A general introductory book in which the author denies expertise in Gurdjieff's ideas, claiming only that he is a student. His writing style is engaging, as one would expect from a teller of stories. Shirley reveals an attitude of questioning what one knows or understands, which is itself an essential aspect of his subject matter. He examines how our contemporary situation is illuminated by the teachings of Mr. Gurdjieff.
JOHN SHIRLEY Gurdjieff: An Introduction to His Life and Ideas
TarcherPerigee: New York, 2004. Softcover, 320 pages.