A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

A New Earth

The highly anticipated follow-up to the 2,000,000 copy bestselling inspirational book, "The Power of Now" With his bestselling spiritual guide "The Power of Now," Eckhart Tolle inspired millions of readers to discover the freedom and joy of a life lived ?in the now.? In "A New Earth," Tolle expands on these powerful ideas to show how transcending our ego-based state of consciousness is not only essential to personal happiness, but also the key t...

Details A New Earth

TitleA New Earth
Release DateAug 29th, 2006
GenreNonfiction, Spirituality, Self Help, Philosophy

Reviews A New Earth

  • Michelle
    Okay so I had high expectations for this book. Normally I don't really go for Oprah selections but I heard so many great things about it plus I am totally into new agey type things, I thought it would be right up my alley.My problem with this book was twofold. First, a lot of the ideas weren't new to me. Living in the present (you are not walking across the room to get a book, you are walking across the room), not letting your ego attach itself t...
  • Martha
    What is so powerful about this book is not that there is much new material here. We’ve all heard about how the ego keeps us chained to our judgements, fears, and desires. The difference is in how the author explains his points. Finally, we understand! Wouldn’t you love it if all the stuff you’ve read about enlightenment suddenly became crystal clear? (I see you all nodding!) This is it.Throughout the entire book, he reiterates the same poin...
  • Liz
    Oprahmercial. Well if you can over look that aspect I highly recommend this book. Tolle's penmanship allows difficult philosophical, psychological principles to come together simplified. This book simplifies complex notions of western approaches with an eastern point of view on metaphysics. I think it is a helpful tool for those cynical about the current state of humanity. I also believe it could be a great entry book into Eastern philosophy. He ...
  • Lain
    I opened this book, hoping to find something inspiring, eye-opening, and life-changing. Instead, it appears to be filled with the same old New Age babble about self-actualization and "each being the part of the one." It's not that I disagree -- it's just that I don't think there's anything particularly new or different. The same old, same old about non-judgment, embracing all things, blah blah blah. Call me crazy, but I think I've read this about...
  • Laurie
    Loved this book. It has changed how I look at life. I read a lot of "self-help", "spiritual insight" books and this is one of the best I have ever read. I just finished it and I want to read it again. His writing is very easy to understand --clear and simple and he shares insights that you can use in your life immediately. IT is chock full of fascinating insights on every page.Some of my favorite points are:1. The pain-body--a "psychic parasite" ...
  • Madeline
    ok, i'm about half way through. first thing i notice is this guy is pretty long-winded. it took him 127 pages to tell me that the ego is the source of all the earths problems. Anything you feel or think or say comes from the ego. and thats a bad thing. we all need to be "enlighted" and gain "awareness" of our "presence." heres a nice quote from the book: "Enlightened collectives will fulfill an important function in the arising of the new conscio...
  • Brittany
    This book is completely awful. Don't feed in to the Oprah hype. It's abstract and somewhat hard to follow, even for me, a third year law student. Not entertaining at all. There are some tidbits of useful information, but if your mother taught you anything, you probably have already heard the useful parts. There are also a lot of contradictions in Tolle's writing/thought process. Don't go on the message boards on Oprah's website because the people...
  • Jen
    To me, this book is pretty much a great overview on what is wrong with the world- the human ego. In a weird way, I regret ever having read this book because it opened my eyes so greatly to the hidden egocentric motivation behind every human thought and action that I can't stop seeing the underlying ego behind everything, and everyone, I encounter. I think this book should be required reading for everyone; the problem is, many people will read thi...
  • Carrie
    I was a skeptic at first glance. It was only moments after i read about "feeling my inner-body" that i was feeling my pillow and sleeping soundly (and this is no small feat.)However, the further i got into the book, the more i enjoyed it.The self-help author, highlights the benefits of life spent "in the moment" and gives concrete exercises to help 'transcend our ego-based consciousness'. This he argues, is the key to personal happiness and fulfi...
  • Jenell
    In A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, Eckhart Tolle simply and beautifully employs spiritual parables from many traditions to distill and illuminate the One truth to which they point: God in me; me in God. Form (the material world) is interpenetrated by nothingness (space, quantum possibilities, consciousness, spirit, God). If so many cultures can agree that we, as form, are permeated with spirit, why do we experience so much separa...
  • Sarah
    I think that because I have what I feel is a strong faith, this book just didn't make a big impression. I feel like a lot of the ego stuff he was talking about is basically morals and values, of which if you already have a high regard for and were taught about them, then a new awakening to being good is sort of insulting.Anyone can be mindful for an instant, staying mindful, though, can be the work of a lifetime. I feel like Tolle has reduced him...
  • Natalia Yaneva
    A hotchpotch of New Age mumbo-jumbo with some psychological insights thrown in to knit the contents together. The story of Eckhart Tolle’s so called “awakening” following which he became a spiritual teacher is also strangely suspicious. I won’t say “scripted” because I’m always willing to give the benefit of the doubt, yet I’m less than half a believer. Maybe I’m just not actualized enough. Anyway, I’m not convinced that you w...
  • Rogier
    This is a wonderful and very helpful book. Coming from a ACIM vantage point, it takes a little bit to adjust to his terminology, because Tolle uses words in a different way. His Consciousness is ACIM's Spirit and Mind, and ACIM's consciousness (and the thoughts you think you think) is Tolle's "thoughts." Likewise ACIM's "guilt" equates to Tolle's pain body, so in a way it's simply the "wrong mind." His biblical " New Earth" is the Course's " Real...
  • Michael
    Practically: spot-on treatment of the ego as problem source. Lots of advice that would be beneficial for most people.Philosophically: not rigorous, despite an implicit claim to be the next step following the path from Descartes through Sartre. Equivocal vocabulary lets him subtly draw questionable logical connections. Some metaphysical foundations are implicitly assumed. Notably missing is any treatment of ethics, or much in the way of implicatio...
  • Mary
    This is basically The Landmark Forum in book form. I'm very curious about the relationship between Tolle and Landmark Education, but I haven't been able to find any info on that so far. I suspect that I find this book so powerful because I've done The Landmark Forum. I suspect it might be a little too theoretical to have much practical impact on my real life if I didn't have that background and training. Read this book if you've ever considered d...
  • Cheryl
    5 stars! Uplifting and inspiring!Having Oprah Winfrey say, "Your book is my book club pick" epitomizes a leap in success. It's certainly the dream of almost every author I know. For one Canadian author it's a dream come true. Vancouver-based author and spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle must feel like he's riding a wave. His book A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose is Oprah's 61st choice for her book club. Oprah is hugely responsible for T...
  • Babs
    Initially, I had trouble getting into the book. In my mind, the first couple dozen pages seemed written in pig latin. I put the book down for a few days and upon resuming, gems as noted below started jumping off the pages. "When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world". ~Eckhart Tolle"...the voice in the head, perhaps in the very moment it complains about...
  • Elyse (semi hiatus) Walters
    I just saw another GR's member give this book 5 stars!I have to agree!My husband and I each own our own copy!My daughters own their own copy!We've bought this book at 'full' price --many times ---given it to our friends.We had a chance to listen to him years ago ---Also-- *anyone* can download his Talk (chapter by chapter) that was done with over 200 thousand people all over the world on this book (people called in and asked questions) --Oprah ho...
  • Brittany B.
    It's been qyite a while since I read this. I remember reading it during a soul searching time in my life. I also remember the great inspiration and clarity I felt while reading. Unfortunately, Echkart Tolle seems to have become greedy: he started selling guide after guide, workbook after workbook, and audio guides for everything he preaches. The amount of MERCHANDISE that goes with an Eckart Tolle book is reminiscent of the toys and dolls created...
  • Marissa
    Wow. This is a life changing book. My only criticism is that Tolle is a theorist and so doesn't give many applicable examples of how to use the theories in real life. This I've had to do on my own. But this book is well worth the read. Here's the rub: you can read it and do nothing or you can read it and try to alter your way of thinking. When will someone write a book that makes people's lives change that doesn't take work??? :)
  • A.G. Stranger
    A life-saver.
  • Vonia
    I just spent the last five plus hours researching, reading this fucking Eckhart Tolle. What do I think? This is essentially the same book as The Power Of Now! The only valid point Tolle has is this: it is mentally unhealthy to obsess endlessly over things that we didn't cause in the past, and over things we can't control in the present, and over things that have no likelihood in the future.He doesn't need 220 pages to make that point. He doesn't ...
  • Trudy
    This is a follow up to Tolle's The Power of Now. I read this one first, and got a lot more out of it. This is a book about how what we tell ourselves about our world (experiences, relationships, events) becomes our world, for good or bad. It also gives practical advice (if you're willing to hang in there) about how to transform your thinking so as to improve your life and truly live in the Now. Tolle pulls from every religious system out there, a...
  • Carrie
    I loved the way the 'A New Earth' brings light to how we can get past our ego-based conciousness to really experience happiness. One of my favorite quotes was on page 134, "Although the body is very intelligent, it cannot tell the difference between an actual situation and a thought. It reacts to every thought as if it were a reality..." Another favorite is on pg. 141, "Nothing ever happened in the past that can prevent you from being present now...
  • Jenny
    I was so absolutely disappointed with this book. With all the hype I thought it might actually be something good but surprised at how much bull was in it! I am feeling so sad about the people that have bought into this bag of bull because they must be in a very desperate place to find themselves and if this is what helps them well, I just cannot imagine the insanity.Seriously! If you want to be told that EVERYONE (including yourself) is Schitzo, ...
  • Lindsey
    The first chapter put me off with proclamations like this:"This book is about you. It will change your state of consciousness...It can only awaken those who are ready...for some, that glimpse will come while reading this book...for others...through reading "The Power of Now" [also by Eckhart Tolle, by the way] or some other spiritually alive and therefore transformational book" (p. 7)And then Tolle goes on to talk about how we have to let go of o...
  • Malbadeen
    "what I learned from this book"...that, not only do I judge books by their covers, but despite my best efforts, I judge people by the books they read. I try really hard not to. but it happens. I have a friend that just turned 50. She's lost a bunch of weight. that's cool. She's wearing make-up again. that's cool. She's dressing nice. that's cool. she tip toed around an affair. that's not so cool, but it happens. she went parachuting. ok. she crie...
  • Liz
    I just finished and I can't rate this book. Reading it a second time seems like the most logical step in order to give an accurate rating. It's a hard book to read. At least it was for me. A lot of content went in one ear and out the other. Not that I wasn't reading but I wasn't able to grasp everything. The first time through, a lot of the book seemed repetitive. Like Tolle had to tell us, the reader, over and over again the same thing in order ...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Part of the Book Speed Dating Project of July 2013, I had picked up this book because I had really gotten a lot out of The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment. I would say if you were only going to read one book by Eckhart Tolle, I'd read The Power of Now rather than this one. He restates many of the same ideas in this one - the importance of separating from your pain-body, increasing your Awareness and Presence (always capitalized),...