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Learning to Eat Along the Way: A Memoir

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  11 reviews
When Margaret Bendet is told to interview an Indian holy man, she thinks it’s just another assignment—but after speaking with him, she decides to accompany him back to his ashram, hoping to find enlightenment. In Learning to Eat Along the Way, Bendet enters a world that many have wondered about but few have seen: the milieu of a spiritual master. Subtle experiences prompt ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published August 11th 2015 by She Writes Press
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Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The most challenging kind of memoir to read is the spiritual quest autobiography. I have read so many that just do not work. This one is one of those rare examples of an author clear enough and courageous enough to get to the core of her quest and to adroitly chronicle it all, personal foibles notwithstanding. The central theme of what you take in becomes the means by which you evolve is a strong one and sustains the narrative. This is an absorbing read and an inspiration to others on the quest ...more
Linda Mikkelsen
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Margaret Bendet's "Learning to Eat Along the Way". It was a powerful and meaningful book for me. I think Margaret Bendet is a brilliant writer as her choice of words precisely conveys experiences that I could identify with. I could identify with her mental chatter as well and laughed out loud! I cried with some experiences of her love for her teachers that came right though the pages and expanded in my heart. Most of all, I appreciated her reflection on her experiences. S ...more
Diana Beckham
Jul 13, 2015 rated it liked it
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Thank you first reads for the opportunity to read this memoir. The author gives an honest and well articulated account of her journey to enlightenment. For all those that may be curious about alternative beliefs this book is a good starting point.
Elena Greco
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I recently wrote a review of a group of biographies I had read, and what came to mind while I was reading Bendet's beautifully written book was how it contrasted with the others I had read. There was no morose introspection, recounting of superfluous detail or self-aggrandizement. Instead, her book takes us on an honest, unpretentious journey through her very interesting life that makes the reader feel as if they're right there with her. Maha's book (I confess I once knew her by her spiritual n ...more
Kathy Stone
Jun 02, 2015 rated it liked it
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This is an interesting memoir, though like many memoirs that encompass a lifetime journey there appear to be disparate gaps in the story's flow. This is okay with the author as she acknowledges this problem in her author's note, but for the reader it can make the flow seem choppy and confusing. While this is one women's spiritual journey it is not the path for everyone. I cannot say that it would of been mine as I cannot see myself spending thirty five years in an Ashram some of that time living ...more
Jim Lavis
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This memoir is about a woman who has spent 35 years in a ashram learning what's important in life and how to be of service to herself and others. She gave up a promising career, and what looked like the perfect marriage, to have this experience, and wow, what an experience she's had. I've had the privilege of meeting a c few individuals like her, and I admire their tenacity and courage.

Unfortunately, too many individuals live dull lives with know purpose. So sad. I believe Thoreau said it best,
Amber Griffith
Jul 08, 2015 rated it liked it
If you are at a point in your life where you are less about pleasing others and more about trying to understand and care about yourself then this book is for you. It's a very interesting way to think about what life means for you. I won this book on a good reads giveaway. Thank you!
Vidura Barrios
It was a delight to read this book...honest, interesting and uplifting.
Erika Romer
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So interesting to read a spiritual memoir, it is easy to read, and a rare look into the author's inner life.
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
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The beginning was the best part for me. I laughed many times, but became bored while reading most of it.
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This book immersed me in a life so different from my own. It was well written with an honest look at decisions and choices made by the author throughout her life. I found her life fascinating and learned a bit along the way.
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After living in ashrams for three decades, award-winning journalist Margaret Bendet has written a memoir--Learning to Eat Along the Way--about the surprises she found on her journey. This is the story of a newspaper reporter who follows an Indian master of meditation in pursuit of enlightenment--and encounters the demons that have been inside her all along. Bendet writes with candor and insight ab ...more