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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (Jan. 30 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452289963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452289963
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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According to Tolle, who assumes the role of narrator as well, humans are on the verge of creating a new world by a personal transformation that shifts our attention away from our ever-expanding egos. This idea is well realized through Tolle's remarkably well-paced narration. Naturally, the author understands his material so thoroughly that he is able to convey it in an enjoyable manner, but Tolle's gentle tone and dialect begs his audience's attention simply through its straightforward approach. Something about this reading just seems profoundly important, whether one agrees with the material or not, and listeners' attention is sure to be captured within seconds of listening to Tolle's take on the universe in which we live. Originally released in 2005, both book and audiobook were reissued when Oprah Winfrey chose the title for her book club this year. A Penguin paperback. (Feb.)
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If there is only one book you read this decade, let it be this one The Mother Magazine Winfrey's decision to include self help book A New Earth in her book club, and embark on a global promotional campaign, has turned it into this year's publishing sensation The Observer --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Luke Vorstermans on Dec 15 2008
Format: Paperback
I've read Tolle's The Power of Now and I found A New Earth a delightful companion. If you're reading just 'another spiritual book' than it will be just 'another spiritual book' that you can argue(!) over. Is it better than his first? Does he repeat himself? Is Tolle saying anything new? Etc. Etc. But there's so much listening between the words... it's a wonderful meditation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bruce on Feb. 20 2009
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In "A New Earth" Mr. Tolle exhorts us to transcend our ego based state of consciousness - our attachment to old conditioned mind patterns. We can be happy and end the suffering and conflict in the world only by experiencing our essential self, which is prior to thought.

According to Tolle the inner body is the bridge between form (our mental conditioning) and the formless (our essential self). Inner body awareness is the doorway out of the prison that is the ego.

Our body has its own intelligence and that intelligence reacts to our thoughts. The body reacts to what the voice in our head is saying. Our "story" consists not only of mental but also of emotional memory. In fact, the voice of the ego is continually disrupting the body's natural state of wellbeing.

Every negative emotion we have leaves behind a physical remnant of pain. Tolle calls the old emotional pain we carry around the "pain body." Our negative thoughts live on in the body. The good news is that we can dissolve the pain body by bringing the light of presence to it. Only presence can dissolve the unconscious past in us.

Through acceptance and observation, spirit is freed from its imprisonment in form. Being aware of our breathing is also powerfully transformative.

I think this is excellent information and I love all of Tolle's books. In my opinion though there is a meditation course where you can actually put the material in "A New Earth" to the test experientially--breathing and dissolving the pain-body. If you are interested, check out the "Art Of Meditation" by William Hart. This book is also available from amazon.ca.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Handmade Christmas Cards on May 27 2008
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This book really speaks to me. My mind is so busy that sometimes I absentmindedly arrive at a place and then ask myself what I wanted to do here. Within a few moments my mind goes through a number of different thoughts forgetting about the reason that directed me to a certain place. And this is why this book is so helpful. Eckhart Tolle provides simple solution to people like me. The solution is simple but in no way it is easy! The solution is getting rid of the noise in the head and focusing on the present moment and the one single activity that you are undertaking in this moment.

In a way this book is -- to a certain degree -- a rehash of the author's previous work titled "The Power of Now." However, if you have already read The Power of Now I still suggest getting "A New Earth" as there is still a great amount of new material. In a way in both books Tolle deals with the same subject matter, but in my opinion he is doing a much better job explaining the subject in this book. The author's soft-spoken manner permeates the whole work and makes it an easy and relaxed reading.

A big part of the book is devoted to identifying the many faces of (and dealing with) the "EGO" ("the voice in the head that pretends to be you") which is the culprit of our mental suffering that author calls "The Pain-Body" ("the emotions that are the body's reaction to what the voice in the head is saying"). Tolle suggests ways for breaking free of the Pain-Body and finding who you really are.

Unhappiness and negativity are everywhere around us. Surprisingly they are felt more deeply in the affluent western world, as we are more deeply identified with forms and trapped in our egos.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Herman on April 14 2008
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For those looking at the reviews, it must be a little confusing to see so many 5 star ratings then lower scores. This book goes so deeply into our personal make up: how we define ourselves if someone should ask "who are you", dealing with children, and your own demons so to speak. Who we are is what this book is all about. To me, I can't see everyone not getting a benefit from this book. It isn't religion, it doesn't request any change to a new following, nor any changes to ones beliefs. But boy does it open a door to ourselves, dealing with others, and recognizing things that have never been addressed about our thoughts and how we are being held back in total mind confussion.

For those deeply troubled with life problems and dispair, I don't think you will ever find a better book to help you in understanding why these things get you down and how to solve them. The book is so simple to read and everything is so well explained that you will get immediate results.

If you buy this book and go to oprah winfrey.com, you will find each chapter being reviewed each week and she has saved the broadcasts so everyone can listen to the author Eckhart Tolle explain what each chapter means and how to get peace of mind in less then 30 seconds. That's right, 30 seconds or less which helps all of us deal with any problem from child raising, drug problems, just wanting to improve your life, dealings with the negatives in us and around us. On a telecast of Oprah Winfrey's show, she spoke to a lady with terminal cancer and how this book changed her life!! That's power.

This book is the best $13.00 I have ever spent! I think all of us who just want a better life in general will benefit from this book. If you don't, you just aren't ready as Mr. Tolle says in first chapter. Buy this book.
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