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Rob White’s Then I Met Mary is a non-fiction, real and captivating book especially for the people seeking to understand the meaning of life-spirituality. No doubt the book is a light and easy read. White manages to refreshingly address 21 teachings (not unique to him) from an experiential perspective. He starts off by mentioning the conventional gurus he has interacted with just to finally focus on ordinary persons who have impacted his life greatly.
I must, however, admit that the lesson on kindness was not only of a new perspective but overwhelming- poor old maid Theresa. White’s take in the grocery store brought out what would have been my typical ugly take-“he is stepping on it”. White is convincing on the fact that kindness which translates real love transcends being right in some given circumstances. In deed kindness is the height of love-pursuing what is best for all without drama.
White transcends the religious connotations of spirituality to credibly speak to people of all walks of life. He does not in any way attack or even challenges the assumed truth/ teachings by others, but instead compellingly offers a different perspective or should I say universal truth which in essence is God. Mr. Executor got me wishing I could redo my conduct as a teacher – the book captures real life issues through White. I particularly like the way he goes ahead to relive his well learnt lesson. By pardoning the teenager caught on thuggery, White extended Mr. Executors forgiveness to the youngster. In essence just about every valuable lesson White learns is practiced and played out in real life scenarios. The book makes an interesting departure from the dos and don’ts approach taken by different authors in the field. It is easy to appreciate and learn by Whites examples/ stories.
The book is well done without grammatical or grammar and typo errors allowing smooth reading and comprehension. However, am yet to figure out what EST is- I suppose an abbreviation should be spelt out the first mention and later in the index.
Spirituality is best experienced as opposed to being taught. However, an individual could identify with another person’s experience and so understand better their own experiences. White’s superb job of sharing his experiences is set to awaken and strengthen many readers. As such I rate the book 4 out of 4-experience is the best teacher. I would recommend the book to all that questions the meaning/purpose of life. Then I met Mary is a rich insightful book that clearly captures the materialism-spiritualism nexus.
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