The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
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Now on CD, the best-selling Power of Now shows how a combination of Buddhist principles, meditation theory, and relaxation techniques can connect a person to “the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death.” “A reminder to be truly present in our own lives.... The result? More joy, right now.” — O: The Oprah Magazine
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Published October 15th 2001 by New World Library (first published March 1st 1999)
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Stacy
Apr 08, 2014 Stacy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in evolving spiritually
Mr. Tolle spent two years sitting on park benches and simply "living in the moment" prior to writing this book. I doubt whether I will ever take the time in my life to do such a thing, however the suggestion he offers that we all spend a ridiculous amount of time either worrying about the future, or dwelling on the past has impacted me in a huge way. Until I read this book, I never noticed how in sane my mind can make me if I choose to let it. Tolle implores the reader to take the reigns of his...more
Sean O'Neil
Apr 23, 2008 Sean O'Neil rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fools and idiots
What a pompous fraud this guy is, this Eckhart Tolle. He steals the classic works of Eastern cultures and repackages them in a poorly-written and impossibly stupid manner. He talks about rocks being alive. But he doesn't say what makes them alive, what gives them that metaphoric quality.

This is metaphysics presented in a Naked Emperor fashion, packaged for those who are ill-educated and cloistered in a materialistic Judeo-Christian (read: American, British, Israeli) mindset. Nothing original her...more
Erin
Jul 28, 2008 Erin rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One
There is no nice way to say this. I hated this book with a fiery passion. It did not make me feel at peace. Rather, it made me want to chew off my arm. I bet if we asked Eckhart Tolle why I felt that way, he'd say that I wasn't really listening to his message.

My problems with the book were as follows. First off, the tone of the book was extremely condescending. Written in a question/answer format, many of the answers started out with "You're not really listening" or "You don't understand what I'...more
Kristoffer
There is a point in our lives when we say enough is enough. This is what this book is about. In one of his greatest works Eckhart Tolle teaches us the real meaning of spirituality. He teaches us the importance of the present moment. Through the recognition of the ego he makes us aware of how it destroys our lives. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for the real meaning of their lives and to anyone who is sick and tired of the usual thing.

The first time I encountered this book was w...more
Edwin B
Oct 08, 2007 Edwin B rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
Upon 2nd reading of this book, I realized that any form of negativity I may have in the moment actually reflects a resistance to the present moment - a refusal to accept the here and now (which is the only reality).

Previous to this, I had thought that negativity simply is - and therefore should simply be noticed and accepted as part of the current reality, and not struggled against.

True, negativity shouldn't be railed at nor struggled against - but should instead be simply noticed. However, noti...more
Michael
Mar 01, 2013 Michael rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Also on my bookshelf is a review of Tolle's THE NEW EARTH. I read it because of the recommendation from Oprah. In that review I said he used 300 pages to say what he could have said in a 10 page essay. I read this book because someone I know said it was great. I think it's just another bunch of psycho-babble bullshit this rich con-man threw together. Really people....if you have issues, go get help without throwing your money away on this kind of crap. No, I did not buy it....the book is a loane...more
Jillian
Oct 28, 2009 Jillian rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tracy Baptista
Recommended to Jillian by: Oprah
I've read a few books with similar messages about living in the present, being mindful, and grateful--it's a very zen-like message--but this book was different. Tolle explains that we are not our thoughts.

"The very fact that we can objectively observe our thinking, he reasoned, suggests that the constant and often negative dialogue in our heads is separate from who we are."

That's a quote I took from the interview between Tolle and Oprah from the May article in O magazine since I think it sums u...more
Natali
I passed this book dozens of times in my yoga studio back in 2003. It was so popular and its praises so well sung by my yoga teacher, Steve Ross, that I thought it must be a bunch of new age mumbo jumbo. I didn't want to read it because I thought that it would entail jumping on some Los Angeles hippy bandwagon.

I opened myself up to Eckhart Tolle after watching him on Oprah's Spirit Channel and I'm so glad that I did. This book is really great. It contains such simple philosophy that is so hard...more
Jeff
I like Echkart Tolle. I recommend this book if you are into new age spirituality or not. Even if you aren't into spirituality at all, check it out. I mean, jeez, spiritual enlightenment for less than $20, how could you go wrong?

I sometimes struggle with doubts about him, but I do this with all spiritual teachers. Another reviewer described him as a "pompous fraud" who "steals the classic works of Eastern cultures and repackages them in a poorly-written and impossibly stupid manner." My conscious...more
Anna
First of all, I must say I'm very much into all kinds of self-help books as well as new age stuff. I'm a believer! I read avidly all about OBE, reincarnations, karma, mindfulness, meditation practices and I try to make use of what I read in my everyday life. So, of course, I was looking forward to this book, especially as it was recommended to me by people whose opinion I value.

And my oh my, wasn't it total deception. I made it until about half of the book when I realized I really could take no...more
Laura
Another one of those awesome, life-changing books!
howl of minerva
It would be easy to dismiss this book as a fruit-salad of New Age and pseudo-buddhist clichés, mashed to a fine purée of nonsense and sold as a cure for what ails you in our age of secular alienation. In fact, that is what it is and that is what I'll do.

The book opens with what readers of religious texts, the erowid archives and Huxley's The Doors of Perception will recognise as a classic mystical experience, epiphany or trip:

"One night not long after my twenty-ninth birthday, I woke up in the...more
Amy Almarri
صاحبني هذا الكتاب اسبوعا كاملا .. على رغم انشغالي الهائل .. كان تفكيري منصب حول ماهية الآن ..
ربما التجربة التي مررت بها كانت قاسيه لتجعلني افكر بحلول "الآن" .. وهذا الكتاب كان بمثابة هدية من الله ان وهبني اياه بهذا الوقت

طريقك للخلاص من الافكار والأنا التي تتماثل مع العقل لتتعسنا لترجعنا للماضي لتثبت اننا لانعيش إلا من بقاياه او بالمستقبل وكان السعادة ستأتي من خلال كذا وكذا .. او من خلال الماديات او ماسيأتي في المستقبل ..

الكتاب بال 200 صفحة يحومون حول الفكرة التي مفادها كيف تعيش اللحظة وتنسجم م...more
Nancie
I don't really know how to put into words what I'm trying to say here.

Simply put, this book made a big impact on me. I can't say I loved or hated it because personal taste doesn't seem relevant. All I can say is that this book was very significant to me and did affect me, it was nothing to do with liking it or not. When I read these kinds of book, I don't do it to like it, I do it to expand my mind, or to challenge my mind. Just like when you learn history or another subject, you do it to have...more
Stephanie
I am up at stupid o'clock because my redneck neighbors upstairs are fighting once again. I'm sure whatever it is about, it has nothing to do with "Now". It's got to be about something such as, who took who's cigarettes, beer, and baby mama yesterday and what they plan to do to each other tomorrow in revenge. But what they are really doing is ruining my "now"......you flippin' ASSHATS! *shakes her fist at the ceiling fan*

Anyway......I digress.

Eckhart Tolle had an epiphany, or, a complete mental b...more
Jason
(orignally written in 2006)

Books were a major part of my gift giving this year and, being slightly amazon.com obsessive, I used their gift guides to inform my purchases. The guides provided by magazine editors were especially helpful and despite myself, I bought a hell of a lot of the suggestions from O. When I received the box in the mail, I realized that all of the items I had purchased had intended recipients except for one: The Power of Now.

I cracked the binding and read the first line of th...more
Stephanie
I was excited to read this book. I am drawn to the power of thought, the law of attraction mixed with letting go of the past and living in the moment. I thought this book would further teach about how living in the now is so important, as present moment really is all we have. However the way this book was constructed was poor. The Q & A weren't very helpful as the questions posted weren't even any questions I would have asked and oftentimes his answers were rude... say things like "you don't...more
Andi
May 01, 2007 Andi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People with busy minds that need to slow down
This book is an excellent guide to shutting of your brain noise. We let our brains run us mad most of the time, and never really stop to enjoy the space we are in. Always dwelling over the past, or fretting about the future. This book points out that the future is 100% unpredictable (so stop making up stories about what is going to happen when you have absolutely NO IDEA) and to stop worrying about the past because no amount of energy devoted to the past will change it. Instead, be in the now; b...more
Steph
Dec 17, 2008 Steph rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Someone at the bottom of the hole with no way out
Shelves: not-worth-it
If you are looking for a self-help book, then go a head and read this one - it may actually help you. Otherwise, don't give it to someone else unless they are already actively seeking self-help/enlightenment advice.
Honestly, I couldn't get past the first chapter of this book. An acquaintance gave it to me; apparently he was worried that I wasn't a happy camper. It's closer to the truth to say that he has a bad tendency to try to change people when they don't fit he pre-determined picture of how...more
Amany  A A
How Many time during the day have you caught you're self lost ?

Lost in thoughts , memories or mental dialogues ?
What should've happened ? What will happen ?
Why didn't I say this ? Or Do that ?
how many times have U caught yourself 20 minutes later completely indulged in thoughts and carried away with emotions about things that exist ONLY in your head ? Things that never happened , or happened a very long time ago ?

In my case , many many many times !

This book will help you to look up , look
...more
Xavier Guillaume
Mar 19, 2014 Xavier Guillaume rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, seriously Everyone should read this book
The suggestions in this book are similar to suggestions I've heard from someone I know who is in psychic school. He told me about root chakras and staying grounded while being in the center of your head. Reading this book, I believe being present is similar to these teachings.

When you are grounded, no negativity can enter your space. You are connected to the Earth, no harm can come to you, it only takes a little focus. Similarly, when you are present, no negativity can enter your space. The book...more
Loy Machedo
Loy Machedo’s Book Review – The Power of Now by Echkart Tolle.

Before I start thrashing the book, let me give you a few interesting facts.
• The book was published in the late 1990.
• Initially around 3000 copies were printed.
• Oprah Winfrey the great influencer recommended this book in her magazine (did she even understand the book?)
• After this debacle, the sales shot up to 3 Million Copies translated into 33 languages. (Its no surprise why every author wants Oprah to recommend their book).

So let...more
Fred
Jul 03, 2008 Fred rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: most everyone
Recommended to Fred by: friend
This is a hard one for me. I have it in audio book and am letting it rest.

Now I have finished it and rated it now. This is a good book because it has a lot of wisdom in it and meshes very well with other great spiritual teachings that are at the top of my list. It also meshes well with my own experience and common sense - a guideline that Buddha gave.
Bottom line, religious organizations from the major lines (Catholic, Protestant, or even evangelical or any other kind) have basically taken som...more
Susie
This book came highly recommended on a blog I read, and it was recommended alongside another book in the same vein that I read and loved - so I thought, "Why not?"

And here's why not:

Although the book has a handful of insights and important concepts overall (which you could probably pick up from ANY book about meditation - you know, things about going through life consciously rather than unconsciously, aware of emotions and separate from judgement, accepting of the present rather than dwelling...more
Marcus Knight
This is an awful, awful book. Sorry, there's no other way of putting it. And I can hear people saying already "but it makes me feel better".
Whatever makes you feel in control, I guess. But sometimes things which make us feel better aren’t necessarily true or even good for us. Tolle and others like him are squarely in the camp of woo (as the great Randi would say!). They promote a watered down and ultimately meaningless new-age theology. (And of course Oprah loves him.) I expected more, but he si...more
Dawn
I like what Tolle is saying, but how he says it bugs me--sort of New Agey acceptance and love and peace mumbo jumbo. It's on a recommended reading list for a Zen meditation class I'm taking. Tolle's A New Earth is also on the list. Maybe I'll like it better.

As for the message of The Power of Now, I think the following exchange in Mel Brooks' zen classic Spaceballs sums it up better than this book:

Colonel Sandurz: Now. You're looking at now, sir. Everything that happens now, is happening now.
Dark...more
Jonathan
The Power of Now is an appealingly written mix of powerful spiritual truths, meaningless babble, and falsehoods. Tolle has taken some good wisdom from the world's religions, dressed it in New Age language, personalized it with his own less impressive wisdom, and then used a powerful personal story* to sell the book.

I gave it the second star because it really does emphasize some good aspects of spirituality (especially the freedom of living in the moment). If you already have a good grounding in...more
Stacey Marie Robinson
Eckhart Tolle's literary voice of reason is so alluring and inspirational, that once you finish the last pages and close the cover of one of his books for good...you find yourself wishing you could continuously hear his thoughts, suggestions, and perspectives indefinitely as you go through your daily routine.

I just finished reading his book The Power of Now, and was equally as impressed with it as the previous book I read from him, A New Earth.

Like millions of others, I was introduced to Eckhart...more
Moad
Even though I started with a bit of "resistance" to this book, however, it turns out to be what I needed the most - peace within. What you couldn't grasp at the beginning will all make sense at the end. The author writes in a profound and eloquent style, providing necessary examples of our everyday life with a seasoning of eastern/Sufi philosophy. The Power of Now is a powerful book of answers to the main and maybe only problems we're having in life. Whatever you would feel to have a grab at: ad...more
Ruxandra
Jan 02, 2013 Ruxandra rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All my friends :)
Even though self development literature is not my favourite genre, this one is great. I have read only a part of it before giving it as a present to my friend who recommended it to me in the first place. It was quite effective at that time (6 months ago) in making me a person both more relaxed and more aware of what happens around me. It confirmed my theory that there is no time to be bored, to despair, to hate, etc. It succeeds in making you look at and enjoy the really important things in live...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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