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Internationally acclaimed best-selling author Byron Katie's most anticipated work since Loving What Is. 

In A Mind at Home with Itself, Byron Katie illuminates one of the most profound ancient Buddhist texts, The Diamond Sutra (newly translated by distinguished scholar Stephen Mitchell), to reveal the nature of the mind and to liberate us from painful thoughts, using her revolutionary system of self-inquiry called "The Work". Byron Katie doesn't merely describe the awakened mind; she empowers us to see it and feel it in action. At once startlingly fresh and powerfully enlightening, A Mind at Home with Itself offers us a transformative new perspective on life and death and is certain to become a classic. 

In the midst of a normal American life, Byron Katie became increasingly depressed and, over a 10-year period, sank further into despair and suicidal thoughts. Then, one morning in 1986, she woke up in a state of absolute joy, filled with the realization of how her own suffering had ended. The freedom of that realization has never left her. Its direct result, The Work, has helped millions of people all over the world to question their stressful thoughts and set themselves free from suffering. 

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©2017 Byron Kathleen Mitchell and Stephen Mitche (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • 2018-07-12

Disappointing!

I bough "loving what is" and loved it. It was clear and to the point. Thought this one will continue where the previous book left off. Instead, it kept rambling about the diamond sutra and the Budha with very little useful content. Unless you are into this kind of thing, you'll be very disappointed!

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  • 2018-03-12

Waste of money

I can't begin to express how much I disliked this book. I wish I could get my $ back

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Perfection

So wonderful to hear Katie reflect on the profound teaching of the diamond sutra. If you have read her other work and want something that explains more fully the processes behind The Work this is one way of understanding.

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Profoundly powerful beyond words

I didn't know what to expect but, my God, having both Byron and Stephen reading this is a jewel of indescribable value. The message here, the lessons, the Presence of both these reflections of the awakened mind, shifts the listener every so gently and potently. I have listened to it more than once and will continue to listen to it repeatedly. This is transformative in every sense of the word. Deeply grateful for this.

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Own your life

An awesome presentation of a way to find peace in this world we live in. You are responsible for every thought you have. Don’t judge. When you do you will be miserable. We must learn to co exist in this life with no anger nor blame. You are exactly what you yourself sees things happening through unconditional discovery of “turn around “. You must own your feelings.

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No thank you.

I felt off from the moment the moment the audible reader started reading this book. This is not right.

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  • Rainbow Casey
  • 2018-03-11

Byron Katie is better than a drug

What did you love best about A Mind at Home with Itself?

She doesn’t talk down to you. You get to experience firsthand, through others, what it is like to transform your life. To go from pain to joy.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

You can hear the love in her voice.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from A Mind at Home with Itself?

Her message is all you have to know to have a happy life. It can be summarized by the title from an earlier book. Loving What Is. If you can do that, you are guaranteed happiness.

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No matter what is going on or what kind of trauma I am experiencing, I just listen to her books over and over and Katie brings me right back to center and a place of peace and joy. I have seen her and believe her to be the most loving human I have met. If you have not done the work, it can even sound harsh, but it is only when you are unwilling to take responsibility for your own life and happiness. When you do, you can be filled with joy.

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  • 2019-06-20

Wow

This book has helped me turn from someone who was convinced that my mind was trying to destroy me, to the point I tried to strangle myself. There seemed to be a small soft voice inside telling me that I had a reason to live. So my attempt was half-assed. Through the Work I have quieted the noise and can now hear my authentic self, who only wants growth, progress, joy and love. I can easily recognize the primitive voices that are stuck in stressful survival mode, who just want instant gratification, pleasure, and pain avoidance. I now look at those voices as if they are a toddler. My wife and I both are so grateful that Byron Katie has come into my life 😌🙏

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  • 2017-11-01

I feel at peace with life

I noticed my ego and my attachment to thoughts slowly start to dissolve while reading this book, and other Byron katie works. Absolutely lifechanging.

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  • Kathleen
  • 2017-11-08

For everyone everywhere

It’s great listening to Bryon Katie while doing my work or other chores.
Most of the time what she is saying is so compelling that I have to stop and listen, or I go back and listen again.

Amazingly insightful and authentic. The Work works. It’s wonderful. I highly recommend this book to everyone I know.

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  • Mom of 3
  • 2018-05-28

Bizarre

I have enjoyed Byron Katie's other books and teachings but am definitely returning this one. I have gritted through about half and can't go on. Threadless...very esoteric...just couldn't engage at all. Actually found it uncomfortable to listen to because of how bizarre it was, and I usually can find something useful to take away from most all books in this genre.

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  • Woodio
  • 2018-08-21

Too much Steven

While I’m sure he’s a fabulous guy. I want to learn more from Katie. Steven seems to be using her unbiased and pure platform to push this sutra and Buddhism on me. I just wanted more of Katie. Love you Katie

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-10-04

what the hell just happened?!

been doing the work for years and this was such a fundamentally fresh approach, glimmers of insight, humor, joy. thank you everyone who made this book possible. one word - extraordinary!

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  • Brad Lowrey
  • 2018-12-29

Good info but a bit "out there"

I thought there were a lot of really strong points to this book. I also thought that the process of the work is really, really solid. I think it is an excellent way to change your perspective on life, circumstances, situations, and relationships. that said, maybe it is because I am not there yet on my own personal journey of discovery, some of the concepts thoughts that she talks about in the seem a bit out there. so, while there was a lot of really great info and insight, if you are a bit more of a skeptic like me, you will have to wade through some of her more free flowing concepts and ideas. overall, though, I feel like the index and the sections on the work in action are the most powerful of the book for anyone who is interested in applying more self-reflection to their life situations.

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  • 2018-01-08

fantastic book, rereading it right away

Loved that it was read by the authors.
If you like Byron Katie's Work, you'll love this book. It builds on the previous books and is a wonderful crowning jewel of BK's writings.

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  • Elim.Garak
  • 2018-04-05

Feels forced, disappointment

loving what is was pure gold The Abridged audiobook version. this book with Steven reading the diamond Sutra than her interpreting it feels so forced. almost seems like just an opportunity to make money. Katie admits she never read any of the spiritual teachers and here she is giving her viewpoint on what something to Buddha talks about it just does not make any sense to me. I wish I could return it but I'm beyond my limits on return and I'm just not going to finish this book I've tried chapter after chapter. very disappointed I loved her work and loving what is she seems genuine but this book seems like a phony.

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