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Awareness Paperback – 1 June 1990
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"Wisdom from one of the greatest spiritual masters of our time."--James Martin, SJ, author of Jesus: A PilgrimageThe heart of Anthony de Mello's bestselling spiritual message is awareness. Mixing Christian spirituality, Buddhist parables, Hindu breathing exercises, and psychological insight, de Mello's words of hope come together in Awareness in a grand synthesis. In short chapters for reading in quiet moments at home or at the office, he cajoles and challenges: We must leave this go-go-go world of illusion and become aware. And this only happens, he insists, by becoming alive to the needs and potential of others, whether at home or in the workplace. Here, then, is a masterful book of the spirit, challenging us to wake up in every aspect of our lives.
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- Publisher : Bantam Doubleday Dell; Reprint edition (1 June 1990)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0385249373
- ISBN-13 : 978-0385249379
- Dimensions : 13.21 x 1.27 x 20.32 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 33,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
Half the group thought it was outstanding. The other half, including me, thought it was largely a waste of time and didn't get it. It seems to be a transcript of a seminar in the '80s, but it's completely unstructured and comes across like the random thoughts of a drunk, meandering with no direction.
There were a handful of gems of wisdom, but on the whole having finished reading it I'm still not sure what it was about or what I was supposed to learn.
Each to their own, but this one wasn't for me.
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.