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Awareness [Paperback]

Anthony De Mello
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June 1 1990

"This is your wake-up call! You may not have even realized you were sleep-walking. Most of us are most of the time. Awareness is an eye-opener. It's Anthony de Mello telling you gently but firmly, 'It's time to get up now.'" --Charles Osgood of "CBS Sunday Morning" and "The Osgood File"

"Awareness will be the critical test of American business in the next decade. I call it the 'business of awareness.'" --F.X. Maguire, Hearth Communications Group


The heart of Anthony de Mello's bestselling spiritual message is awareness. Mixing Christian spirituality, Buddhist parables, Hindu breathing exercises, and psychological insight, de Mello's words of hope come together in Awareness in a grand synthesis.

In short chapters for reading in quiet moments at home or at the office, he cajoles and challenges: We must leave this go-go-go world of illusion and become aware. And this only happens, he insists, by becoming alive to the needs and potential of others, whether at home or in the workplace.

Here, then, is a masterful book of the spirit, challenging us to wake up in every aspect of our lives.


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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Although Father De Mello died in 1987, I will speak of him as living because through his writings he is certainly alive and well. He is so alive, in fact, that The Vatican Information Services has a web page ("Notification concerning the writings of Fr. Anthony De Mello, SJ") devoted to discrediting De Mello's work. Here is my summary of that page: "Father DeMello does not think like we want him to think, so Catholics should disregard what he has to say."
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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, ...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sweet and profound June 6 2002
Format:Paperback
This is a sweet and funny and profound book which warmed up my heart and consistently made me laugh. De Mello was a universally respected Jesuit priest who managed to go far beyond the orthodox catholic dogma and into the very heart of spiritual alivennes and connectedness. Several centuries earlier a similar attempt was made by Loyola, another Jesuit troublemaker; however, in A., DeMello dispenses with the extraneous mumbo jumbo and goes straight to the heart of the matter. God is presence itself and through awareness we are simultaneously connected to who we truly are and to the sacredness of all life. De Mello reminds us time and again of this simple yet profound truth; i especially admire his skilfull use of anecdote and parable, which reminds me of another great spiritual teacher... Perhaps it is not coincidental that De Mello lived and worked in Goa, that syncretic ex-Portuguese colony known for its eccentric inhabitants and practices. What impresses me the most about this book is that DeMello manages to weave into his teachings the best elements of Buddhist and Hindu traditions (their emphasis on awareness, mindfulness) and combines them with what is best in Christianity (the emphasis on love, openness of the heart). In addition to that, he is consistently funny (no mean feat for a work on spiritual matters)... and even manages to be cranky in a way that makes me laugh. Perhaps as importantly, the book shows that Christianity may not be all about biblethumping -in the right hands it is a vibrant, contemporary, compassionate, and profound spiritual practice. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about mindfulness from a master teacher.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book changed my life Feb. 9 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This was the hardest book I have ever read. Each page threw up another challange to my way of thinking. It shattered forever my view of the world and my role within it. But in the end it showed me how to become awake and alive and happy. I am no longer a slave to my programming. I no longer concern myself with how others see me. The fear I lived with for years is gone. I read this book two years ago and have enjoyed peace of mind and freedom from fear ever since, even though I have been through some very tough times. This book will challange you to the core but if you can accept its message you can find your own path to awareness.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Direct Honesty Nov. 9 2003
By Cricel
Format:Paperback
Anthony de Mello's book Awareness is the most direct book I have ever read about what the really important questions in life really are. De Mello wastes no time placating or hedging: he states succinctly and with amazing clarity exactly what the "real" questions are and tells us how to "answer" them: Awareness. Truthfully, he lays little claim to direct answers, his point is that awareness is not an answer because no answer is appropriate -- the point is to be aware, not to answer questions nor solve problems nor to "fix" things. Life is not broken.
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.
Live well.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God for Cardinal Ratzinger June 10 2004
Format:Paperback
Sometimes I'll read a book and, maybe a couple of times along the way, I'll be forced to stop and just let my mind calm down. Just because something the author has written is so thought-provoking.
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?
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5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opening life changing book
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 more
Published 5 months ago by Judy Carver
5.0 out of 5 stars Right on the money
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 19 months ago by Maureen Hennessey
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
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 23 months ago by Carl J Nauman
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You've come this far to read a review, step further and get this book.
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Published on April 17 2009 by Free Spirit
5.0 out of 5 stars Father Anthony will open your "eyes"
Your inner "eyes", that is. He is a blend of St. John of the Cross and Brother Lawrence and is not bound by the constraints of his Catholicism but has distilled its... Read more
Published on July 8 2004 by Wisdom Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars A handbook for life
I can't say enough good things about Awareness by Anthony de Mello. I picked it up during a 5-day Ignatian retreat four years ago. Read more
Published on June 6 2004 by Raymond P Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Reread this one every year!
De Mello impresses how most of us are like sheep following popular opinion. We are conditioned by fear. This parralizes us and cuts us off from discovering joy. Read more
Published on June 3 2004 by Wendy Hedrick
5.0 out of 5 stars I know, the truth can hurt, but come on, don't be a wimp.
i know that some people are very strong on the traditional christian path, or some other rigid belief system, and may disagree with de mello's words simply because he doesn't dress... Read more
Published on May 21 2004 by peter w. miller
5.0 out of 5 stars The strangest thing I've ever read
This is the strangest thing I ever read. I always thought the world was problematic. It never occurred to me that I am the problem, not the world. Read more
Published on March 5 2004 by OlleMeD
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