Reviews of Steaphen Pirie's book:"Be and Become"
Steaphen Pirie's Be and Become, is a very comprehensive work, encompassing a breadth of deep insight into the nature of life."
"The book Be and Become is a significant contribution to the burgeoning field of self-development and spiritual awareness."
The book Be and Become is an amazing and awesome intellectual effort."
"... an excellent piece of work in reconciling/synergizing seemingly opposed viewpoints and philosophies."
Steaphen's book Be and Become has given me greater insights into the mystery of life. I am now able to use Steaphen's ideas with my personal coaching of business executives."
Steaphen Pirie's book, Be and Become
, provides valuable insights and guidance principles for those of us who realize that "doing business as usual," simply won't work in the 21st century. Be and Become is not just a sit down and read book but a workbook designed for you and the problems you will surely face in this new century and, taking some of the ideas found in it in mind, this millennium.
Borrowing from the quantum metaphors of the previous century, Pirie demolishes the old Darwinian saw and replaces it with a shining and hopeful spiritual vision.
The Table of One and All (TOA) is arguably the most profound and pragmatic philosophical insight of the last 100 years.
In his landmark text, The Fifth Discipline, Peter Senge argues for great models for thinking. Steaphen Pirie is brilliant at offering models to give insight and interpretation to many disciplines in a complex world. Steaphen's representations of phenomena in the personal arena for example, support the success principles of thought leaders such as Napoleon Hill
Steaphen's work (and his book Be and Become) is the most outrageous, but rational material I've encountered. It certainly caused me to rethink my management philosophies."
"... an excellent work with much insight and astute observations ... before its time."
" ... a well researched, insightful, highly pragmatic and interesting book."
When you take the time to study it, the Table of One and All makes sense. It's quite simple. I don't know why no-one thought of it sooner. It's helped me appreciate the need to balance the 'masculine' and the 'feminine' in my life. I've used it to be more active and assertive."
Reviews of Steaphen Pirie's book "Awkward Truths":
Awkward Truths is a brilliant book. It's all the more so when read aloud to a friend or group and the many ideas within it are discussed. Great fun. Great insights -- and that's just on first reading. On subsequent reads I've received many additional, valuable insights, all highly pertinent to, and useful for, everyday life.
If this book does not get you thinking, then nothing will. I can't wait for the next one.
The book Awkward Truths challenges scientific theories, religious doctrines and new-age beliefs. It makes you think, it provides answers and it gives you confidence to embrace uncertainties and explore alternatives without fear.
Though it deals with heavy issues, it is light reading - very funny at times. A great book for anyone with an inquisitive mind.
Steaphen Pirie's new book "Awkward Truths" lives up to its title by corralling a herd of sacred cows let loose by science, religion, and new age philosophy, and then subjecting each to intensive delousing.
With unassailable logic and ironic humour he exposes flaws in their arguments, with special emphasis on how and why the findings of quantum physics keeps the streets of our minds free of these meandering quadrupeds.
Awkward Truths is a very thought-provoking book that rattles the cage of conventional thinkers. Steaphen Pirie cuts through some traditional 'Truths' like a hot knife through butter.
Reading this book has been an empowering experience for me and I thoroughly recommend it. I'm looking forward to Book II.
Steaphen Pirie's Awkward Truths is, as the cover says, beyond the dogmas of science, religion and new age philosophies. It is a book for the intelligent, the enlightened...especially the skeptical.
The book is provocative. It challenges the reader to examine the pope's authority; heaven's existence and many other dogmas. It is irreverent but funny.
In this book the author plays with philosophy; flirts with science; and challenges religion. It is a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable read for someone with an open mind and a sense of adventure.
Steaphen Pirie has found the right mix of humour and dare in tackling many of today's "truths" which we take as gospel. Through well thought-out reasoning, Steaphen challenges even the most concrete theories, consistently proving the "Pairadoxical" nature of life and how this can be used beneficially in any area of experience, circumstance or field of inquiry -- be it science, religion, politics or new-age.
Awkward truths goes to the heart of what we today can only describe as an awakening -- a rebirth of humanity's natural ability to ask why and seek truth.
Hooray! Steaphen has opted to get off the fence and ask questions that so few dare think, let alone speak! A must read for anyone seeking deeper awareness and clarity of thought.
This is a development from a more comprehensive book, 'Be and Become', which is currently out of print and which contains an extraordinary Table of One and All, some of whose insights are reproduced here. The awkward truth of the title is the inherently paradoxical nature of life and the human being, which Pirie explores with relish.
He begins with the observation that life is a paradox of security and surprise, which means that the unilateral pursuit of security must be self-defeating. In addition, 'whatever we know is always partnered with what we don't know'. Hence such pairings as known and unknowable, certainty and uncertainty, order and chaos. This also means that any one-sided statement by a scientist or religious leader is inherently incomplete as life is based on inseparable dualities.
Philosophically, according to this view, it is impossible to separate determinism from free will, choice from fate. By the time the reader has finished perusing these dichotomies, a new way of thinking is born and one ceases to try to reduce one side to the other.
The style of the book is informal (sometimes almost too colloquial!) and direct, but this makes the book all the more accessible.
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Reviews Steaphen Pirie's latest book:
I finished your manuscript "Maya Sends Her Love" last night.
It's a very good book. It made me think a lot; I woke up thinking of it this morning and will surely think of it in days to come.
You asked me to be critical about it ... I find it hard to do so.
The work is prophetic in a way, but also idealistic. The reader can't tell where the prophecy ends and where the vision of the beautiful world - the one that we should strive for - begins. This is a very good thing. The reader has a lot of room for manoeuvring - they'll get enough hints but there is plenty for them to think about.
I don't think you should change anything in your book - it is a parable after all, and it offers a vision of something we should strive for.
Given present ecological and world difficulties and challenges, you are presenting the way forward in a very nice way.
Once again, I liked the book very much.
I am very impressed with your book "Maya Sends Her Love." It provides a very easy introduction to many of the “mysteries” of quantum physics in a very readable little story.
I certainly encourage you to seek a wide audience for the book – the message it contains is important.
Congratulations on the book Maya Sends Her Love – I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The contents of the book are the ideas I talk about on a daily basis with people. It was wonderful to see you entwine the Knowledge into such a wonderful tale around such mythical and yet familiar characters – beautifully done.
I really enjoyed reading your book Maya Sends her love. I found myself overwhelmed with joy as I connected with young Maya and her Grandfather ... Beautiful example of how to live and the imagery stays with me now always.
I am happy to recommend this to my clients and students as a guide book and inspiration to all who read it. Congratulations and thank you for the opportunity.
Maya Sends Her Love: A Parable For Our Times is in the form of a story told by a grandfather to his granddaugher about the troubling times in which we are currently living. The central metaphor is that of the fall, but this time the fall is redefined as falling into love, peace and understanding rather than a fall 'from heart and harmony to numbers, names and notions.'
He introduces Zeno's paradox into the narrative, commenting that we might have come to know that 'we are all interconnected, nurtured and renewed in Zeno's timeless gaps.'
For the profound thinking about overcoming duality behind this touching story see Beliefinstitute.com
I very much enjoyed reading your book. It touches many wisdoms.
It's an important message to be sent out into our out-of-balance world. Your parable comes at a perfect point in time.
I really enjoyed your little book Maya Sends Her Love. I started reading it and I didn't want to put it down until I finished it. It left me with a good feeling, but I was a bit sad it ended. I would love to share this book with my children, young and adult alike. It's a great way to open up a discussion. Thanks!
l loved your little book "Maya Sends Her Love." I was very moved by your story.
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