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Summary

Internationally acclaimed best-selling author Byron Katie's most anticipated work since Loving What Is.

In A Mind at Home with Itself, Byron Katie illuminates one of the most profound ancient Buddhist texts, The Diamond Sutra (newly translated by distinguished scholar Stephen Mitchell), to reveal the nature of the mind and to liberate us from painful thoughts, using her revolutionary system of self-inquiry called "The Work". Byron Katie doesn't merely describe the awakened mind; she empowers us to see it and feel it in action. At once startlingly fresh and powerfully enlightening, A Mind at Home with Itself offers us a transformative new perspective on life and death and is certain to become a classic.

In the midst of a normal American life, Byron Katie became increasingly depressed and, over a 10-year period, sank further into despair and suicidal thoughts. Then, one morning in 1986, she woke up in a state of absolute joy, filled with the realization of how her own suffering had ended. The freedom of that realization has never left her. Its direct result, The Work, has helped millions of people all over the world to question their stressful thoughts and set themselves free from suffering.

©2017 Byron Kathleen Mitchell and Stephen Mitche (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Simply Brilliant!! Love it!!

What did you like most about A Mind at Home with Itself?

A Mind at rest with Itself is the best book, I have listened to in a long time.
It is narrated by Byron Katie most of the time and she speaks from Clarity and takes you on her Awakening in detail. It take you to a whole deeper understanding of the Work.
I am finding it an absolute gem to deepen my own enquiry to undo more conditioning and rest as Awareness.

Can't recommend this book enough!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Mind at Home with Itself?

When Katie explains how to use the Work to undo more stories and remain Free

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

All of them are great!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Born to be Free.

Any additional comments?

Love it!!

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  • Roz
  • Bottisham, United Kingdom
  • 03-11-17

worth listening to

Katie is always great to listen to, there is a lot of similar work on Loving What Is, which I personally think is better than this, this is more focused on spiritually which is okay but not as powerful

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Deep insights. Heavy in places.

Overall a very insightful book. Some of the concepts seemed very strange at first but its surprising how my thinking had changed at the end. At times I struggled to maintain interest but stuck with it, and I'm glad I did. A great book for helping to raise self awareness.

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A bit deeper than I expected

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No; it is without doubt an amazing story, but at times I felt as though I had fallen down the rabbit hole. The answers to some of the interview questions were just too deep for me to learn from or even comprehend.

Would you be willing to try another book from Byron Katie and Stephen Mitchell ? Why or why not?

Not yet; there are too many other books out there that have more appeal in this subject. This book seems more like advanced Buddhism, and I'm just not ready !!!

Could you see A Mind at Home with Itself being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Maybe, but it would need to be heavily adapted.

Any additional comments?

As the saying goes, it's not you it's me !! I think this book is excellent when pitched at the correct audience. However, I'm more of an Idiot's Guide to Happiness sort of person, and this book was just too deep for me.

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Lovely voice marvellous message

Anyone and everyone can benefit don't hesitate to listen. This is the real deal .

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an essential guide to freedom

i will be listening to this over and over and over and over and over again
it is essential, beautiful and points the way to freedom

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 04-10-17

what the hell just happened?!

been doing the work for years and this was such a fundamentally fresh approach, glimmers of insight, humor, joy. thank you everyone who made this book possible. one word - extraordinary!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-01-18

fantastic book, rereading it right away

Loved that it was read by the authors.
If you like Byron Katie's Work, you'll love this book. It builds on the previous books and is a wonderful crowning jewel of BK's writings.

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  • Rainbow Casey
  • 11-03-18

Byron Katie is better than a drug

What did you love best about A Mind at Home with Itself?

She doesn’t talk down to you. You get to experience firsthand, through others, what it is like to transform your life. To go from pain to joy.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

You can hear the love in her voice.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from A Mind at Home with Itself?

Her message is all you have to know to have a happy life. It can be summarized by the title from an earlier book. Loving What Is. If you can do that, you are guaranteed happiness.

Any additional comments?

No matter what is going on or what kind of trauma I am experiencing, I just listen to her books over and over and Katie brings me right back to center and a place of peace and joy. I have seen her and believe her to be the most loving human I have met. If you have not done the work, it can even sound harsh, but it is only when you are unwilling to take responsibility for your own life and happiness. When you do, you can be filled with joy.

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  • Kathleen A. Yorke
  • 08-11-17

For everyone everywhere

It’s great listening to Bryon Katie while doing my work or other chores.
Most of the time what she is saying is so compelling that I have to stop and listen, or I go back and listen again.

Amazingly insightful and authentic. The Work works. It’s wonderful. I highly recommend this book to everyone I know.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-11-17

I feel at peace with life

I noticed my ego and my attachment to thoughts slowly start to dissolve while reading this book, and other Byron katie works. Absolutely lifechanging.

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  • FromTheOzarks
  • 07-03-18

Disappointing

What disappointed you about A Mind at Home with Itself?

It was uninteresting and did not make sense to me. I am not even going to finish it. I will definitely give more thought to future purchases.

Has A Mind at Home with Itself turned you off from other books in this genre?

Maybe. I cannot be sure.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed reading Loving What Is. I even found it personally valuable. But this one, I will return.

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  • JNA
  • 02-12-17

Dramatic mental shifts

I’ve encountered Byron Katie’s Work before, but I didn’t understand it until this book. Inquiry has changed my life in profound ways.

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  • Jim
  • 29-11-17

Freedom

this answer to level questions for me about the work and Byron Katie. I love the work it is changing my life

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  • Raina Casarez
  • 17-10-17

The Work for your life

Another beautiful book about the internal life of mind. Only Katie reads her books well.

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  • Hoffman
  • 30-09-17

I love being set free!!!

Byron Katie has done it again sharing the work in a way that is so clearly understood and applicable my deepest longing is to live in the experience of joy and Byron Katie's work shows me the way.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful