Perception vs Truth

Spirituality In Simple Words

Non-Fiction - Inspirational
122 Pages
Reviewed on 04/21/2021
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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.

Mamta Madhavan

Perception vs. Truth: Spirituality in Simple Words by Eyal Cohen is a profound and thought-provoking book that will encourage readers to look at life, understand it, and participate in it better. It is a call for everyone to become more aware of the complexities, profundities, and intricacies of life and have acceptance and tolerance when it comes to new and different ways of thinking. The book is a handy manual that will introduce readers to themselves, and how they can influence themselves and their surroundings. Reading this book is a good way to self-discovery, and to have a new perception of the self and surroundings.

Eyal Cohen shares his personal story and experiences and makes it easy for readers to connect with what he is trying to convey. The honesty and credibility in his voice are good motivations for readers to get rid of their masks and be free from conditioning. It is also a good way for readers to understand what is actually happening instead of imagining what is happening. Readers will also realize how important it is to let go of the old and embrace the present and the new while changing their thinking patterns.

I found Perception vs. Truth mentally stimulating, encouraging, and motivating. The author's way of handling the subject, and putting it across to readers in a simple and easy way makes it easy for everyone to incorporate his ideas into their life. The author breaks down all the tools methodically and explains them so beautifully that readers will be able to comprehend them perfectly and experience the magic and wonder of life.

Foluso Falaye

“What the hell is this life all about? What is going on? And why?” If you, like Eyal Cohen, have considered these questions or similar ones, you might find the answers you seek in Perception vs Truth. The book is aimed at introducing readers to a different perspective of themselves and the world. Consequently, you will find explanations about how you are influenced and how you can influence yourself and your surroundings. By defining ourselves according to our influences, we create "restrictions, missed opportunities, and sometimes, great frustration". Eyal Cohen's book encourages readers to exchange definitions for true liberation and formlessness. Each chapter in Perception vs Truth focuses on exposing the truths about topics like money, fear, problems, good and bad, the call of love, spiritual search, inner strength, and much more.

Truth can be dangerous, and Perception vs Truth, as a proponent of truth, should be approached with caution. If you're happy with how your life is, you may want to reconsider reading this book. However, Perception vs Truth is recommended to those who feel like there's more to life than how they currently see it. It speaks against what many have accepted as reality and goes further to offer a more liberating alternative. The book's approach is more direct and easier to navigate and retain than other inspirational books I've read. Eyal Cohen goes straight to the point, and the short chapters of the book are laser-focused on their topics, meanings, and applications. Many would experience fulfillment and true happiness if they only applied the lessons in Perception vs Truth; in fact, I believe the world would know peace.

Astrid Iustulin

The genesis of Perception vs Truth has been a very personal one for author Eyal Cohen. Before he started writing it, he was not in a good period of his life. During this time, he was looking for answers to fundamental questions about the meaning of existence. One day, he started to jot down words that came into his mind and did not stop until his annotations became an honest and useful book. Perception vs Truth is the final result of Cohen's thinking and notes. Through the many topics he brings to your attention, Cohen will help you change your perspective about the world and yourself - especially yourself because every real change begins from the inside.

I consider Perception vs Truth a gift from Eyal Cohen to every reader who aims at a better life, a life in which you are in charge and not at the mercy of events. I like that Cohen talks about complex issues using simple words. Anyone reading this book understands topics of great significance, such as the importance of being responsible, challenging negative thoughts, and having a positive state of mind. Moreover, Cohen's reasoning is clear and consistent. His way of writing is concise; yet, he provides in-depth analysis and suggestions on the best way to overcome obstacles and get the life you deserve. Overall, Perception vs Truth is a book you should consult every time you feel discouraged or are in a bad mood. It will give you fresh and valuable advice and remind you of the meaning of your life.

Daniel D Staats

Perception vs. Truth by Eyal Cohen is a book about how one views life. This book is an easy read that makes one think. Statements are made that will take time to digest. If you are not familiar with metaphysics, this book gives you a great introduction to the subject. What is life? Why do I exist? What is existence? These and many more questions concerning life are discussed. What is truth and how does it relate to one’s perception? Eyal is not afraid to share his ideas and how he perceives life. Eyal states the purpose of this book is for the reader to get to know who they are. These are short writings that came to him, often on the verge of sleep, and he felt compelled to write them down to share with others.

Eyal Cohen’s book, Perception vs. Truth, brings the reader face to face with their perception of reality. This book is about spirituality and is full of metaphysical statements. Many pithy sayings cause the reader to stop and ponder the answer. Eyal has studied Buddhism and other Eastern religions. He has also studied Mystic Christianity. He brings all these different approaches to spirituality to his readers in short chapters. These various chapters will inspire the reader to open themselves to a new understanding of existence. One example of Eyal’s statement is “Everything is relative and arbitrary.” Eyal teaches his readers to accept what is and make the most of it. Most people will enjoy reading this book and learning more about the difference between perception and truth.