Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The individual's search for meaning is hardly a new topic, but Huffington ( Maria Callas ) adds fresh ideas to the discussion. Taking a high view of human nature, she maintains that the impulse toward spiritual fulfillment is another of our basic human instincts (the others are survival, sex and power) and identifies this often neglected ``fourth'' instinct as the tool given humanity for transforming the limiting effects of the other three. Choosing to respond to the call of the soul leads one beyond false goals of celebrity, consumption and physical perfection on to compassion, selflessness and service. Huffington envisions a genuine evolutionary breakthrough as more and more people, driven by society's widespread sense of ``something missing,'' develop themselves under the direction of the fourth instinct. While the use of exclusively masculine language for both humanity and God detracts from her message, Huffington's book nonetheless challenges readers to evaluate their priorities and make meaningful changes in their lives. (May)
Best-selling author of biographies of Maria Callas and Picasso, talk show host, and first woman president of the Cambridge Union debating society, Huffington has experienced relative poverty as a child in Greece and life as a New York socialite; she is now the wife of a U.S. congressman and the mother of two daughters. From her own wide reading, research, and hourlong daily meditation, Huffington supports her contention that there is, in addition to survival, power, and sexual instincts, a powerful spiritual instinct that drives human beings toward God, toward helping others, and toward the wisdom, strength, and inspiration that come from pain, loss, and art. This deeply spiritual and nonsectarian book reads with narrative ease and clarity. Highly recommended for public and seminary libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 1/94.]-Carolyn Craft, Longwood Coll., Farmville, Va.
From the Publisher
"The Fourth Instinct is a wonderful discovery, reminding each of us of all that we were meant to beand can still become. Caring, sensitive, profoundly insightful, it is a book that can change the way we live our lives."
Deepak Chopra, M.D., author, Ageless Body, Timeless Mind and Quantum Healing
"Arianna Huffington, in the course of her life, has come to experience the world with unusual depth. In her inspiring new book, which follows her younger work, After Reason, she has brought forth her perception of The Fourth Instinct: The Call of the Soul to reveal the insight of a sensitive and evolving mind. "
Jonas Salk, M.D., author, The Anatomy of Reality and Survival of the Wisest
"Arianna Huffington has written a brilliant book about the search for deeper meaning and personal fulfillment in our lives. When we neglect that impulse, she explains, we become increasingly susceptible to depression, aggression, and various addictions. The Fourth Instinct is a groundbreaking and fascinating book. "
Dean Ornish, M.D., author, Stress, Diet, and Your Heart and Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease