By Eckhart Tolle

The Power of Now
A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

New World Library, Novato, 1999

This is a widely popular book that presents a spiritual interpretation of the Buddhist principle of mindfulness and presence. Its success may be attributable to some poor spiritual habits we have developed in the western world; we live our lives planning for our future, holdingonto wounds of the past, or fostering addictive patterns which numb us in the present, losing our inner attunement to our spiritual centre.

While I understand criticisms that Tolle’s writing is repetitive, I believe that speaks as much to our impatience and difficulty with the very concept Tolle is presenting. As a stress management principle, I believe this teaching is essential, no matter what the source.Tolle presents simple, practical exercises to help develop this ability.
(related: see reviews for I Don’t Want to Talk About It, by Terrence Real and Anger: Cooling the Flames, by Thich Nhat Hahn)

~ Stephen Douglas, 2008