4 out of 4 stars
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The Unbound Soul: A Visionary Guide to Spiritual Transformation and Enlightenment was authored by Richard L. Haight. The author is an instructor of meditation, healing, and martial arts. The book was published by Shinkaikan Body, Mind, Spirit LLC. It has been divided into five parts. The first part contains nine chapters. It entails the story of the author. The second part is entitled ‘The Path’ and consists of five chapters. The third and fourth parts are also made up of five chapters each. The book contains 219 pages, and is in the genre of non-fiction.
The author’s mission began at the age of eight. He had a vision where he was instructed by Jesus to find his bones for they were the core of his teaching. He was to find the essence of the teaching of Jesus and give it back to the world. The author was still a young boy, and this would certainly prove difficult. This book is the author’s account of tuning to ‘Isness’, his truest self, as he also guides the reader to his or her inner freedom as well.
One of the questions that would be asked is why one has to read this book yet there are a million others in every bookstore all over the world. The first reason would be the way the author describes each step in depth. It is not a book which tells readers what they have to get rid of in order to be their truest selves solely. It also shows that it is possible. The author begins by narrating his own account from the time he was young. He then goes ahead to cover many areas that have to be dealt with in the process of awakening. Most readers will be perplexed at some things that they tend to pay little attention to not recognizing their impact on their lives. The second reason is that the book was written with a lot of accuracy and precision. No statement was made merely for the sake of filling the pages of this book. Therefore, it is easy to read and understand because of its level of exactness and accuracy. Thirdly, regardless of whether you are spiritual or not, this book will challenge you. This is because it addresses every aspect of life.
I have benefited immensely after reading this book. For example, the author challenges the reader to live powerfully in the present. There are times when we allow our happiness to be overcome by unconfirmed fears about the future or by regrets from our past. What if we learned to live each day, one day at a time, while tackling challenges as they come by? What if we learned to perceive simple beauty in each day? I had equally never known that whenever one quits doing something out of despair, it is like feeding the quitting habit. Every individual instance of quitting makes the next quitting easier to a point where this becomes a habit.
The book was professionally edited. What I liked most were the personal experiences of the author and the aspect of humor as well. Therefore, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to all fans of non-fiction books. It will appeal most to those who enjoy reading books on spirituality, especially spiritual awakening. The reader should be aware that the teachings in the book are drawn from various religions. Those who may be offended by this can avoid reading the book until when they are prepared to read it. However, anyone with an open mind when it comes to religion and belief systems can read it.
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