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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (509 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Byron Katie, Stephen Mitchell Narrator: Byron Katie, Stephen Mitchell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In her first two books, Byron Katie showed how suffering can be ended by questioning the stressful thoughts that create it, through a process of self-inquiry she calls The Work. Now, in A Thousand Names for Joy, she encourages us to discover the freedom that lives on the other side of inquiry.Stephen Mitchell—the renowned translator of the Tao Te Ching—selected provocative excerpts from that ancient text as a stimulus for Katie to talk about the most essential issues that face us all: life and death, good and evil, love, work, and fulfillment. The result is a book that allows the timeless insights of the Tao Te Ching to resonate anew for us today, while offering a vivid and illuminating glimpse into the life of someone who for twenty years—ever since she “woke up to reality” one morning in 1986—has been living what Lao-tzu wrote more than 2,500 years ago.Katie’s profound, lighthearted wisdom is not theoretical; it is absolutely authentic. That is what makes this book so compelling. It’s a portrait of a woman who is imperturbably joyous, whether she is dancing with her infant granddaughter or finds that her house has been emptied out by burglars, whether she stands before a man about to kill her or embarks on the adventure of walking to the kitchen, whether she learns that she is going blind, flunks a “How Good a Lover Are You?” test, or is diagnosed with cancer. With her stories of total ease in all circumstances, Katie does more than describe the awakened mind; she lets you see it, feel it, in action. And she shows you how that mind is yours as well.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sheri Bennett | 2/17/2014

    " An amazing look into an enlightened person. Wow. I couldn't put this book down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sue | 2/5/2014

    " My second book by Katie. I continue to be surprised by how brutal this outlook sounds while understanding the purpose of the 4 questions. Katie leads me to question everything and wonder if my sense of reality is just a dream. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cat | 2/4/2014

    " Her work has changed my life so much for the better! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maggie | 1/9/2014

    " absolutely worth it! only downside is that there is such a concentration of wisdom after a while my brain almost goes blank. but when taken in smaller bits, it is excellent. amazing really. "

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