The power of the present moment book
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart TolleEckhart Tolles message is simple: living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment. And while this message may not seem stunningly original or fresh, Tolles clear writing, supportive voice and enthusiasm make this an excellent manual for anyone whos ever wondered what exactly living in the now means. Foremost, Tolle is a world-class teacher, able to explain complicated concepts in concrete language. More importantly, within a chapter of reading this book, readers are already holding the world in a different container--more conscious of how thoughts and emotions get in the way of their ability to live in genuine peace and happiness.
Tolle packs a lot of information and inspirational ideas into The Power of Now. (Topics include the source of Chi, enlightened relationships, creative use of the mind, impermanence and the cycle of life.) Thankfully, hes added markers that symbolise break time. This is when readers should close the book and mull over what they just read. As a result, The Power of Now reads like the highly acclaimed A Course in Miracles--a spiritual guidebook that has the potential to inspire just as many study groups and change just as many lives for the better. --Gail Hudson
The Power of Present Moment
The book is intended to be a guide for day-to-day living and stresses the importance of living in the present moment and transcending thoughts of the past or future. Published in the late s,  the book was recommended by Oprah Winfrey  and has been translated into 33 languages. The book draws from a variety of "spiritual traditions",  and has been described by one reviewer as "Buddhism mixed with mysticism and a few references to Jesus Christ , a sort of New Age re-working of Zen. According to the book, only the present moment is important,  and both an individual's past and future is created by their thoughts. In the book's introduction the author relates his past experiences of continuous anxiety with periods of suicidal depression. Later, when he was 29 years old, he had a personal epiphany and writes: "I heard the words 'resist nothing' as if spoken inside my chest. In Chapter Two, Tolle tells the reader that they must recognize their personal ego "without the ego creating an antagonistic response to its own denial or destruction" and explains the purposelessness of the "mental pain and anguish" that people hold on to.