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Subject: A New Earth
Date Posted: 4/14/2008 12:22 PM ET
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I know...I know...another O book!  Despite that, has anyone read this, or his other stuff, and what do you think?  The reviews for his writings on Amazon, while very well written, and not snipey at all, don't say much good.

 

Date Posted: 4/20/2008 9:37 PM ET
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Gee, I am so surprised that no one has responded to this.  An Oprah book, pick, topic, and the theme/cause of her Monday night web class.  I take this as maybe I should pass on this book.  I have a bookcase full of these just waiting to be read, or begun, halfway finished....

Date Posted: 4/21/2008 9:39 AM ET
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I have stopped reading any Oprah book. Most are just plain depressing. I have read many of them and liked a few but they really stay with you in a depressing sort of way. I can be depressed by reading the paper, why invest my time in being depressed?

Date Posted: 4/21/2008 9:55 AM ET
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Elaine, I agree for sure.  Esp going back to House of Sand and Fog, one of the most depressing books ever written.  But this isn't a novel.  Its more one of her spiritualism picks.

Date Posted: 4/21/2008 10:48 AM ET
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I am suspicious of anything she reccommends!! I find that if it's really good Amazon lets you know. If they don't come out and say it is good so you know it for sure I wouldn't try it. They are in the business to sell and good reviews sell. I have found the reviews to be pretty honest and if something is really good you don't have to guess about it. Just my 2 cents worth of course.

Subject: A New Earth
Date Posted: 4/23/2008 12:24 PM ET
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I tried reading the book, and forced myself to get through all except the last few chapters.

I found his philosophy while coming from a good premise, and being something we all strive for (living in the moment without worrying about the past or borrowing troubles from the future) to be nothing new.  It is, however, the one thing we all seem unable to do.  And of course we would all be better off if we could (especially if you are a chronic worrier like I am).

But I thought his writing style was hard to read.  On the other hand,  the book/webcast (of which I've watched 3 episodes) has served as a reminder to at least stay focused on the task at hand.  But I still seem unable to take a shower - experience the moment as a shower - and not be mentally about all the tasks the day has in store for me.  Shutting off the voice in one's head is NOT an easy thing!!

I am amazed at all the people who feel the book has changed their lives.  Perhaps I just don't want work that hard!

Munro

 

 

 

Date Posted: 4/23/2008 4:19 PM ET
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Barbara, thank you so much for your reply.  Esp since I can so very much understand what you are saying about the "shower."  They keep telling us, even while washing dishes, pay attention to what you are doing, feel the temp of the water, the slippery suds.  Don't think about the neighbor you want to bash over the head because he won't keep his dog from barking.

I have read a bunch of books like this that others have loved, yet I thought were boring mostly do to style and the constant repetition of the same idea.  I might check out a webcast though.  Maybe.