Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth: Awakening to your Life’s Purpose (2005) combines modern knowledge and traditional spiritual beliefs from a variety of belief systems to create a convincing argument that the problem of the modern world is a simply unconsciousness.
A New Earth takes readers through the gradual process of understanding human dysfunction, the inhumane way humans, especially those in western society, treat each other, and the unhealthy habits we develop to cope with the anxiety and emptiness this focus on the material world creates. From this understanding of living unconsciously through the ego’s obsession with the past and future, Tolle helps readers broaden their awareness so they can live freely in the present moment.
Tolle presents most of his theories in an easy to understand manner, however, like his popular The Power of Now (1997), his writing style can become somewhat meandering, meaning at times he waffles and tends to repeat the same thing in different ways. Nonetheless, at the core of the book is a powerful and pertinent message that will help those open to it awaken from the mindless, unconscious lives they have been living and learn to live more freely.
With its potent concepts, down to earth presentation, and rousing message, A New Earth comes highly recommended for those wanting to transform their lives and perspectives.
4 ½ stars