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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Works Feb. 23 2004
This is one of the most powerful books I have ever read in my life. It's amazing how that saying is the truth..."when the student is ready, the teacher will come" This book came at the perfect time and it rocked my world. What an awesome truth teller. Read it slowly and savor each word
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Statistically Significant 5 Star Gift Jan. 18 2004
By Dr. T
As of this date 50 of 55 have given this book a 5 star review. Tony De Mello will remain immortal through his writings and Awareness is a gift which I will appreciate each day of my life through a daily reading of one (or more)of Tony's 58 gems of spirituality. This book was a gift to me and it is a wonderful "opportunity of reality" to give the book to my friends and family members. One of my many enjoyments in life is to laugh outloud while I am reading a book ... which I did so many times throughout Awareness beginning with the empathic story of the headmaster who didn't want to get up in the morning and go to school. Tony's sudden death of heart failure at age of 56 was his last mortal reminder to live each day and each moment of our lives with love and Awareness.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Spirituality April 17 2009
You've come this far to read a review, step further and get this book.
You will have your own experience.
Keep it handy because you will return to it.
If you get just one book in your search, this is the one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opening life changing book April 10 2014
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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 want them to be. It has helped me find peace within myself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Right on the money Feb. 15 2013
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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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended Oct. 28 2012
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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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God for Cardinal Ratzinger June 10 2004
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The strangest thing I've ever read March 5 2004
By OlleMeD
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. Dale Carnegie once said "success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get". I never understood that until I read this book. You are in for the shock of your life, assuming that you are ready to understand it. As he says, your ability to understand this is relational to how much truth you can take before you run away. People will always tell you "I just want the truth", but don't believe them, even for a second. What they REALLY want is to be right, first and foremost. The right God, the right philosophy, the right facts..... Then, if there's some room left over for the truth, so be it. THAT'S how people operate. They never consider that life is not the problem, THEY are the problem. He will prove this to you, and although that sounds painful, it's actually joyful and liberating. No need to judge the world anymore. He will shatter the belief system that makes you unhappy, and whether you know it or not, you are unhappy. One can be the happiest person in the entire depression ward of a hospital and can truely believe that they are happy based on relative comparison, but they are not happy. They don't know what true, unconditional happiness is. He will show you TRUE happiness, TRUE love, TRUE peace. Are you ready for that? I'll bet you're not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Father Anthony will open your "eyes"
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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 Top list
This book is on my top 5 list of all time. It was given to me at I time when I was ready to hear what it had to say, and I re-read it whenever I have the chance. Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2004 by Kristin in KC
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