Awareness Paperback – Jun 1 1990
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Using humor, compassion, and insight, the beloved and best-selling Anthony de Mello teaches us to welcome the challenge of knowing ourselves and living the "aware" life.
About the Author
Anthony de Mello was a Jesuit Priest known throughout the world for his writings and spiritual conferences. He died suddenly in 1987. Among his many books are Sadhana and The Song of the Bird. J. Francis Stroud, the editor of Awareness, is a Jesuit priest who worked closely with Anthony de Mello.
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Awareness is the simplest and most profound book I have ever read. It is less than 200 pages, and I imagine I can (and might) spend the rest of my life reading it. So consider this my "notification" to you about the writings of Anthony DeMello: to the degree that any of us allow ourselves to be awakened by this book --- or any other of his books --- we will be changed forever.
And apparently that makes the Pope nervous.
-Thom Rutledge, ...
Regardless, if you feel your life is not what you want it to be, if it lacks a spark of some kind, but you can't quite figure out what is missing, I highly, highly recommend this book -- I think you are in the perfect place to find value in this book, if not immediately, definitely soon. I am continually amazed as I read every page how _true_ de Mello's words are. I would say it's "unfortunate" or "sad" but I think these things are meaningless to describe the fact that few people will even appreciate this book and fewer still will truly understand it. I can say that I think it would be nice if everyone was able to read this book and really consider de Mello's words with an open, honest mind.
Anthony de Mello suggests an incredible opportunity for a life worth living in this book and I want you to take advantage of it. Read this book.
With this book I had to do that on almost every page. I don't think it's ever taken me so long to read 184 pages before.
I'm actually glad Cardinal Ratzinger, Chief of the Vatican Thought Police, decided to condemn Fr. de Mello's work. If it wasn't for the ensuing controversy, I might never have become aware of the work of this truly enlightened priest.
I don't approve of censorship, but sometimes these things happen when Catholic priests (or nuns) throw pearls before swine (which is unavoidable in the world of mass market publishing).
No bother. This book would not be appropriate for the handful of people who actually care about anything Ratzinger has to say, anyway. Not because they don't need to wake up reality, mind you -- they're just so enjoying living in a dreamworld, any attempt to disturb their slumber will only irritate them. You don't want to disturb the simple faithful.
Of course, maybe if they were disturbed a little bit, they wouldn't be so simple?
Most recent customer reviews
I can't say enough about Anthony De Mello as an author. This one along side 'Way to Love' are favourites in my library and I read them often.Published 16 months ago by D. Wintour
This book has helped me time and time again when I am at rough points in my life. It helps me look at life through unclouded eyes and see things as they really are and not how I... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Judy Carver
For me, this book truly gets you out of your head and into reality, which is, ultimately, what LIFE is all about! Anthony de Mello really gets it!Published on Feb. 15 2013 by Maureen Hennessey
I've read many books on this type of material and De Mello explains it as well as anyone. You can compare what he says to Zen.Published on Oct. 28 2012 by Carl J Nauman
After having read all of the positive reviews before buying this book, I was looking forward to an advanced book that would give me another step up in my lifelong spritual and... Read morePublished on June 12 2010 by Ronald W. Maron