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The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life's Perfection

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  8,583 ratings  ·  756 reviews
From the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller The Untethered Soul comes this thought-provoking, inspirational memoir on the magic that happens when you just let go

Spirituality is meant to bring about harmony and peace. But the diversity of our philosophies, beliefs, concepts, and views about the soul often leads to confusion. To reconcile the noise that clouds spirit
Paperback, 252 pages
Published June 2nd 2015 by Harmony
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Oct 02, 2015 rated it liked it
I was really torn between giving this a 2-star and a 4-star.

Pros - it's very well written. It's also a powerful concept - of acknowledging the limit of our control, not being committed to a single outcome, but rather being open to where life takes us and letting things unfold as they do. The 2-page "premise" section sums this up beautifully, and the repetition of examples in the book are helpful.

Cons - it's really hard for to relate to someone who has an epiphany at age 22 and then never varies
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
Ultimately, this book is about the art of allowing...of radical freedom, really. It's about following your passions and then lining up with whatever circumstances life places before you.

Here are some of my favorite lines:

"The sharp line I had drawn between spiritual and nonspiritual had begun to fade. The energy I experienced while teaching my classes...was the same energy I was dealing with in my yoga and meditations."

"Every time I got into or out of my car, I would slow down my breath and vis
Uwe Hook
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
I was hoping for a book that expanded on the wisdom of the Untethered Soul, which I thought was brilliant and life changing. I did enjoy the beginning of the book where Mr. Singer discusses the beginnings of his spiritual seeking and how his life fell into place in so many ways. I loved hearing about the spiritual commune he started and the spiritual teachers that he met and learned from. But I was caught off guard when he began to discuss developing his medical software billing empire. It becam ...more
Feb 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
Let me start off by saying that I love the idea behind this book - the reason I purchased it. I want to better understand how to surrender to life, so my review and rating have nothing to do with the subject matter.

Obviously, this is Singer's story and it is his to tell, but I got absolutely nothing out of this book at all, which *might* have been acceptable if this were a third rate thriller, not a book which was obviously written as an enlightenment tool/read.

While I did not expect to get a "
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Well, that’s 250 pages of humble bragging.

Summary: Surrendering to life is easy when everything goes your way. Apparently, Mr. Singer had to learn to be OK with surrendering to people repeatedly telling him how awesome he is.

The Surrender Experiment reminds me of nothing of the books I’ve read about Buddhism and yoga. A closer counterpart would be prosperity gospel and the idea that you’re simply not praying hard enough if life isn’t going your way.

Regarding the court case at the end: As an atto
Michael Shore
Apr 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
I enjoyed Singer's "The Untethered Soul" and was hoping for more of the good stuff here.
Boy, was I disappointed.

This book is unbelievably obnoxious.

It’s ostensibly about surrender, yet Singer never finds the time to clarify what he means by the concept. For the most part, he appears to define surrender as saying yes to any opportunities that arise—especially those which he felt resistance towards. At times, however, he considers the rejection of opportunities as the epitome of surrender. That'
Lisa Guevara
Aug 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Like some other readers, I was excited by the idea of this book--surrendering to the way life unfolds and attempting to step away from the ego and concept of "self" which often gets in our way. But I was a bit disappointed. I wanted more depth, more of an idea of Micky's day to day life--how DOES this surrender concept really work. I also couldn't help but wonder what his wife and child think of it all, what their experience has been. Obviously, this is his story, his version of what "surrenderi ...more
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a fascinating and pretty crazy life story this author had! Really interesting premise about how surrendering to the flow of life's events created a pretty incredible and interesting life for the author. I was a big fan of his prior book and this was a good follow-on book.

A few notes/quotes I highlighted:

* Every day, we give precedence to our mind’s thoughts over the reality unfolding before us. We regularly say things like, “It better not rain today because I’m going camping” or “I better
Dec 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
This one about does it for me on memoirs. While I understand the benefits of meditation on one's health and well-being, Singer's story, as he tells it, seems to imply that embracing full zenness is essential for getting good things in life and being successful. So here's my take:

1. Singer had the advantage of an upper middle class existence at the time that he "discovered" his ideology. No responsibilities, plenty of money to "tune in, drop out", and basically take a sabbatical from the real wor
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really loved “The Untethered Soul” and thought this would be the author’s journey to have written such a beautiful book,but....
This book was Michael Singer’s brag book. He has an spiritual awakening at the age of 22 and by surrendering preferences builds a life that he would have never dreamed of. I feel most of have lives we never thought we’d have. Life is full of surprises some good, some not but we learn, survive and hopefully grow from these events. Michael Singer’s story was not spiritua
Nicole D. Lybrand
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book ebbs and flows in sometimes awkward increments, but the overall message and story are quite incredible. It is a wonderful reminder of how little control we have and how much we torture ourselves with the illusion of control. Written from the heart it is a worthwhile read. Highly recommend!
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
An enjoyable and inspiring read that slowly devolves into the chronicles of a top-tier businessman who's into meditation and letting go but not enough to stop reminding us (and himself) he's surprised to have found himself at that level even though he's just a ponytail woodhippy.

I appreciate the message, and Michael's attitude and some events are conveyed in a convincing manner - enough to make me want to nudge more towards surrender in my day to day life - but on the whole, it's very incomplet
Lindsay Nixon
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is one of the most boring memoirs I've ever read.

If you're looking for wisdom/help on how YOU can surrender/practice meditation, this is probably not the book for you.

This book is a long, yawning narrative of Singer's life, mostly him babbling on about how he started meditating and surrendering. The entire time I kept thinking "get on with it already" and "what is the point? why are you telling me this anecdote?" By "part 3" which is some 18 chapters in, we still hadn't gotten anywhere.

Vivian Adram
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved The Untethered Soul and now I love this one too. Given the rubbish judicial system currently in my country, I think some of our judges should also have a read.
Anne Kadet
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book is just way, way, way too weird to review.
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
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“…the processes that determine the flow of life around us did not begin when we were born, nor will they end when we die.”

A book which the writer named “life” to be its real author, The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life's Perfection by Michael A. Singer is a deeply searching and rousing biography of the man who wrote the path-breaking and inspirational book, The Untethered Soul. It is a book that shows you what life can bestow on you when you answer its call.

This amazing memoir which de
Vanessa Angelina
Mar 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF at 31% + some skimming of final chapters to see if it gets better. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t. This book is just the story of the author’s business venture forcefully tied into his whole “let’s surrender to life” experiment. EVERYTHING that happens to this dude seems to be “divine intervention” for him and tied to some spiritual and holy reason. And every event, or thought he has, or meditation session he does, or decision he takes “changes the course of his life forever”. 🙄 It reminds me of ...more
Henrique Moody
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I started this book it was a little bit hard for me because I couldn't really relate to the author's life. Everything seemed so distant from my reality that I didn't think it had something in there for me.

I'm glad I didn't give up, because Mikey's life story made me reflect a lot about how I've been dealing with my life, about how much I've been fighting against everything around me and how unnecessary and harmful that is.

I feel that something was changing inside of me while I was reading t
Pam Mooney
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
An amazing case study! I believe in the premise and loved the authors insight to his own spirit as well as his support of others. He is sure to inspire others and continue to thrive with his open heart and spirit. I am excited to recommend this for those at a crossroads or just need to gain knowledge and inspiration. Although the author may have a bit of an advantage with a doctorate and being obviously highly intelligent. Of course, that is what we want from our natural leaders and advisors.
carmen tavernia
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Going with the flow

Incredible life story of what it means to let go and go with the flow, to trust life and to fully experience what life brings. It's filled with example after example of surrendering to life and being amazed at what unfolds. Untethered Soul defined the "inner" dynamics, understanding the internal, Surrender Experiment, puts that internal knowledge into practice with the outer world, life.
Nov 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Gave up on this book. Can’t buy into a belief that all positive thought is credited to the Universe/Spirit/God and every negative thought is blamed on me/my ego.
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kimball by: Larry Hansen
I read The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself twice a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed that. It was the book that made me recognize and understand The Inner Voice that we all have. Michael takes us back in time to tell how he discovered that inner voice and his struggle to free himself from its incessant yakking. If you're familiar with The Secret this is another take one it. It's neat how many people rip on that book yet the principles it teaches are in so many other "tolerable" b ...more
Tracy Howe
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: autobiography
Rating this book was a hard one. It's really well written and for that it probably deserves more than two stars. However, the entire premise of the book rings false to me. I think surrendering to life's greater plan for each of us is an important part of the spiritual journey, but I don't think that self denial and ignoring our personal self is helpful in any way shape or form. For me, the spiritual journey is about talking to the voice in my head, getting to know it, and bringing the light of s ...more
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Excellent book, excellent practice, evidence in the power of acceptance of what is and perfect example of flow. A fast read, very compelling. It's funny, because I lost my job a year ago and have not really "embraced" my new lifestyle, working with my fiance in his small business, in the back of my mind another job in my field was bound to show up, but in reality my chosen field has been flooded. I am fearful of not having steady income and have realized, because of this book, that I need to emb ...more
Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I LOVED Untethered Soul, but this one was so super annoying. The theory is excellent--let go of your desires and ambitions and just go with it. But this is about how he became a millionaire by letting go and he didn't actually let go--he highlights all the interesting coincidences and miracles that happened to him (After the 10th "I would never have imagined that such a thing would happen," you start to wonder whether he has no memory). But he talks about how the business had worries and plans a ...more
Lisa Shultz
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spiritual
Singer's book Untethered Soul was one of my top 3 reads of all time, so I was most interested in this one. It is essentially a biography, which I found fascinating. I also felt peaceful while reading it. I am now much more aware of surrendering in my own life with whatever comes up. ...more
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
ONE OF THE MOST TRANSFORMATIVE BOOKS I'VE EVER READ: My new guiding life philosophy. ...more
Laura Tremaine
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
How to rate a book like this one? I give it 5 stars for impact, and 3 stars for writing, so I averaged.

I read this book at exactly the right moment I needed it. I really enjoyed Singer’s first book The Untethered Soul, so I was already used to his philosophies and manner of writing, but readers unfamiliar should know that this is very mystical.

Since I struggle with controlling people and events that are (obviously) outside of any control, working on “surrender” is something I needed to read mo
Oct 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
As I half expected from my friend's passionate commendation, this book trots out the same banal trope as Coelho's alchemist: be pure of heart and the universe will grant your heart's desire. And so much more.

Try telling that to a parent grieving the loss of their child.

There is nothing nuanced about this writing. Surrender must be selective, informed. But there are no critical reflections, no vulnerability, no intellectual development or growth as the pages drone on.

And of course, the rewards of
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'd add this book to the "life-changing", "eye-opening", "perspective-shifting" type reads. It's a biography, but narrated in a way that takes you on a spiritual journey with the author. I reckon that in order to understand this book fully, and really "get it", one needs to be on a specific self-development and growth path. Had I, myself, not been on a spiritual journey in my real life, I'd find it hard to understand some core elements of the book like the power of letting go, the power of now, ...more
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Michael A. Singer is the author of the highly successful The Untethered Soul, which has also been published in Turkey, Brazil (in Portuguese), Switzerland (in German), Spain, Japan, China, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Poland, and Italy.

Singer received a master's degree in economics from the University of Florida in 1971. During his doctoral work, he had a deep inner awakening and went into s

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