The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

The Power of Now

Eckhart Tolle's message is simple: living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment. And while this message may not seem stunningly original or fresh, Tolle's clear writing, supportive voice and enthusiasm make this an excellent manual for anyone who's ever wondered what exactly "living in the now" means. Foremost, Tolle is a world-class teacher, able to explain complicated concepts in concrete language. More importantly, withi...

Details The Power of Now

TitleThe Power of Now
Release DateAug 19th, 2004
PublisherNew World Library
GenreSelf Help, Nonfiction, Spirituality, Philosophy, Psychology, Personal Development, Audiobook, Religion, Inspirational, Unfinished

Reviews The Power of Now

  • Erin
    There is no nice way to say this. I hated this book with a fiery passion. It did not make me feel at peace. Rather, it made me want to chew off my arm. I bet if we asked Eckhart Tolle why I felt that way, he'd say that I wasn't really listening to his message.My problems with the book were as follows. First off, the tone of the book was extremely condescending. Written in a question/answer format, many of the answers started out with "You're not ...
  • Stacy
    Mr. Tolle spent two years sitting on park benches and simply "living in the moment" prior to writing this book. I doubt whether I will ever take the time in my life to do such a thing, however the suggestion he offers that we all spend a ridiculous amount of time either worrying about the future, or dwelling on the past has impacted me in a huge way. Until I read this book, I never noticed how in sane my mind can make me if I choose to let it. To...
  • howl of minerva
    It would be easy to dismiss this book as a fruit-salad of New Age and pseudo-buddhist clichés, mashed to a fine purée of nonsense and sold as a cure for what ails you in our age of secular alienation. In fact, that is what it is and that is what I'll do. The book opens with what readers of religious texts, the erowid archives and Huxley's The Doors of Perception will recognise as a classic mystical experience, epiphany or trip:"One night not lo...
  • Anna
    First of all, I must say I'm very much into all kinds of self-help books as well as new age stuff. I'm a believer! I read avidly all about OBE, reincarnations, karma, mindfulness, meditation practices and I try to make use of what I read in my everyday life. So, of course, I was looking forward to this book, especially as it was recommended to me by people whose opinion I value.And my oh my, wasn't it total deception. I made it until about half o...
  • Kristoffer
    There is a point in our lives when we say enough is enough. This is what this book is about. In one of his greatest works Eckhart Tolle teaches us the real meaning of spirituality. He teaches us the importance of the present moment. Through the recognition of the ego he makes us aware of how it destroys our lives. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for the real meaning of their lives and to anyone who is sick and tired of the usual t...
  • Michael
    Also on my bookshelf is a review of Tolle's THE NEW EARTH. I read it because of the recommendation from Oprah. In that review I said he used 300 pages to say what he could have said in a 10 page essay. I read this book because someone I know said it was great. I think it's just another bunch of psycho-babble bullshit this rich con-man threw together. Really people....if you have issues, go get help without throwing your money away on this kind of...
  • Edwin B
    Upon 2nd reading of this book, I realized that any form of negativity I may have in the moment actually reflects a resistance to the present moment - a refusal to accept the here and now (which is the only reality).Previous to this, I had thought that negativity simply is - and therefore should simply be noticed and accepted as part of the current reality, and not struggled against.True, negativity shouldn't be railed at nor struggled against - b...
  • Clumsy Storyteller
    i loved this book so much i'll probably read it again, I agree with the author on so many things .... like the fact that the word “God” is misused and By misuse, I mean that people who have never even glimpsed the realm of the sacred, the infinite vastness behind that word, use it with great conviction, as if they knew what they are talking about. Or they argue against it, as if they knew what it is that they are denying. This misuse gives ri...
  • Marcus Knight
    This is an awful, awful book. Sorry, there's no other way of putting it. And I can hear people saying already "but it makes me feel better".Whatever makes you feel in control, I guess. But sometimes things which make us feel better aren’t necessarily true or even good for us. Tolle and others like him are squarely in the camp of woo (as the great Randi would say!). They promote a watered down and ultimately meaningless new-age theology. (And of...
  • Natali
    I passed this book dozens of times in my yoga studio back in 2003. It was so popular and its praises so well sung by my yoga teacher, Steve Ross, that I thought it must be a bunch of new age mumbo jumbo. I didn't want to read it because I thought that it would entail jumping on some Los Angeles hippy bandwagon. I opened myself up to Eckhart Tolle after watching him on Oprah's Spirit Channel and I'm so glad that I did. This book is really great. I...
  • Jillian
    I've read a few books with similar messages about living in the present, being mindful, and grateful--it's a very zen-like message--but this book was different. Tolle explains that we are not our thoughts. "The very fact that we can objectively observe our thinking, he reasoned, suggests that the constant and often negative dialogue in our heads is separate from who we are."That's a quote I took from the interview between Tolle and Oprah from the...
  • Jeff
    I like Echkart Tolle. I recommend this book if you are into new age spirituality or not. Even if you aren't into spirituality at all, check it out. I mean, jeez, spiritual enlightenment for less than $20, how could you go wrong?I sometimes struggle with doubts about him, but I do this with all spiritual teachers. Another reviewer described him as a "pompous fraud" who "steals the classic works of Eastern cultures and repackages them in a poorly-w...
  • Stephanie *Extremely Stable Genius*
    I am up at stupid o'clock because my redneck neighbors upstairs are fighting once again. I'm sure whatever it is about, it has nothing to do with "Now". It's got to be about something such as, who took who's cigarettes, beer, and baby mama yesterday and what they plan to do to each other tomorrow in revenge. But what they are really doing is ruining my "now" flippin' ASSHATS! *shakes her fist at the ceiling fan*Anyway......I digress.Eckh...
  • Stephanie MacDonald
    I was excited to read this book. I am drawn to the power of thought, the law of attraction mixed with letting go of the past and living in the moment. I thought this book would further teach about how living in the now is so important, as present moment really is all we have. However the way this book was constructed was poor. The Q & A weren't very helpful as the questions posted weren't even any questions I would have asked and oftentimes his a...
  • Andi
    This book is an excellent guide to shutting of your brain noise. We let our brains run us mad most of the time, and never really stop to enjoy the space we are in. Always dwelling over the past, or fretting about the future. This book points out that the future is 100% unpredictable (so stop making up stories about what is going to happen when you have absolutely NO IDEA) and to stop worrying about the past because no amount of energy devoted to ...
  • Loy Machedo
    Loy Machedo’s Book Review – The Power of Now by Echkart Tolle.Before I start thrashing the book, let me give you a few interesting facts.• The book was published in the late 1990.• Initially around 3000 copies were printed.• Oprah Winfrey the great influencer recommended this book in her magazine (did she even understand the book?)• After this debacle, the sales shot up to 3 Million Copies translated into 33 languages. (Its no surpris...
  • Steph
    If you are looking for a self-help book, then go a head and read this one - it may actually help you. Otherwise, don't give it to someone else unless they are already actively seeking self-help/enlightenment advice.Honestly, I couldn't get past the first chapter of this book. An acquaintance gave it to me; apparently he was worried that I wasn't a happy camper. It's closer to the truth to say that he has a bad tendency to try to change people whe...
  • Laura
    Another one of those awesome, life-changing books!
  • Jonathan
    The Power of Now is an appealingly written mix of powerful spiritual truths, meaningless babble, and falsehoods. Tolle has taken some good wisdom from the world's religions, dressed it in New Age language, personalized it with his own less impressive wisdom, and then used a powerful personal story* to sell the book.I gave it the second star because it really does emphasize some good aspects of spirituality (especially the freedom of living in the...
  • susie
    This book came highly recommended on a blog I read, and it was recommended alongside another book in the same vein that I read and loved - so I thought, "Why not?" And here's why not: Although the book has a handful of insights and important concepts overall (which you could probably pick up from ANY book about meditation - you know, things about going through life consciously rather than unconsciously, aware of emotions and separate from judgeme...
  • Steven Walle
    Eckhart Tolle is an excellent teacher. He teaches us a simple concept of living in the now and what happiness and blessings can be gleened from this practice. It is a very strait forward teaching but with Tolle's dynamic writing style he brings each page to life for the reader.I recommend this book to all.Yesterday is history;Tomorrow is a mystry;Today is a gift from God.That's why we call it the present.Enjoy and Be Blessed.Diamond
  • A.J.
    This book has the potential to replace any religious book!Being is eternal, ever present one life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death. Identification with the mind is the root cause of all suffering. 90% people have yet to find the "off" button of their mind. This book helps us unfold the present moment and to break the addiction to compulsive thinking.Weight of information in this book is spectacular with each and...
  • Amany A A
    How Many time during the day have you caught you're self lost ? Lost in thoughts , memories or mental dialogues ? What should've happened ? What will happen ? Why didn't I say this ? Or Do that ? how many times have U caught yourself 20 minutes later completely indulged in thoughts and carried away with emotions about things that exist ONLY in your head ? Things that never happened , or happened a very long time ago ? In my case , many many many ...
  • Renee Amberg
    Ughh this is such a disappointment for me. But hear me out, 1. This book was written in 1997. 2. It was his first book. and 3. It's outdated, in terms of content and his wisdom. I felt like (obviously) he has grown into a more spiritually depth person since writing this book, which is quite clear in his other books, A New Earth & Stillness Speaks (a few of my favorite books, literally ever). I felt like he was just starting his path to enlightenm...
  • Sara Alaee
    All I can say is that this is a life-changing book! Truly awesome! Highly recommended to those who would like to improve the quality of their lives by realizing their “Being” through dwelling in “Now”. The past is past and the future is not here, and may not ever come.
  • Ahmad Abugosh
    The Power of Now is a book by Eckhart Tolle, that sells itself as the road to happiness (sorry he's against using the word happiness, I mean fulfillment). What I liked:I liked how he encouraged you to live in the "Now" and to remove yourself from your inner mind and act as an observer. I liked it when it was over. What I didn't like:I didn't like the style of him answering questions that people pose to him. Just because you answer a question, it ...
  • Oliver Smuhar
    Tolle's The Power Of Now is an extreme eye opener for any who are going through hard times. Reading this book during a long and harsh journey of being unemployed, having no money, being belittled by most managers due to my resume and having minimal help from family as they two were busy with their life's work, Tolle's teaching showed me how to overcome the depressing reality of being unemployed. Although, the book is not fantastically written, it...
  • Jason
    (orignally written in 2006)Books were a major part of my gift giving this year and, being slightly obsessive, I used their gift guides to inform my purchases. The guides provided by magazine editors were especially helpful and despite myself, I bought a hell of a lot of the suggestions from O. When I received the box in the mail, I realized that all of the items I had purchased had intended recipients except for one: The Power of Now.I...
  • Calista
    If I could give this book less than one star, I would. In fact, I'm not sure I've ever disliked a book as much as I did this one. There were some good points made. They could have all been contained in about four paragraphs. As written, the book was repetitive, boring, and repeatedly insulting to the reader. First of all, I'm wary of anyone who declares him or herself to be "enlightened". The author's early description of finding enlightenment so...
  • Xavier Guillaume
    The suggestions in this book are similar to suggestions I've heard from someone I know who is in psychic school. He told me about root chakras and staying grounded while being in the center of your head. Reading this book, I believe being present is similar to these teachings.When you are grounded, no negativity can enter your space. You are connected to the Earth, no harm can come to you, it only takes a little focus. Similarly, when you are pre...