4 out of 4 stars
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James K. Papp's Inquire Within: A Guide to Living in Spirit is a spiritual guidebook that takes readers on a journey of self-discovery. This discovery is of a part of themselves, 'the Spirit,' whose existence has been ignored by the modern world.
The book recognizes that, at one point or the other, whether voluntarily or compelled by dissatisfaction with life, individuals get to a crossroad in life where they begin to search for something higher than the physical. James believes that 'the Spirit' leads one into answers and purpose. Inquire Within: A Guide to Living in Spirit is a book with techniques to aid individuals on their journey of spiritual practice.
James delivers a spiritual book that is well written and takes readers on the journey it promises. Throughout the book, the author incorporates poems to drive home further whatever point he makes. This feature added creativity to the entire book and improved its overall appeal.
The language of the book is serene and peaceful, commensurating the very theme of the book. It is clear from the book's tone that James is not merely a researcher of spirituality but also a firm personal believer in what he preaches. This will endear readers more to this book. Not only does he share his journey, but he also draws from the knowledge of others that have delved into deep introspection of the subject matter. It is evident that the author has done extensive research on the subject matter and yet delivers the work in a voice that is not academic but spiritual.
James uses pictures from his experiences and personal explorations to create images of the journey that he advocates. Readers will find it easy to follow the techniques that he explains in the book through the help of these pictures. The author desires that readers suffer no confusion in understanding his teachings. Hence, at the end of every chapter, he states tips that readers can adopt to help them practically follow the already discussed technique. James follows these tips up with keywords that are single-word representations of each technique. This extra effort is commendable, as it shows his commitment to successfully leading readers through this spiritual path.
I believe readers will find this book to be more than a spiritual guide. James also presents ideas and insights that will guide one on their life journey. It is also commendable that he presents this book from a neutral point of view and does not necessarily dwell on any specific religion. Therefore, readers of varying religious affiliations will benefit from the book.
This book will appeal to both younger and older audiences. It will set the younger ones early on the spiritual path. For the older audiences, it may help them discover themselves. Readers interested in spiritual discovery and some religious enthusiasts who desire to take their journey with 'the Spirit' deeper will find this book appealing. I rate this book four out of four stars, as the writing is seamless, and I have no complaints, except about a few minor errors.
Inquire Within - A Guide to Living in Spirit
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