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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Perception vs Truth: Spirituality In Simple Words by Eyal Cohen is an introspective outpouring of thoughts grounded in the author's ideas surrounding multiple aspects of varied theology. More of a thought-provoking discourse than a study of doctrine, Cohen traverses ideas in a narrative that resembles a stream of consciousness, with each designation ranging in length but almost always contained within a single page. Cohen's philosophies encapsulate what most understand to be the absolute power of choice, meaning that most of what feels bad to us is man-created, intangible problems that have been fabricated in our own minds; this is where they actually and only exist. Cohen underlines the theory of choice in pieces like Victor or Victim, which reads, “The difference between the two is our state of mind, and we can choose either one.” Another oft-employed theory that ties into the overall theme that perception is what creates our own truth is in World, which asks why people live in a way they perceive to be “right” based on little more than hearsay.
It's always interesting to me when people are willing to stick their neck out a bit to discuss theology. Books like Perception vs Truth take a great deal of courage to write and their reception tends to be on one end of the spectrum or the other. I think the false belief that it has to be all or nothing is the reason why, historically at least, authors such as Eyal Cohen stand out in a crowd. I like the concept of theology and spirituality being a tree with many branches; all important, all bearing fruit, and all with a space of their own. Cohen does a good job in giving the reader a tour of these branches, and even when some of them are very similar to each other. An example of this is in No One From Nowhere, where the clarity provided from no attachment comes up again later in Be Without Attachment. There are some things people will find that are new and some that aren't but these are a nice reminder, such as the notion of the law of attraction, which is foundational in Good and Bad. Overall this is an easy book to digest and while it isn't going to feel groundbreaking for readers who devour books on spirituality, there are some gems sprinkled throughout, with a bit of something for everyone.