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Posted November 2, 2013
This book is a riveting and fascinating roller coaster ride through the author's life and quest for spirituality. It is exceedingly rare to get a glimpse into the inner circle and activities of an internationally well-known spiritual teacher, and Gail takes us through her two-decades long experience in a brutally honest way. Her absolute sincerity and dedication to truth are unquestionable. I have experienced many of the same conditions in India, and can attest to how accurately they are described in the book.
The many events in the early days in Kerala, India with Mata Amritanandamayi will charm devotees, and her helpful explanations make easy reading for those unfamiliar with life in India. I have never been a devotee of the 'Amma' in the book, nor even saw her, and yet I found so many similarities between the life I lead during my 20 years in India, a large portion of it in the ashram of Sathya Sai Baba.
Anyone who has had a gnawing doubt and growing fear that life as they know it is not in harmony with the peace of their soul, will find the enlightening insights in this book helpful to break free and discover a better life ahead - leading to a tremendous weight off their shoulders. There is something for everyone in the book, and it is hard to put down; I highly recommend it!
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Posted November 21, 2013
A very well written and frank personal account of the pitfalls of person worship. When a person claims to be God, or divine, followers are wise to proceed with caution. In the end, we all believe what we want to believe. To be forewarned is to be forearmed.
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Posted November 5, 2013
Disappointing. Doesn't ring true.
I ordered this book looking for some insight as to why someone so close to Amma would leave after so long. I was disappointed – this book reads like a trashy novel, and I can understand the decision to self-publish – the manuscript would never make it out of the slush pile at a real publishing house. While billed as a memoir, the story is utterly preposterous – but it does seem that the author has managed to fool herself. She writes that she never looked at a man with lust in over 20 years – a claim regularly undercut by the lusty innuendos which seep through the cracks in her writing all over the place. Projection, anyone?
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