As a long-time spiritual practitioner and reader of countless books on spirituality, I've discovered that it's rare to find books that explain simply and powerfully how to actually embody and live the principles that they teach. To me, this is what sets "The Proof" apart from many of the other books I've read: it shows you, in clear, simple, and direct language, how to experience Oneness in your life.
Over the course of 40 days, the 40 practices that Anakha brought through cover a wide range of aspects of Oneness, from Creativity to Desire, to Heartbreak to Forgiveness. The practices are down-to-earth and are easily doable by anyone - no fancy knowledge of hip, new-age jargon and concepts required. Most of the practices require a minimal amount of time to complete, and thus are easy to fit into a busy lifestyle. I didn't get as much from the parts of the book before and after the practices - they seemed a bit disconnected and more esoteric - so I'd recommend focusing on the practices to get the most value.
Another quality that sets "The Proof" apart is that it not afraid to explore the "shadow" of spirituality, and of life. Again, most books I've read (and most spiritual teachers) focus on the love and the light while ignoring, denying, and suppressing the dark side. In spiritual communities, I see this rejection of the shadow come through in ways such as greed, sexual misconduct, and abuse of power (think of the recent sweat-lodge deaths, for example). We need spiritual teachings (and teachers) who are willing to talk about and explore the issues that we all face and deal with, as opposed to simply intending to "create and manifest a new reality." I appreciate James' and Anakha's willingness and courage to explore this full spectrum of the human experience, and to honor our challenges and struggles rather than override them in syrupy-sweet "positivity."
Another gift of the book is that the principles and teachings go beyond the "me" and embrace the "we". Rather than being about getting something and simply feeling good, by applying the practices in your life you can be a sacred activist, creating change and healing for others and the planet.
Most importantly, while doing the practices, I noticed and experienced a palpable change in my life. I experienced a deeper sense of ease, synchronicity, and joy. Even while facing some of the more challenging aspects of Oneness, I felt my fears and resistances in my life begin to dissolve. My relationships became more fulfilling, and aspects of my work and relationships that were not working fell away. I also did the practices with a group of friends, and our community became stronger as a result.
And, it didn't take any long, arduous processes - I believe that the most effective spiritual truths are short, simple, and easy to understand - and that's what's presented here in this book.