Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life’


Katie Byron | Three Rivers Press | 2003 | Paperback

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Although it has been compared to other spiritual and psychological systems — from Socrates’ questioning, to the teachings of the Buddha and Zen Masters, to the 12-step program — The Work is completely original. It is not based on any previous method or tradition. Neither philosophy or religion, it presents a practical and experiential way to undo the painful thoughts and beliefs that preoccupy our lives. Katie takes her powerful program for self-discovery and synthesizes it into this accessible audiobook providing everything needed for people to do The Work on their own and with others, taking them through this unique process step by step. People say that through The Work they experience a sense of lasting peace and find the clarity to act, even in situations that had previously seemed impossible to them. Library Journal A thrice-married housewife and mother of three who once suffered from depression, Katie presents what she calls “the Work,” a series of questions to help alter bad thinking patterns and reveal painful truths. So that readers might see the method in action, she has reproduced edited dialogs among herself and participants at her workshop. Direct and easy to follow, her book could indeed produce results for readers battling run-of-the-mill work and relationship problems. However, Katie and coauthor/husband Mitchell, a translator of the Bhagavad Gita, would like their audience to believe that this is heads above a standard self-help book: in Mitchell’s compelling introduction, he compares Katie’s process to the Socratic method and the Zen Koan and posits that it will enhance any other program or religion. These are heady claims, and it’s up to the reader to decide whether the authors deliver on their promises. With the publicity campaign and author tour, there will likely be demand in public libraries. Susan Burdick, MLS, Reading, PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.’