Official Review: Simply Awake by Jonathan Eric Labman

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Official Review: Simply Awake by Jonathan Eric Labman

Post by ayoomisope » 04 Apr 2018, 18:40

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Simply Awake" by Jonathan Eric Labman.]
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2 out of 4 stars
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Simply Awake by Jonathan Eric Labman is a revelatory book that emphasizes the importance of enlightenment. Western and Eastern religions, and their flaws, are explored; nevertheless, the author intends for every reader to ascertain the truth personally. This is an integral aspect of “being awake.”

The book begins by analysing the need for awareness. Awareness is described as something that registers every experience. The author terms it Brahman, which is synonymous with God/the Absolute. The three basic practices of awareness are discussed. These are meditation, practising presence (a form of open-eyed meditation), and thought-busting. Additionally, questions concerning several aspects of life are considered to help evaluate one’s existence and establish the truth by oneself. For instance, “Is This Really True About How I Fit into the World?”

It is easy to imagine the book as a spiritual manual, but it is not. It focuses on the possibility of happiness and holistic tranquillity. I appreciate the author’s vast training and studies in several religions and spiritual traditions. His knowledge is exemplified commendably in the work. The book is arrayed (mostly) with relevant images, and similar titles are referenced. I concur with some of his beliefs and assertions, such as, “Test everything to see if it’s true and if it works for you.” He, also, assists the reader with understanding and accepting the uniqueness of each person.

Nonetheless, I disagree with the author when he writes, “all current scientific theories and all academic knowledge . . . are equally subjective . . . even if they are the most accurate information we have today; they will be different in 100 years.” A difference does not automatically imply subjectiveness. Furthermore, he asserts that most thoughts about oneself are false. I believe this is simply untrue (at least for me). There is an issue of overuse of ellipses throughout the book, and the review copy of the e-book is formatted to present two pages on the screen per time. This makes it nearly impossible to read the text without zooming in. Additionally, a part of the book references a family of human beings, but an image of a coalition of cheetahs is inserted. Finally, there is an oversaturation of uppercase use to reference words. For instance, the question quoted above in the second paragraph indicates this. The oversaturation decreases the ability to read and recognize the relevant words in the text.

I give the book a rating of 2 out of 4 stars. It is not professionally edited, but it is enlightening and educative. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy reading nonfiction titles that address various religions and traditions.

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Post by Mr Benji » 05 Apr 2018, 18:02

Thanks for the review, I have learnt how to test everything for itstruthfulness from this.
Wise men lay up knowledge.
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Post by stacie k » 05 Apr 2018, 20:11

From the book’s cover, I would have never guessed it had anything to do with religion. I appreciate your informative review. I don’t think I would enjoy this one, but I’m glad you found it to be enlightening.
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Post by kandscreeley » 06 Apr 2018, 07:23

From your description, I don't think this is one that I would enjoy. It does sound like there are some good tidbits you can pick up here and there. However, I'm just not really into spirituality or things of that nature. Plus, as you say, some of the things that he says sound false to me. Thanks, though.
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Post by ayoomisope » 06 Apr 2018, 17:17

stacie k wrote:
05 Apr 2018, 20:11
From the book’s cover, I would have never guessed it had anything to do with religion. I appreciate your informative review. I don’t think I would enjoy this one, but I’m glad you found it to be enlightening.
Thanks for your comment. I didn't really enjoy it myself. There was a lot of repetition of previous points, which made reading the book a little boring.
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Post by ayoomisope » 08 Apr 2018, 06:39

kandscreeley wrote:
06 Apr 2018, 07:23
From your description, I don't think this is one that I would enjoy. It does sound like there are some good tidbits you can pick up here and there. However, I'm just not really into spirituality or things of that nature. Plus, as you say, some of the things that he says sound false to me. Thanks, though.
Thanks for the comment. The book is a short read though if you're ever interested.
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Post by VictoriaMcMillen » 08 Apr 2018, 13:35

Thanks for your review, it was enlightening. I am interested in the religions covered and seeing how the author portrays each.
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Post by ayoomisope » 09 Apr 2018, 19:14

VictoriaMcMillen wrote:
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Thanks for your review, it was enlightening. I am interested in the religions covered and seeing how the author portrays each.
Thanks for your comment. There's not much information on different religions in the book. Only what's important to the author's assertions are referenced. However, as I stated in the review, the author is well-versed in the practices of several religions.
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Post by Libs_Books » 10 Apr 2018, 13:25

ayoomisope wrote:
04 Apr 2018, 18:40
I concur with some of his beliefs and assertions, such as, “Test everything to see if it’s true and if it works for you.” ...Nonetheless, I disagree with the author when he writes, “all current scientific theories and all academic knowledge . . . are equally subjective . . . even if they are the most accurate information we have today; they will be different in 100 years.” A difference does not automatically imply subjectiveness. Furthermore, he asserts that most thoughts about oneself are false. I believe this is simply untrue (at least for me).
I agree with all these points, so that makes me feel as though I can rely on your overall rating. I won't be reading this one myself (one doesn't have to test absolutely everything!) but thanks for a very helpful review.

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Post by ayoomisope » 11 Apr 2018, 16:29

Mr Benji wrote:
05 Apr 2018, 18:02
Thanks for the review, I have learnt how to test everything for itstruthfulness from this.
Thanks for the comment. You can check out the book for more insight.
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Post by Eileen R » 12 Apr 2018, 08:50

Thanks for the great review. Hopefully, the issues with editing will not take away from the knowledge found in the book. I will definitely read it.

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Post by ayoomisope » 13 Apr 2018, 06:51

Eileen R wrote:
12 Apr 2018, 08:50
Thanks for the great review. Hopefully, the issues with editing will not take away from the knowledge found in the book. I will definitely read it.
I appreciate your comment. The uppercase and page format issues affected reading drastically for me. However, I guess it would be based on preference. In addition, the page issues are probably going to be a review-copy-only problem.
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Post by Bianka Walter » 15 Apr 2018, 04:14

ayoomisope wrote:
04 Apr 2018, 18:40
Furthermore, he asserts that most thoughts about oneself are false. I believe this is simply untrue (at least for me).
I totally agree with you. I think that is a flippant remark that doesn't apply to everyone. Or even to anyone. I really enjoyed this review - thank you!
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Post by ayoomisope » 15 Apr 2018, 08:03

Bianka Walter wrote:
15 Apr 2018, 04:14
ayoomisope wrote:
04 Apr 2018, 18:40
Furthermore, he asserts that most thoughts about oneself are false. I believe this is simply untrue (at least for me).
I totally agree with you. I think that is a flippant remark that doesn't apply to everyone. Or even to anyone. I really enjoyed this review - thank you!
Thanks for the comment.
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