• The Way to Love: The Last Meditations of Anthony de Mello

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  • By: Anthony de Mello
  • Narrated by: Paul Coutinho
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (215 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Sooner or later there arises in every human heart the desire for holiness, spirituality, God, call it what you will. One hears mystics speak of a divinity all around them that is within our grasp, that would make our lives meaningful and beautiful and rich, if we could only discover it. Instead, there is heartache everywhere, loneliness, fear, confusion, inner conflict, outer conflict.  

In this spiritual masterpiece, Anthony de Mello opens you to the possibility that there is a way of getting rid of all of that. There is a way to transcend the sad condition wherein you are always wanting to change yourself, wherein your self-intolerance grows with every effort you make to improve yourself at the cost of struggle and pain. Anthony de Mello invites you to suppose a way of being in which you desist from all efforts to change yourself and from all self-dissatisfaction. Would you then think that you were doomed to go to sleep having passively accepted everything in you and around you? 

The Way to Love reveals that there is another way besides laborious self-pushing on the one hand and stagnant acquiescence on the other. It is the way of self-understanding. These things in you that you struggle to fix just need to be understood. If you understood them, they would change, and you would discover that here and now is all is well. Though everything seems a mess, all is well. You would discover that you are already happy and fulfilled right now, and always have been, though you don’t yet know it.

©1995 The Center for Spiritual Exchange (P)2020 The Center for Spiritual Exchange

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Great book, bad audio quality though

I love this book, but unfortunately the audio is not very good. Too many flawed pieces in the audio in which, apparently, a word or two are missing. Would love to see this great book with a better audio.

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Good, but others of his are better

I liked his other works much better. The audio in this one is also poor quality.

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Life Changing

One of the most beautiful works of mankind. Wisdom beyond all means is in this book.

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Catholic mystic

DeMello is the best for intro to contemplation and Christian mysticism, he is an awesome companion for these crazy times

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Bad audio quality

I heard a lot of great things about this book, so I was excited to listen to it. The audio quality, totally ruined it for me though. I wasn't too thrilled with the content either. Maybe it's because I've read a lot of self-help books and I've heard a lot of these ideas before. Maybe someday I'll buy a physical copy of the book and see if that clicks with me more.

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Forever changed- Up there with the best

This book touched the depths of my heart and soul within the first moments and ceased to let go. I am grateful for this immense gift.

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Highest order wisdom, horrible quality production.

Clear, direct, absolutely zero sugar coating of concepts for the sake of filling book pages. Of the most divine wisdom teachings I've ever heard.

That being said, this audio book production from the narrator to the engineer is among the worst I've ever heard or experienced. I wouldn't actually recommend this book in this form to anyone who wasn't a well read scholar of philosophy, theology, Eastern religion, or mysticism already, as the concepts are delivered extremely cut and dry, while being some of the deepest and most challenging to realize and integrate. Not only is listening to it an unpleasant experience from beginning to end, the poor quality has the potential to undermine the value of the wisdom if one is at all turned off by the experience.

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The most powerful book I’ve read/listened to.

I love Paul Coutinho’s narration. He takes his time with each line and delivers with powerful conviction and sincerity.

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Fresh view of the scriptures

This makes Christianity actually doable and sounds like the best of Buddhism. I will read it many times.

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Content is Great, Delivery is Terrible

I began this book after listening to Awareness by the same author. Wise and powerful words, but whereas Awareness sounded like a human being, this book sounded almost like a machine - overly produced or edited? I don’t know, but it did not sound like the same person. I could not get through 10 minutes.

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  • 12-05-20

Inspirational

The book is great but the narrator and the sound is not so good,can be better.

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  • 11-28-21

Real wisdom, clearly and simply expressed

This is a wonderful book, and one I intend to return to again and again for a reminder of essential truths that are so easy to forget.

I would go so far as to say this short book has the highest wisdom-per-word ratio of any book I can remember reading! And is a reminder in itself that real truth and wisdom is most clearly expressed through brevity and simplicity

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  • GW
  • 02-11-21

Excellent if not for quite wooden performance

The content is rich with excellent life lessons and guidelines to a happier and healthier world. However compared with Awareness this loses a lot of the magic due to a wooden recording. Still excellent.

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  • John Lyons
  • 02-06-22

Extraordinary!

The greatest book of its kind ever written. Truly profound, it will change my life.
Thank You.