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Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite
Lying Beliefs: Stretching the Boundaries on Your Path to Enlightenment by Mr. Maurice Johnson is a philosophical, part-spiritual, part-memoir work about how human beings are shaped into believing and thinking about themselves and others due to demands placed by other humans and society in general, and how that takes us away from our “natural” or inborn way of feeling and thinking. Maurice Johnson goes into a considerable amount of detail to illustrate the idea that we are born pure, body, mind, and soul and that our environment, culture, society, and of course other people’s influence change us into people with a set of beliefs that are false and “man-made.” By this definition, we don’t really know ourselves unless and until we shed this man-made image of ourselves that is different from our consciousness at the time we were born. Lying Beliefs: Stretching the Boundaries on Your Path to Enlightenment is divided into various chapters that illustrate these points in detail, which include bits from his personal life. There are also various references and a glossary at the end which readers may find helpful.
Lying Beliefs by Maurice Johnson is a book about a very unique perspective on life and how we see ourselves. The writing style is simple, engaging, and the book is written in an informal, conversational tone that creates an easy connection with readers. I found some of the insights and perspectives very interesting and these definitely gave me something to think about. I wouldn’t mind going back and re-reading some of the portions as I feel I may get more out of it the more I read it. A book from a unique perspective and one that I would recommend to all!