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This: Becoming Free

Written by: Michael Gungor
Narrated by: MIchael Gungor
Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Doubt-filled spiritual leader and reluctant Grammy-nominated Christian musician Michael Gungor finally let go of his belief in God as he tried to whittle together a god that he could love. Letting go of the stories that defined his identity and value in the world led Gungor and his family on a wild and painful journey through atheism, mysticism, betrayal, loss, medical issues, moving trucks, and thousands of online trolls. 

The deconstruction of his faith is one story. The transformation of it is another. As Gungor lets us know, our stories are the seams of illusion that we sew into reality - in order to label this and that. But what you think of as you (or anything else for that matter) is simply movement within the ocean of Being - of This. Once you see that is it just a story, you can let go and be free. 

This is beyond words, category, or distinction. It simply and fully is. 

Through personal story, parable, philosophy, physics, and absurdity, Gungor shows us that who we think we are is an illusion, a constriction of reality that creates suffering in our lives. This: Becoming Free is a letter of love, reminding you of who you truly are under those stories of yours.

©2018 The Liturgists Publishing (P)2019 The Liturgists Publishing

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Simple yet profound

This is a great book, and an even better audiobook thanks to Michael’s musical talents helping you to further immerse yourself in “This”. I find myself always looking for the next moment, the next “high”, the next event, etc. This book has had me rethink how to just be and absorb myself in this. It has pushed me in seeing others through a lens of oneness and deepening empathy. Some, especially from a Christian background, may be turned off by michael’s dive into Buddhism, but I encourage you to be open to his words. As they echo very much the words of Jesus, not just the Buddha.

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Beautifully written and read

I absolutely loved it. A hopeful outlook on faith through oneness and loving-kindness. Also, amazing production. I hope you check it out.

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Refreshing, honest, delightful

I enjoyed listening to this book so much. The content of the book is so freeing and honest, with the added touches of scoring which I’ve never heard on an audiobook. Loved it. It’s funny, it opened my heart, it made me cry... highly recommend.

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  • herozero
  • 2019-04-24

Will listen again and again! So much good!

If you're anything like me and are motivated by healing, it's easy to get lost in the suffering. And in order to not get stuck in my own pain, I think "I'm not gonna focus on myself, I'm gonna care for the world." And while that's a great heart, I'm finding it's not realistic. If I'm drowning and I don't get some air and get healing myself, I'm useless to anyone else. I want to be peace in the world. Love in the world. Offer hope to the world. In order to do that, my own suffering has to be attended to. THIS is all about that. THIS is the kind of book you need to read again and again. So much to wrap your mind around. And such great stories. Oh, and the bonus exclusive to the audiobook, meditation on being present is just the thing to help move toward healing and hope. So looking forward to seeing THIS get out into the world!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-04-23

Every story ever told.

To say that "This" will change my life is an understatement. Thank you, Vishnu Dass.

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  • Timothy
  • 2019-05-04

Amazing Outlook on Life and the This

A really great book! I would say for those wanting a different view on life. I was at first not sure what I was getting myself into. In the end I was pleased to have read it. There were so many moments that brought clarity in my own journey. The book made me laugh and cry the author does a really good job on explain what it means to be in the hear and now of life, what he calls "This". He champions on how important it is to be real and authentic with who we our, others and life as a whole. Expressing the beauty of unity found in diversity and love. A message for many people if not for everyone right now. If you have the means and time I would highly recommend this book to anyone seeking depth in their spiritual life.

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  • Ethan Miller
  • 2019-04-22

Excellence is what Michael Gungor does best

Michael Gungor's journey and insights into oneness and the myth of ego is a must read. He read and scored the audio book it is a great performance.

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  • Jordan Jacob
  • 2019-04-20

A perspective altering read.

I loved listening to this book. it kept me up late, kept me company on the bus, and gave me new perspective on God and reality. This book is like a gentle hand guiding you into a wild forest, the tall trees and dark shadows are frightening, but the gentle hand is there showing you the beauty in the unfamiliar terrain. by the end of the book you are alone in the forest, you hear the birds and the insect chirping, feel the cool wind and the damp grass and you are home, because you are in This.

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  • Mary lamb
  • 2019-06-20

More of the same metaphysical Eckhart Tolle type stuff

I liked the beginning but when he started using Gods name in vain it lost me.I jumped forward and it was more metaphysical stuff that's in every other book out there.

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  • Mick V. Nicholas
  • Allentown, PA
  • 2019-06-15

a headtrip...but in a good way?

This work plays out like a spoken word performance (the audio book version). The narration is incredible and accompanied by music and sound to further bring the point home to the listener in an artful and beautiful way.
The ideas and vulnerability of the author make this work resonate beautiful in the mind of the audience. It will get your wheels spinning and challenge you in many ways. Yet, it is strikingly personal and just emotional and gorgeous to listen to/read.

I will be revisiting this work again. It is definitely one of my favorite books from one of my favorite musicians.

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  • J. M. Player
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • 2019-06-13

Will listen to it again soon. Very enlightening

I was surprised at how heartily I laughed at certain passages of an otherwise relatively deep topic. A reminder of the perfect balance we should have in not taking discovering the mysteries of the universe so seriously.

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  • Ian
  • 2019-06-10

Wow

Phenomenal audio book, I would recommend it to anyone. The author knows how to connect and keep things interesting.

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  • Jeffrey
  • 2019-06-05

Incredible book absolutely perfect!!!

I've read hundreds of spiritual books, but this may be the proverbial cherry on top of the ice cream sundae... perhaps it just resonates with me and may not with you, yet this is my review. You won't know until you try and you may still not know but you may have a change of mind about something you've been holding onto.