Author, Teacher and Spiritual Master Jed McKenna tells it like it's never been told before. A true American original, Jed succeeds where countless others have failed by reducing this highest of attainments — Spiritual Enlightenment — to the simplest of terms.
Effectively demystifying the mystical, Jed astonishes the reader not by adding to the world's collected spiritual wisdom, but by taking the spirituality out of spiritual enlightenment. Never before has this elusive topic been treated in so engaging and accessible a manner.
A masterpiece of illuminative writing, Spiritual Enlightenment is mandatory reading for anyone following a spiritual path. Part exposé and part how-to manual, this is the first book to explain why failure seems to be the rule in the search for enlightenment — and how the rule can be broken.
The truth is that enlightenment is neither remote nor unattainable.
It is closer than your skin and more immediate than your next breath.
If we wonder why so few seem able to find that which can never be lost,
we might recall the child who was looking in the light for a coin he dropped
in the dark because "the light is better over here".
Mankind has spent ages looking in the light for a coin that awaits us not in light and not in dark, but beyond all opposites. That is the message of this book: Spiritual enlightenment, pure and simple.
Absolutely marvelous, splendid, perfect book! May it destroy the ignorance of seeking and plunge the world into real finding, which is now! – Shri Acharya
I have given many copies of Damnedest to friends. This book changed my life. – N. Prescott
It takes a true master to take a topic that has been studied since humans could communicate and describe it in simplicity.– Heather Froeschl BookReview.com
Finally, some sense in the world of Spirituality. Jed McKenna tells it straight. He separates the hype and confusion about enlightenment and tells it like it is. He answers questions and maps out the journey. His logic and plain talk releases one from the shackles of organized religion and fuzzy-wuzzy gurus. He makes the path so clear it make me uncomfortable at times. I am unaccumstomed to such honesty in this arena with no hidden agenda. It's even fun to read with laughs mixed in with the ah-ha's. It's hard to put down. What a relief!. – C. Harris
Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing by author, teacher, and spiritual master Jed McKenna presents the quest for enlightenment in plain, simple, accessible, understandable terms. Brief, almost vignette-style, chapters explore the deeper meaning behind common conundrums of life, as well as the search for meaning and understanding in a complex world. Filled with a deep appreciation for life, thought, and love, and ideal for truth-seeking readers of all education levels and backgrounds,Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing is very highly recommended. – Midwest Book Review
A good teacher gently nudges us towards the right questions and then encourages us to find our own answers. And that's exactly what Jed McKenna does inSpiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing. An engaging, witty, and insightful read that will, no doubt, leave many wondering if they haven't been wasting a lot of precious time. A welcome diversion from the more usual, well-worn paths! – Debbie Ann Brett One Spirit Project
Jed McKenna’s book is a light-hearted and extremely readable jaunt into a serious subject that is filled with wit and wisdom and gentle guidance. That he makes it all seem so painless is a welcome treat. His humor is extremely welcome – and unexpected. Anyone searching for a ‘higher order’ of living would do well to read this book and put everything, including the search for ‘spiritual enlightenment’ in its proper perspective. – Denise M. Clark Denise’s Pieces Book Reviews
Clearly a modern masterpiece that may be the only spiritual book you will ever need. If you are a truth seeker, buy this book. – D. Shamanik
Do books have the capacity to enlighten? Jed McKenna would be the first to deny that assumption. And yet he has written a book that has all the potential to make you believe on the contrary. – Martin Frischknecht, Editor-in-chief SPUREN Magazine, Switzerland
In spite of his laid-back, nice-guy demeanor, McKenna is uncompromising. He will challenge the assumptions of some readers, and he will raise the ire of others, but he will not be easily dismissed. He has written an important book, one of the best I've read about enlightenment. Through wisdom and beauty, as well as candor and humor, it embodies the enlightened teacher and his message. It will set many on the path to awakening. – Dennis L. Trunk, 3rd Millenium Gateway
Jed's straightforward approach takes the mysticism out of Enlightenment and puts it in the hands of everyday western seekers. Written like "a week in the life" of an Enlightened Master, the book doesn't so much teach as it gives you the ground work to search out the answers for yourself. It helps tear away the false illusions of your life and points you in the direction of finding the truth. Mr. McKenna's writing style conveys a wonderful sense of humor, is excellent at building anticipation, delivers with impact, and exhibits his calm compassion for the individuals that have found their way to his "Accidental Ashram" in Iowa. – Alan Stiles, Waking Souls Spiritual Resource Center
Author Jed McKenna may be one of the few truly enlightened individuals on this planet. This delightful, potent and evocative book will take you from believing, to doubt and disillusionment, and back to belief again in a most unexpected way. Millions and millions of dollars have been made selling spiritual enlightenment. Do yourself a favor, make your final purchase of enlightened material and buy this book. It may be the last money you will spend in your pursuit. Bravo Jed McKenna, at last the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help us God! "Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing" is an excellent wake-up call. – Shirley Roe Allbook Reviews
I gave this book 5 Stars because it breaks so much new ground and smashes so many illusions. – Amazon.com Reviewer
There are no words to describe how awesome this book is! – Amazon.com Reviewer