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From the Guide - January 2013

I love great book titles. My definition of a great book title is one that allows you to get what the book was written to communicate even if the title is all you have time to read. One of my all-time favorites was Jiyu Kennett’s Selling Water by the River, which just has to be the best title for a book on Zen practice ever conceived! The publisher changed the title to Zen Is Eternal Life. Better for sales possibly, but definitely not as likely to provide that "Ah” moment of intuitive comprehension.

An “N of 1” is a clinical trial in which only a single patient is the entire trial. (Doesn’t that feel like everyone’s life experience?) That’s the title the Proof of Heaven author Eben Alexander would have chosen for his book. Again, his choice is definitely not as catchy as the publisher’s but far more accurate.

I don’t know that Dr. Alexander’s book proves anything; I’m not sure he even mentions heaven. But for those of us interested in that age-old question, “what the heck is going on here?” it’s a fascinating read. And, if you, or perhaps a loved one, have questioned the notion that unconditional love is reason enough to be, well, it’s definitely worth a look.

In gasshō,