erroneous identification with the egoic mind, is one of dangerous insanity.

I suppose I am not the only one, since this book has been on the New York Times Best Seller's list for 30 weeks so far, and currently holding the #1 spot. There must me something to it. So, ignore the Oprah endorsement, and see what you think. It'll be $14 well-spent.

4 comments:

boltandfrolic said...

We are kindreds! I just began reading this over the weekend. I've been listening to the audio podcasts of Oprah's interviews with Tolle for the past couple of months and they're great as well.
http://www.oprah.com/article/oprahsbookclub/anewearth/pkganewearthwebcast/20080130_obc_webcast_download

Knit in the Northwest said...

Thanks for the link!! I can't wait - that is one thing I wanted was an audio. I was even thinking about starting the book again as soon as I am finished. I have never done that before, but there are somethings I would really like to go over again - so many, really! I hope you love it is I do! Let me know what you think!

Jen said...

Oh gosh, I have that book..I've had it for awhile, but haven't even looked at it yet, I guess I'd better! thanks! oh-and love your shoes!!

Knit in the Northwest said...

Heavens yes! Read it - not many are sorry they had!