Thanks to my cuz, Sri Jerryji for the insightful commentary and the
links to the excellent articles. We also get some pointings directly
from authors that let us know of the availability of their works. We
received just such a one today, and found excerpts from many "rave"
reviews of the book that indeed did stir the desire to read the book....
"many people find my book helpful in their meditation practice --
interfaith - as it is a collection of immediate teachings from many
diverse sources - eastern and western, modern and ancient, etc."
365 Nivana Here and Now
Thorsons / Element
As far as the articles that deal with how to write book reviews, the
shorter article lists two things (of 10) that don't apply to The Inner
Traveler. The author says that you shouldn't review books by people
you know or love (or hate). But we don't mind at all if you review a
friend's, or someone you admire's, book. I think this can add an
insight into where the author is coming from. Also, we only review
"Suggested Readings", so only favorable reviews will be considered for
publication. In any event, we hope that our reviews will reach the
eloquence and wisdom-sharing that you have demonstrated in yours. Thanks!
Peace and blessings,
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org
, "Jerry Katz"
> > Message: 1
> > Date: Sat, 06 Nov 2004 03:51:53 -0000
> > From: medit8ionsociety
> > Subject: Book Reviewers Wanted
> > It seems like it is becoming practically a daily event for us to
> > receive books submitted either for review in The Inner Traveler or for
> > listing in the Suggested Reading section of our web site, Meditation
> > Station. So, we intend to start including more reviews with each
> > upcoming issue, and will be contacting our web master about expanding
> > our Suggested Reading section. For The Inner Traveler, this will
> > necessitate having a few volunteers to review the books. We now have
> > several excellent ones waiting to be read. If you are interested in
> > becoming a reviewer, please feel free to email me at
> > medit8@m... and let's discuss this opportunity to
> > share your impressions with our members and readers.
> > Peace and blessings,
> > Bob Rose, President,
> > Meditation Society of America
> Potential reviewers might want to look at this article on how to
review books: http://www.library.dal.ca/how/bookrev.htm
> There are reviews and there are reviews. It's not too challenging to
read a book and write a paragraph or two about it. It's another story
to write something in accord with the guidelines presented at the link
> Maybe, Bob, you'd want to create your own set of guidelines so that
reviewers know what to expect and understand what they have to do.
> Here's a briefer list of guidelines for reviewing:
> Because a proper review takes many hours -- reading, writing,
re-writing -- I'm only doing ones for books that I really like and
that I think are significant contributions to nonduality literature.
There aren't many of those. I recently did one for The Sacred Mirror:
> It seems as though the state of publishing in the genre of
nonduality is one of identifying and presenting nondual people,
teachers, gurus, and presenting and explaining Advaita or nonduality.
There are a number of works that are worthwhile and important, but
there's always a demand for QUALITY CREATIVE works. Jed McKenna's work
is captivating teaching-fiction. Of course Ken Wilber is on a level of
his own. Eckhart Tolle struck a chord. Jerry Wennstrom is interesting.
Pradhhep Chhalliyil took a nondual/Upanishadic look at The Matrix in
his book. Chuck Hillig has an interesting angle with his simplicity
style. Deepak Chopra succeeds (but his fiction failed). Byron Katie
has a whole new shot going. Sentient Publications just published a
book by a guy named John Levy, who is Wei Wu Wei-like, but is unknown
and passed away some years ago.
> I'm not saying these 'interesting' books are more important or
useful than those that are more traditional in their process, style,
and format. They're just different, while being effective in a nondual
way. Because they're different, they're more fun for me to read. And
because they're different it's possible they could expand the audience
of readers of nonduality books. Having said all that, ANYTHING that's
extremely well written interests me, though I don't get around to all
> Those are some thoughts on book reviewing and my take on what I like
to review and what I think is interesting.