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Deepak Chopra's Lords of Light [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Deepak Chopra , Martin Greenberg , Michael Corbett
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April 15 1999
Michael Aulden, an American doctor working in the war-torn Middle East, thinks he has seen it all-- the devastating ravages of war, human bodies desecrated beyond recognition, the pain and misery of gaping psychological and physical wounds-- the worst kinds of destruction humankind can create. But nothing has prepared him for the evil he is about to experience.

In a cave in Iraq, a young man known as the Prophet prepares to unleash a terror of epic proportions. His goal: to upset the balance of good and evil on Earth. and Michael, one of only thirty-six pure souls who can save the planet, must summon all his powers to stop the Prophet before a worldwide apocalypse transforms the Earth into the darkest hell imaginable.

Filled with insightful storytelling and illuminating adventure, Lords of Light is a story of overwhelming power that not only entertains but also teaches us poignant lessons about our own lives and sheds startling new light on issues humanity has struggled with since the beginning of time.

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From Publishers Weekly

Chopra (Ageless Body, Timeless Mind) is a name-brand nonfiction author, having offered his message of spiritual healing in a variety of books and audios. Now he has teamed with Greenberg (cocreator of Tom Clancy's Power Plays series) to add adventure fiction to his output. The setting is the Syrian Desert, in the area of Baghdad and Damascus. Michael Aulden is an American surgeon, doing relief work among the war-torn local peoples. He has been drawn to this mission by his "questions, ideals, dilemmas." Among these are recurring religious visionsA"fevered revelations" that appear to him in dreamsAof Armageddon. When he discovers an Islamic prophet named Ishmael, he fears that ruin will soon be visited on earth. Aulden must reach within himself, test his own supernatural powers, to see if he, too, can affect fate. Corbett's zealous narrational style plays up the story's portentous leanings: action-adventure served up as a life lesson for the ages. Simultaneous release with the St. Martin's mass market paperback. (Apr.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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YA-A sort of Pilgrim's Progress by way of The Celestine Prophecy, this allegory of a soul's education is the first of a series. Michael Aulden, an American doctor working to repair bodies ravaged by war in the Middle East, encounters Ishmail, a false prophet who emerges from the desert bringing both ecstatic visions and devastation in his wake. Michael is one of the few souls strong enough to see beyond Ishmail's illusions, and he undergoes a series of trials that challenge his assumptions about the nature of reality and lead eventually to a resolution of his inner conflicts. Along the way, he and readers learn much about Jewish, Christian, and Islamic history and the traditions underlying concepts such as Armageddon, the Messiah, the Kabbalah, love, evil, illusion, and free will. Michael's journey is a mystery (in both literary senses: a spiritual story, and a detective adventure) that does finally achieve a satisfactory resolution for metaphysically minded readers. Written with the narrative pace and snappy style of a popular thriller, the tale, though a bit overlong, is leavened with colorful, believable, and often humorous characters and events. Paradoxically, the light touch and realism are juxtaposed with hallucinatory episodes and unsettling (and sometimes confusing) plot twists. This book obviously is not for everybody, but it is very well done, and will appeal to teens exploring alternative spiritual paths, to those troubled by events in the Middle East, and to readers of contemporary fantasy.
Christine C. Menefee, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars -a satisfying read- Dec 21 2003
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This is a good book to read. I bought my copy when it first came out a few years ago and found it hard to put down. I am neither a outspoken critic or a "follower" of Deepak and I found this novel worthy of merit on its own , without making general reference to the authors past work in non-fiction and in fiction.
It sort of cleverly grabs you from the first few pages and beckons you with bare hints that an unfolding mystery is sure to follow should you continue reading. I found myself easily identifying with the religious and idealogical morass the protagonist experiences, and it seems revelant to the day and age in which we live.
Thick, compact and easily readable (to be fair, I did find some parts overly-breezy) without being overly simplistic or pollyannish, it provides an engaging reading experience. The author takes care to not produce something overly dense, causing the reader to become bored and lose interest; choosing not to bog and mire the reader down with sidebar note fuzzy pseudo religio-philisophical concepts.
This book could be just what the Dr. ordered to ease the mind and achieve a serene calm from the ripple effects of an increasingly troubled and chaotic world as we search to seek out and re-adjust our position in it.
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This was a very hard book for me to read. I read mostly non fiction, and have admired and learned from Dr. Chopra's knowledge of the mind-body-spirit connections. I'm not clear as to how much of the material in Lords of Light is factually correct, since there are glaring mistakes, as some have mentioned. And lots of typos in a book published for world wide consumption. The authors do take a courageous leap into the realms of evil; I found myself feeling like I had fallen into a mudhole. The pace of the book is similar to suspense novels; even though it was making me very uncomfortable, I couldn't put it down, hoping that things would begin to make sense. Bottom line, the authors must have been drinking more coffee than the protaganist, and writing in some free association form. There is too much going on that is not explained, too many leaps of faith that the reader is asked to endure. The good/bad thing is, the book has sent my beliefs into a downward spiral. I am not clear if Dr. Chopra really believes some of the things Solomon and Rakhel(who have the role of teachers/elders) say. Especially te part saying that life is for being human, it isn't good to be too good...he seems to be saying it's fine to steal and lie a little, hey , it's "just the human condition"....For a man who is known world wide for his wisdom and teachings, this feels like the shadow side of Depak having its 2 minutes in the spotlight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow May 10 1999
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The first three reviewers of this book are in the state that is being talked about in the book..that is, the meaning and lessions of the book are invisible to them. This book jumps and jurks you around and into and out of different times zones and places. That is one of its purposes and by so doing, gives you the feeling that the author wanted to convey about Michael. The "editing with a meat cleaver" is very effective. The minor error about Ash Wednday (if it is really is an error) may have been done like a trap for the reader and some of the reviewers walked right into the trap and they don't even know it. The harping bad of the book by one reviewer based upon this "possible minor error" is like not being able to sleep at night because there might be a weed growing in your lawn overnight. People!! open yourself up to something different. Stop living in the world of "The Prophet" and see the multi-levels taking place. Go beyond the book. Become "the observer" of yourself while you review the book. Start seeing with your imagination and your heart..not always with your mind.
Tom Gietzen
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lack of research is the key to this book. March 23 1999
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From Mr. Chopra's book, "He didn't know what the term meant, only that yesterday had been Ash Wednesday and tomorrow therefore Good Friday." This quote was taken directly from Mr.Chopra's book "Lords of Light" a novel, page 219. Mr. Chopra, for your information, Ash Wednesday is not part of Holy Week. It begins the day after Fat Tuesday, 40 days before Holy Week even begins. Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday (March 28th of this year) continues on to Holy Thursday (April 1st), Good Friday (April 2nd), and Holy Saturday (April 3rd). This year, Ash Wednesday was observed on Wednesday, February 17th, as far away from Good Friday as 40 days can manage. I was disappointed at the lack of research which caused this error and the inability of the editing staff who proof a book in not picking up such a glaring mistake.. I do wish to compliment you on the accuracy of the Jewish traditions.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fragmented / fragmenting May 15 1999
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I bought this book with great expectations because of previous books written by Deepak Chopra that I had read. I did notice the Ash Wednesday slip and a 'to' that should be 'too', but more than anything I was sad that I could not grasp what this book was about. I have a great respect for Deepak Chopra and his wisdom, but whereas I can usually grasp the message of his work and learn from it, this book was beyond me. It was generally a disappointing experience, though I did enjoy remembering the places I have been to in the old city, and at times felt that I was actually walking through those streets again. If it means that I need to be more spiritually evolved to understand this book, then I look forward to the day. Maybe Deepak could write an explanatory volume so that people like me could understand the message and images and metaphors in "Lords of the Light".
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
This new genre of "spiritual fiction" has many more misses than hits. I would call this one a near hit. Read more
Published on Nov. 17 2000 by J. Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Lords of Light
Let it take you on a journey of the fantastic! I do not typically enjoy reading, but I found Lords of Light to be a very intriguing and very enticing book that includes fantasy and... Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2000 by Kim Lundy
2.0 out of 5 stars This Book is TRYING to Say Something
This book is trying to illustrate a philosophy but may lose a lot of people in the translation. I found the book scarey in that we don't often know who is good and who is evil or... Read more
Published on Dec 28 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars There need to be some consistent rules in any game.
It's interesting to see the different reactions to the book. I read it first, knowing nothing about it and not looking at reviews. Read more
Published on Aug. 12 1999 by Robin A. Alexander
1.0 out of 5 stars Chopra's Lords of Light... Extremely boring and Confusing.
I have read several books by Mr. Chopra... Some of them very inspiring... Quantum Healing, The Seven Laws..., Ageless / Timeless... Read more
Published on Aug. 5 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars Deepak Chopra's alliance with Greenberg is a disappointment.
While the concepts of this book are inherently sound (you create your own reality with thought, wherever you go there you are, all time is simultanteous), the rendering into... Read more
Published on July 20 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars I found this book to be confusing and choppy.
Although I had great expectations for this book, I was thoroughly confused and disappointed with it. Read more
Published on May 19 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Deepak Chops Deeper
Chopra and Greenberg have "created" an epic parable for the closing scene of the one act play called The 2nd Millennium. Read more
Published on May 13 1999 by KoiKeeper
1.0 out of 5 stars cut and pasted together
What was he thinking? This appears to have been edited with a meat cleaver. The main characters are one-dimensional, the plot makes no sense at all, and the bouncing around in... Read more
Published on May 6 1999
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