4 out of 4 stars
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The Unbound Soul by Richard L. Haight is a memoir of a young boy who dedicates his life to spiritual awakening. In this book, the author draws his inspiration from Christianity, Tao, and Buddhism for his philosophy, all of which he has experienced, and this is what makes this book a lot more authentic. He grew up on a horse ranch in Southern California. As a young boy, his mind was frightened with the teaching that he would burn in hell if he doesn’t spread the gospel. This teaching by Mrs. Pacetti was the stepping stone to the author’s spiritual journey after his encounter with Jesus.
The book falls into four parts, chronologically arranged. Each chapter flows into each part with intriguing titles and subheadings. The first part of this book is about the author’s history, his journey, and how he came to the point he is currently. Also, he prepared the reader for what to face in the later chapters through his life experience. His classes as a medium (someone who speaks with the spirit in the afterlife) and test in the karate school were very informative. In the second part, he details the meditation practices he came up with and explains how and why they work so well. He provided answers to frequently asked questions. I enjoyed the third part of this book. In chapter 17, the author talks about caring for the physical body. I have been trying to live a physically active healthy lifestyle. The information Richard provided in the chapter was very helpful to me. Also, Richard talked about caring for the mind in chapter 18. He advised the reader to remain calm when observing people or experiencing tough times, so as not to get caught up in emotional trauma. Finally, part four discusses the soul and spirit, what they represent, and the difference between them.
I admire Richard's in-depth knowledge through his experiences. The book is very easy to understand. I appreciate the way the author encouraged readers to approach reading this book with a logical mind in a safe space. The author was polite and mindful of his words so as not to confuse readers or disrespect any religion or believes. There were so many things I liked about this book. It is informative and inspiring. There is something packed for every reader to adopt in the cause of perusing the book.
Although there was nothing I disliked about this book, there were a few things I did not agree with or understand. The author believes in reincarnation and afterlife. I do not agree with this opinion. When he talked about driving without sleep for three days, all I could think about was the risk involved. I would not advise anyone to undertake this. Moreover, I did not quite discern the author’s purpose for undertaking this. However, the author explained it in the latter part of the book, but it did not go well with me.
Notwithstanding, the book is professionally edited. I found only one unnecessary comma in one of the pages. The cover page is attractive, and the teachings are practical. Thereby, making it enthral to seekers of spiritual self-discovery. Richard made sure there is always something of value for every reader. For these reasons, I rate The Unbound Soul by Richard L. Haight a 4 out of 4 stars.
I recommend this book to anyone on a path to a spiritual self-discovery or awakening as the author likes to call it. Though there are some aspects of this book that will benefit everyone, I still would not recommend to people who are devoted to Christian religions. Therefore, I end with Richards saying, “Ultimately, it is up to you, the reader, to prove these teachings true or false through your life.”
The Unbound Soul
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