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A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

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In A New Earth, spiritual teacher and author Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now) advocates present moment awareness and the dismantling of the ego as the path towards awakened living. A New Earth gets its title from a Bible verse referring to the rising of "a new heaven and a new earth." According to Tolle, "heaven" is the awakened state that will bring about "a new earth" in...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 30th 2008 by Plume (first published 2005)
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Michelle
Okay so I had high expectations for this book. Normally I don't really go for Oprah selections but I heard so many great things about it plus I am totally into new agey type things, I thought it would be right up my alley.

My problem with this book was twofold. First, a lot of the ideas weren't new to me. Living in the present (you are not walking across the room to get a book, you are walking across the room), not letting your ego attach itself to things (that is not "my car" or "my house"), etc...more
Liz
Mar 13, 2008 Liz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Liz by: Oprah
Oprahmercial. Well if you can over look that aspect I highly recommend this book. Tolle's penmanship allows difficult philosophical, psychological principles to come together simplified. This book simplifies complex notions of western approaches with an eastern point of view on metaphysics. I think it is a helpful tool for those cynical about the current state of humanity. I also believe it could be a great entry book into Eastern philosophy. He seems to Americanize complex metaphysical approach...more
Martha
What is so powerful about this book is not that there is much new material here. We’ve all heard about how the ego keeps us chained to our judgements, fears, and desires. The difference is in how the author explains his points. Finally, we understand! Wouldn’t you love it if all the stuff you’ve read about enlightenment suddenly became crystal clear? (I see you all nodding!) This is it.

Throughout the entire book, he reiterates the same points. He does not offer ‘instructions’. Here’s a great exa...more
Lain
I opened this book, hoping to find something inspiring, eye-opening, and life-changing. Instead, it appears to be filled with the same old New Age babble about self-actualization and "each being the part of the one." It's not that I disagree -- it's just that I don't think there's anything particularly new or different. The same old, same old about non-judgment, embracing all things, blah blah blah. Call me crazy, but I think I've read this about 100 times before in every issue of New Age Journa...more
Madeline
ok, i'm about half way through. first thing i notice is this guy is pretty long-winded. it took him 127 pages to tell me that the ego is the source of all the earths problems. Anything you feel or think or say comes from the ego. and thats a bad thing. we all need to be "enlighted" and gain "awareness" of our "presence."

heres a nice quote from the book: "Enlightened collectives will fulfill an important function in the arising of the new consciousness. Just as egoic collectives pull you into un...more
Alicia
Dec 22, 2007 Alicia added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in personal/planetary transformation
This book is so amazing, I had to read it slow so I would absorb it all. It moved me to tears many times, so I had to stop a lot! I have not read The Power of Now, but this one really resonated with me and current challenges in personal and planetary transformation. I loved how he snuck in bits from major religions and explained their universal relevance outside the context of their religious context. The personal examples are quite illustrative & help ground the book's meaning.
Brittany
May 27, 2008 Brittany rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Brittany by: Oprah
This book is completely awful. Don't feed in to the Oprah hype. It's abstract and somewhat hard to follow, even for me, a third year law student. Not entertaining at all. There are some tidbits of useful information, but if your mother taught you anything, you probably have already heard the useful parts. There are also a lot of contradictions in Tolle's writing/thought process. Don't go on the message boards on Oprah's website because the people on there are crazy nutjobs and can't provide any...more
Carrie
Apr 21, 2008 Carrie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Self-help seekers
Recommended to Carrie by: Oprah's Book Club
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Jenell
In A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, Eckhart Tolle simply and beautifully employs spiritual parables from many traditions to distill and illuminate the One truth to which they point: God in me; me in God. Form (the material world) is interpenetrated by nothingness (space, quantum possibilities, consciousness, spirit, God). If so many cultures can agree that we, as form, are permeated with spirit, why do we experience so much separation and suffering?

Tolle states that suffering is c...more
Laurie
Loved this book. It has changed how I look at life.
I read a lot of "self-help", "spiritual insight" books and this is one of the best I have ever read. I just finished it and I want to read it again. His writing is very easy to understand --clear and simple and he shares insights that you can use in your life immediately. IT is chock full of fascinating insights on every page.

Some of my favorite points are:

1. The pain-body--a "psychic parasite" inside of us that feeds on drama and enjoys negati...more
Sarah
I think that because I have what I feel is a strong faith, this book just didn't make a big impression. I feel like a lot of the ego stuff he was talking about is basically morals and values, of which if you already have a high regard for and were taught about them, then a new awakening to being good is sort of insulting.
Anyone can be mindful for an instant, staying mindful, though, can be the work of a lifetime. I feel like Tolle has reduced himself to a shell of a person with no ego, no emotio...more
Rogier
This is a wonderful and very helpful book. Coming from a ACIM vantage point, it takes a little bit to adjust to his terminology, because Tolle uses words in a different way. His Consciousness is ACIM's Spirit and Mind, and ACIM's consciousness (and the thoughts you think you think) is Tolle's "thoughts." Likewise ACIM's "guilt" equates to Tolle's pain body, so in a way it's simply the "wrong mind." His biblical " New Earth" is the Course's " Real World." On and on. So, once you adjust for those...more
Michael
Feb 28, 2008 Michael rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michael by: Mom
Practically: spot-on treatment of the ego as problem source. Lots of advice that would be beneficial for most people.

Philosophically: not rigorous, despite an implicit claim to be the next step following the path from Descartes through Sartre. Equivocal vocabulary lets him subtly draw questionable logical connections. Some metaphysical foundations are implicitly assumed. Notably missing is any treatment of ethics, or much in the way of implications at all. All in all, I am probably giving him to...more
Trudy
This is a follow up to Tolle's The Power of Now. I read this one first, and got a lot more out of it. This is a book about how what we tell ourselves about our world (experiences, relationships, events) becomes our world, for good or bad. It also gives practical advice (if you're willing to hang in there) about how to transform your thinking so as to improve your life and truly live in the Now. Tolle pulls from every religious system out there, and introduces new (to me) perspectives on biblical...more
Mary
This is basically The Landmark Forum in book form. I'm very curious about the relationship between Tolle and Landmark Education, but I haven't been able to find any info on that so far. I suspect that I find this book so powerful because I've done The Landmark Forum. I suspect it might be a little too theoretical to have much practical impact on my real life if I didn't have that background and training. Read this book if you've ever considered doing the Forum to get a little taste of what the F...more
Brittany B.
It's been qyite a while since I read this.
I remember reading it during a soul searching time in my life. I also remember the great inspiration and clarity I felt while reading.

Unfortunately, Echkart Tolle seems to have become greedy: he started selling guide after guide, workbook after workbook, and audio guides for everything he preaches. The amount of MERCHANDISE that goes with an Eckart Tolle book is reminiscent of the toys and dolls created after a hit Disney Movie. Did I mention he did th...more
Cheryl
Feb 16, 2008 Cheryl rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: graduates, all adults
Shelves: inspirational
5 stars! Uplifting and inspiring!

Having Oprah Winfrey say, "Your book is my book club pick" epitomizes a leap in success. It's certainly the dream of almost every author I know. For one Canadian author it's a dream come true. Vancouver-based author and spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle must feel like he's riding a wave. His book A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose is Oprah's 61st choice for her book club. Oprah is hugely responsible for Tolle's earlier rise in fame as she launched his 20...more
Babs
Initially, I had trouble getting into the book. In my mind, the first couple dozen pages seemed written in pig latin. I put the book down for a few days and upon resuming, gems as noted below started jumping off the pages.


"When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world". ~Eckhart Tolle

"...the voice in the head, perhaps in the very moment it complains about something, and recognize it for what it is: the v...more
Carrie
I loved the way the 'A New Earth' brings light to how we can get past our ego-based conciousness to really experience happiness. One of my favorite quotes was on page 134, "Although the body is very intelligent, it cannot tell the difference between an actual situation and a thought. It reacts to every thought as if it were a reality..." Another favorite is on pg. 141, "Nothing ever happened in the past that can prevent you from being present now; and if the past cannot prevent you from being pr...more
Jen
To me, this book is pretty much a great overview on what is wrong with the world- the human ego. In a weird way, I regret ever having read this book because it opened my eyes so greatly to the hidden egocentric motivation behind every human thought and action that I can't stop seeing the underlying ego behind everything, and everyone, I encounter.

I think this book should be required reading for everyone; the problem is, many people will read this book and see others in it, but not themselves. T...more
Jaime
so far...
i'm disappointed.
i feel its language is too simple...
it's hardly holding my attention, but i'm waiting
and waiting for it to bite me.




2/12/08:
i was wrong: this book rocks.
for many years now i have been examining
this exact approach to life
and tolle's genius is that he uses language in a way
that most (i hope) can relate to.
releasing egotistical impulse is a major KEY to joy.

consider relationships:
as soon as we begin to find ourselves attaching
(relying on the external joy the other offers)
t...more
Liz
I just finished and I can't rate this book. Reading it a second time seems like the most logical step in order to give an accurate rating.

It's a hard book to read. At least it was for me. A lot of content went in one ear and out the other. Not that I wasn't reading but I wasn't able to grasp everything. The first time through, a lot of the book seemed repetitive. Like Tolle had to tell us, the reader, over and over again the same thing in order for us to understand what he was saying. I think I...more
Marissa
Wow. This is a life changing book. My only criticism is that Tolle is a theorist and so doesn't give many applicable examples of how to use the theories in real life. This I've had to do on my own. But this book is well worth the read. Here's the rub: you can read it and do nothing or you can read it and try to alter your way of thinking. When will someone write a book that makes people's lives change that doesn't take work??? :)
Jenny
I was so absolutely disappointed with this book. With all the hype I thought it might actually be something good but surprised at how much bull was in it! I am feeling so sad about the people that have bought into this bag of bull because they must be in a very desperate place to find themselves and if this is what helps them well, I just cannot imagine the insanity.

Seriously! If you want to be told that EVERYONE (including yourself) is Schitzo, posessed and unconsciouss well, then read the book...more
Karen
I can say that I am awakening! It took the second reading for the concepts to make sense and now I read it in a whole new light..the awakened state of Being. Though I grasp the Being part and are conscience most of my day, the ego and finding the 'space' beyond ego is not always there. But I look at it this way, I have had 34 years of ego and pain-body and it's a tough habit to break.
This book has indeed changed my veiw on life..stress of the past, present, and future is practically gone if I am...more
Eva
I'm reading through some of the reviews and I see that people are complaining that this book isn't giving them anything new, and whilst reading they were going "yeah, yeah, I know, I know" and so on. I do understand what they mean by it. Indeed book does mention a lot of familiar things, ideas and thoughts, for me at least, but are we living them?

To keep it short - I'm giving this book 5 stars - First, I always like to read a book that gives a different point of view on everyday things or situat...more
Hamza
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الأرض . منذ مئة وأربع عشرة مليون سنة مضت . وفي صباح أحد الأيام تماما بعد شروق الشمس . تتفتح أول زهرة ظهرت على سطح الكوكب , لتستقبل أشعة الشمس , قبل هذا الحدث الهائل , الذي يعلن عن تحول ثوري في حياة النباتات كان الكوكب قد اكتسى مسبقا بالحياة
النباتية ملايين السنين ربما لم تعش أول زهرة لفترة طويلة , بطريقة ما في أحد الأيام تم التوصل الى بداية انتقادية , وفجأة حدث انفجار اللون والرائحة في كافة أرجاء الكوكب ..ولو كان الوعي المدرك...more
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Mark
This book challenged me. It took me a while to get used to the authors launguage and terms. I nearly closed it for good because of my unfamiliarity with what I first took for esoteric, buddhist-like language that didn't mean anything to me. I hung on and was rewarded! In the end it was worth it. Ultimately, Tolle points out (sometimes painfully) the central role our ego plays in nearly everything we do. Our egoic tendancies are the principle stumbling block to "concsiousness." According to Tolle...more
Ryan
Jan 02, 2009 Ryan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone, really. Check it out.
Wisest book I've ever read.
A lot of what I found here are things that I feel I've always known, or long ago intuited. I suppose Tolle would say that my awakening is beginning. I say that's a good way to sell books - compliment your readers;-) Not that I hold that against him. I was truly impressed and a little bit inspired by this book. It's call to simply be aware (the idea that you are not the "I", you are the awareness that is aware of the "I") is fascinating when you can get it. The wisdom...more
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Eckhart Tolle , born Ulrich Leonard Tolle, February 16, 1948, is a German-born writer, public speaker, and spiritual teacher. The New York Times has called him "the most popular spiritual author in the nation". He is the author of the bestsellers "The Power of Now" and "A New Earth".
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