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Review by diana lowery -- The Unbound Soul

Post by diana lowery » 31 Mar 2019, 07:16

[Following is a volunteer review of "The Unbound Soul" by Richard L. Haight.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Richard L. Haight invites readers to use The Unbound Soul as a travel guide for their own spiritual journeys. He outlines the steps that he took to achieve his goal and presents a way for the universe to find peace.

Part One - "My Story" documents the author's life from his childhood vision (where he saw Jesus as a boneless body giving him a mission), through his teenage years (where he battled with a learning disability), to a quest in the Amazon as an adult. When the author was 17, he witnessed "the dazzling display of rays of light intersected with particles of dust floating in the air." This scene is one of the examples where I was able to relate to Haight because I have vivid memories of seeing this as a child while my teacher explained that we should realize that God inhabits every speck. Narratives in "My Story" often revolve around martial arts training. At one point, an instructor had Haight hold a gun to his head and pull the trigger. Haight followed the instructions without question. This event made the author aware of his suicidal tendencies. Stories such as the one about being able to "see" the winning raffle ticket are hard to believe, but they don't hinder appreciation. Because the book was not written to be a simple memoir, the lack of details are less annoying. This section of the book merely serves as background credibility for the lessons that the author teaches in the remaining chapters.

Part Two - "The Path" is the shortest section with five chapters. This section was my least favorite part as it required rereading to grasp the ideas that were presented. The author goes into detail about Isness, the Warrior's Method, meditation techniques, and pitfalls. The passages on Electromagnetic Spectrum Classes and Conscious Frequency Classes were beyond my comprehension, but they should prove valuable to mathematically minded readers.

Part Three - "Daily Enfoldment" deals with mystical experiences such as the description of the locked car incident. The inclusion of these anecdotes makes this section palatable. Without the interesting tales, chapters dealing with taking care of the physical and mental body would be a repetition of common knowledge. A redeeming factor in this part is that Haight explains that his teaching is not a belief system. He says, "It comes from direct experiences and is to help others set aside biases, assumptions, and beliefs, so they can experience life more directly for themselves." This revelation was helpful in knowing the author's purpose in telling his story.

Part Four - "Soul and Spirit" is the final section and ties up the earlier parts. Haight further explains the unfolding process and discusses his multiverse view that every atom has immortal soul. Also, in this final section, the author comes back to his original mission: to find the bones of Jesus.

This is a well edited book; in fact, Haight mentioned in an interview that he purposely hired an expensive editor, and I appreciated the results. Another facet that I liked was the decision to include all religious beliefs through quotations and explanations which makes it a book for all belief systems. Because of the universal appeal and the unique format of this self-help memoir, I am rating it as a 4 out of 4. I think that everyone who reads this book will receive a beneficial message that is specifically for them. The author refers to these as inspirences. He writes that "Reading alone is insufficient... It will take sincere dedication." Those words should serve as a caution to anyone looking for a quick unbounding.

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Post by aolayide » 14 Apr 2019, 10:11

Your in-depth analysis of this book makes me easy to understand what each chapter is all about. I am currently reading this book and I must say I like it as well. Thanks for the brilliant review.

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Post by Firefawkes » 14 Apr 2019, 13:30

I enjoyed how this book was not limited to a single religion, making it enjoyable for a broad audience! Thanks for your fantastic and thorough review :)

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Post by Bluebird03 » 14 Apr 2019, 14:46

This book truly is inclusive of all belief systems. That was something that impressed me as well, when I read this book. Thank you for a great review! :)

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Post by Kibetious » 15 Apr 2019, 09:50

Anyone wishing to read the book as indicated, should think and ponder about it first indeed. I read the book and I found a lot of insights that are of help to me although I do not agree with all the propositions of the author. Thanks for the review.
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Post by labibliofile » 15 Apr 2019, 11:40

It seems like this book will really make you rethink what is believed as a norm and the format of the story which is in the form of a travel guide makes it even more interesting! Thank you for your review and recommendation! :)
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Post by Cotwani » 16 Apr 2019, 07:09

I love your parting shot! The book seems to have some hard bones to chew - which reminds me of the author's strange mission - finding the bones of Jesus? I wonder what that means. Thanks for the detailed review!
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Post by diana lowery » 16 Apr 2019, 08:44

Cotwani wrote:
16 Apr 2019, 07:09
I love your parting shot! The book seems to have some hard bones to chew - which reminds me of the author's strange mission - finding the bones of Jesus? I wonder what that means. Thanks for the detailed review!
Thanks for your compliment. I think "finding the bones" is metaphorical.

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Post by diana lowery » 16 Apr 2019, 08:45

labibliofile wrote:
15 Apr 2019, 11:40
It seems like this book will really make you rethink what is believed as a norm and the format of the story which is in the form of a travel guide makes it even more interesting! Thank you for your review and recommendation! :)
I appreciate your comment.

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Post by diana lowery » 16 Apr 2019, 08:48

Kibetious wrote:
15 Apr 2019, 09:50
Anyone wishing to read the book as indicated, should think and ponder about it first indeed. I read the book and I found a lot of insights that are of help to me although I do not agree with all the propositions of the author. Thanks for the review.
Thank you for reading my review. I agree that most readers could find something valuable in the book.

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Post by diana lowery » 16 Apr 2019, 08:54

Firefawkes wrote:
14 Apr 2019, 13:30
I enjoyed how this book was not limited to a single religion, making it enjoyable for a broad audience! Thanks for your fantastic and thorough review :)
Thank you for your comments.

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Post by diana lowery » 16 Apr 2019, 08:56

aolayide wrote:
14 Apr 2019, 10:11
Your in-depth analysis of this book makes me easy to understand what each chapter is all about. I am currently reading this book and I must say I like it as well. Thanks for the brilliant review.
It looks like we both also read Gringo . Thanks for reading my review.

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Post by aolayide » 16 Apr 2019, 12:24

diana lowery wrote:
16 Apr 2019, 08:56
aolayide wrote:
14 Apr 2019, 10:11
Your in-depth analysis of this book makes me easy to understand what each chapter is all about. I am currently reading this book and I must say I like it as well. Thanks for the brilliant review.
It looks like we both also read Gringo . Thanks for reading my review.
Pleasure :D :tiphat:

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Post by Jaime Lync » 19 Apr 2019, 14:05

I have read several reviews on this book and while your review gives it a four out of four rating, I am not convinced to read this book because it is evident to me that this may be a 'spiritual book' it is not Christian literature. All though I acknowledge that many things are not black and white, there are definitely some important key issues on which we have to realize that we either pick life or death and this deals with many such issues with the author's opinion which is truths and false mingled and I rather not try to glean truth from falsehood.
Thanks for the review nonetheless.

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Post by diana lowery » 24 Apr 2019, 10:28

Thank you for reading my review. I think your analysis is accurate.

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