BOOK SPOTLIGHT: THE 99TH MONKEY by Eliezer Sobel

The 99th Monkey: A Spiritual Journalist's Misadventures with Gurus, Messiahs, Sex, Psychedelics, and Other Consciousness-Raising Experiments
Eliezer Sobel
Santa Monica Press
ISBN-10: 159580028X
ISBN-13: 978-1595800282

The 99th Monkey is the story of one man’s utter failure to get enlightened, despite over 30 years of trying. Eliezer Sobel invites readers along on what is both a hilarious and astounding journey through the spiritual, New Age and Human Potential movements of the last 35 years, providing an insider’s view that is at once eye-opening, deeply moving, and completely entertaining.

From encounters with enlightened beings, saints and madmen, to ingesting a powerful shamantic brew in the forests of Brazil at all-night ceremonies; from 40-days alone on a mountaintop, to 60 hours in hotel ballrooms at crash courses in consciousness; from the ashrams and gurus of India to the rebbes in Jerusalem and a ten-day Zen retreat at Auschwitz, there were very few extremes to which Sobel did not go in his life-long quest for self-realization. ("Don't even ask about the 'Tush Push,' which was a partner exercise I did during a Human Sexuality Workshop. Or the very obese female therapist who sat on my head for twenty-five minutes at Esalen Institute so I could re-experience being smothered by my mother."

Although he claims to come out at the end feeling pretty much like the same guy as when he started, and while he suggests that bookstores create a new category for his book alongside the Self-Help section to be called "No Help Whatsoever," The 99th Monkey is actually a modern-day hero's journey that contains its own unique blend of wisdom and insight into what it really means to be a human being.

Reviews:

"This book made me happier than most of the spiritual books I read these days. Enjoy."
—Wes `Scoop' Nisker, Buddhist meditation teacher, author, and performer

“Funny, beautifully written, and often extremely moving and thought-provoking.”
—Colin Wilson, author, A Criminal History of Mankind

"Sobel's utter failure to get enlightened is chronicled with laughter, irreverence, insight and raw truth."
—Gabrielle Roth, dancer, director, and author, Connections

“An extraordinary and challenging journey through the contemporary worlds of spiritual exploration and the human potential movement.”
—Rabbi David A. Cooper, author, Ecstatic Kabbalah and God is a Verb

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THE 99TH MONKEY VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR '08 will officially begin on August 4, 2008 and continue all month. You can visit Eliezer's tour stops at www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com in August!

As a special promotion for all our authors, Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author with a recent release or a $50 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comments on our authors' blog stops. More prizes will be announced as they come available. The winners will be announced on our agency's blog on August 31!

Eliezer's virtual book tour is being brought to you by Pump Up Your Book Promotion and choreographed by Dorothy Thompson.
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