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The Power of Silence: The Riches That Lie Within

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Graham Turner explores the power that can be found in silence through interviewing monastics, religious leaders, composters, actors, psychotherapists and peace workers about their experiences of practising silence. A profound book about a great gap in modern human awareness.
ebook, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Bloomsbury Continuum
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Anil Swarup
"One who keeps silence will be rewarded with salvation" quotes the author from the Holy Koran. He goes on to mention how silence has been advocated as a tool for self-empowerment in all the religious scriptures. However, what is most remarkable about the book is the narration of the experience of a variety of people from all walks of life in different parts of the world in this context.
Tackling the nebulous topic of silence, Graham has surveyed a spectrum of instances from artistic to theistic with an ebullient demeanour and compelling insight. The effects of utilising silence have been extensively expounded and I have been inspired to assess the potential bounty that it can have in my life.

While the latter half of the book can seem disjointed at times, this is an educational exploration especially in the modern cacophonous times we live in.
The topic is important - I know I avoid silence more than I should. But the book is a lot of reported speech and not much reflection/analysis It felt a lot like, "I went here and this person said this." Next chapter - "I went to another place and this person said this."

A little boring and probably not as enlightening as it should have been.
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