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Awareness by Anthony de Mello
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Jan 13, 2009

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Perhaps the most cynical self-help book I've ever read, but I guess that's why it appeals. I'm too proud to read self-help books and this is my first that was lent to me by an acquaintance.

The writing is occasionally akward, but I grew to like it. I believe the book is transcripted from a cassette tape lecture? It reads that way.

No major epiphanies. Some passages leave me feeling vindicated. Others let me know I've got some work to do...anger managment and passive aggressive tendencies.

Mello has no set theory, he talks like a strange uncle, his advice is his, not from an authority. And he seems pretty well travelled in terms of opinions and life views. He was (?) a Jesuit priest, a psychoananlyst, psychologist, a scholar of Buddhist and Hindu texts, as well as a collector of some bizarre, but funny jokes and anecdotes. He ends up sounding more like a new age street preacher rather than any one of these things. If you are looking to WAKE UP!, try it out.
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Bobby Don't you like easy-to-read books?

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