Byron Katie experienced what she calls "waking up to reality" in
1986, and since then she has introduced The Work to hundreds of
thousands of people throughout the world. In addition to her public
events, she has introduced The Work into business settings,
universities, schools, churches, prisons, and hospitals.
Stephen Mitchell's many books include the best-selling Tao Te Ching, Bhagavad Gita, The Gospel According to Jesus, Meetings with the Archangel, and The Frog Prince.
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.
"Good Lord! Where did Byron Katie come from? She's the real McCoy.
Her Work is amazingly effective-a simple, straightforward antidote
to the suffering we unnecessarily create for ourselves. She asks us
to believe nothing, but provides a surprisingly effective and
simple way to cut through the tangle of delusions we wrap ourselves
in. Just reading the exchanges in Loving What Is, I can
admit things I didn't want to admit and stop torturing myself in
ways I didn't realize I was doing."
-- David Chadwick, author of Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki
"Suppose you could find a simple way to embrace your life with joy, stop arguing with reality, and achieve serenity in the midst of chaos? That is what Loving What Is offers. It is no less than a revolutionary way to live your life. The question is: are we brave enough to accept it?"
-- Erica Jong, author of Fear of Flying
"Byron Katie's Work is a great blessing for our planet. The root cause of suffering is identification with our thoughts, the 'stories' that are continuously running through our minds. Byron Katie's Work acts like a razor-sharp sword that cuts through that illusion and enables you to know for yourself the timeless essence of your being. Joy, peace, and love emanate from it as your natural state. In Loving What Is, you have the key. Now use it."
-- Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now
"Loving What Is is filled with the essence of wisdom. Katie's Work is a wonderful, transformative practice for anyone interested in spiritual growth."
-- Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within