Oneness with All Life – Book

Oneness with All Life
by Eckhart Tolle
★☆☆☆☆

After reading The Power of Now and A New Earth, this book was a disappointment.

His other books have been all about your inner true self. This book contradicts his teachings by making it all fancy on the outside, with not much content inside.

It tries to sell by saying that it has the most important selections from A New Earth, trying to attract more customers with a hardcover, gold decorations, a red ribbon bookmark, coloured and illustrated pages. It seems that Tolle’s ego has lost control.

Any graphic designer would get excited about a book that’s specially made, but this book is far from making any designer jump for joy. If it was handcrafted with care and detail, using a traditional press where the text embossed the paper, used textured paper, more time and effort spent on the drawings, then I can appreciate the beauty. However, the paper used in this book is nothing to woo about. The illustrations are not interesting. It just seems like a cheaply made book, manufactured like any other book in mass production.

However, you don’t have to be a graphic designer to notice these things. And by focusing on the package, we’re already at lost of the true teachings of Tolle. As I mentioned, the ‘quotes’ or ‘selections’ are directly from A New Earth and so, it’s not a book to be read in a linear order or sequence. You can just open up to any page, read it, ponder and save the rest for another day. Kind of like a fortune cookie per day. However, I found them to be a bit choppy, and the full explanations that was done in A New Earth was done so much better, especially since it’s a complex idea to grasp at times.

I was originally going to buy it, but decided to just borrow it from the public library to save $, and I’m glad that I did!

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