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  Which book by Wilber is your favorite? And why ?

The Spectrum of consciousness |||
No Boundary ||||| |||
The Atman Project ||||| ||||| |
Up from Eden ||||| |
The Holographic Paradigm |
A Sociable God |
Eye to Eye ||
Quantum Questions |
Spiritual Choices  
Transformations of Consciousness |
Grace and Grit ||||| ||||| ||||| |||||
Sex, Ecology, Spirituality ||||| ||||| |||||
A Brief History of Everything ||||| ||||| ||||| |||||
The Eye of Spirit ||||| |||| |
The Marriage of Sense and Soul ||||| ||||
One Taste ||||| ||||| ||||| ||
Integral Psychology ||
A Theory of Everything |
Boomeritis |
The Essential Ken Wilber |||
Ken Wilber in Dialogue |

  1. The Dalai Lama believes homosexuality is a sin, anal sex is a sin, oral sex is bad karma, etc.when everybody knows that oral sex is not bad karma, only bad oral sex is bad karma…. But these are appallingly typical mythic-amber beliefs. (What is Integral Spirituality?. p 60)
    -- Alejandro Villar

  2. My favorite book by Ken Wilber is Sex, Ecology, and Spirituality , although A Brief History of Everything et al are more readable.
    -- Robert Lively, 10 July 1999

  3. I'd have to vote for Up From Eden , because he goes back to the "beginning" and explains our descent and ascent. This book gives me a whole picture of our human history. If I had to chose just one of his books to keep, it would be this one.
    -- Marie Thingelstad, 10 July 1999
  4. I enjoyed One Taste very much. I liked Grace and Grit . But I am finishing SES right now and am finding it wonderful. To me it is like a mystery or who-done-it of worldwide impact. To date this is my favorite, but I hope he writes something that I like even more.
    -- Steve, 10 July 1999
  5. I enjoyed Up From Eden because of it's theologcial implications toward developmential spirtuality. The Atman Project was a good read that gave basic outline and I passed that onto a friend who is intrested in developmential process. SES is a paper weight but a useful resource. So useful that our local University libiary copy has vanished from the stacks and I had to purchase my own copy , that in itself should say something about SES .
    -- [email protected], 10 July 1999
  6. Grace and Grit remains my favorite Wilber book. The personal sharing and emotional baring of Ken Wilber through his difficulties make him more real, less intellectually detached from my and other's feelings.
    -- Danny Keiller, 10 July 1999
  7. I prefer The Atman Project by far, but I haven't read all Wilber's books. In this book I find a perfect mixture of Eastern and Western psychological motifs; both subjects are dealt with great competence. I find that the book is very direct as well. It is a very articulated synthesis between Freud and Buddhism, among other things. I am concerned with Dynamic Psychology and Eastern Philosophies; so, my opinion is, or should be, very pondered. I hope so.
    -- Leonardo Arena, 10 July 1999
  8. Each book seems to get better, and clearer (as his integral model develops). Grace and Grit and One Taste , however, are his most personal and powerful books (modeling and demonstrating in real life the relevance of his work) and are probably my favorite books. His discussion about postmodernism (found in at least 4 of his books) is also a great gift to those of us without a strong background in both the history of and current professional philosophy.
    -- [email protected], 11 July 1999
  9. One Taste because of the remarkable and inspiring descriptions of "one taste" and the clarity of the pointing out instructions. Also because it demonstrates Ken has a huge heart.
    -- Hugh Laue, 11 July 1999
  10. While I love A Brief History of Everything for its conciseness, and Sex, Ecology, Spirituality for just the opposite reason, my current favourite is The Eye of Spirit for the way it applies Wilber's ideas to the everyday world of Art, Literature, Feminism etc. - though the intro on The Integral Vision is a bit daunting there at the front of the book.
    -- D. Richards, 12 July 1999
  11. I would recommend Eye to Eye . This book is a model of intellectual clarity and covers a great deal of ground in concise yet profound manner. I see it as contemporary philosophy at its very best and would gladly recommend it to anyone interested in Ken Wilber's work.
    -- Peter Collins, 14 July 1999
  12. I don't see anyone mentioning The Essential Ken Wilber , an introductory reader published by Shambhala. I really like that book because it takes excerpts from all of his writings prior to and including 1998. Actually that's all that book is, just Wilber excerpts. Perfect for anyone being introduced to Wilber's writings, its less advanced than any one of his books.
    I've read and loved No Boundary . It forced me to think differently than I ever had prior to picking it up. It was like finding out for the first time that the earth is not flat, or that the earth is not the center of the galaxy (universe)! An eye opener indeed. Damn, I've been blind all this time... Thanks Ken.
    -- Paul Lee, 14 July 1999
  13. I've only read half of the 16 books Ken Wilber has written, but both Grace and Grit and One Taste are my favorites. They made Wilber's theories and maps come alive for me. Then again... A Brief History of Everything was my "first", and it brought me to the others. I'm grateful for them all!
    -- Joyce Law, 14 July 1999
  14. Well, my very favourite has to be Grace and Grit because it is so touching, and also because it shows the connection between Wilber´s ideas and his life. This book is not just my favourite Wilber book, it is my favourite book of anyone at all. Other books of Wilber I like very much are The Atman project (the first book of his that I read) for being so clear, and Sex, Ecology, Spirituality for being so complete.
    -- Esther Wieringa, 19 July 1999
  15. I have no favorite book by Ken Wilber since I have none at my disposal. The case is that for a long time I am out of work and out of funds, and I cannot afford myself even to buy new boots and sometimes even something to eat, nor to buy the books by so famous and worldknown genius of consciousness. His books must be very costly?! So that's the time of day!
    -- Serge F. Patlavskiy, 20 July 1999
  16. I don't know, "reducing" Ken Wilber to a single book almost seems the antithesis of Wilberism. Asking me to choose a favorite Wilber book is kind of like asking me to pick my favorite encyclopedia volume. The subject/aspect of Wilber I am interested in determines which volume I choose. If I want general Wilber theory, I go for A Brief History of Everything , or The Essential Ken Wilber . If I'm looking at practical aspects, I might choose No Boundary , or The Eye of Spirit. If I want information on continuous consciousness (or nipple piercing) I go to One Taste. If I need to be reminded of the fragile nature of life, I go for Grace and Grit. If I need a good pillow for at the beach, there is of course Sex, Ecology, Spirituality ! Gee, I guess that means my favorite is the Collected Works ...
    -- Jeff Stull, 23 July 1999
  17. My favorite is Eye to Eye , particularly because he deals with the various modes of verification (the three eyes) and because he presents his famous pre-trans fallacy... and his critiques of New Age and physics/mysticism, etc.
    -- Jonathan Goodman, 23 July 1999
  18. As long as I've been a spiritual seeker, I cannot believe it took me this long to discover Ken Wilber!! Ken's writing is clear, brilliant, and answers and integrates so many questions and wonderings I have had for so long. I have only read One Taste so far - what a great overview of the man and his thinking! I look forward to reading more of his work.
    -- Dianne Brannen, 25 July 1999
  19. Though I read Wilber's last books several times (and will read them again), my favorite is One Taste . Already in A Brief History of Everything the language was of a new quality; in One Taste there are many passages of a rare beauty. I perceive it as ingenious to have chosen the form of a journal written during one year to "present" One Taste: this what doesen`t change during the seasonal and daily changes, work, travels, holidays, meetings, the waking, dreaming, sleeping... It seems to be the only objective way (not in the scientific but the understanding of Gurdjieff, of Zen) to write in the most subjective of all literary forms.
    -- Astrid Kolb, 26 July 1999
  20. Transformations of Consciousness has three great essays by Wilber that really explain the nuts and bolts of his theory. They represent Wilber, not in outlne form, but really explaining how he links the different theoretical perspectives into a spectrum. He gives a great introduction to object relations theory which beautifully expresses the transitional nature of the ego. Really great reading.
    -- Rick Ruffin, 1 August 1999.
  21. No Boundary , because it says it all.
    -- Fritz Weidner, 8 August 1999
  22. After I discovered Ken by reading an article in Revision Magazine in 1980, immediately I bought all his books. The first one I read was The Atman Project ; I loved it. After The Atman Project I found The Spectrum of Consciousness not so interesting, I had the idea that many things from The Spectrum were said better in The Atman Project. No Boundary was a different book, not trying so hard to prove everything, more easy going and kind of practical; I liked a lot. Since that time Ken Wilber has been my favorite author, I have read every book, article and interview I could lay my hands on. Usually I order the books before they are available in the store. So looking back at all those books, it is not easy to say which one I like best.
    My favorite books are Grace and Grit, A Brief History of Everything, The Eye of Spirit and One Taste . Reading Ken's books gave me a lot of joy and inspiration. Because of this, although I never met him, he really started to feel like a friend. Grace and Grit and One Taste, give a lot of autobiographic details about Ken's life, so I could get to know my friend better. Apart from that these books give an informal but quite good introduction to many of his important ideas. A Brief History of Everything gives the widest scope of Ken's thought without the heavy weight of Sex, Ecology and Spirituality. Since psychology and spirituality are fields that have my particular interest I quite enjoyed The Eye of Spirit, and I am very much looking forward to Integral Psychology that is expected to appear in 2000. And who would not be interested in Sex, God and Gender (Kosmos vol. 2)?
    The Essential Ken Wilber I found a very good collection of quotes from Ken's books, I really enjoyed this very concise and accessible introduction. The book I liked least was The Marriage of Sense and Soul . It is interesting that Ken himself seemed to be quite excited about it. I found it rather boring.
    -- Fred den Ouden, 14 August 1999
  23. Up From Eden . Probably because it was my first of his that I read. It completely changed my understanding of the reason humanity is on such different spiritual levels. It is because we are so different developmentally. This is a simple but profound insight given by Wilber. My second favorite piece of Wilbers is from One Taste , on the difference between Translative and Transformative Spirituality. I had it reprinted in my Catholic Church Bulletin/Newsletter . It got a good response and probably got a few more people reading Wilber.
    -- "lucic", 15 August 1999
  24. What has unexpectedly become my favorite book by Ken Wilber is One Taste . There are a number of reasons why this is my pick, but here I shall only list two:
    1. It brings spirituality down to a human, ordinary level. What I mean by this is that Ken without a doubt is a mystic, and as a mystic, he still rents movies, drinks wine, pays attention to fashion trends, listens to rock and roll, dates, etc. For me this book more than any other I have read has helped me to see through the spiritual idealized image I have created. He is embedded, as it is, in some of the higher structures of human development. And yet, he still does what we could simply say "normal" things (I hesitate to use the term normal, but you know what I mean). My view of everyday life has become a much more friendlier one. The relative world is not the enemy, it is in some sense, the way.
    2. The variety of witness exercises he gives in the book is the second, and probably the number one reason why this is my favorite book. Self-inquiry, capping exercises, are the practices which I do most throughout the day. I am beginning to remember more and more to practice self-inquiry. When I wake up, when I go to sleep. Actually, last night I had a dream in which I actually said to by brother, "who is the Seer which itself cannot be seen? What in you right now is aware of that tree?" Among other practice which I do in the morning and evening, self-inquiry, as I have come to know through Ken Wilber, is the practice I engage in most.
    One Taste is packed with a variety of different practices, all of which help one to awaken from the dream of samsara, this and that. For this reason alone, I am forever thankful to Ken Wilber and his work.
    Thanks for giving me the oppurtunity to express my thoughts and feelings aout One Taste , I have been wanting to do so for quite some time. With sincerity, be well,
    -- Alan Wiley, 21 August, 1999
  25. My favorite Wilber book... That's almost as futile as picking a favorite quadrant. If we're talking about comprehensiveness, you gotta go with the beach pillow, SES . Although I found it hard to sift through it's drier parts (not to mention carry up stairs) it's the most complete. That being said, I liked A Brief History Of Everything better. This book I've read three times, the dog eared pages says it all... it's more accessable, easier... yet still gets the main points. One Taste has to be one of the best books ever about living spirit. Not to mention an incredible insight into Ken and his life. Because, lets face it, were curious about both. Grace and Grit ... what a wonderful story. No book I've ever read has made me feel as much as that book did. I found myself crying and being hopeful about the experience of death in the same breath.
    Lets face it. The man is changing the face of how we talk about spirit, evolution and growth. All his books are classic's in my mind.
    -- Jason Hughes, 18 October 1999.
  26. A Brief History of Everything . It shows in a clear, readable and recognizable way how life sticks together.
    -- Christian de Wulf, 22 October 1999.
  27. Spectrum of Consciousness . It hasn't been mentioned and I'm suprised. Maybe because his ideas are more elegant now and refined. But I read Spectum in 1986 and it had a profound effect on me. I am sure the timing was right as I read it when dualistic thinking was playing ping pong in my head and driving me nuts. It opened me up. And for that I am continuing to open - even when I feel constricted or am thinking in a narrow paradigm - if its polarized I find myself shilting into a wider self. This is profoundly important as a therapist.
    -- Diana Stone, 11 November 1999
  28. Before I read A Brief History of Everything , I was an athiest-scientist (like my father), and I believed that Spirit did not exist. By presenting a supremely rational argument which destroyed my overdependence on rationality, Wilbur methodically bore a hole in my flat mind, and to my amazement, by the end of the book, I was transformed into a Spirit-conscious person.
    I enjoyed the way Wilber shreds his critics in The Eye of Spirit . And how he applies integral theories to wide-ranging fields, like Art Criticism.
    The Marriage of Sense and Soul showed me how the Scientific Method can authenticate Spirit. I made my father read this one.
    Finally, Grace and Grit grounds his theories into everyday life, love and loss. I love the style of the booking switching between Treya and Ken's voice.
    -- Mark Lasoff, 14 November 1999
  29. In Grace and Grit , Wilber's theories become practically manifest in Treya's and his journey through cancer. It comforts me to know that great minds are subject to very human emotions and flaws, but that a pure heart and an open soul can triumph over the most challenging of circumstances. Despite my admiration for Ken - his keen mind, his hierarchical thinking - it is Treya's voice that speaks to my heart, and that is where I go to listen deeply.
    -- Kate, 1 December, 1999
  30. The first book I read was The Marriage of Sense and Soul . I then read A Brief History of Everything and One Taste . As a 17 year old dogmatic fundamental Christian Wilber helped me to capture the contemplative thread that was always present in the Bible but I was trained by theology to ignore. Now Christ truly lives within me and his true message is restored, " Love one another as I have loved you...". Thanks Ken.
    -- Stephen Norquist, 3 December 1999
  31. Grace and Grit is the most beautifully touching and true account of life, death, love, and loss. It is undoubtedly my favorite.
    -- Frank Antonellis, 4 January 2000
  32. Personally, I would vote for A Sociable God , because it contains the greatest amount of "truth per page" of any book I know of, and because no one has yet mentioned it here... It has helped me survive my regular academic training in cultural and religious psychology, which was heavily clouded by postmodern thought. And The Atman Project , one of the two books I translated into Dutch (the other being A Brief History of Everything , which is simply amazing), is very dear to me, for its comprehensiveness, and for being the first clear statement by Wilber uniting the personal and the transpersonal in a believable way.
    -- Frank Visser, 4 January 2000
  33. The Marriage of Sense and Soul lays out a definitive blue print for the integration of global culture. By clearly defining how this integration can take place, in light of the four-quadrant method first developed in Sex, Ecology, and Spirituality, Wilber greatly assists those of us who are interested in the practical work of bringing Spirit into everyday human consciousness.
    -- Marty Keller, 17 January 2000
  34. I think the The Atman Project and Up From Eden , although I like all of them in different ways (except A Sociable God ). The reason I pick these two are because they had the most profound effect on me. This is rather more an emotional judgement that an intellectual one.
    -- Tina Richardson, 28 January 2000
  35. A Brief History Of Everything - a meticulous journey through losed and regaining conciseness. I will read other Ken Wilber's books, because at the beginnig of my life now this is the best "Travel Agency" starting a trip, independently I'm reading or not.
    -- Monika Chojnacka, 1 February 2000
  36. Grace and Grit , the first book i ' m reading from Ken Wilber, and he's touching me by his simplicity to explain things that other writers make so hard to understand.
    -- Judith Ditvoorst, 21 March 2000
  37. How can I even begin to convey the depth of my appreciation for Grace and Grit. This is my first introduction to Ken's great mind. Any words I would try to put together in an attempt to interpret my feelings would pale in comparison. I am 2/3 rds into this book, reluctant to finish due to the inevitable outcome, but it has given me an opportunity to look at myself more closely using their lives as a model. It's been so profoundly stimulating on 3 levels for me:
    First of all... my heart has been fully engaged with Ken and Treya in the anguish of trying to find some sense of the physical injustices that enslave our beautiful souls and how to rise above it or move beyond it. I feel like Treya is with me as I read. I feel her spirit..either in me or next to me. I am finding that I resonate with both of them.
    2. intellectually... Ken, the scientist, opting to dissect human consciousness instead of cow eyeballs... hurray!! Thank God for his shift. He gives organization to concepts, knowledge, and intuition that I have been stewing on all my life concerning the fusion of east and west. I am enjoying his passion and bravery to explore the tedious philosophical/spiritual/psychological details of the 'great minds' to find the errors and the truths that have lingered around as 'gospel'.
    3. spiritually... I feel like I am having some kind of transpersonal fellowship with Ken and Treya. I am cheering for Treya in her shift towards letting go and letting God. Identifying with her as she embraces life more fully as a woman 'being' vs. the male 'doing' mode that has become so privileged and glorified in our patriarchal society. Also, learning to let love in and let others in. I am relating to her growth. Both she and Ken have a relentless devotion to each other and the evolution of One consciousness that I feel, somehow, more easily helps me and others transcend the limitations of this object reality.
    Thank you Ken. I am searching for my next Wilber book to sink my teeth into.
    -- Steph, 1 April 2000
  38. I have only read Grace and Grit , The Atman Project , One Taste and A Brief History of Everything . Of these four, my favorite would have to be One Taste , Ken's personal journal. I really wonder about the non-dual one taste. I like the feeling of being a small, self contained human being however. Reading Ken's journal was very easy, enjoyable and interesting. That's why I liked it so much. I look forward to more.
    -- Marie, 14 April 2000
  39. I'm suprised to see that " Quantum Questions " has not yet been mentioned. This was my introduction to Ken Wilber. I came across it by chance about 10 years ago when science was my God. It was the title that attracted me - I saw the word "quantum" on the cover and thought, Ah! Here we are, more insights into my (at that time) favorite topic, Quantum Mechanics. More about the Indeterminacy Principle, wave-particle duality, the double slit experiment...
    Then I saw the word "mystical" and almost dropped it like it was a hot poker. But something inside me, intuition, (yes, thanks to Ken I believe in that now) said, "Take it anyway." So I did. It's contents changed my world view. I had no idea, would not even have thought it possible that the greatest scientific minds of the 20th Century could believe in this "mystical stuff", in notions that I felt to be absolutally incompatible and unacceptable to the scientific mind - indeed to any sober, rational mind grounded in what was reality for me at that time.
    This book was my introduction to the Perennial Phylosophy, the Great Chain of Being, to the idea that science and religion could both be true, my way in to other realms that could provide meaning where science could not... Ken Wilber's clarity held me , while the mystical writings of Eddington and especially Schoedinger clinched it for me. I was never the same person after this first reading and continue to consult this book whenever I need to get "re-grounded." I have since read and liked most all of Ken's other books but this continues to be my favorite. Write on Ken!!!!
    -- Robert Brown. Sydney, Australia. July 3 2000
  40. No Boundary does it for me! It`s a great read and it got me wondering, the only trouble is I can`t stop. Thanks Ken.
    -- Terry Rooney, July 7 2000
  41. Grace and Grit for its authenticity.
    -- Sabina Grygierzec, Poland, July 10 2000
  42. The first book of Wilber's that I read was Up From Eden , and in a way it remains my favourite. I love its breathtakingly sweeping account of history and its meaning.
    -- Peter Wong, Australia, July 24 2000.
  43. Up from Eden was the first book of the author's I read - and I was deeply impressed. Sex, Ecology, Spirituality I would rate second, and then A Brief History of Everything . I believe that Mr Wilber is the greatest philosopher now writing in the English language. I hope his books continue to inspire people everywhere.
    -- Nick Theodore, Australia, August 6, 2000
  44. My favorite book is One Taste . Why? Because - yes, it is more philosophical than personal - many descriptions of meditation practice and mystical states based on Kens own experience are published. Many people are evolving towards centauric consciousness now (its a minority even now), very very few realize-that means incarnate- transpersonal levels! The All Quadrants, All Levels approach has really to be lived. That is a real ordeal even for all the personal levels. I think, Ken has "sucessfully" jumped into the psychic and subtle realm.
    -- Albert Klamt/Berlin, September 28, 2000
  45. Sex, Ecology, Spirituality, because in it Wilber enacts the (thus far) most far-reaching synthesis of Spirit-as-thought (and thought-plus). I read it while teaching abroad in 1997 -- itself a very synthesis-laden experience -- and realized that I had spent the prior 7 years of doctoral and post-doctoral study in the social sciences and humanities preparing to read ONE BOOK! I felt privileged and humbled and hopeful, all at once.
    -- Kurt Bruder, October 8, 2000
  46. I have only read Grace & Grit, and am just now finishing One Taste . Re Grace & Grit; Astonishing! Am interested in the practice of conscious dying and the uncompromising beauty of unconditionaly loving another through her suffering. One Taste for the ideal of living one's spirituality as an on-going practice. I hope Ken writes an autobiography. I'd love to read it.
    -- Paula Long, October 9, 2000
  47. The book that I like the most is Grace and Grit. I have always been an avid lover of biography, and this is as close as it gets so far. I am waiting for Ken Wilber the poet to express himself through fiction. I know he mentioned the possibility in an interview I read on this page. His writings show glimmers of the elegance that permeates his more technical works. He probably has a few future classics floating around that genius mind of his, and I hold my breath for the vision that he might express.
    -- Michael Pyska, October 10, 2000
  48. My favorite book is Sex, Ecology, Spirituality because it shows that both, sciences and spiritualism, are unrenounciable. In his integration of both sides it offers the basis to solve our problems. And it is funny to make the other students at my university going crazy by his theories.
    -- C & M Dewanger, October 14, 2000

    My favorite Ken Wilber book that I've read thus far is The Eye of Spirit. I also love A Brief History of Everything , The Atman Project , and his contributions to Ken Wilber In Dialogue . I can't wait to read A Theory of Everything over this holiday.
    -- Terry Fairfax, 5 December 2000
  49. That's a really hard one. I think Sex, Ecology, Spirituality and the popular version Brief History of Everything are the most important ones. I usually recommend Brief History to ineterested "newcomers". All books before seem to lead up to these books, and all books after seem to refine the theory laid out in these books. But The Marriage of Sense and Soul and Integral Psychology are definItely on my favourite list too.
    -- Max König, 6 December 2000
  50. The Atman Project . I am still picking up the collective pieces of my shattered mind from reading this masterpiece 6 years ago. The Atman Project is the conclusive statement of all psychology. To paraphrase Ken, everything that we do is a defense mechanism, a substitute realization, of the fact that each one of us is infinite, unbounded spirit. This book changed my life.
    --Bill Streett, 17 January 2001
  51. Well, I've only been able to read a few of Wilber's books, and I never cease to be impressed. I started with A Brief History of Everything , and am now simultaneously reading One Taste and The Marriage of Sense and Soul . Of these, One Taste is probably my favourite. Though the other two are excellent introductions to Wilber's work, One Taste seems to be written with so much passion, without sacrificing any ground in terms of ideas. Based on what I've seen, though, I think I'll be reading Grace and Grit quite soon. . .
    -- Alex Meeres, March 25, 2001
  52. My favorite book by Wilber seems to be the one I'm reading at the time. Ten years ago, I read "The Atman Project" and I loved it. But overall, I'd say "The Eye of Spirit" because of the chapters on timeless truth vs. forms of truth and "Always Already." I admit I didn't like nor did I read SES for a couple years after it came out because there wasn't even one drawing or diagram about sex in it. (True, I'm a tantrika so I expected something sexy in it). I frequently mislead myself into thinking Ken is biased towards "Ascender's" values, and that has been a problem for me.
    --John M.P., 18 Apr 2001
  53. A tough question to answer. All of Ken's books are so brilliant, enlightening and satisfying in different ways. If I had to own just one volume, it would have to be Sex, Ecology, Spirituality , for it's completeness. However No Boundary is the book I have read most often and it is the book that I have given most often (approx 12 times) to friends who know they exist. I only hope that he keeps churning them out, as I await each new volume with anticipation.
    -- Ian Gervais, 7th June 2001
  54. Definetly One Taste , the journals of Ken Wilber. Is the first book that I´ve read about him and it introduced me in a world where my thougts, political ideas and education could be harmonised with my meditation experiences and my practical of clasical Yoga for the first time. An integral way of life is posible. I highly recommend it.
    -- Miguel Angel Alonso Serrano, Spain 29 June 2001
  55. A Brief History of Everything because you can give it to your friends, turn them on and then buy yourself a new copy. Thank God I stumbled across it on a book club flyer and thought the "bald guy on the cover" looked cool. Am now working on an ITP group in the Tampa Bay area. Have also read: Grace and Grit; A Theory of Everything; Sex, Ecology and Spirituality; Eye of Spirit and One Taste.
    -- Joran Oppelt, 1 Jul 2001
  56. Though I have only read but a few of Ken's books, my favorite so far is The Marriage of Sense and Soul - it would be the one book at this point that I would give to someone completely unfamiliar with Ken's works.
    -- [email protected], 8 Aug 2001
  57. By far, " Grace & Grit ". His best exposition of his personal outlook married to his worldview and interpersonal relationships with his late wife and friends. I read. I read " brief History ..." first, then " Marriage of Sense and Soul " which were good but too analytical and dry. This work shows me the personal Wilber and his core beliefs. It's not enough for me to just know Ken's worldview and opinion of other systems and their shortcomings. Excellent work. A masterpiece along with Joseph Campbell's "Companion."
    -- Don Lessnau, 19 Oct 2001
  58. I carry Wilbers books with me where ever I am in the world ... I love " One Taste " because it speaks to me and offers random jewels of meaning which, because of Wilber's use of language and the power of his ideas with the wonder of One Taste, break me open and make me cry hot sudden tears of relief, joy and gratitiude. I have been caught in a symmetry break of myself and my life and in the chaos stage-dark night of the soul- when there was nothing between me and the end of my life- I picked up One Taste and read a passage which changed the nature of my tears and which offered me a way to the future which my soul and myself longs for.
    -- Gabrielle Kelly , 2 Dec 2001
  59. I find Sex, Ecology, Spirituality the most important of the books I have read. I have not read them all though. I started out with a Brief history which I have read several times, and I had to go on with SES to fully get the understanding of where theese great ideas came from. Especially the definition of subtle and gross reductionism has ben very helpfull in my own understanding of things. I still haven´t read the early books. I´m not sure I need to, as it seems as if Wilber is sort of expanding his ideas, so what he now works on includes the work he did earlier. I liked One taste , and The Eye of Spirit very much. And of course Grace and Grit.
    -- Olav Erlendsson, 19 December 2001
  60. I finished ' No Boundary ' this morning. I cannot yet tell you why I know this is one of the most important books I have ever read (and at 48 I have read a few), but I can tell you the feeling I am left with this morning. I am in love. Do you remember how wonderful, exciting, and full of promise the world is when you are in love? That is how I feel upon reading Ken Wilber for the first time.
    -- Rick Bateman, 1 January 2002
  61. Totally agree with previous entry by Rick Bateman on the value of " No Boundary ". I too have just finished it after reading everything of Ken's from the " The Eye of Spirit " onwards. "No Boundary" is an incredible book, beautifully crafted and written. For me no other book has so illuminated truth nor deepened my understanding and appreciation of my practice in such a beautiful and profound way as this book. I value all of Ken's work equally but consider "No Boundary" to be an absolute masterpiece. I'm certainly glad that I went back to the start and read this book.
    -- Aaron Travers, 7 January 2002
  62. I started off with The Marriage of Sense and Soul . . . mostly because it was the slimmest (ergo cheapest) Wilber volume I could find, and because I had studied the science/spirituality split in western Europe while working towards an MA in history. At the time, I thought MSS was very good. Since then, I've read (in order) Eye of Spirit , Brief History of Everything , and SES , enjoying each more than the last. SES is my favorite - it has the wonderful insight of Wilber at his best combined with the academic rigor that is lacking from so much new-agey BS. I own Spectrum of Consciousness but couldn't get into it. I guess Wilber's own recognition of the shortcomings of his theories at that point have made me reluctant.
    A couple days ago at a local independent bookshop I noticed The Collected Works volume with Marriage of Sense and Soul and One Taste for sale for $10.00. Going to start reading it today!
    -- John McKelvy, 29 Jan 2002
  63. I most agree with comment #21, except I started reading Ken in 1988 or so. After reading Atman Project and No Boundary 3 times each (never done that in my life), I had to go back to the beginning ( I even read his Master's Thesis on dealing with the rods and cones of bovine retina). I couldn't resist since I'm from Lincoln, Nebraska - where all of this began. I remember eating at the Red Rooster where Ken washed dishes...sadly it's no longer there.) Sorry about the digression, but real Wilber fans and his stalkers like to hear that stuff.
    Since no one to date has chosen " Boomeritis " I am making that my precognitive choice because of the sidebars he has made available and the outline I just read via the link on this site (see especially Sidebar E). Unlike commenter #21, however, Marriage of Sense and Soul is the book that gave me the most visceral response. As I read it, my eyes widened and widened, heart racing, as I kept looking back at the subtitle of the book "integrating science and religion" and could not get this thought out of my mind, "He did it!", "He f*%$ing did it!"
    -- Steve Snodgrass, 6 Mar 2002
  64. At age 17, in February of 2001, I tore into Integral Psychology and stumbled through it in less than a week's time. Since then I have read it three more times, twice through the endnotes (which are only slightly slimmer than the actual book itself). Having now read CW vol. 6-8, I still think that IP delivers the best of Wilber's ideas in a clear, concise fashion. I mean, come on dude, you get the Four Quadrants, an excellent discussion of holons and the Great Nest, the dignity and disaster of modernity--plus--waves, streams, modes, structures, and states. All of which are groundbreaking concepts, and all of which are immediately applicable to everyday experience. And all of this in less than 200 pages, for less than $16 (or four easy installments of only $4.95 per month!) My God this sounds like an infomercial.
    Always Already,
    --Link Swanson, March 29, 2002
  65. I'm from Brazil, and almost nobody knows Wilber over here! My favorite book is " The Atman Project " because it takes us into a real journey through life and death. I loved the way it explains every level of development in terms of "seeking non-duality" or "seeking God". I also like the last chapter of " The Eye of Espirit " - we get a "pseudo-satori" right there! My first was " The Spectrum of Consciousness ". I really think it's a major synthesis of the "Perennial Philosophy" - with some mistakes that have been corrected by the latest works.
    --Gustavo Gitti, 4 May 2002

  66. Hello! My name is Paola, I from Argentine and my favorite book is The Holographic Paradigm. thanks for all. Bye.
    -- Paola Carbone, 9 May 2002

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