03 January 2015

The Future of God by Deepak Chopra [Book Review]

Over the last few months, I have been reading 'The Future of God' by Deepak Chopra. I am usually not the type to enjoy non-fiction books, actually. So when I had the chance to read this book by someone so well known and well respected, I couldn't wait to challenge myself.

What The Book Is About

Obtained from RandomHouse.com

Can God be revived in a skeptical age? What would it take to give people a spiritual life more powerful than anything in the past? Deepak Chopra tackles these issues with eloquence and insight in this book. He proposes that God lies at the source of human awareness. Therefore, any person can find the God within that transforms everyday life. 

God is in trouble. The rise of the militant atheist movement spearheaded by Richard Dawkins signifies, to many, that the deity is an outmoded myth in the modern world. Deepak Chopra passionately disagrees, seeing the present moment as the perfect time for making spirituality what it really should be: reliable knowledge about higher reality. Outlining a path to God that turns unbelief into the first step of awakening, Deepak shows us that a crisis of faith is like the fire we must pass through on the way to power, truth, and love.

“Faith must be saved for everyone’s sake,” he writes. “From faith springs a passion for the eternal, which is even stronger than love. Many of us have lost that passion or have never known it.” In any age, faith is a cry from the heart. God is the higher consciousness that responds to the cry. “By itself, faith can’t deliver God, but it does something more timely: It makes God possible.”

For three decades, Deepak Chopra has inspired millions with his profound writing and teaching. With The Future of God, he invites us on a journey of the spirit, providing a practical path to understanding God and our own place in the universe. Now, is a moment of reinvigoration, he argues. Now is moment of renewal. Now is the future.
What I Thought

This book was definitely a challenge to me, but very insightful and rewarding. What I like about this book is that it really does address the questions and doubts I have about religion. Although I have always considered myself spiritual and believing in God, reading a book about having faith during difficult times gave me great peace. The one aspect of the book that irritated me a bit is he regularly addresses Richard Dawkins, who wrote a book (or maybe it's books?) about atheism and specifically directs many sections towards the doubt that Dawkins places in having faith in God. I do understand that why Deepak Chopra does do this, but I almost wish that Dawkins wasn't addressed as much throughout the book because it left me wondering if I had missed something or if I should know certain things already. 

Aside from this, it is an eye opening book. For anyone looking to challenge themselves this new year and bring more non-fiction back into their to be read pile, I highly recommend you read this book. Again I'm not usually the type to go for non-fiction books, but this was an important read for me and I plan on going back and re-reading certain sections to further my understanding of this book.

About the Author

Deepak Chopra is the author of more than fifty books translated into more than thirty-five languages—including numerous New York Times bestsellers in both the fiction and nonfiction categories. Dr. Chopra is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, adjunct professor at the Kellogg School of Management, and a senior scientist with the Gallup Organization. He is founder and president of the Alliance for a New Humanity. Time magazine heralds Deepak Chopra as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century and credits him as “the poet–prophet of alternative medicine.”
To purchase your copy, visit this website link and place your order. To learn more about Deepak Chopra and learn more about what he's published visit his author page at Random House. 


I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

4 comments:

  1. Perhaps there's some bad history between he and Dawkins?

    It's not a book I could get into... whatever sense of spirituality I could have had is gone, and won't be coming back.

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  2. I love any book he writes so I will have to pick it up and take a look at it.

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  3. I would love to get my hands on a copy of this book.I'm not familiar with the author but I will read this one before I see what other books he has

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  4. looks like something I would like to read

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