Review: The Power Of Now

I’m not much of a self-help book reader and you will very rarely catch me browsing that section of the bookstore. I also don’t tend to run out and buy a book because Oprah told me too. A couple people I know who were going through a difficult time in their lives turned me on to a book that they said really helped them to switch focus. The book was “The Power Of Now” by Eckhart Tolle. So, I bought it. And it sat on my bookshelf for some time before I finally decided that it was time to start reading it.

The last book review I did on this blog was for “Love In The Time Of Cholera” which I didn’t enjoy. Well, “The Power of Now“, is not much different.It’s long-winded, wordy, repetitive, and just plain flighty.Had this book been written differently I do honestly believe it could have had a more powerful impact.There were some points in this book that made sense, that gave you the opportunity to look at things in a different light and ponder over it for awhile. However, they were few and far between in my opinion.The only thing he got completely right in this book is to “live in the present”.We often dwell on the past or worry too much about the future that we miss out on what it is to be in the here and now – which is living!

Would I recommend this book to someone who is looking for a life change, wanting a new focus or a little bit of inspiration? No. I was more inspired by the equally hyped “The Secret” then I was with “The Power of Now“.

Let’s hope the next book review I decide to write falls in the “good” review category! 😛

  1. M

    December 2, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Tolle is the Coelho of nonfiction; way overrated. As for self-help, I enjoyed Joan Duncan Oliver’s books ‘Happiness’ and ‘Good Karma’, mainly because they’re written like a Socratic dialogue.

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