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Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation

3.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,376 ratings  ·  195 reviews
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A simple, straightforward exploration of Transcendental Meditation and its benefits from world authority Bob Roth.

Oprah Winfrey and Jerry Seinfeld. Ray Dalio and Ellen DeGeneres. Gwyneth Paltrow and Howard Stern. Tom Hanks and Gisele Bündchen.

What do they have in common? The answer is a Transcendental Meditation teacher named Bob Roth, who
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Simon Schuster
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Rachel I completely agree, if they had a 'how to' all the teachers who paid thousands for their training wouldn't be able to charge people hundreds and hundr…moreI completely agree, if they had a 'how to' all the teachers who paid thousands for their training wouldn't be able to charge people hundreds and hundreds to learn it. I'm quite apprehensive as it just seems like network marketing the way it is taught and sold.(less)

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Feb 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book was not at all what I expected. It read like a sales brochure, complete with celebrity name-dropping and cheesy endorsements throughout, a lot of repeating the same information over and over again, and a long personal biography of the author and his various works. And the kicker is, Roth doesn't even tell the reader HOW to meditate! We get the instructions of twice per day, sitting anywhere, and you'll focus on a mantra, but the rest is SECRET and you have to find a TM teacher to learn ...more
Feb 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book was a complete waste of money. It’s not a book that teaches you to meditate, it’s an over-prices sales pitch on why you need to sign up to see a meditation teacher.

The very first step is that you need to get a mantra. But, surprise! You can’t pick it yourself, your teacher has to give it to you!

Without the mantra, this book is nothing more than a lot of rich and famous people saying why you should sign-up to this practice.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
If I could give it 0 stars I would.
Marketed as a “how to” TM meditation guide, it’s just a list of rich celebrities talking about how an expensive TM teacher and a specific mantra is what you need to change your life.
Bob Roth’s CV is not what I wanted to read.
Feb 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book won't teach you meditate. It is really just an advertisement to spend up to $960 to learn how. I found all the celebrity name dropping a turn off. ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
Buyer beware. This is a long sales pitch for Transcendental Meditation. Thankfully, I got it from the library, and didn't buy it. What a waste. ...more
Apr 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018-books
This book could have been a paragraph: TM is a life-changing practice that is becoming more popular and well respected each year. You can only learn it through a costly, four day, in-person training seminar. Here’s a bunch of endorsements from celebrities.
Alex Devero
This has two sides. On one hand, it is a very good book, for anyone looking for information about Transcendental Meditation. Readers who want to understand what Transcendental Meditation, a bit about its history and how it works and how it can improve one's life will find this book useful. There is a lot of information about TM, some research behind it, its current state as well as number of testimonials from people practicing it.

On the other hand, this book will be a terrible waste of time for
Sandra Jean
Feb 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018
A glossy TM commercial. It is easy and effortless, anyone and everyone can do it but you can't do it alone: You must have a teacher. If you know anything about TM already this book will not add anything new. ...more
Mar 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
Disappointing. Incredibly misleading. I would still be disappointed by the lack of actual applicable information but less so if the author didn't intentionally mislead the person picking up the book. Chapters 1-4 are titled Day 1-4 of the practice that TM the organization gives to paying customers. In actuality, the chapters are just details on scientific studies on TM, name dropping and hype. You have to find a TM center in person and pay for the course to learn the actual practice, even though ...more
Mar 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
reads like an infomercial, never explains how to actually do TM. What a waste of time. Yet another person checks off "write a book" from their bucket list, without thinking about what if any purpose it will serve to others.

The author seems to really want you to know, his office is in midtown Manhattan. In case you missed it, he knows and has trained MANY celebrities. This book is basically a list of them. Also, his office is in midtown Manhattan. Impressed yet? Me neither.

A comepletely useless
Feb 24, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A long and boring infomercial

I bought the book on account of the recommendation of Ray Dalio. Since I have been meditating for a while, I was excited to learn how to do TM. This book is just a long and boring account of something I already know and agree with! It does not say a word on actually how to do it.

Big waste of time and money!!
Mar 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
It's a bit weird to read a book on Transcendental Meditation that clearly says that the method can only be learned from a teacher, not from reading text. It's essentially a sales brochure/flyer in a lot more text ...more
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
written simply and effortlessly, which is how it feels to practice TM. roth puts into words the insanely positive effects the practice can create that i’ve been enjoying since learning how to meditate in february. so so grateful to have it in my life, and I think this book could be a great introduction for the people in your life who you want to join you on the tm train 🚂
Feb 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
What the hell did I just read?

This book, whose sole purpose is to tell you how to meditate, doesn't tell you how to meditate. Even remotely. At all. Not even a hint. Oh, but it did have a bunch of celebrity quotes on the back!!!

False advertising. And a waste of paper.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
Basically, a 200 page infomercial for a thousand dollar meditation course. Does it work? Who knows? Lots of celebrities seem to think so, but most of us are never going to find out. Only the rich get enlightenment. The rest of us should settle for Netflix.
Rajeev Choudhary
Feb 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
The book should have been titled “i need to convince everyone that they must pay someone to teach meditation.”
james moffett
Mar 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing on the techniques of TM!

Nothing Instructive. Had expected at least a chapter on the mechanics of TM. Felt like a sales job. Hoped for more content.
Kristen Kieffer
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
If you're looking for an introductory course discussing what Transcendental Meditation is, this is the book for you. If you want to learn how to actually practice the dang thing... not so much. ...more
Joe Mancewicz
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My initial intention for reading this book was to learn various methods of meditation. As a young meditator, you naturally come across a variety of forms without even realizing it. Advice from friends, podcasts, television, youtube videos, and every other medium begin to pull you in a multitude of directions. Bob Roth was introduced to Transcendental Meditation in the early 1970s while attending Berkley. Though this book is focused on TM, he introduces the three most common forms of meditation w ...more
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
Strength in Stillness by Bob Roth is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early February.

More than just a testimonial for transcendental meditation (or TM) and its benefits against stress, PTSD, and autism, Roth tells of his teaming up with David Lynch and Dr John Hagelin to create the David Lynch Foundation, the program Freedom Behind Bars for the inmates of San Quentin, Quiet Time for children in schools across the globe, scientific studies of TM, and the difference of TM being not just Focus
Jennifer Mordan
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book will not teach you how to practice TM. What it does do is give you a lot of good information regarding the benefits including details on studies completed. The book includes the stories of many people who practice (some famous, some not so famous). The book also includes a lot of history both of the author and Maharishi Mehesh Yogi. If you have already taken the class and learned TM, you probably already know most of this information. If TM is new to you this book will give you a lot o ...more
Kirin Bashir
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I always see people who consider themselves skeptics but are entirely too set in their ways to be skeptical about their own perceptions. I hope these reviews don't discourage people who actually want to learn and have an open mind towards the moving experiences of others in this book. Which is all that it is trying to show you. ...more
Tom Lewis
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
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Pedro Chaves
Not impressive...

Easy read with a lot of references. To many references, in fact. As if there was a desperate need to convince people that you won't be able to live without transcendental meditation...
I would like to have more information on the meditation itself. And for example a clear explanation on why you can only learn it with a teacher.
Vickie Harris
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Expected to read more about the “how to” rather than the “what is” TM. Could have found this information via the web rather than buying the book.
David Wiley
Apr 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
This is not a book. It is a long sales brochure.
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Its ok.

This book definitely inspires to meditate. It's a pity though that it is more like advertisement brochure for tm than a guidance for meditation.
Jun 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
So... is this a cult?

This book didn't do TM any favors. Not only are the celebrity endorsements an eye-rolling waste of space, so is the obvious obfuscation of exactly how much money paying to receive your mantra, special training, and support group privileges really is. There is a pretty funny directory in the back of the book which lists out the same link for all the TM centers you can find in each state. I'll save you time, each state lists the same link to What I wish the
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
It seems that most of the reviews here are quite bad because people thought they were getting a guide into how to practice Transcendental Meditation, and were very disappointed in realizing that it is not.

Even though I already knew that this book isn't going to teach you how to do TM (the argument is that you need to learn it in person, one-on-one, with a certified teacher for a fixed price), I was still very disappointed as this felt very much like a long and winded ad for TM.

Now, I already pra
Don Shiffrin
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I've regularly practiced TM for 6 1/2 years. During that time I've noticed positive changes in my focus, a lessening of anxiety and clarity in my thinking and creativity. Yet, in reading the stories of new practitioners who immediately realize positive life changes I feel like I'm some sort of slacker who's mediating wrong. I'm not. My TM benefits have happened slowly and incrementally. But they have definitely happened and I recommend TM and this book to anyone interested in starting or expandi ...more
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Bob Roth is one of the most experienced and sought-after meditation teachers in America. Over the past 40 years, Bob has taught Transcendental Meditation to many thousands of people and authored an authoritative book on the subject, fittingly entitled, Transcendental Meditation, which has been translated into 20 languages. Bob currently serves as the CEO of the David Lynch Foundation, a 501(c)(3) ...more

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