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Robert Stockton

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Read twice!

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-05-2019

It takes a very special book for me to read it twice and this is one of them! it goes for 30 hours too, so it was no small undertaking. =)

I actually just saw the author last night, doing a talk to promote the book, and it was an immense pleasure and privilege. He is such an incredible person, it would be hard to know where to start describing him or his fine work.

The subject of matter of the book is fascinating and needed now, taken deeply and reverently and with real, full-ranging Wonder, which includes a 'solutionless lament' where so many books try to fill our post-modern bellies with the promise of all-encompassing truth... but as Jenkinson said last night, knowing something does not make it true, and therein lies the rub.

I'm 37 and reading these hallowed pages was a certain relief to me, as it explained a longing for something unxplainedly lost and suggests that the Elder Function (not specific to any one individual) is something that responds to the search for and recognition of it, meaning that with attention and a spiraling back in what it means to belong for humanity, we may sing the Elders into our midst again, when we need them most.

I give heart-felt praise and thanks to Stephen Jenkinson.

P.S. if you haven't read his first book Die Wise, I would suggest you do that first.

Impossible to Recommend More Highly

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-05-2019

I was introduced to Peterson by a teacher I admire. He showed me a clip on YouTube of a heavily biased and forceful "journalist" trying their best to put words in Jordan's mouth and trap him in ideological arguments. I had never seen someone so beautifully composed, comprehending and erudite under such pressure. My treacher pointed out that Peterson's behavior was the result of knowing his material and his own mind (and spirit, I would say) so very well.

By the end of the "interview" the host was straight-up lost for words - as was I - and I downloaded "12 Rules for Life" right then and laughed and cried through it's depths.

When I finished 12 Rules, I almost felt like I lost a friend so I devoured everything there was on YouTube (and there's lots!), which lead me eventually to the lectures he posted, for the world, for free! These were on his YouTube channel and consisted of more than ten, two-and-a-half hour long, intimate lectures, originally delivered weekly to a University class where he was a Professor of Psychology. I figured out after a few of these incredible lectures that the text and diagrams and images he kept referring to (I only listened to the audio as I was mostly driving) was from his 14-year-long devotion, Maps of Meaning.

Of course, I downloaded Maps of Meaning and the rest is mythology. ;) I had felt like I lost a friend from 12 Rules but after injesting this book, I realised that "friend" was a very crude rendering of the phenomenal intellect, passion, generosity, humility, clarity, depth and spirit that is Jordan Peterson.

This is an academic work as well as a spiritual benediction, so be prepared to give each word it's due... you won't grok it any other way. I feel ravaged and revered and dissolved in so many, thorough solutions. And I'm looking forward with excitement to the terror of this wonderful, ever Unknown life, for which I can whole-heartedly thank Jordan, and the Giants whose shoulders he so bravely and humbly climbed to reshout the story we've lived, told and forgotten since time immemorial.

Very, Very, Highly recommended!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-02-2019

If you're reading this book it means you've read the first two. This review is then easy by saying TRR is perfectly as good as the first two.

I was amazed and delighted at the second for the same reason; a sequel being as good (if not better, for familiarity) as the original. So to experience it again was as fresh as I could imagine.

I love the lightness of the books and the beautiful moments of philosophy, psychology, sociology, religion, academia and on and on. That's all I require in a book and I go ga ga.

One last thing that charmed me and I have to mention is how the books deal so well with the power of our attention and give us a wonderful taste of life through Don's gloriously rational, systematic lense, all guided by the warmest full-hearted love. I loved getting inside every thought and consideration in this book and wanted to gush about it to everyone (can you tell?) but am diligently waiting for them to read it... sorry to take it out on you!

Straight up, 10/10.

Exquisite.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 01-12-2018

I devoured this book, loving every aspect of it. From the sumptous and generous writing to the excellent narration.

So much of the books themes, locals and history was totally alien to me, so it was an incredible and oft heart-rendering experience that I will treasure.

The moods and relationships and landscapes are masterfully echoed in the authors language and will be a solemn delight to any lover of good fiction, I reckon.

It should be noted that due attention is given to the equine world, and the relationships between human and horse are as deeply considered as any other relationship explored in the book. So, if you lilove horses and reading, this is a must!

Hard to add or subtract from That!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-11-2018

Well, I finally looked far enough 'back' or 'in' to get some Plato and Socrates into me. This was a joy and an enlightenment. A tasty hour that I will revisit many times.

Notes from the Underground cover art

Brutally exquisite!

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Reviewed: 25-11-2018

Now, that was something! I'm still breathless and heart-pounding with astonishment. It was certainly time for me to look into such a clear representation of the darkness, despare and ruthlessness of Our Human.

This is not a pleasant read but it is certainly 'worth it'.

Absolutely Wonderful!!!

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Reviewed: 19-11-2018

This was my first and overdue delving into the work of Carl Jung. I am so happy to have chosen this one because it has given me a beautifully thorough introduction and overview of his life, personality and writings in the context of his entire life.

It was a marvelous challenge to consider and comprehend each careful word from such a master, who obviously 'perceived' so much more than words could ever describe.

I loved that such an empirical mind explored and explicated such mysterious content as the unconscious, God and dreams, with such dignity and courage that would be difficult in this day and age, let alone over 100 years ago.

It is truly Wonderful, in the Greatest sense of The Word.

Truly wonderful!!!

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Reviewed: 02-09-2018

wow! My friend has tried to get me to read a fantasy book for ages as ever since the Lord of the Rings I declared a hatred for the genre. I finally took it at buyers with this book and was blown away!

Fresh look into poker tells.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-08-2018

I barely want to recommend this book because it's information is so good. I certainly won't be recommending it to anyone I play poker with!

Excellent!

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Reviewed: 28-07-2018

Flopped me into becoming a winning player pretty quickly! It's only out of love that I recommend this book, as the strategies are so strong I barely want to share.