Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality

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by Anthony De Mello, J. Francis Stroud (Foreword by)



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ISBN-13: 9780385249379
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/1990
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 15,539
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Anthony de Mello was a Jesuit Priest known throughout the world for his writings and spiritual conferences. He died suddenly in 1987. Among his many books are Sadhana and The Song of the Bird. J. Francis Stroud, the editor of Awareness, is a Jesuit priest who worked closely with Anthony de Mello.

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Awareness 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book awakened me to all my ill-conceived notions about so many things. Anthony deMello skillfully walks the reader through what it means to be 'aware' - to truly perceive reality. No book I have previously read has had such a profound influence on the way I view things. This book is a perfect companion to deMello's other powerful book, 'The Way to Love.' No writer, for me, has so astutely captured 'truth' in such an intellectually honest way. Reading this book WILL change one's life, and one's perception of everything.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this book Tony DeMello reveals a straight-forward practical explanation of Eastern Philosophy by explaining the inherent paradoxes in clear Western Christian language. This is without doubt the best book I've read in explaining what can often be perplexing and confounding. The Tao Te Ching now makes perfect sense, the Zen Analects clear as glass but more in important this book after the 10th reading makes clear that I'm responsible for the suffering in my life and I need to Awake to that reality and choose to live responsibly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book. He does not impose any religious views. I highly recommend the book. I have bought 5 copies already to share with friends and loved ones.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are willing to open your heart this book can change your life...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anthony de Mello S.J. was a prophet for our time. His stories and insights reach into the hearts of his listerners. He paints a compelling picture of faith and life that is tangible and achieveable. Reading his work is a blessing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great thoughts ! Good food for the soul!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awareness is a must read for everybody especially those who are ready to go deeper into their spirituality. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it has helped me in many ways.
tommyTH More than 1 year ago
This is a must read for everyone, no matter what your religious beliefs, or non beliefs, for or against. It is life changing. Awareness, I prefer to call it spirituality is not only life affirming, but feels good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read 3 times to really get it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very insightful reading. I think back and try to use the lessons in this book on a daily basis. It plants seeds for understanding a complex world and achieving personal tranquility in simple and sometimes biting language. It got my attention
abraxalito on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
de Mello is a gem of a writer - so simple and yet so profound.
Thomas_Burwell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My review from Dec 2007:Really helped bring peace of mind to my life and clarify my thoughts about religion, what's good and what's not so good about it. I found it especially helpful at presenting a response against the definition of "being a success" or "being a good person" that is too often put forth in the media and in too many mainstream religions today. When reading it, it's important to understand that De Mello sometimes communicates through exaggerations or contradictions. (For instance, he tells us on pg. 35 - "The only way someone can be of help to you is in challenging your ideas." No doubt, all of us can think of countless other ways and specific situations in which someone could be of help to us in a way other than by "challenging our ideas".) De Mello has intentionally chosen this style in order to battle the sea of misconceptions that he sees over flooding our society. Rather than go through the semantic hoops that are technically necessary in order to make the subtle distinctions that he is after, De Mello chooses to "shock the truth out of us". He says things that are not intended to be completely accurate, and are sometimes even logically inconsistent, but rather contradict our culture's common assumptions, forcing us to either totally dismiss what he says or, if we read with an open mind, to consciously think about the point that De Mello is trying to communicate. This is a stylistic choice that fits with his view that logic is unable to fully capture reality. He explains, "the guru cannot give you the truth. Truth cannot be put into words, into a formula. That isn't the truth. That isn't reality. Reality cannot be put into a formula. The guru can only point out your errors. When you drop your errors, you will know the truth. And even then you cannot say."
mikitchenlady on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A must-read that I must read again and again to fully understand all of its subtle nuances. When I first picked up this book, I tried to understand what it was about based on the cover description and critical reviews, but it takes a thorough reading to get DeMello's message. I won't begin to explain it here, other than to say if you are ready for this book, you will be changed and awakened by what he has to say. Best read in small pieces, one section at a time, each digested and contemplated before moving forward.
Arctic-Stranger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked this up at a used bookstore, not knowing what it was, and it opened a whole new world for me. This was the first fusion I had read of eastern and western Christianity, and De Mello does a pretty job and reminding us that Christianity was once an eastern religion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Difficult theories to live by but if achieved, inner freedom will be attained. I am committed to waking up, daily. I am committed to following the principles mentioned in this book. Hope you enjoy the wisdom revealed..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the book confused in the first time but interesting. To read and to think follow the book make the reading more fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been asleep lately. I can't wait to read this again and relive that painful yet beautiful process of waking up. This book made me feel so free. It realigned my reality and taught me joy.
caribird More than 1 year ago
I am a friend of Bill W. and it was suggested to get this for my spirituality. I haven't read much but really hits home with me!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everyone should spend the time it takes to read this wonderful book. I think you will be a changed person by the last page
Guest More than 1 year ago
If I could reccomend one book to a person,it would be either Awareness or Jonathan Livingston Seagull (richard Bach);depending on how open their mind was. After reading this book, I've read 4 of his other books,and plan on getting all of them
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