"The Strength in Knowing"
New Book Release End of November 2012
Discover the Essence of Life
The Strength in Knowing is a powerful and personal narrative of one’s journey to achieve true happiness and near ultimate awareness. Appt’s life experiences are interpreted to reveal a fresh and essential path to a heightened understanding of beliefs, love, peace, and joy, as well as personal and spiritual development. His book is very different from others in this genre. It is his quest to teach by example, and to enable others to gain a better understanding of their life, purpose, and meaning. The author outlines an explicit path for understanding, and for the opportunity to realize a higher consciousness through focused meditation and a self-observing mind. Appt believes his profound, practical, yet simple teachings will interest and enrich many lives by granting the peace and fulfillment that are fundamental to our reality. His book offers the reader something essential—a practical, yet precise understanding of life as a guide to realizing true happiness.
About the Author
I. Alan Appt currently resides in the Midwest of the USA. He lives with Pam, his beautiful wife; Murphy, the very lovable cat; and Dolly, the vocal yellow-naped Amazon parrot. He has an adult daughter and son, as well as a grandchild.
Appt’s childhood involved much philosophical thinking that has enabled a heightened, self-observing consciousness throughout his life. His book conveys his awareness, gentle demeanor, sensitivity, and deep insights.
After and education at the Academy of Human Universal Energy and Spirituality (HUESA), under the guidance of Master Luong Minh Dang, Appt became a teacher and a Master of Universal Energy. Over the past two decades, he has taught and practiced intense meditation daily. He has extensively studied kinesiology, a muscle-testing technique for determining truth. Appt, is a retired United States Coast Guard licensed Captain who owned and operated a sailing charter business for six years on the west coast of Florida. He is also an accomplished Impressionistic artist painting in oils with the sole use of palette knives. Appt is currently a spiritual counselor, motivational speaker, and an ordained interfaith minister.
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“The Strength in Knowing is a heartfelt depiction of one man's journey to spiritual enlightenment and self-discovery. This book will be a wonderful read for those who are beginning to search for more meaning, love and direction in their lives. The author suggests several valuable and realistically attainable ways to begin one's path to a more fulfilling, joyful and G-d-centered journey on the physical plane.”
Thomas Lipsitz, PhD
Clinical Psychology, Saint Louis Missouri
"The Strength in Knowing is truly inspirational reading, enriching and thought provoking. The world would be a dramatically better place if even a few of us would be guided by its powerful ideas. The busier you are, the more revelations you will find."
Anthony S. Shen, M.D.
Missouri Baptist Medical Center
“When your thinking is unlimited, so is your potential. Appt, and his new awareness, is a true emergence and unveiling where he explores and identifies the specific skills you need to make your potential for success explode into results.”
Nadim Nasrallah, M.S. D.C. M.A.
Saint Louis Missouri
Reviewed by Eduardo Aduna for Readers' Favorite
"The Strength in Knowing" by Alan Appt is an innovative and inspirational self-realization/help book which is based on his hindsight into his own personal life experiences. This refreshingly new take on all of the things that we allow to emotionally and intellectually plague us shows readers how to utilize their negative experiences to ...discover what is true. It helps readers discern what we want the most and then illustrates steps that can make those things a reality. The author shows us that fulfillment is not impossible to achieve and that happiness is not some unattainable goal as long as we do not stand in our own way, or allow others to do so.
This book was one amazing read! It holds the potential to be the remedy to all of the negative feelings that have been piling up inside the reader due to the stresses of daily life that we all occasionally succumb to. Every one who has had moments in their lives where everything just seems to go awry can find solace in Alan Appt's book. The fact that maybe it was my own actions and reaction to emotions that were causing all the negativity in my life was an eye opener. Appt has renewed my faith in the universe’s potential (as well as my own) and opened my eyes to many of the things that I have been too preoccupied to see for quite some time. It is a very thought provoking, very intellectually stimulating, and very emotionally moving book.
Foreword Clarion Review
The Strength in Knowing
The Truth Beyond Belief Systems and a Fresh Path in Finding Love, Peace, and Joy
What is life all about? This author teaches through more questions and easily understood lessons that encourage higher consciousness.
When I. Alan Appt was a child, he wrote a Hamlet-like, existential poem called “To Be” to express his feelings about the meaning of life and his place in the universe: “To be for me to be is to be. / And to be is being and being / Is to be. Therefore so shall I be.” Later, in his teens and twenties, Appt felt unbearable angst, trying to discover the meaning of life by reading books about existentialism. Once he surrendered his uncertainty and placed it in “God’s hands,” his quest for meaning became easier. A straightforward, easy-to-comprehend, and honest account that comfortably combines science and mysticism, The Strength in Knowing is a culmination of his findings about the meaning of existence.
Each section covers different topics, like love, energy, time, the meaning of spirituality, how to meditate, and different techniques of meditation (silent meditation, meditation that uses mantras and kirtan). “Kirtan practice involves chanting hymns or mantras to the accompaniment of instruments…One of the oldest sacred music traditions on the planet, the kirtan call-and-response chanting method comes to us from India,” he writes. Kirtan is used to bring about energy that assists in producing a “quiet mind,” which is vital in meditation.
The author addresses the purpose of existence and devotes an entire section to why bad things happen to good people and children. In this section, Appt raises many questions. Can a concept like goodness be defined, understood, or appreciated without the concept of evil? Do negative thoughts or negative acts cause more negative thoughts and acts? Can negative vibrations be absorbed by a child in utero, affecting its health, perhaps giving it cancer? His answers to such question are only more questions. It comes down to the subjectivity of what one perceives and believes.
Free of pretense, the author doesn’t set himself apart from his readers like an exploitive guru on a mountaintop. Instead, he teaches through easily understood lessons from his life experience, such as his personal observations and participation in an alternative form of kinesiology that finds truth through muscle testing. He also instructs using religious tenets and philosophical disciplines borrowed from various cultures, studying and modifying them and adding his own ideas.
He uses quotes from intellectuals like Ralph Waldo Emerson and alludes to pop culture, including movie references, to help make a point. For example, he explains that a quote from The International was gleaned from the following quote by French writer, Jean La Fontaine: “A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.” To Appt, this quote explains how his book contains his thoughts on existentialism, a topic he tried to stay away from for over four decades.
The Strength in Knowing is similar to Dan Millman’s The Way of the Peaceful Warrior and Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking. Appt proposes there is a truth beyond belief systems. However, the effectiveness and relevance of his book and others like it lies in the individual belief system of the reader. Appt is a teacher, spiritual counselor, motivational speaker, and ordained interfaith minister. His secular background and deep forays into spirituality and philosophy have helped him reach for a higher consciousness. He finds meaning and peace from within himself and can still be at peace and function in the “normal” world.” We could learn by his example.
July 25, 2013
Faith is the turning of the body, mind and spirit to G-d in an intimate way. Faith is an act of communing with G-d that most commonly takes the form of adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication or petition. I Alan Appt, in his new book, will teach you how to think in a way that will keep you ahead in these turbulent times and create exciting opportunities and possibilities. Appt in his book, “The Strength in Knowing”, will take you places you’ve never been before; you have to think in ways you’ve never thought before. This book will teach you how to do just that.
Awareness is also a process of orienting ourselves towards G-d in a way that both reverences the almighty power and goodness, but also habituates us to look to G-d, but more so to look within ourselves for everything. I Alan Appt’s life experience is manifested in his writings and will show you that you cannot change your life until you change something you do daily. When your thinking is unlimited, so is your potential. Appt, and his new awareness, is a true revelation where he explores and identifies the specific skills you need to make your potential for success explode into results.
The contents of this book consist in the fruit of Appt’s many years of life experience high and low. The material therein is aimed to be of help to the people of today preparing them not only for the difficult times that may lie ahead, but also for the era of peace of mind and peace of heart in finding ourself. This book assists the reader step by step to make the journey from the head to the heart in exploring and analyzing yourself to enable a better tomorrow and enjoy the real fullness of life. Unless a person strives to go counter culture, it is impossible to experience such a change until you battle against yourself. In reading the various sections of this book, try to keep the “faith” since faith is often birthed out of difficulties, allow ourself to explore faith if you are experiencing difficulties. This book can help you approach life after good or bad times with a completely new perspective. The truth and power rings deep in every sentence of this book. Appt’s book leads the way to find our best and highest place within our self, with the hope and intent to a true transformation, this is an exceptional book with promise to make a positive difference in our lives.
Alan’s life experience and writing in this book will engage you and demonstrate to you how people can live with integrity using our self awareness and our beliefs as guidelines regardless of religion, culture, or circumstance.
Nadim Nasrallah M.S. D.C. M.A.
St. Louis, MO
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