We never normally (we hope!) try to foist so-called “spiritual” books onto people. More than any other kind of book, they are tricky to recommend since what appears one day to the intellect as a platitude or a monstrous piece of nonsense on stilts appears the next to the soul as pure wisdom, beautiful as a flower. But in this singular case we feel we may be neglecting our duty if we didn’t strenuously recommend Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now (his other one’s good too).
We won’t review it here. The main message is in the title, the lessons are familiar from millennia of spiritual texts, there’s nothing in it you can’t get from a thousand other books, all of which will be more impressive to the intellectual colllector. By Tolle’s own insistence, he has nothing new to teach, and to the unopened eye he can seem like a New Age charlatan. But nothing we’ve read or done (even much formal meditation practice) has had anything like the transformative effect of his book. It’s all the usual old stuff, but he has a knack for making it understandable and practical and down to earth and easy to follow – and, most importantly, to realise. We know we’re sounding like ludicrous converts to a fraudulent guru, but trust us – the road is not to Waco but to happiness!
Read it all the way through to satisfy your intellectual curiosity by all means. But then put it under your pillow and read a paragraph or so a day, every day – and endeavour to put the teachings into practice. Don’t worry – it will be a pleasure not a chore! And it may be the most powerfully transformative thing you’ve ever done. The result will be nothing less than the revolution of everyday life.