Oprah has chosen Eckhart Tolle’s 2005 self-help guide, A New Earth, as her latest book club selection. Oprah made the announcement today on her talk show, which also featured novelist Ken Follett, author of her previous book club pick, The Pillars of the Earth.
"Being able to share this material with you is a gift and a part of the fulfillment of my life's purpose," Oprah said on the show. "It was an awakening for me that I want for you, too."
She's so dedicated to the cause that she's going to co-host, with Tolle, a series of live, interactive classroom discussions via the Internet. Each discussion in the free, 10-week program (March 3-May 5) will focus on a specific chapter theme. (To pre-register for the class, click here.)
According to a press release issued by Harpo Productions ...
"A New Earth encourages a collective sense of commitment to changing the way we live for people who want to make a difference. With the knowledge that we live in a time desperate for global change, renowned spiritual teacher Tolle's book answers the question: What can one person do to enact that change? With clarity and in practical terms, he gently leads readers to a new level of consciousness, awakening them to their lives' purpose and inviting them to envision a new earth where peace and fellowship are the norm."
Tolle is a native of Germany who now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. According to his Web site, he advocates ‘‘transcending our ego-based state of consciousness’’ as a ‘‘prerequisite not only for personal happiness but also for the ending of violent conflict endemic on our planet.’’
No wonder Oprah likes him. He speaks to her spiritual being, which informs much of what she does these days. Whether or not you're on the same page with Oprah you can't deny the power of her Book Club, which will likely catapult Tolle's book up the charts like all her other selections, including another of Oprah's favorite self-help books, Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret, which was not a Book Club selection but became a publishing phenomenon after Oprah featured it on more than one show.
Oprah has previously endorsed another of Tolle’s books, citing The Power of Now on her Web site as among her "Favorite Books."