I can sum up this self-help/self-awareness book in three words – “mind over matter”. In Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How to Create a New You, Deepak Chopra examines all facets of a person’s life focusing on energy, ego, soul, and spirituality to highlight the way we should be perceiving our life goals. According to these writings, it’s as if we get in the way of our own happiness, but all this can be changed by following Chopra’s guidelines. The book concludes with a recommendation to utilize a detailed list of ten steps to wholeness.
Some of Chopra’s musings are intriguing, but the best part of this book is the anecdotal stories used to illustrate his premises. I was exposed to this work via an audiotape read by the author. Unfortunately, the subject matter was complex and at times I had difficulty understanding the material due to Chopra’s accent. In addition the tone of his voice was soft and soothing making me more inclined to take a nap than focus on the narration which required quite a bit of concentration.
While some aspects of the author’s theories seem reasonable, others could easily be debated. None the less, these assertions based on the author’s life experiences, including his career in medicine, are fascinating and thought provoking, although the text could have been shortened by eliminating some of the repetition.
However, my biggest take away from this book is the realization that I’m actually content with my life and while certain aspects of it could be improved, I just don’t want to work that hard.
This CD was given to me by the publisher and did not influence my review. I passed it on to my nephew, a psychology major, who is a deep thinker. Three stars.
This review also appears on Goodreads.