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The Strength in Knowing
By I. Alan Appt
The Truth Beyond our Belief Systems, and a Fresh Path to Finding Love, Peace, Joy Personal and Spiritual Development

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.

Reviewed by Eduardo Aduna. Read the entire review at 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.

Reviewed by Lee Goodin. Read the entire review at: www.forewordreviews.com.

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.

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Nonfiction, philosophy Length: 272 Pages ISBN: 978-0989522403

Publisher: Hartford & Baines Publishers (November 27, 2012)

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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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