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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (Dec 26 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689862172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689862175
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 6 Up–Chopra presents inspirational life lessons spoken in parables by a mysterious teacher who leads an unnamed narrator through a four-day retreat of self-discovery. With the guidance of Baba, the 15-year-old comes to know his true self by generating answers to four major questions: "Do I have a soul? How do wishes come true? What is the supreme force in the universe? How can I change the world?" The teen and Baba spend a day discussing each question; these four sections are divided into smaller lessons or chapters that end with the young man describing what he learned and how he has applied Baba's wisdom to his life. The didactic text demonstrates a cosmic connection between the soul and all things in deliberate, forced dialogue between the teen and his teacher, and the narrator's internal conversation. The prominent themes are consistent with those common to the genre: finding order in chaos, looking for the missing "something" in life, meaningful communication, and understanding and belief in what one cannot see. The book is rather like Antoine de Saint Exupéry's Le Petit Prince meets Chicken Soup for the Soul. The final section, "A Soul Alphabet," contains inspirational words and motivational prose: appreciation, beyond, communicate…. This nondenominational offering could serve as a textbook for a course on self-exploration, faith, or spiritual discovery.–Jodi Kearns, University of Akron, OH
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Gr. 8-12. Chopra, who has been very successful writing self-help books for adults, now turns to a teenage audience. The messages about one's spiritual self and enlightenment he presents here are not noticeably different from those that he gives to older readers. To deliver the information, he uses a literary device (which the book presents as true, not metaphorical): a wise old man, Baba, comes out of the mist to pass on knowledge to a young Deepak. Older teens will probably smirk, but younger ones may find the interaction both accessible and inviting. Baba's teachings revolve around the questions that most people ask, beginning in young adulthood. "Why am I here?" "Do I have a soul?" "Do wishes come true?" "What is the supreme force in the universe?" Along with answers, Chopra offers words of encouragement and simple suggestions to improve relationships and make the world a better place. Familiar philosophy youthfully repackaged. Ilene Cooper
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By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 19 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book replete with spiritually uplifting stories. Dr. Chopra is one of the leading experts on Eastern-Western medical treatments and is a gifted philosopher and writer as well.

With regard to the references to autism in this book, Portia Iversen's son Dov, the boy featured in "Strange Son" and Tito Mukhopadhyay are included in this book. Dov was the young man who was actively listening although he was nonverbal during his early years and Tito Mukhopadhyay was the gifted poet/author who has severe autism.

I want to add that the claim made in this book that people with autism "go inside of themselves" and "don't respond to the outside world" simply isn't true. Dov himself said he was listening at all times and Tito Mukhopadhyay was acutely aware of his environment.

Autism is a sensori-neurobiological condition that affects sensory processing and communication. For individuals with severe autism as these two young men have, communication is severely impacted. People with autism are generally acutely aware of their environments; however, the sensory processing issues can create false impressions. For people on the autism spectrum (and it IS a continuum), sensory input can be confusing and hard to separate into discrete units. When a person is on overload, it is not uncommon for them to appear non/unresponsive. That is when the person is "coming even," trying to tone out the overload and the feeling of being overwhelmed.

Communication is an inherent part of all individuals; it is listening to people on the spectrum that hopefully will create a more tolerant world and put false claims about autism permanently to rest.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lissa Coffey, Host of coffeytalk.com on April 21 2004
Format: Hardcover
Deepak Chopra's new book for teens is filled with wonderful stories, beautifully told! It conveys profound spiritual teachings that resonate with wisdom and truth. I bought several copies - one for each of the teens in my life! Thanks, Deepak; this is just what the world needs right now!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
A Real Fire in the Heart Nov. 25 2004
By Radha - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an amazing book, to be read by people of all age groups.

There are a very few books which give a spiritual insight in such simple terms.

This is definetely one among the best of such books. It is as interesting as

a good fiction, with a very simple and effective message in each chapter.

The author makes each of the message reach straight into the heart of the

reader by the style he has used for writing.
27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
A treasure! April 21 2004
By Lissa Coffey, Host of coffeytalk.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Deepak Chopra's new book for teens is filled with wonderful stories, beautifully told! It conveys profound spiritual teachings that resonate with wisdom and truth. I bought several copies - one for each of the teens in my life! Thanks, Deepak; this is just what the world needs right now!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Fire in The Heart Jan. 5 2007
By Laura - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It is a awesome book. Real situations real solutions yet in alignment with spirituality for teens,not boring at all.It makes you think and wonder. The author Chopra is a great teacher.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Perfect For a Teen Aug. 19 2011
By Slamb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My mother gave me this book to read when I was 13 and going into 8th grade. The author really makes this book an enjoyable read. I loved it. In this book, Chopra explains in chapters about how everyone has a soul and how to relate to your own. Reading this was very calming and interesting. It was very easy to understand and to relate to. I would recommend it to any teen whos spiritual or looking for something meaningful to read.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent & Inspiring Stories Jan. 18 2008
By BeatleBangs1964 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book replete with spiritually uplifting stories. Dr. Chopra is one of the leading experts on Eastern-Western medical treatments and is a gifted philosopher and writer as well.

With regard to the references to autism in this book, Portia Iversen's son Dov, the boy featured in "Strange Son" and Tito Mukhopadhyay are included in this book. Dov was the young man who was actively listening although he was nonverbal during his early years and Tito Mukhopadhyay was the gifted poet/author who has severe autism.

I want to add that the claim made in this book that people with autism "go inside of themselves" and "don't respond to the outside world" simply isn't true. Dov himself said he was listening at all times and Tito Mukhopadhyay was acutely aware of his environment.

Autism is a sensori-neurobiological condition that affects sensory processing and communication. For individuals with severe autism as these two young men have, communication is severely impacted. People with autism are generally acutely aware of their environments; however, the sensory processing issues can create false impressions. For people on the autism spectrum (and it IS a continuum), sensory input can be confusing and hard to separate into discrete units. When a person is on overload, it is not uncommon for them to appear non/unresponsive. That is when the person is "coming even," trying to tone out the overload and the feeling of being overwhelmed.

Communication is an inherent part of all individuals; it is listening to people on the spectrum that hopefully will create a more tolerant world and put false claims about autism permanently to rest.


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