Tipping Sacred Cows: The Uplifting Story of Spilt Milk and Finding Your Own Spiritual Path in a Hectic World

Betsy Chasse. Atria/Beyond Words, $15 trade paper (256p) ISBN 978-1-58270-460-9
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Chasse knocks herself off her own pedestal in this irreverent answer to the 2005 sleeper hit film she co-created, What the Bleep Do We Know?! The spiritual seeker who seemed to have all the answers has come to doubt the neat conclusions that once satisfied. In her distinctively blunt style, Chasse’s self-help offering takes a critical yet entertaining look at the accepted spiritual wisdom, or “sacred cows,” of everything from quantum physics to the law of attraction. Chasse looks these ideas straight in the eye, and concludes that we don’t have to—and shouldn’t—take anything at face value. “We can even interrupt the brain’s process long enough to decide whether or not we want to believe something,” she writes. Chasse’s own reckoning process relies on neuroscience, linguistics, philosophy, popular culture, and her personal experiences; the scattered approach can feel a little manic at times, as we rush from one idea to the next. Her sharp wit and insistence on getting at the truth behind each of her own sacred cows, however, makes this a provocative and engaging read. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 12/09/2013
Release date: 01/21/2014
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