Now I'm getting the chance to read books I didn't have time for before. Think of me whenever you see the slogan "So many books, so little time!" Now I've got the time.  Cheers, Fred.

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Be Love Now: The Path of the Heart

Book Number: 
739
Date Fred Read: 
February 2018
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Ram Dass
Total Pages: 
296
Publisher: 
Harper One
Year: 
2011

This book comes from a mature Ram Dass. Thus it is well organized and has a very good Foreword from one of his long-time students, Ramaeshwar Das. By 2011 Ram Dass has become a highly regarded teacher and guru of the path of Bhakti – the Hindu yoga of devotion (or path of the heart) – of the four main paths within Hindu religion.  Read more

Be Here Now

Book Number: 
738
Date Fred Read: 
January 2018
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Ram Dass
Total Pages: 
403
Publisher: 
Lama Foundation
Year: 
1978

Ram Dass, one of America's most beloved spiritual figures, has made his mark on the world giving teachings and promoting loving service, harmonious business practices, and conscious care for the dying. His spirit has been a guiding light for four generations, carrying millions along on the journey, helping free them from their bonds as he has worked his way through his own.  Read more

The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out of his Window and Disappeared

Book Number: 
737
Date Fred Read: 
January 2018
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Jonas Jonasson
Total Pages: 
384
Publisher: 
Hyperion
Year: 
2012

Jonas Jonasson was a journalist for many years, became a media consultant and later the founder of a sporting events production company for Swedish television. After selling his company, he moved abroad to work on his first novel. This book (737) was an international bestseller.  Read more

After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age

Book Number: 
736
Date Fred Read: 
January 2018
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Stephen Batchelor
Total Pages: 
341
Publisher: 
Yale Univ. Press
Year: 
2017

Stephen Batchelor has written several books about Buddhism. He lectures and conducts meditation retreats worldwide. He is a contributing editor of Tricycle and is director of studies of the Sharpton College for Buddhist Studies and Contemporary Enquiry, Devon, England. This book contains much that is not in Book 735.  Read more

Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening

Book Number: 
735
Date Fred Read: 
January 2018
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Stephen Batchelor
Total Pages: 
115
Publisher: 
Riverhead Books
Year: 
1998

Stephen Batchelor has written several books about Buddhism. He lectures and conducts meditation retreats worldwide. He is a contributing editor of Tricycle and is director of studies of the Sharpton College for Buddhist Studies and Contemporary Enquiry, Devon, England. This book was a national bestseller.  Read more

Perennial Philosophy

Book Number: 
734
Date Fred Read: 
December 2017
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
Arthur Versluis
Total Pages: 
110
Publisher: 
New Cultures Press
Year: 
2015

Arthur Versluis holds a doctorate from the University of Michigan and has published numerous books and articles. Among his books are Magic and Mysticism: An Introduction to Western Esotericism. I thought it would be interesting to compare this brief book with Aldous Huxley’s classic The Perennial Philosophy (Book 667), first published in 1945.  Read more

Ageless Soul: The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning and Joy

Book Number: 
733
Date Fred Read: 
December 2017
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Thomas Moore
Total Pages: 
286
Publisher: 
St Martin’s Press
Year: 
2017

Thomas Moore has been a monk, a musician, a university professor, and a psychotherapist, who now lectures widely on creating a more soulful world and on spirituality. His 1995 book Care of the Soul was a NYT bestseller. A friend highly recommended Ageless Soul to me.  Read more

Living in a Mindful Universe: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Heart of Consciousness

Book Number: 
732
Date Fred Read: 
December 2017
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
Eben Alexander
Author: 
Karen Newell
Total Pages: 
259
Publisher: 
Rodale
Year: 
2017

Eben Alexander was an academic neurosurgeon for more than 25 years. (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.) Karen Newell is a lifelong seeker of esoteric wisdom with first-hand experience exploring realms of consciousness. This was a gift book.  Read more

Island

Book Number: 
731
Date Fred Read: 
December 2017
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Aldous Huxley
Total Pages: 
354
Publisher: 
Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Year: 
2009

This 1962 novel by Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) proposes the remote utopian Pacific island of Pala, which is his idea of what is required to achieve such an ideal nation. It includes a conspiracy of new “modern” events that lead to the end of the Palan way. (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

Is God Happy? Selected Essays

Book Number: 
730
Date Fred Read: 
November 2017
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Leszek Kolakowski
Total Pages: 
327
Publisher: 
Basic Books
Year: 
2013

Leszek Kolakowski (1927-2009), a professor of history of philosophy at the U. of Warsaw, went into exile in 1968 and also became a senior research fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. He wrote many books and received many awards. This gift book has 27 essays.  Read more

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