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Gudjon Bergmann has written more than 20 books since 2001. Below you will find a sample of reviews about several of the books he has published in English. The reviews will give you insight into his writing style and approach.
"Rev. Gudjon has done an incredible job of building a bridge between every belief system and wisdom tradition. In this short, concise, and powerful book he has identified the common ground we all share."
Dr. Rev. B. James
"The beauty of “Experifaith” is its simplicity, clarity and practicality. The Experifaith model is a practical tool for personal use that can also be leveraged as a tool for interfaith dialogue."
"Whether you are a formally practicing church-goer or a whether you see yourself as “spiritual but not religious,” this brief little book can be a valuable tool to help you understand not only the values and approaches of others, but also provide ways to assess, clarify, and affirm your own."
Lawrence L. Schwartz
"An awesome resource for people who are passionate about inter-faith dialogue."
"For anyone interested in Yoga philosophy this is a great read. The story is set at an ashram in Florida. I felt like I was part of the Yoga Teacher Training program (at a fraction of the cost). Gudjon manages to weave in wonderful information about the essence of traditional yoga, and the conflicts between those traditions and the westernized version of Yoga that most of us are familiar with. Gudjon has a talent for distilling the very core of a complex philosophy and conveying it in simple terms that are easily absorbed. Everything about this novel rings true, from the dialogue to the characters and their interactions, to structure of a teacher training program, to the setting. This story is especially meaningful those of us living in the West who feel ourselves drawn to the eastern philosophies."
"Premature Holiness by Gudjon Bergmann is a wild and enticing journey that teaches and at times, downright preaches! Seen essentially through the eyes of the main character, B.J. or the “Guy from Iceland,” the reader learns perhaps more than he bargained for about yoga’s “deeper” meanings and “that which doesn’t change” in the oft spoken phrase by the Gurudev, who ultimately is found out to be quite “unholy" despite all his protestations that would indicate the opposite.” Set in a rustic retreat center in sultry South Florida, some very interesting and diverse characters come together to sit at the feet of the Master Teacher. There’s sex and drugs and the Standing Dog all in one hot and humid place in this well-written and very unique fictional work by another guy from Iceland, Mr. Bergmann. Through a host of challenges that befall the trainees and ultimately the Guru and his inner circle, the author does an exceptional job in developing the characters, providing insight and pathos in the context of the “Training.” I highly recommend Premature Holiness. Just a few pages in and you’re hooked and at the end - ever more convinced of the wisdom in not throwing rocks if you live in glass houses or for that matter, a glass yoga teaching center! Enjoy."
Rev. Steven Bolen
"I really enjoyed this book, and I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. I had thought it was essentially a novel, with some yoga content, only to find that not only was it a great storyline with surprising character interactions, but very informational at the same time. Now, with books, this tends to be tricky - I lose interest when things become too technical or educational (I mainly read for entertainment these days) as I do not have enough time to properly immerse myself in a topic for learning. This story however, actually manages to teach you a whole lot about yoga while still keeping you excited about the plot. Having spent summers in South Florida I must say that the author really captures the oppressive heat and humidity of the season delightfully, and I for one am now very curious about visiting an ashram!"
"I enjoyed this book. It kept me engaged and made me feel like I was there with the characters. Well written, with some surprises at the end. A good, easy read. This would be a great beach read, not too long and just the right amount of emotional engagement to make it fun without a lot of drama. I'm interested in reading more from Mr. Bergmann."
"If you have been meditating a while or just starting out, Bergmann's contemporary twist on the search for meaning in life offers a great read. Rather than a quick read, this story should be savored in small segments so the subtle "flavors" of wisdom can come out. Like meditation, the story appears simple at first but the complexity unfolds in layers when the mind has been able to contemplate some of the deeper ideas. Robert Davis, an Austin-based part-time therapist/full-time stay-at-home dad/recovering alcoholic/husband/meditator takes us on his inner journey to equilibrium. He has been thrown off-balance by an interesting event that makes him question the foundation of what he believes. This is not a mid-life crisis as much as it is an awakening that can only arise from a dark-night-of-the-soul experience. Davis's vulnerability gives the reader an opportunity to explore his own journey from a non-judgmental, inquisitive perspective, and be present with the questions, rather than forcing the answers."
"So much more to this book than meditation, psychiatry and suicide! Though that is the basis of the story, what I enjoyed and appreciated most about this book is how the author weaves in life's big questions throughout his tale. He explores traditional gender roles, religion and spirituality, the importance of community and even captures modern day culture in a way that makes this book so entertaining and thought-provoking. There were times when I underestimated where the author was taking us, thinking this might just be another run of the mill mystery, but I was pleasantly surprised by the end. I walked away from this book with two thoughts: 1. When is the sequel coming?? and 2. A meaningful life is a continual process, not something that just happens around you. Thank you for the great story, Mr. Bergmann!"
Jessica J. Nelson
"This is a page turner. There is suspense, strong character development, and completely unexpected events. Bergmann delves effectively into a subject matter that takes deep understanding of topics related to meditation and human behavior, and leaves the reader craving more. I was under the impression that the author (Gudjon Bergmann) was a seasoned novelist but discovered this is his first novel. I look very forward to his future work."
"When you first read the title of this book, you may think "How can someone who is a long-time meditator try to kill himself?" Unpacking this paradox is precisely what this book is about, plus a whole lot more. The book is much more than a mystery; it also includes information about meditation and mindfulness, spirituality, relationships, consciousness studies..., all illuminated through the day-to-day struggles of ordinary people. What I appreciate about this book, Bergman's debut novel, is that he leverages his 15+ years experience as a nonfiction writer. In so doing, he is able to offer the reader helpful information about many subjects while successfully maintaining the mystery framework. To anyone wanting to learn more about yourself and the world around you, I highly recommend this book. You might just begin to discover a new perspective on what's really real."
"I absolutely loved the knowledge that this book brought me, so much information was handed to me that I learned more about myself and that I wanted to continue to learn about meditating and being spiritual. It gave me a new perspective about life and things that I should focus on. This is a mystery that had me keep reading, while I was at work I just kept thinking about it."
"I was very impressed with this book. It answered a whole lot of spiritual questions for me, sometimes with a touch of humor. There were several difficult issues in the book as well, which many people could relate to as having experienced in their own lives. A very engaging story that kept me wanting to read more. The ending was quite abrupt, but it was well suited."
"As a long time dabbler in meditation, this book was very helpful. Instead of a totally spiritual take on the process, Gudjon approaches meditation from a more secular standpoint. The book explores the motivations you can apply to boost your practice. Once I sorted my motivations, I found I could give up the struggle of finding time for meditation and make it more of a priority in my life. This was the most important thing I got from the book. He breaks down the process into relaxation and concentration exercises. I've read other meditation books which try to get you to do everything at once, Gudjon's separation into two the steps helped me focus on what is relevant at the time I am practicing. I combined some of the exercises to create my own way which worked quicker for me."
"This was a great read, insightful and easy steps to meditation and relaxation. by following the steps in the book and thinking about the fundamental idea of mediation has made it very easy for me to gain great value from this read. this i love, "The moments of peace in between the mental practices are meditation" Love that!!!"
"Gudjon's style is very easy to read and apply. A book you can read in one sitting and return to review the simple techniques he teaches in his workshops. I will be giving this as a gift to friends and family and it will be used as a way to incorporate meditation for my wife's work clients. Concise and concrete ways to get started on your meditation habit today."
"As someone who is religious, I was slightly skeptical when I began. However, I approached the book with an open mind, looking forward to being "challenged," as promised by the introduction. I'm so glad I didn't immediately dismiss this, because I learned and agreed with a lot of Bergmann says. He does a really excellent job at presenting things rationally (which you'd expect from the title), whether it's an outline of different belief systems, postmodernism, or practical steps. Bergmann is, above all, rational, but acknowledges that human rationality can be transcended. As for the book itself, it could very easily have become some sort of anti-religious rant, but it's well-written and -organized."
"This was an interesting book. At first I was a little hesitant about reading this book. I will admit after finishing this book I was quite happy to have given this book a chance. It was a quick read and the book is short. I found some things I agreed with and some things I didn't agree with. I would recommend this book if your looking for something new or different. Also, to read this book with an open mind."
“This is a groundbreaking book that can help you and your organizations achieve peak performance! Instead of casting all stress in a negative light, it shows how stress can be a catalyst for growth. As a former Division One tennis coach I know firsthand that it is impossible to build strength mentally, emotionally, or physically without embracing stress.”
“Truly a great resource for anyone who wants to live a fuller life with more satisfaction. Stress is a natural part of life and Gudjon shows you how to manage it with practical approaches and a comprehensive framework to be successful. I recommend this book to all my clients who experience stress that impacts their sleep.”
Dr. Bruce Meleski
“Gudjon Bergmann’s book is the most thoughtful, logical guide I’ve ever seen about managing stress. Chock full of practical, “use it right away” wisdom, this book will help you understand the nature and causes of stress, distinguish between harmful and beneficial stress, and develop habits to manage and use stress to your advantage. And the best part – you won’t need an interpreter to grasp this – it’s presented in easy to follow, everyday conversational language!”
"This is a great way to get moving with "that book that I'm gonna' write someday"............NOW! Although a quick read, Gudjon's book is deceptively powerful in getting your "inner author" awakened and your mind organized and ready to write!"
This book is a great one for helping you conceptualize and organize the creation of your book.
James E. Pricer
"If you have a non-fiction book you've been thinking about writing, but wasn't sure where to start? I can recommend you start with this book. The book was created from the course Gudjon Bergmann teaches, and used himself, so it contains proven steps to follow. The steps allow you to pick-up and put-down your project without losing your train of thought, great if you are writing part-time. Bergmann begins his process with a series of fun and insightful questions and answers. From there his step by step guide moves you along to completion. I'm now finishing up my first full-length book draft thanks to Bergmann's process; it's taken about 6 months working part-time. I've studied writing, and I've read lots of "How to Write" books, but none of them got me writing at once, or helped me toward the finish line like this one has. Easy to read and follow, the book offers a flexible process that makes it a good guide for other types of writing as well."
"This book is a distillation of well over a decade of his own direct experience as a publisher, many-times published author, as well as a compassionate companion of many in their own writing quest. He knows and provides support for all the struggles, the uphills as well as how you can determine (logically and definitively) your own timeliness choices when you seek the means to "just get it done!" I knew Gudjon's approach was the right one for me when early-on his recommendation was: "Don't try to write THE book. Write A book - and write it now. You know enough, you have experienced enough." This philosophy is threaded all through The Author's Blueprint -- and if you take it seriously and follow his guidelines, it really will support your success at every step to completion."
"I almost never buy self-help books, but I've heard so many good things about Gudjon that I decided to read his book. I have glanced at it now and then, and the fact that you can open it anywhere, just to get some good advice while waiting at the doctor's office, or sitting in the back seat of a car, is a benefit for someone like me. Lots of good advice: how to make life better, be focused, say no, prioritize, etc. that I will keep. As I'm a teacher, I see valuable things that I can use to make my students more dedicated to their studies. Although I have finished the book, I do, and I will, dip into it again to refresh my memory."
"The discipline of Yoga is something that will stay strong throughout human history. "Living in the Spirit of Yoga: Taking Yoga Off the Mat and Into Everyday Life" is a guide for practicing yoga and applying its principles and values to what one will face in day to day life. With plenty of thought empathy, and knowledge, "Living in the Spirit of Yoga" gives readers a thorough and thoughtful treatise on the value of Yoga."
“Bravo! The book is a beautiful compilation of many facets of a full and harmonious life.”
Susan Jeffers Ph.D. Author of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway and Life is Huge!
"Clearly written and easily accessible. This book provides a map for developing human happiness and covers a range of subjects, including love, spiritual awareness and money. Practical advice and tips are also provided to help you understand your emotional conflicts and resolve them."
Yoga Magazine United Kingdom
Icelandic writer, yoga teacher and inspirational speaker Gudjon Bergmann presents The Seven Human Needs: A Practical Guide to Finding Harmony and Balance in Everyday Life, a self-help guide to cultivating creativity, spirituality, and fulfillment. Chapters discuss the human needs for security, excitement, individual strength, relationships, expression, wisdom, and spirituality, and how to balance conflict between the needs (such as the obvious contradiction between the needs for security and excitement). An encouraging, practical, and viable guide to better understanding oneself and what one requires from a healthy and happy life. "You must learn to love your true Self, your divine nature and your essence, not your mere ego or animalistic tendencies (instead, their acts must be forgiven and disciplined). This kind of Self love will translate into a love emanating from you to all other beings. Contemplate this thought: Love is the gentle balance between always wanting to grow and expand and realizing that you are perfect just the way you are."
Midwest Book Review
"This book talks about the seven needs that need to be fulfilled in order to have a happy balanced life. All these needs are interrelated and have a great impact on our life. The needs are : 1. Security: which is physical security or financial security. 2. Excitement and creativity : Which is variety, because dull life sucks ! have fun and be childlike; there is a difference between childish and childlike ! 3. Individual strength: "low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on" 4. Love and relationships: love is the glue that sticks people together . There are different type of love: romantic, ethnic; and unconditional love. Learn how to love yourself and forgive. 5. Contribution: we all love that feeling when we see a kid doing what we have taught him ! its the contribution joy inside us. being a giver is a win/win situation. you make people happy and satisfy your contribution need. 6. Wisdom and Growth : wisdom is not knowledge. knowledge is not a power. because to know is something , and practicing and taking action is something else. Learn something that yo can apply. wisdom can be defined as the coupling of knowledge and experience, and in return, that can lead to growth. 7. Spirituality: you don't need a religion to be spiritual. its your inner peace that you need. The simple approach to Spirituality is meditation. I really recommend reading this book. It gives you the chance to know yourself and the others."