"The ideal of becoming authentic has been used in misleading or superficial ways by many over the years. Hanns-Oskar Porr's book offers the deepest and most viable conception of the authentic life I have ever seen. The Steps of Essence is clearly the product of extensive careful thought and practical experience. It has the potential to be enlightening and enriching to a very wide audience."
-- Dr. Charles Guignon, Professor of Philosophy, University of South Florida, author of On Being Authentic, Heidegger and the Problem of Knowledge, and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Heidegger.
"An extraordinary book! You end up savoring every morsel and celebrate each discovery. Merging philosophy, psychology, mythology, career design, and even method acting, this text has great depth and a sound basis -- finally, here is sustenance . Unlike other Limited works, Hanns-Oskar Porr has captured the essence of feeling alright about yourself, and guides the reader through a grand journey of discovery! I have seen my own clients grow and become enlightened by the concepts and illustrations outlined in The Steps of Essence."
--Kurt M. Hadrika, M.S., L.M.F.T., L.M.H.C.
"From Aristotle to Zen, this book draws on history's greatest thinkers in a breathtaking array of fields to synthesize a grounded, systematic approach to self-actualization and maximization of your potential. For those who quest to plan and map their future, but who are blocked by the perception that is a huge, overwhelming task, the author leads us on a step-by-step journey to break the task into parts, create structure and develop concrete steps to realize a personalized, unique and meaningful path to fulfillment.
In the great tradition of Flow, you will learn to muster perceptions, emotions, choices, sensations, actions, goal-tracking, path adjustments, visualization, thinking out of the box and development of a brain trust to create a map for your personal growth and "finding your bliss".
Along the way, The Steps to Essence guides us to weave our own personal meaning with wisdom and perspective from the fields of acting, architecture, biology, Buddhism, chemistry, Christianity, cosmology, etymology, history, literature, magic, movie making, myth, neurology/neurobiology, painting, philosophy, physics, project management, psychology, systems analysis, and weaving.
This amazing book is not a solution for neurosis, but a map to personal growth. In the end, if you take this journey, east meets west, and you meet your-SELF."
--Karen Dunbar, Ph.D. Psychology,
"Hanns-Oskar Porr, a man who lives his values, has written a book of more than powerful impact. His multidisciplinary approach to the eternal quest to live an authentic life is a tour de force and the world will be a better place for his contribution. As a psychologist who has 33 years of helping people reinvent themselves, I can attest not only to the value of Hanns' approach but he has taught me much in the process. His depth and intellect will be of invaluable help to those on the journey for an impassioned life."
--Brian A. Schwarz, Ph.D., Career Management Consultant, founder of CareerDNA LLC and managing partner of The Talent Management Team LLC
"You will go on an amazing adventure of self-discovery, and delight in finding and creating your authentic self."
--Nicola Carr, UKRCP Registered Independent Counselor (United Kingdom)
"Do you know how to be happy? It seems simple, but research has shown that humans are notoriously bad at predicting what will provide gratification in the long term. As a successful professional, I had accomplished what thought I wanted in life, but found myself hungry for something more sustaining than career goals. Experiencing this compelling book –-with the interactive exercises, it isn’t simply 'reading'–- helped me uncover key themes in my life that were masked by things I thought 'should' be important. In the end, The Steps to Essence helped me distill my own beliefs and values into the threads of essence that are fundamental to me, and create a personal roadmap for a more satisfying journey through life.
What can reading this book do? It can help you move past 'coping' with life to spontaneous enjoyment and acceptance of oneself and others."
--Mary Ann P., a reader
"I was quite impressed with The Steps to Essence... It extends Joseph Campbell's hero model to be used as a means for personal growth. ... The exercises are gradual enough that there was a distinct flow in an otherwise very difficult process."
--TCM Reviews, read full review on TCM's site
"Before you can be true to others, you need to be true to yourself. 'The Steps of Essence: How to Live Life Well & Authentically' is a self-help guide for those who want to attain better living by gaining a better understanding of oneself. Author Hanns-Oskar Porr encourages readers to learn to understand themselves and gain a greater understanding of life through themselves. Drawing on some metaphysical elements such as one's own personal essence and vision, he provides much sound advice for getting one's life on the track they truly want. 'The Steps of Essence' is a worthwhile investment for spirituality and self-help readers."
--Midwest Book Review
"Do you feel estranged from your purpose in life? This book can put you back on track. Hanns-Oskar Porr does a wonderful job in setting you on your life's journey. Not only does he impart wisdom through his comprehensive research but shows you how to ACT upon what you learn about yourself to be authentic; the true road to happiness."
--Ileana Weichselgartner, Psychologist