Jun 132011

I inspire myself with this book. I especially value this book as I see it revealing the concepts, simple guidelines and (in itself) example of a language (be it Percept, Green Speak, E-in-Sich-T or other) for individuation and making it available to a large audience.

I see the style as a merging of autobiography (family background), fiction (“written as a conversation”) and knowledge. I feel comfortable with this approach having enjoyed myself with authors such as Richard Bach, James Redfield, Robert Pirsig and Neale Donald Walsch.
I hear Jake explaining
– how human society nowadays needs to grow to overcome the obstacles we created
– how this can be achieved by personal growth from a ego-centric, ethno-centric to a world-centric perspective
– and how a a specific way of using language can help us individuate on this path
By the world-centric view I connect Jake with other authors sharing a similar viewpoint (though eluding completely different knowledge) e.g. Bruce H Lipton and Gunter Dueck.
I interpret Green Psychology and Green Speak as Jake’s individuation of what John & Joyce Weir originally developed.
I read somebody writing that John Weir would have said of this work: “He’s doing himself. He’s doing the best he can with what he’s got. That’s all he can do.” And I fully agree! This is exactly how I experience and rate this book: he did the best he could – profound, honest and individuated.
I thank Jake for this book.

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Oct 022007

Neale D. Walsch comments that this is the final book publishing his more than a decade ongoing conversation with God. The book covers some of the typical questions about death: What happens after death? What is death? Are there heaven and hell? Is there life after death?

I have read the “Conversations with God” trilogy enthusiastically. The style felt completely authentic and the books were full of new insights. I have a mixed impression of “Home with God”. The conversation feels a bit superficious, blended in are longer passages of experiences that the author has made or reciting those of people he has met or has received letters from. I have read many of the statements elsewhere. The book is definitely not as thought provoking and breath taking as the “Conversations with God”.

I read only the German translated version, so it is hard to tell whether the book lost its power in translation. If that is a hint, I do not think the subtitle was translated adequately. “In a life that never ends” becomes “Über das Leben nach dem Tode” which means “About life after death”.

The translated title makes death some event that separates life before and after. However one of the book’s message is that death is merely a transformation and life itself goes on continuously (a life that never ends).

I prefer reading English books to avoid loss of nuances and subtle notions. (The book was a present.)

On the other side the book provides some new insights to me. The author describes a detailed script of what we experience “after death” that was new to me. It is a transition in three stages and only after the last stage the door finally closes. In these three we disassociate with the body, the mind and finally the soul to become one again in God like a drop of water returning in the ocean.

“And when you no longer fear dying, you no longer fear living.”

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Sep 012007

The book tells the true story of Morrie Schwartz who is dying of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease and what Stephen Hawking has. Morrie Schwartz is Mitch Albom’s former favourite professor at Brandeis University who he promised to keep in touch with. Years later Mitch hears about his condition through an TV interview with Ted Koppel and decides to visit him.

He finds his professor providing even more wisdom as his physical conditions deteriorate. And he starts to fly seven hundred miles to meet his dying professor for the following Tuesday’s, talk about the meaning of life and doing the “final thesis”. This book is the result and the advanced payments also helped to pay the medical bills.

It is Morrie’s personal story and wisdom as well as Mitch’s personal and brilliant writing that makes this book touch our hearts.

“Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.”

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