Eckhart Tolle was born in Germany on February 16, 1948. Much of his early childhood is described by him as an unhappy time, where he frequently struggled with depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and the "pain in the energy field of the country" . By the age of 13, with his parents separated, Eckhart moved to Spain to live with his father. As his father did not insist on mandatory attendance of school, Tolle took the opportunity to self-study at home. During this time, he read through several books written by the German mystic Joseph Anton Schneiderfranken, of which, he says, had a deep impact on him.
At 19, Tolle moved to the UK where he spent the next 3 years teaching German and Spanish at a language school in London. By 22, he had made the decision to pursue "the truth", relative to intellect and thinking, and began this search by studying philosophy, psychology and literature at the University of London. After his graduation in 1977, he was given a research position at the University of Cambridge. It was during this time that he had an epiphany: his own personal awakening. After a lifetime of depression and the internal struggle for answers, he had finally been able to find his peace. Of it, he says: "I didn’t know at the time that what really happened was the mind-made self, with its heaviness, its problems, that lives between the unsatisfying past and the fearful future, collapsed. It dissolved. The next morning I woke up and everything was so peaceful. The peace was there because there was no self."  This epiphany is the foundation of the principles of which he's gone on to write about. He then began work as a counselor and spiritual teacher for a few years, before his final move to Vancouver, British Columbia.
Eckhart Tolle published his first book, The Power of Now, in 1997 to generally good reception. It grew steadily by word of mouth, and it had garnered much attention and fame after Oprah Winfrey had recommended it in her magazine. His second book, Stillness Speaks, was published in 2003, and finally, his third and most recent novel "A New Earth" was released in 2005.
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose is packaged as a self-help book. The intention of the author is to provide an alternative perspective of the world, particularly in the face of what is described as the "inherited dysfunction" of our minds. Ultimately, Tolle is developing his own theory of new consciousness and presenting it as the key to 'change' within and without us: "This book's main purpose is not to add new information or beliefs to your mind or to try to convince you of anything, but to bring about a shift in consciousness, that is to say, to awaken... This book is about you. It will change your state of consciousness or it will be meaningless. It can only awaken those who are ready." However, it's really a modern repackaging of old ideas from Eastern spirituality, with his own interpretation and approach.
Much in line with his previous...