We are very pleased to announce that Andrew Cohen’s book Evolutionary Enlightenment has just been awarded the Silver Medal in the Body, Mind & Spirit category in Foreword magazine’s 2011 . These are the most prestigious literary awards in the independent publishing industry, and titles are recognized for a combination of factors, from cover design and writing tone to the relevance and originality of their message. The relevance and originality of Cohen’s message in Evolutionary Enlightenment has received critical acclaim from authors such as Brian Swimme, Deepak Chopra, Howard Bloom and Barbara Marx Hubbard. Integral philosopher and author, Ken Wilber, called it ‘one of the most significant books on spirituality written in the postmodern world.’
While many of us are aware of enormous changes taking place around us – the speeding up of technological innovation, the ever-deepening impact of globalising forces, the effects of climate on our planet – most of us have no idea what these changes mean for ourselves or wider humanity. We do not know how to navigate our own emotional responses to these changes, or how to make informed choices that this greater complexity demands. While many popular forms of contemporary spirituality offer ways to feel better in the face ofoverwhelming change, Andrew Cohen says that change is not something to be avoided, or merely tolerated, but an essential aspect of reality that needs to be consciously embraced. Through his five fundamental tenets for living an enlightened life, Andrew Cohen makes deep sense out of life as we experience it today, and shows us how to play an active role in shaping the world of tomorrow.
Evolutionary Enlightenment is both a spiritual handbook and a philosophical and intellectual tour de force. A modern-day equivalent of the ancient wisdom teachings, Cohen brings the timeless depth of enlightened wisdom into the 21st Century and significantly redirects its purpose and promise – calling not for transcendence of worldly attachment, or even for compassionate care and service, but for a heroic and wholehearted participation in the creation of our collective future. As Brian Swimme, mathematical cosmologist and Professor of evolutionary cosmology, said in his review of the book:
“Andrew Cohen has arrived at an insight that is crucial for our historical situation. Enlightenment is not a movement out of the everyday world but is instead a profound entrance into deep participation in the evolution of the universe. Rarely have I encountered such simple, searing wisdom connecting religious ideas about enlightenment with the scientific understanding of an evolutionary cosmos.”
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