This book bored me so much. If it wasn't my finish complex I probably would have finished. But I was holding out hope things would change, speed up, t...moreThis book bored me so much. If it wasn't my finish complex I probably would have finished. But I was holding out hope things would change, speed up, that ann brashares would surprise me or just come up with one of those nice scenes she is so good at. Unfortunately they were a no show in this one. She wrote one of my favourite, had-to-own, books, 'my name is memory', and I can't really wrap my head around that she also wrote this boring, uninteresting, book. There was so much talk, so much description and not enough scenes and interaction. The plot followed the typicical script of a secret that didn't have to be a secret turning into a misunderstanding that became a wedge between two people. The way either of these people acted seemed unnatural and just plain dumb. Why so much beating around the bush, why not just confront the issues? I would never have the patience for that, I'm a face it kind of girl, and even if these two people weren't, they just still didn't make sense. It seemed their characters were more fitted for the plot than the plot happening naturally because of their personalities. What was probably meant as suspense was just boring. Just get on with it, just talk about it, just DO something for christs sake! ALL the characters were flat and stereotyped and unnatural, and I really didn't care for either of them. I couldn't even feel the tragedy because it didn't seen to happen to real people but to made up people. So yeah, no thank you.(less)
A thrilling read. I was encaptured in the crime and the mystery and the excitement of the now and the future and the time travel. Lots at stake. Mindf...moreA thrilling read. I was encaptured in the crime and the mystery and the excitement of the now and the future and the time travel. Lots at stake. Mindf*cking.
The love story actually took a backseat to that, even if they were cute... (less)
I love Adyashanti. His teachings, his persona, his words, his voice, his presence, his caring and loving nature, his peace, his humor, his downtoearth...moreI love Adyashanti. His teachings, his persona, his words, his voice, his presence, his caring and loving nature, his peace, his humor, his downtoearth-ness, his smile, his grace. He may not always be all of this, but that is how I know him. From the YouTube videos and the satsang I was lucky enough to attend, here, in Copenhagen where I live. This was my first book with Adya. And I've got to admit: I prefer him live. Or as close to it. I missed his voice, his laugh, and the way he speaks his words that goes right to the core of me and that I carry with me, as reminders. Much of what was said in this book I've already discovered for myself, so I didn't have many revelations. The brick wall image stuck with me. But there are some of the YouTube videos and the satsang that has had more piercing impact on me. Nevertheless, Adya is a teacher whose words and wisdom and presence reach me, deeply and profoundly, just by being close to them, I'm reminded of all this, that lies in me, in the universe. And that makes me better able embrace Life and What is. And that is a gift for which I'm grateful.(less)
This book didn't do much for me until the last pages. That's probably my fault (if there is any fault or a blame at all). It just didn't penetrate me...moreThis book didn't do much for me until the last pages. That's probably my fault (if there is any fault or a blame at all). It just didn't penetrate me at all. The words were mostly just words and I couldn't get at and experience whatever Krishnarmurti was talking about. And wasn't even sure I agreed.with or liked him all that much. Most of it seemed like stuff id already heard and in ways that I could better connect with. It didn't ignite my curiosity to dig deep into and meditate over the questions or words spoken. And it bothered me how Krishnarmurti kept demanding 'listen, listen, listen, not just to my words, investigate' me being all like, 'mister I'll damn right decide for myself when and how and to whom I'll listen. Just do your thing and let me do mine.' So Krishnarmurti talked and talked for pages on and on about this or that and I was supposed to listen but didn't really care. And then towards the end where it was broken up into shorter paragraphs, sometimes just a few lines, words began to sink in and ring true and I could connect with them. I don't know (hahaha. You'll get it if you've read it) why this was so. It was just different. I think I prefer Krishnarmurti in quotes and short, piercing lines, instead of the long monologues.(less)
Didn't find anything new in this book or anything old that was put in a different light. No lost teachings of Jesus that I could find or that was clea...moreDidn't find anything new in this book or anything old that was put in a different light. No lost teachings of Jesus that I could find or that was clearly stated. It seemed more like Prophets speaking and teaching, not Jesus' voice. Not that they necessarily differ too much. I believe in the Christmind that we can develop and gain acces to, and I too believe that Jesus has been misunderstood and things have been omitted or changed, and that he probably believed in and taught about reincarnation and karma and a whole lot of other things that we'll probably never know, but that each of us will have to decide for ourselves. The problem with this book is that in my opinion it pretends to be something it's not. It pretends to uncover a large chunk of the mystery around Jesus and it didn't. Not to me anyhow. I agreed with Prophet on several issues (but not all), but to me it was just the basics, so a bit redundant. I didn't come away from it with new ideas or new way of putting old ideas or more reflected or in touch with my truth. Maybe it's because I'm not a Bible fanatic and I've long ago come to the conclusion that it's a book written by humans for humans and that it is not the only Source to knowledge of God. And of course it can be read and interpreted different ways; even to support reincarnation and karma. And I think that just like with everything else we cannot trust anything just by the authority it claims to have - we have to constantly ask and feel within ourselves, wether it holds truth for us. Not as a whole, but in the parts. What do you believe? This statement; what does it mean to you? Is that what you think? How you'd explain it? The answers lie within ourselves, often prodded and hinted at from external sources (that we attract it that is put in our path), and whatever truth is holds depends on how much and what we are ready to see.
And I guess I've just already seen this; God is a loving God; we are Beings of power that are responsible for what we manifest; the karma law works for all and to balance things out and ensure our growth and learning; Jesus' words and teachings aren't defined by scholars and enclosed in the Bible - Jesus speaks. Still. To anyone who will listen. Which is why I find it pointless to put so much value on the specific words in the Bible, as Prophet also does. Reinterpreting and rehashing them. Yes there is so much MORE, not just to be understood by this one source, but to find, to hear, to learn - by other sources too! Don't stare blindly at the Bible, it doesn't hold the keys, it is not THE door, just open your mind and heart to Love, to God, to yourself. And you will find your answers. And they will come through many doors and many voices. Listen. Feel. Know.
Janssen writes so attentively, poignant and self-revealing, that he feels like a friend, like an actual human being, not...moreAmazing. From start to finish.
Janssen writes so attentively, poignant and self-revealing, that he feels like a friend, like an actual human being, not just some removed intellectual and it gives meaning and depth and closeness to the book and every line and makes it feel like you're having a conversation; like you're involved too, because he makes himself real, authentic and his questions and personal statements bring out the personal in yourself, as well as the fact that Janssen addresses questions directly to the reader, bringing the reader in closer contact with the material and the author. If only all intellectuals dared write like this - with themselves, the authors, present and human! This book is funny, interesting, important and I want to own it so I can go back and read it a million times over and underline all the great passages and lines. This book, even if it is about psychology, scientific to some extent, is REAL. It is about you and me and our lives and our basic human nature, our commonalities as well as our uniqueness, our creativity, our transcendent selves and godlike nature. This book spoke to my heart, my soul and my human self. I absolutely loved it.(less)