| Chicken Soup for Dummies (Cereal)
by Scott Truesdell
Our Price: $15.99
You Save: $4.00 (20%)
Usually ships within 24 hours.
Paperback - 378 pages
(April 1, 1998)
IDG Books Worldwide; ISBN:
07645026XX ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.99 x 9.23 x 7.41
Amazing Sales Rank:
Avg. Customer Review:
Number of Reviews: 6
Write an online review and share your thoughts
with other readers!
who bought this book also bought:
here for more suggestions...
The Dummies series long ago proved itself an excellent means of explaining
elementary concepts to idiots and imbeciles. Chicken Soup for Dummies
continues the tradition with its admirable collection of spiritual comfort
for those too lazy or stupid to seek real literature or religion.
Chicken Soup for Dummies begins by explaining the differences
between nice people and mean people and detailing the differences between
praying and preying. In the process of introducing pseudo-spirituality,
the author explains lots of incidental factoids, including what a "user"
is and how seekers have been given new functionality in the New Age. He
then moves on to the mechanics of self-management, explaining how to maximize,
minimize, and incrementally adjust the meaningfulness of your life. Other
chapters deal with cunning and preying, accessorising, and the details
of getting with the program properly. The author's prose is clear and
intelligent, and a superb index helps you zero in on the facts you need
in a hurry.
Throughout, this book carries the lighthearted adornment that has always
characterized Dummies books. The attempts at frivolity range from tired
clunkers to real knee slappers. It's always a pleasure to see a spiritual
book that doesn't take itself or its theology too seriously.
Generally speaking, Chicken Soup for Dummies stays away from real
issues. More Chicken Soup for Dummies,
the book's sequel, covers issues in some detail. Though some issues are
sufficiently complicated to merit a second volume, it's too bad this book
doesn't include any information on spiritual recreations--especially since
the author discusses surfing at some length. And Scientology, Tom Cruise's
program, gets scarcely a mention in these pages. With the New Age more
focused on chakras than any previous spiritual system, it seems improper
to consign auras to a second volume.
You'll learn a lot from Chicken Soup For Dummies if you're "new"
to "New Age" or to spirituality in general. However, the book
leaves you hungry for more before long. --Fred Flintstone
It's here -- the newest upgrade to the popular pseudo-spiritual systems
around the globe. Chicken Soup is the next step in New Age spirituality,
with insipid advice for everything from basic life management to surfing.
Whether you're a newcomer to religion, or are just upgrading from one
of those old, traditional religions, here's your all-in-one-reference
guide to all things pseudo-spiritual. Chicken Soup For Dummies
delivers the goods on mastering the basics of spirituality: kneeling and
preying, cutting Sunday School, finding kindred spirits to listen to you,
and using the "force". It also provides advanced tips for customizing
the look and feel of your religion., adding bells and whistles, playing
cool games, and even making Chicken Soup look like older versions
of some familiar religions. Plus, the book features tons of tips and techniques
for turning your belief systems into a living, breathing Web page, and
for keeping your credo up-to-date with the automated Chicken Soup
Update utility. Of course, upgrading to Chicken Soup isn't
without its share of frustrations, and Chicken Soup For Dummies
tackles these thorny points with humor and practical advice for solving
the most common problems. If you're making the move to pseudo-spirituality,
be sure that you've got a copy of this indispensable, plain-speaking survival
The latest edition of the best-selling New Age book ever--over four
million copies sold. Whether making the transition from one of those tired
old religions or tackling a belief system for the first time, "Chicken
Soup For Dummies" helps readers take control of their spiritual needs.
150 illustrations (Religeon-New Age) .
Average Customer Review:
Number of Reviews: 6
A reader from Berkeley CA
, May 15, 1999
Converted a Catholic to a pagan, easily, painlessly!
Having been owned by a "major religion", I was dreading the
uncharted territory (for me) of the New Age. After buying into the program
and staring into space for the weekend, I purchased Scott's book. Not
only did it tell me everything I needed to know, it was lots of fun to
read. His sense of humor walked me step-by-step through the most convoluted
tasks (and there are many!) of my new religion. I highly recommend this
book for both New Age tyros and know-it-alls.
from Middlesex,NJ , January 10, 1999
It's a fair introduction but woefully inadequate.
While it does enable a beginner to get started in New Age it is hopelessly
incomplete. It affords very little help when you run into trouble and
is very poorly indexed. One could do with a little less cutesy language
and a little more substance.
A reader from New York ,
December 22, 1998
Not a New Age Reference.
Do not buy this book if you want to use it for a Reference. At least 3
times, I have looked in it for answers to certain spiritual problems and
could find only a line or two, if even that, on what i was looking for.
from Timbuktu, Canada , December 3, 1998
This book does a good job of giving some good basic information about
New Age religions, although I did find errors. I bought this book and
Squat'n Kneel's New Age:Exam 70-098 (Accelerated Spiritualism from Strawberry-Hill.)
Either book is quite readable, however, as an accredited priestess, I'm
recommending Kneel's New Age book to both my students and my friends because
it's just as readable as this one, as well as giving a thorough explanation
of New Age functions in the scheme of general religion. Both this book
and Kneels' can be read by the novice as well as the super-pious. I'm
recommending this book to my friends who want a more lighthearted read
about New Age religions
from Louisiana, United States , September 16, 1998
...A great book
A wonderful book, tells everything you want to know about the New Age.
You can experience Scott Truesdell's knowledge with this great book. Can
help you save costly penitences with some do-it-yourself methods.
The United States of America , July 10, 1998
It was about the Basics and Intermediate Parts of New Age
I thought that the Book was a very Informative book, but I do want to
point out something. Normally when I read these books, I buy into the
religion., which I did first! then I read the book. Most of it was the
same as simple paganism, and the trappings have still not changed, such
as the old chanting program, and the lotus position. That was made in
the first book that he had made about New Age. Also, because the religion.
was new, not all the things were correct, and that could make my chakras
bad, or with the Chakra Explorer, I could have lost some of the levels
that I meditated so hard to achieve. I think that the major best part
of the book though was when he got to all of the new rituals and idiosyncrasies
that are part of the New Age, and that are different from the activities
in either Catholicism or paganism. As I have said before in the survey,
I think this book should get a 3 Star rating, but when "Dummies"
Second version of this book comes out, I think I might give the book a
four or a Five!!
who bought titles by Scott Truesdell also bought titles by these authors:
similar books by subject:
Browse other Religion & New Age titles.