on May 20, 2014 :
Beyond Religion I is a fascinating and insightful glimpse into spirituality. While religion is structured and more absolute, spirituality allows for the ability to believe in God without having to necessarily subscribe to a religion. This book provides endless details and references that allow for a more comprehensive understanding of biblical references. Author Stanislaw Kapuscinkski has provided a thorough and exhaustive dialogue on God.
Kapuscinkski's insight into the many aspects of heaven and earth including science, religion and the significant ability we are blessed with – freedom of thought, brings us a thought provoking text that allows the mind to wander through endless possibilities. Stanislaw Kapuscinkski's thoughts are exposed here with a brilliant voice that supports a foundation to wander for yourself. His humor keeps the subject matter light and inviting while his revelations are inspiring and life changing. I highly recommend it!
(reviewed 78 days after purchase)
on April 13, 2012 :
As a young man, I have religiously attended the church for many years. In all that time, not a single mystery has been unveiled to me with such clarity as Kapuscinski does, seemingly with great ease. It is evident that his knowledge comes from within, rather than from the opinions of others. It is his originality of thought that I admire most. I am looking forward to his collections II and III, as well to his other books.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
on Jan. 2, 2012 :
It is fascinating to watch the development of an author’s thoughts. Each essay brings one closer to his frame of mind, to his invariably unique way of looking at things. It is not a question of changing my worldview while reading his essays, but it definitely has the effect of broadening mine. The world became a richer, more vibrant place for me. I’m looking forward to reading his second collection.
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
on Dec. 13, 2011 :
If you have an open mind, there is no way to read this and not feel different when you were done. The way the author presents such a wide breadth of knowledge for the reader, I question how I did not draw many of the conclusions the author leads us to on my own. Another reviewer says it better than I ever could: “The essays are deep yet light, profound yet presented without philosophical mumbo-jumbo.”
Well done Mr. Kapuscinski!
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
on Dec. 12, 2011 :
Take all your pre-conceived notions and previous “brainwashing” and set it aside, then open Mr. Kapuscinski's text. I guarantee that you will think differently when you are done. And while imparting knowledge and wisdom, the author never preaches, and always injects humor into the text to keep it light and making it an enjoyable read.
The breadth of knowledge he presents is amazing. He is clearly a master of religious, scientific, and mythological knowledge. I walk away enriched, yet yearning for more of Mr. Kapuscinski’s work.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
on Dec. 6, 2011 :
Mr. Kapuscinski has an enormous base of religious, scientific, and mythological knowledge, yet he remains an original thinker.
I am thankful to Mr. Kapuscinski for not “pushing too hard”, or doing my thinking for me. He presents his knowledge and ideas, and lets the reader discover for themselves, rather than forcing his ideas on the reader.
For the deep nature of the topic, the author does a masterful job of infusing his wit and humor into the text to make it an enjoyable read no matter how serious the subject matter.
Open your mind, and let these essays touch you. Many of the essays influenced me right away, some required some reflection and additional thought (and opening of MY mind the way the author obviously has), and some I have bookmarked to read again.
My biggest question now is whether to re-read some of my bookmarked essays from Beyond Religion I, or move on to Beyond Religion II.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
on Jan. 6, 2011 :
The author’s interests span an enormous range, which, per force, broaden my own. Kapuscinski is probably among the most original thinkers of our time. I read some views similar to his, but never in such profusion. Also, he often delivers his point of view with a good dose of poetry, which makes reading him continuous pleasure.
Later, reading his Key to Immortality, the exegesis on the Gospel of Thomas, I understood more of his philosophy. He’s very consistent. Thomas, or should I say Stanislaw, made acceptance of immortality possible. I mean possible to understand. Read him carefully—it’s well worth it, and if you haven’t already bought Kapuscinski’s Dictionary of Biblical Symbolism, do it now. It will help you to understand your own immortality
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
Hanna K. Loda
on Dec. 30, 2010 :
I read the essays one per day. Each was enough to sate my hunger, which wasn’t reawakened until I read the next one. Deep and metaphysical they may be, but I also found them fun. Reading them, I often wondered how come I haven’t reached similar conclusions myself. I suppose I would have, had I taken time to think about matters raised in those essays. Reading them gave me a strange sense of satisfaction; they seem to unfold and dissipate most mysteries…
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
on Dec. 29, 2010 :
This set of essays did more to release me from my early conditioning that any other book. The essays are deep yet light, profound yet presented without philosophical mumbo-jumbo. Don’t expect dogmatic conclusions. As we grow older, we also grow mentally lazy, lackadaisical. This book will provide you with a powerful stimulus to reexamine the road you are travelling. An excellent collection.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
on Dec. 29, 2010 :
Imagine receiving a book for Christmas wherein the first essay is entitled “I don’t believe in God”! It took me some 20 minutes to fathom the author’s faith. It came almost as a surprise.
Reading these Essays one must conclude that in a number of fields most of us have been substantially, and apparently willfully, misled by the so-called experts in the various metaphysical fields. I strongly recommend these Essays. If for no other reason than to get a balanced view of reality we live in. And if you are blessed with faith in the unseen, you’ll find it growing much deeper.
PS. You’ll also have lots of fun!
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
on Dec. 20, 2010 :
It was the first Essay that grabbed my attention. In fact, it made me angry. Not for long. Soon I understood what made the author tick. Then, his essays spent some weeks on my bedside table, ticking. Some continue to surprise me. Some are just plain joy. “The Stranger,” “Salvation”, “Myth and Reality”, are amazing! If anyone likes diversity, this is the book for you, but most of all, the Essays make you think.
Also, Christmas will have a deeper meaning for me this year.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
Marlon (Marvin) D. Clark
on Dec. 20, 2010 :
Call them Ideas, Thoughts, or Essays… what’s in a name? Reading them enriches my life, broadens my concept of reality, opens my mind. I wouldn’t want to miss a single one. Trust me, they are fun.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)