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Father Martin's meditation on Thomas Merton helped me understand what Merton meant by the false self. It is the self we develop to hide our true self from friends, family and co-workers. It is the social self that attempts to appear hip, slick and cool when none of those things are true. The false self is a road block to finding who you truly are.
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Although it was read a little slowly, I thought, the wisdow in this book is powerful. I was touched.
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Would you listen to Becoming Who You Are again? Why?
Yes, it provided a number of points which allowed me to meditate/day dream/muse on. So much so, I have no doubt I will gain more from listening to it again as I have no doubt missed considerations.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Becoming Who You Are?
The honesty. It shows how people who are far more intelligent, 'Holy' and greater humans than I were not always saints. They were human, they had faults and failings that emphasised the need to be kinder to ourselves and forgive ourselves.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
There were many instances in the book that gave me much food for thought.
Any additional comments?
Five Stars for me as it was what I wanted/needed. I could see how if you did not want such information to meditate on, persons could mark it as 4 stars. If you want something to help focus your thought processes on trying to lead a good life according to the Christian Faith and would benefit from considering real people with real lives and real honest issues and how even the 'best and brightest' struggled with their spiritual lives throughout their lives, this is well worth considering. I took a lot from it. It points in many ways more to further questions than providing answers because we are all different.
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Martin seems to have blended important principles from different popular Christian writers, mainly Merton and Neuwen, into Martin's own journey that relates to contemporary life. I think many will receive and digest important if not crucial messages passed on by these modern saints; that being help in identifying the subtle difference between the quench to attain, achieve and grow for reasons that are wholesome and true to ourselves and for reasons that are more to do with cravings and desires that are never satisfied and false. This book helps those who are searching to live authentically according to who we are, thereby attaining a deeply rich and fulfilling life that is re-connected with God, and written in a way where the average person in the street can understand.
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