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Tying Rocks to Clouds

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  176 ratings  ·  25 reviews
With intrepid good spirits, author Bill Elliott interviews the world's foremost spiritual figures, acquainting us with their exuberant earthly charms as well as their insight and intelligence. Propelled since childhood by the untimely deaths of his parents, Elliott traveled the globe to meet with these luminaries and directly find out their answers to the fundamental quest ...more
Paperback, 267 pages
Published April 1996 by Image (first published 1995)
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Apr 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone seeking a spiritual path.
Recommended to Yaron by: My friend, Peter
A very good book of interviews with "wise and spiritual people" as the sub-title says. The author, William Elliott, seeks spiritual enlightenment and asks questions about life, meaning and purpose, and gets answers from souls with very interesting points of view. I enjoyed learning about what other people have to say about questions that I myself ask.

A note to the author/reader/seeker: "The one you are looking for is the one who is looking."
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Beginner Seekers of Spirituality
I was expecting more from this book based on the reviews. There were so many interesting people that he interviewed, yet there wasn't much substance in many of their responses. It felt at times more like responses I hear from many of my pothead friends than long-term practitioners of different ways of life/religions. However, there were a few gems scattered throughout the book. ...more
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Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fascinating read on diverse spiritual figures from many traditions. It is a good primer for those trying to understand what spiritual paths are out there. A reader can make comparisons and see how seemingly different approaches to a spiritual life are all valid. The heart is always at the center of them.
Jan 01, 2009 rated it liked it
it was okay, really. some of the questions were just all too common -- "what is the purpose of life?" -- i feel like process or experience should've replaced "purpose." i'm also weirded out by the circumstances that brought william elliot to complete this book - his apparent baldness around age 20 and seclusion from friends, life, etc. seems a little superficial to me - i mean, if someone thinks about that kind of thing all the time and wishes he didn't, i think a journey to find and cure the se ...more
Sep 20, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: thinkers and feelers
Recommended to Naomi by: a former employer
Shelves: on-my-bookshelf
It took me a year-and-a-half to get through this book, but that was mostly because I wanted to get the most out of it so I didn't force myself to read it when I wasn't in the right mindset for it. It's a great book to read a chapter at a time. I marked my copy all up underlining all these great thoughts that I had never been exposed to before. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to get a glimpse into a wide variety of philosophies and beliefs in an interesting format: the author is s ...more
Jan 12, 2008 rated it liked it
Every now and then I pick up something to read that answers to the part of me that gropes for something spiritual in nature to explain why people live and make decisions the way they do. This book has a pleasant narration and follows the authors attempts to understand "life" and "the world" and stuff of that nature. Interviews are interesting enough to spend time with and include a few worthy commments from the Dali Lama, Mother Teresa, Ram Daas,the author himself, and Elisabeth Kubler-Ross who ...more
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, these are the same questions I want to ask people. William himself is hilarious and I wanted there to be more stories about him. My favorite parts were his own anecdotal stories more than the "great thinkers". He was at a retreat for a week or so focusing on being present in the moment, I think in Tibet. When he finally left after driving a few hours he realized he forgot his bag. I was laughing out loud. ...more
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Deep! This book showed me the commonalities that believers of different faiths can have (which they might not realize!). There were so many truly wise and encompassing thoughts regarding life in general and how powerful faith can be in someone's life. This book gives you a feeling of standing on solid, hopeful ground. ...more
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Awesome read... love this quote from Elisabeth Kubler-Ross: "The highest ideal we can reach is the orginal state in which we were created as children of God, with all the love, compassion, and creativity we used to have before we thought 'We can't do it without God.'"

This book is almost 20 years old, but the interviews are interesting. I enjoyed reading it...
Aug 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Bill Elliott searches for answers to life's fundamental questions. For almost a decade Bill goes to speak with many famous religious leaders--Mother Teresa, Dalai Lama, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, and others, and asks them these questions. Often funny and enlightening. It reveals the wisdom and humaness of highly spiritual people. ...more
Mar 12, 2013 rated it liked it
I enjoyed Mr Elliott's writing style. I would love to see a follow up or newly edited version. Some of the chapter's were amazing, learned so much. Other's should be dropped as it has been a while and some have been proven to be well, not good people. Glad I read it. ...more
Sep 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: enlightenment
Recommended by my aunt, who is a very progressive minister. You don't have to be religious to appreciate this book. It provided a wide array of perspectives and insights from different spiritual figures and appealed to my philosophical yearnings. ...more
Apr 24, 2008 rated it liked it
A seemingly perfectly average person interviews spiritual and wise people. It's a fairly short book. The reader is not expected to adopt any of the ideals presented, but simply be exposed to other perspectives on the purpose of life. Why not like it? ...more
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wonderful overview of the thoughts of various spiritual/philosophy leaders of different world religions on the meaning of life. It was a little dry at times, but very interesting overall.
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Good read.
Feb 07, 2013 rated it liked it
What you would expect in a spiritual book. Elliot interviews many different meditators, yogis and other religious people for the meaning of life. There are some good nuggets...
Apr 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
A beautiful modern quest to an eclectic bunch of thinkers. Read it just to find out about Kubler-Ross's lieu;). ...more
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite books that I read while in the Dominican Republic. I felt like a slower paced life helped me absorb all the different perspectives this book offers.
Mar 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
You will come back to the passages of this book again and again. The author's conjuring and thought-provoking are exquisitely artful and connect in a way that few other "new age" titles achieve. ...more
Sep 02, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: peacecorps
great quotes and interesting looks at life, faith and love.
Sep 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Very good book profiling various leaders and their beliefs or non beliefs in religion.
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A guidebook to the gurus and spiritual ideas of our time, in the form of interviews conducted by a humble searcher of meaning. I keep re-reading it.
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