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Let me save you from this book
on February 7, 2016
I have never written a book review, but after suffering through The Untethered Soul I was compelled to save others the time and money. I consider myself an open-minded individual, but had to remind myself several times to remain so and that the best was yet to come. It never came.
I was excited when I found this book on Amazon and read the excellent reviews. I ordered and couldn't wait for it to arrive. Let the enlightenment begin!
The first couple of chapters introduced the interesting concept of our 'Self' or 'Spirit' being the observer and separate from our thoughts, emotions, and occurrences. I liked the idea and looked forward to discovering how this concept could be applied to everyday life, but from there on the author simply repeated this idea using slightly different wording. It is full of vague and convenient examples and analogies while completely void of practical, scientific, or clinical information. I don't even know why he bothered dividing into chapters. They all seem the same as he blabbers on about whatever came to his mind in the possibly one day it was written.
He also contradicts himself on numerous occasions. An example is chapter 15 where he instructs his readers to simply choose to be happy for the rest of their lives. Ummm...okay, tell that to someone who has just lost a loved one or suffered some other traumatic experience. Choosing to be happy at a time like that would likely be considered psychopathic. Regardless, this contradicts his opinion of how emotions such as happiness are separate from the self, something we simply experience, and not within our control.
Some stand out moments include his analogy where he refers to ice as 'simply concentrated water', which demonstrates the level of accuracy you can expect from this book. However, the prize goes to the section about how God would rather hang out with happy people! By this point I was convinced the author was at least one French Fry short of a Happy Meal.
It was just horrible. Please look elsewhere for enlightenment and best of luck to all.