I never believed I would be advertising a book on my website!
But, sure enough, here it is, my very first published piece of work.
Published by AmazonKDP and available on Amazon.co.uk from 16th March, 2020.
And now there is a sequel, “The Amazing Sequel”, released in April, 2022.
“AMAZING-A VOYAGE OF SELF DISCOVERY”
COMMENTS AND REVIEWS
“On a personal level, I absolutely loved the book. Each of the chapters fit so succinctly together and provide a really thought provoking view to reflect upon our thinking/world view. I found it an incredibly ‘grounding’ experience to read and reflect; I loved the conversational tone which was inviting and accessible.
With a professional mindset, I could really see the concepts and metaphors being really useful for young people in the form of assemblies or as a weekly supportive intervention for young people who struggle with their mental health. As you so accurately share, the modern world is so hectic and ‘busy’ and I feel, personally, that young people have an awful lot to navigate.
The concepts (in particular ‘Zeros’, ‘the pond’ and ‘genius at the crossroads’) could be so useful, supportive and reassuring to young people who are trying to navigate so many different aspects. At our school, I run a weekly support group for young people who experience anxiety relating to the school setting and exams – I can see lots of the concepts in your book being excellent analogies to use to support their understanding of their feelings and emotions.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and loved that you can ‘dip in and out’ of the text. I found some chapters I needed a long time to think and reflect afterwards (for example the ‘walking with Phil’ chapter – I love the description of Krk, it’s such a gorgeous part of the world!)”..Jo G.
“Ged Roberts’ book “Amazing“, is simply put …amazing to read! I enjoyed going through every section of the book and could relate to all parts. It reminds us to just take a moment and think about ourselves, our uniqueness, our state of mind and spirit. It is not so often that we have time to just reflect on our inner state of mind. With his unique approach, Ged reminds us to just stop for a second and reflect on what’s in our mind, clear it and be grateful for what we already have. I would recommend this book to every person, just give it a try and start an incredible journey with Ged and his Amazing Group“…..Borka Hajdin.
“Like all good teachers Ged takes us on a journey of self-discovery, from the known to the lesser known and the unknown. It’s a path of exploration dotted with familiar landmarks and new discoveries and surprises. We are led through a series of themes to question our preconceptions and opinions. Throughout, our attention is stimulated by short, punchy chapters before returning to he comfort of the familiar.”…….Clare.
“I have to say an excellent read , thought provoking, insightful and throughly enjoyable. I can see this won’t be your last book”……Andy Creese
”If I’m honest, at first it brought back memories long forgotten…and then I read the book again. This time I thought about how my journey has made me the person I am today..finding a certain contentment this time..Where I was quick to form an opinion of others I now smile to myself and ask if I’m being quick to judge…Thankyou, Ged, it’s a journey of discovery and so easy to actually understand!…Anon..
“Truly amazing read! Can’t put it down.” …Jacquie Dando
“Amazing is a great read!It really gets you thinking how our thought process affects our day to day lives in the way we “think” and act. Our minds are very powerful and in our busy world, it’s great to stop, stand back, read and reflect.” …..Valerie Giles
“Just wanted to drop you a note to say how much I have enjoyed reading your book. It resonates so well with what we have believed in at school and how much we were doing to help children, parents and staff. We did a lot of work on growth mindset and implemented ‘Thrive’ work with the children which was hugely beneficial for those ‘hard to reach’ children.I particularly like the idea of the pond and stillness and really enjoy looking at our fish pond when the fish are still and soaking up the sun. My gift to school when I left was a fish tank , as the children when upset would often soon recover when watching the fish in a display water tank in my office….” … Carol Newton
And on Amazon itself…..
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 April 2020. “I liked very much that the book brought together many traditional ideas known to me, particularly some Buddhist teachings about Mind &Perception.
Ged presents them in a very easy-to-follow, relatable format by creating an ‘AmazingGroup’, which discusses these ideas in a relaxed and informal way.
I can highly recommend it as a very enjoyable as well as very thought-provoking read!”
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 April 2020. “With books of this type some people would have previously read or heard a few of the details that are explained.
That said this book is ESSENTIAL READING.
The chapters are thoroughly easy to read and shall further expand on the knowledge you already have or allow you to take away more than one chapter and better yourself.”
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 April 2020. “Amazing is a very enjoyable read taking you on a journey of how you would think and react in the different scenarios that Ged conjures up in the Amazing group. Along the way you’ll discover many interesting things about how you view yourself and others in a thought provoking series of themes and stories.
Absolutely worth a read.”
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 April 2020 “So interesting and I would certainly recommend this book .
Easy reading and very compelling, covers every aspect of one lives .
I’ve even reread certain chapters .
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 April 2020 “Insightful and inspiring. A refreshingly honest approach that is entertaining to read and thought provoking at the same time. Inspired me to research the Three Principles and really glad I have. Thoroughly recommend.”
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 April 2020. “An interesting book, that took me on a journey of thought that I had never really considered before.
Well written and easy to understand.
An excellent read.”
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 April 2020 “This really is an amazing read. The book is divided in to themes and each theme encourages the reader to challenge their perceptions and look at their experience with fresh eyes.
The book is well written, easy to read and will stay with you long after you turn the last page.”
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 April 2020. “Thought provoking. I enjoyed this book, it sent me on a voyage of self analysis & discovery, definitely worth a read.”
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 May 2020
GED ROBERTS “AMAZING GROUP”.
THE “AMAZING GROUP” FIRST VIRTUAL MEETING TOOK PLACE TODAY , SUNDAY 3rd MAY, 2020, at 16:00.
MY SINCERE THANKS TO MY FIRST “GUESTS” ….Andy King, Mark Crossland, and Keith Woollard.
Plenty of smiles, laughter and lovely conversation. Thanks to each and every one of you for making this Inaugural AmazingGroup Session so memorable!
We’ll meet again……
And we did…Friday 8th May at 13:00.
AMAZING GROUP MEETING 2.
Andy and Mark were joined this time by Ian, and we chatted for a good hour and a half! Here is the link to our conversation. If you need the password to access the recording, I will give it to you upon request by email.
Enjoy…the recording shows us individually as we speak, but “ Live” the screen shows us all at the same time.
If you’d like to join the group, please let me know, and I will give you the times of the meetings.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT NO MEETINGS WILL BE RECORDED. THIS RECORDING IS A ONE-OFF TO GIVE YOU A TASTER OF HOW THE MEETINGS ARE.
In the meantime…
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HOW IT ALL STARTED…..
The inspiration for the book came from my study of the “Three Principles”, and my attending the 3P Conference at the Allianz Arena, Hendon, London, in June 2019.
Here are some of the wonderful people I met at the Conference.
Rabbi Shaul Rosenblatt
Rabbi Shaul Rosenblatt grew up in Liverpool. He studied for his Rabbinic Ordination at Aish Hatorah Yeshiva in Jerusalem where he met his late wife Elana, who passed away in 2001 after a long struggle with cancer. They had four children together and Shaun has a further four with his wife Chana, whom he married in 2003. Shaul and Chana are now blessed with three grandchildren. Shaul has written a book, “Why Bad Things Don’t Happen to Good People”, dealing with the issue, from a Jewish perspective, of going through challenging times with grace. Shaul founded Aish UK in 1993 and Tirunelveli in 2006. He came across the “Three Principles” in 2004, and started teaching them immediately, following Syd Banks’ dictum of “teach what you know”. He has recently founded the Rabbinical Training Academy, which aims to train a next generation of Rabbis as humble role models and leaders. Along with Terry Rubinstein, he founded the Life 2.0 Conference in 2010, and has been passionately committed to it ever since.
With a first in Anthropology, Aaron pursued an academic career, getting his masters and PhD from Brunel where he worked as a tease archer and faculty member. Obsessed with what actually drove patterns of human behavior, he stumbled on his Uncle and Aunt’s work. It seemed to be based on a truly transformative insight into human functioning. This drew Aaron to study with them and their colleagues and then work with them for 10 years. Aaron ran the practice for a number of years with a particular interest in applying their discoveries to organizational and business issues. In every area where it was applied, it brought significant and surprising impact. Using the same foundations Aaron has worked with individual and couples counseling, leadership development, sales training, effective communication, education, and mediation. Aaron founded One Thought to bring an appreciation of this transformative understanding to the mainstream. He is a published author and international speaker.
Michael is an internationally renowned transformative coach and author of the best -selling books “ The Inside Out Revolution” and “The Space Within”. He has spent over 25 years as a coach, adviser, friend, mentor and creative spark plug to celebrities, CEOs, royalty, and people who want to get more out of themselves and their lives. He has a wonderful podcast series called “ Caffeine for the Soul”. His weekly show “ Living from the Inside Out” has been a listener favourite on Hay House Radio for over a decade, and his TED talk “Why aren’t we awesomer?” has been viewed by over 170,000 people around the world.
Dr. Bill Pettit
Bill Pettit has shared the “ Three Principles” within his psychiatric practice for more than 35 years. Bill was mentored personally for over 26 years by Sydney Banks, and his direct experience with Syds teaching closely informs his work. His most recent speaking and coaching work has focussed on overcoming trauma, and the understanding that there is just one cause, and one cure, for mental illness. Bill is board-certified in psychiatry and holds an MD from University of Illinois College of Medicine, and a BA from Creighton University, and has been previously board-certified in mind-body medicine, and twice certified in addiction medicine. Since 1983 Dr. Pettit has been a student and sharer oof the “Three Principles”, presenting at many national and international programmes and conferences, and consulting clients, individuals and organizations both locally and abroad. Bill and his wife Linda now live in Phoenix, Arizona, where Bill continues to practice psychiatry two mornings a week, and devoting the rest of his time and energy sharing the “Three Principles” through as many avenues as possible.
Jack Pransky Ph.D is Director of the ‘Centre for Inside Out Understanding’. He has authored numerous books about the “Three Principles”. Dr. Pransky has worked in the field of prevention since 1968 in a wide variety of capacities and with the “Three Principles” since 1991. He is an international trainer of trainers in the “Three Principles”, a coach of coaches and counsellor of counsellors. He has a really transformational video with Elsie which I will try to find the link to. A quiet, unassuming, humble man. Enigmatic.
Elsie Spittle has been an internationally recognized trainer and consultant for over 4 decades. She is one of the few people who knew Sydney Banks , originator of the “Three Principles”, before he had his profound insight, and who stuck by him, despite her own early strong resistance. Elsie has the privilege of receiving ‘ on the job’ training directly from Mr. Banks, traveling with him to address mental health practitioners, educators, and others seeking a deeper understanding of life. Since then , Elsie has been invited to consult with all levels of executives and employees in the corporate world, and has been instrumental in transforming disadvantaged communities. She has worked with staff and youth in juvenile justice settings, as well as with individuals via coaching and retreats, and she is the co-founder of the Three Principles School, dedicated to sharing the integrity and purity of the Principles for the benefit of future generations.
I remember meeting Judy Banks at the hotel we stayed at for the conference in 2019. It was at breakfast. I had no idea she was Sydney Banks’ wife and widow. She is often referred to as “ just Judy”. Such an elegant lady, with no airs or graces. It was a pity I didn’t have the time for a more extended conversation. There are so many questions I would have loved to ask her.
Just one of the many 3P coaches and trainers who were at the Conference. I had watched Elaine’s videos on YouTube so was delighted to meet her in person. Like my dear friend Helen Diaz, Elaine is NLP and Hypnotherapy trained, but now Elaine chooses to coach using the “Three Principles”.
Dr. Linda Pettit
Linda Pettit’s work in the field is often overshadowed by the work of her husband, Bill. But a closer look at her credentials shows her real worth. Her recent work with the “Three Principles” has focussed on overcoming trauma and finding wisdom for moving gracefully through transformative change. She often works with women, couples, mental health professionals, and coaches, utilizing her 35+ years of clinical experience and 12+ years sharing the “Three Principles”, to inform the spiritual nature of her work. Her mental health career has included work in addictions, criminal justice, community agency ( child & adult) , private practice and academic settings.
Some lovely guests…I can’t for the life of me remember their names!!
(Sadly, the 2020 Conference had to be postponed because of the Corona Virus.)
Although I do believe this year’s Conference will be done via a live stream.
More on this as I find it……..
And introducing Life Coach Helen Diaz..
Helen Diaz introduced me to the “ Three Principles” back in 2018, and so I guess where this whole ‘Amazing’ thing started. As I mention in the book, Helen has been a family friend for decades. Circumstances and life changes caused us to lose contact for a while, but when we eventually met up again, I was fascinated where Helen’s career had taken her. Last I knew she was in the corporate world, and very successful! Little did I know that in the last 8 of those years Helen had spent in Learning and Development roles, honing her skills in many areas including coaching, training and NLP techniques. Now Helen is a highly respected and highly trained therapist, working not only with NLP, but also with hypnotherapy and Phil Parker’s “Lightning Process”. Helen works with her clients to deal with the stresses and anxieties caused by a busy life..giving them confidence, peace and happiness and a life they love.