Feeling Bookish

February 25th, 2008

A New Earth

I got an email from someone working on marketing the online class that Oprah is running about Eckhart Tolle's latest book, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose. It looks pretty interesting and a lot of bloggers have been talking about the book, so today I picked up a copy. I've read the first chapter and so far I'm enjoying it. I also signed up for the class and I'm quite curious about how it will be! The class starts up in the beginning of March, so we'll see how much I can read before then. I loved The Power of Now, another book by the same author.

Have you read A New Earth? I'd be curious to hear what you think of it. I know some bloggers, such as Melba and Kate, have started blogs to discuss this book, so I think there will be a lot of talk going on about it within the blogosphere. 

I've also been seeing a book meme making the rounds again in which you go to page 123 and share the 6th, 7th, and 8th sentences on that page. So, from A New Earth, here are the sentences:

The ego doesn't know that the more you include others, the more smoothly things flow and the more easily things come to you. When you give little or no help to others or put obstacles in their path, the universe - in the form of people and circumstances - gives little or no help to you because you have cut yourself off from the whole. The ego's unconscious core feeling of "not enough" causes it to react to someone else's success as if that success had taken something away from "me."

I've also been reading another book called The Now Habit which is all about overcoming procrastination. So far I'm really enjoying what the book has to say about the underlying causes of procrastination and I'll share more about that soon.

I've been working on another "Subway Stories" piece and hopefully I'll have time to take a picture tomorrow. I've got to prep and hang some art at a local coffee shop tomorrow, so it'll be a busy day! Hope your weekend was a lovely and creative one!

14 Responses

I read The New Earth last winter. I loved it. I cried with the knowledge it brought forth that I know in my heart to be true. It’s eye opening and life changing IF you want to change. Tolle’s writing is wordy and at times confusing, I did a lot of re-reading in order to be able to fully absorb some of his ideas. I hope everyone reads this book at least once.

My current read: Conversations With God In A Life That Never Ends.

my mom just bought this for me last night.

I read this book, too. A very good easy- to- understand book on the ego, etc. I still feel the expert on the subject is Pantanjali. The writer of the Yoga Sutras. There are many wonderful translations out there. Hope you are feeling better. By the way… a big new free happy life was fantastic!

Thanks Leah for the heads up on some of these books. I am an avid reader and these are some good titles. I have one to share with you which I feel is the best book I read last year:

“The Power of Kindness” by Piero Ferricci

…as with any good book, it is so much more than the title indicates. I hope you will choose to read it!

Have a Beautiful Day!

Oh Kewl Leah! I’m stoked that you’ll be reading the book too and taking the class with all of us creative bloggers. Fantastic! I can’t wait. Plus, it starts the day before my birthday. Yay!

That’s the first time I’ve heard of either of those books, so I guess they’re not “all over the place” yet! At least not all over MY place. :) But they soon will be, as I’ve just placed holds for them at the library. They sound great!

And how’s YOUR book going, my dear? ;)

I read it when it first came out…late 2005?…and found lots of good stuff inside…well, inside me AND inside the book! I’m not a big Oprah fan (that tends to land me in the same spot as when I say I’m not really nuts about babies), but she will bring awareness of the truth in this book to TONS of people and some of them will “get it.” Makes me want to go back & see what I need to re-get. happy days to you.

Mmm … I’m looking forward to hearing what you have to say about the procrastination book … I’ll come by and visit again soon when I’m putting off something or other … :) xo D

Yay! I’m reading “A New Earth” right now too, and I’ve signed up for the online class….as have over 300,000 other people the last I heard! I’m looking forward to seeing how it’s going to work. So far I’m enjoying the book although I have to keep re-reading certain passages.

Wow – I learn so much reading your blog! Which is one of the reasons why I have awarded you the “you make my day award”! Hope you are feeling a bit better.

I too am reading A New Earth. I am reading it rather slowly as to absorb the principles more fully. I agree that his writing is a bit repetitive at times and confusing, but the basic ideas get across rather easily. I am enjoying the synchronicity of this book as I am discovering the topic in a lot of other books I read, as well. It is timeless and yet we have overlooked it for so very long. I hope all that read it really begin to practice Being the Awareness and not being the ego, otherwise what was the point?

I have seen this and thought about signing up but don’t have the book. Maybe later! I think it’s great when someone like Oprah gets behind a book like this. Change can happen among people who normally wouldn’t even pick a book like this up. Hope it’s good!

I started A New Earth last year – made it about half way through. Interesting but obviously not compelling and no new info. It’s been said before and better IMO; however, I am looking into the Oprah thing – it never hurts to see if I missed something the first try. Sort of like “Finding Water” in my book hierarchy, tho. No, wait, not that bad. =]

I’ve heard a lot about this book and this book club but I’ve not bought the book nor have I joined the club. I’m in the throes of a deep depression right now and I’m trying to keep up with The Artist’s Way and already have a mile-long to-read list going. I figured I didn’t need to add more to it. I would LOVE to read it at some point though. I feel drawn to it, even though I’ve never read any of Tolle’s other works. I feel a bit bad about missing out on it though because what if this is THE BOOK that will help me most at this time? I don’t know. Would love to hear more of your thoughts on it… Miss talking to you, dear!


Karen Beth :)

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