An Unlikely Guru

How a Neurotic Jewish Real Estate Developer from New Jersey Found Enlightenment (And How You Can, Too)

Non-Fiction - Self Help
160 Pages
Reviewed on 02/24/2024
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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

What does it mean to be awake? Do you feel spiritually fulfilled and content with your life? If the answer is no, this is the book for you. Charles "Chick" Atkins is a real estate developer from New Jersey who explores answers to some of life's biggest questions in An Unlikely Guru. Inspired by Eastern and Western philosophies, Atkins arrived at nine awakenings that changed his perception of life. He shares these insights through nine chapters to help readers find a deeper understanding of life and death while embracing the journey of the physical self. Learn to live an interdependent life rather than depending on others. The book will also show you how to dismantle your ego and sense of self-importance; be a skeptic, not a cynic; work toward psychological liberation and self-actualization; the benefits of meditation, and much more.

Chick Atkins cites the teachings of Indian spiritual sage J. Krishnamurti, among other philosophies from both Eastern and Western schools of thought, including Zen Buddhism and Hinduism, in this inspirational part memoir part self-help spiritual guidebook. An Unlikely Guru will help you discover who you truly are while giving you the tools to live life as you truly are. Atkins reveals his own journey toward finding enlightenment and the skepticism he felt toward organized religion that led him to search for the truth himself. Using personal anecdotes and quotes from some notable personalities, the author encourages readers to live in the moment and let go of the worries that take a toll on their mental and physical health. In today's fast-paced world and hectic schedules, books like An Unlikely Guru have become a must-read. Highly recommended.