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  • By Anastasia Cassella
    Nov 4, 2008
    "Confessions of an American Buddhist" The author weaves his experiences of life in New York City at a broadcasting job, learning to chant, chanting for changes in his life and in his family’s life throughout his own hardships. Using the chanting to effectively create a cause and effect in his life he definitively strikes out on his own path into Buddhism. The reality of his accepting Buddhism into his life in this wonderfully written book is truly an inspirational one. He genuinely relates his true experiences with the chanting of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo while establishing the concept of cause and effect in his explanation of “Karmic Strings”. I thoroughly enjoyed Confessions of an American Buddhist and the tale woven throughout from this author’s life experiences. He further explains that each cause “is still fulfilling its own destiny” which is a valid statement for all mankind. Confessions of an American Buddhist is a true and bona fide story of conviction in Buddhism. This... More > is truly a wonderful read. On a personal note I am not a Buddhist but this format really made me think on the study of Buddhism and wonder if it would be a certainty in my life. Rating: 5 Stars TheBookAtticReviews< Less
  • By Lanie Magel
    Sep 19, 2008
    "It's a 'Page Turner'- HIGHLY RECCOMEND" I have read several books on Buddhism over the years and with all of them I found myself getting stuck, reading & re-reading a chapter here and there. They were written in a text book style and erudite fashion. Michael Friedman takes this Buddhism to the masses and makes it fun and relatable for all! This book is a fast and easy read, it's so thoroughly enjoyable. It's chock full of information that any one can absorb, great job! -Before I started to read my copy, I lent it to a friend who knew almost nothing about this Buddhism. Here is what he sent me after finishing the Book: 'I found "Confessions of an American Buddhist" to be an informative book that does so in an entertaining fashion. Michael Friedman presents an overview of Buddhism for those that have either misconceptions or the need to understand it's basic tenets. Friedman's use of personal antidotes, along with a clear and concise presentation of the subject... More > matter, will enable the reader to come away with an understanding and appreciation of guiding one to a realistic approach to life. Whether one calls Buddhism a religion, philosophy or a set of doctrines, "Confessions of an American Buddhist" will unravel the many layers of Buddhism to it's elementary core.'< Less
  • By freerangeteeth
    Apr 2, 2008
    "Confessions of an American Buddhist" by A.C. One of the strengths of this book is the flawless interweaving of personal experience with insightful Buddhist ideas. Michael introduces concepts such as cause and effect, karma and death, (big ideas!) and uses unique examples to encourage the reader to visualize an enpowering and exciting approach to not only everyday obstacles but everyday happiness!
  • By Tina D.
    Feb 26, 2008
    "I loved it!" Wow. I thoroughly enjoyed this. Kept me reading whereas other books on the topic can often put me to sleep even though I practice Buddhism. I can hardly wait to share this with my friends and family who don't! Great story throughout. Some of it humorous and some of it very moving. Great easy to understand explanations using clever analogies that really made me think further about things I've known about for over 20 years.
  • By Wade Bailey
    Dec 31, 2007
    "My opinion." This book is not a badly written book and the cover is an attractive well done cover. Iam a a former Rastafari I also was exposed to Riki and Buddhism. While at University in Groningen Holland upon my first contact with a practising buddhist who also was a Rastafari. The acquaintance I refer to was in fact a female compatriot of mine. Upon soon my fiance became interested and taken with the lifestyle of the lady in question. She began to take lessons from this woman and also to study Buddhism and Riki. Months into it my fiance became increasingly incoherent and disconcerted. This was as a result of being exposed to the various demonic entities innvolved in buddhism such as the chanting of aum's to invoke "spirit's". Iam no novice Iam aslo a Psychology student and am well informed on paranormal phenomena lay persons might look upon this reviwe with scepticism and disdain but this review is more than that it is in fact a testimonial that is antithetical... More > to what is being expressed in this book . I myself am an author and I wont plug my book here, but I will say this the world that we live is gooverned by the principle of good and evil while every person is entitled to his or her opinion there remains one burning issue that every humanbeing born must deal with and that is the hereafter . And since the prophecies as laid down in the Holy Bible have allready began to com eto full fruition in our own time I have only this to say let each man claim his own faith and on the day of judgement we will all find out who was wrong and who was right. In the end only one man was pure and incorrupt Jesus The Annointed Yeshua Ha Masshiach , I can say this unequivocally, as my life has been totally and completely transformed by him . My own book was written as a result of meeting Jesus . My name is Wade Bailey and I respect all humanbeing' right to practise whatsoever pleases them, yet I also must tell my own story and I leave you with this maxim man know thuyself and fear=(adore to hold in awe) God.< Less
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First Edition
Michael S. Friedman
November 21, 2007
Hardcover (dust-jacket)
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.01 lbs.
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6 wide x 9 tall
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