2 out of 4 stars
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This is a review of the book Truth: What the World Needs Now by Johnny George. This non-fiction reevaluates the traditional approaches to the Truth. It exposes the fallacies in the existing belief systems. It introduces alternate methods that could help in finding the Truth.
I found a few aspects of the book helpful in guiding the seekers on things to be careful about while seeking the Truth. The author does a good job in quoting incidents from his personal life to show that some of the long-held religious beliefs are questionable. The most striking example is the author’s interaction with a preacher who could not explain why one would go to hell if not baptized. I could sense the author’s anguish about the white lies permeating the religions, for which he provides the Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny as examples. I liked the way in which the author touches upon topics like the current state of the religions, miracles being confused with the Truth, belief systems sometimes killing people, etc., to show that the traditional belief systems are doing harm instead of helping people to find the Truth.
The discussions about identifying individual ego and transcending it, observing the never-ending competition between the good and the bad sides inside us, how to use daily affirmations to become the co-creator of one’s reality, the importance of personal conduct in salvation, etc., help the reader in heightening their perceptions in seeking the Truth. I found the elaborate discussion on whether The Bible is the true narrative of Jesus’s words pretty informative. The author gets the reader really concerned when he shares details about how the churches in some societies are strongly linked to the money and the power centers. The references to several alternate spiritual readings like the Nag Hammadi texts are useful in further exploring the topic of seeking the Truth. There are also references to some new-age spirituality books.
What I didn’t like about the book is that the alternate methods prescribed to find the Truth are not convincing. I felt that the book just rebrands already known philosophies as alternate methods. Also, impractical psychological methods like deprogramming the minds and mastering one’s thoughts and feelings are being prescribed. The book’s authenticity is diluted by the author’s attempt to define different ‘levels’ of the Truth. The narrations on unrelated topics like gun control in the USA make the reader wonder what those topics have to do with seeking the Truth. The proofreading of the book has not been done thoroughly. There are mechanical errors like misplaced commas, missing commas, missing words, and incomplete phrases. On Page 158, the numbering of the sections gets reset, which has resulted in some sections having the same numbers.
Overall, I did not find the book to be a good guide for seekers of the Truth. The book starts with a promising note by questioning the beliefs of the traditional religions. However, the alternate methods suggested by the author are either too philosophical or impractical. The book has not been thoroughly proofread. Because of the author’s bold initiative to elucidate the Truth and the references to the alternate spiritual writings, I wanted to rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. Since the methods offered do not sound authentic, I rate this book 2 out of 4 stars.
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