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Awareness: Conversations with the Masters Kindle Edition
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'Awareness' is Anthony de Mello's best-selling guide to the spiritual life, now firmly established as a modern spiritual classic. It uses humour, compassion and insight to help readers into an understanding of the importance of 'awareness' in order to understand ourselves and the world around us.
With anecdotes and stories as well as guidelines and exercises in self-help, this book is filled with real wisdom and practical advice. It tackles the universal issues of change, happiness, suffering and loss and also gives direction on coping with love, anger and fear.
One of the most gifted spiritual teachers of the 20th century, Anthony de Mello was widely known throughout the world for his retreats, workshops and therapy courses before his untimely death in 1987. Also published by Fount is his collection of short story meditations, 'The Heart of the Enlightened'.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B005GFBP6W
- Publisher : Image; Reprint edition (31 August 2011)
- Language : English
- File size : 1272 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 206 pages
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If you are a Christian within a particular culture, you may find it unsettling. For example, de Mello refers with approval to some ideas and attitudes of Eastern non-Christian mysticism.
For myself the answer is:
(1) it is wrong - and contrary to the teachings of the Church - to consider that all other religions lack insight or truth. The critical difference is in the question "Is Jesus Christ God?". If you believe Yes, and hold that in mind while reading the book, you will be alright.
(2) The book is not an exposition of Christianity; but it does revive concepts which the Church in practice has neglected, but we're very much alive in other times e.g. the Desert Fathers.
I suggest you read the book and apply the concepts to your own relationship with God. You will find that they are enriching and revealing. If you come across something with which you do not agree, simply reject it and read on.
I have recently sold most of my books as they don't speak to me in the same way and no longer serve me. Most just repeat same old, but this one is for keeps. Not so keen on his other books, apart from Rediscovering life which is also excellent.
Beautifully written with humour and love.
I would definitely recommend reading Anthony de Mello again and again.