The Immortal “I”


The Converging Evidence

 of the Existence, Needs
and Faculties of the Soul


 Eugene B. Shea

Previously subtitled
A Unified Theory of Psychology,
Neurology and the Kingdom of God

                    “... perhaps the most fascinating and enlightening book that I have ever read. ...

                    I am going through it for the third time.”

                                     Fr. George Karnik, Archdiocese of Dubuque

                                    Co-Founder, Christian Experience Weekend


           A seminal book, appraised as an ‘astonishing contribution,’ acclaimed by renowned Christian clergy and psychologists, presents Christ's words in modern terms.  Reveals the profound 21st century life-transforming Wisdom implicit in his simple words; and shows that recent discoveries in both hard and social sciences are converging to validate and am-plify what Christ said 2,000 years ago.

          Identifies for the first time our spiritual nemesis—the 'autopilot' in the brain which competes with the Soul for the management of our lives, exposing the genesis of our motiva-tions and behavior--why we do what we do―and resolving the mind/brain/behavior enigma.

          Reveals the ‘secret of the saints:’ the meaning and dual purposes inherent in their eso-teric spiritual practices.  Stripped to their essentials, they provide a clear avocational path to spiritual growth and psychological and social well-being.

        Granted the imprimatur.


“An amazing book. ... amazing because it distills so much information and wisdom  into such a small container!  Overall, I find it to be a very ambitious, needed, and successful enterprise.”
   Carolin Keutzer, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor, Psychology

                             University of Oregon

“The Immortal 'I' is a very stimulating set of ideas that are of far-ranging significance.  I  have circulated the book among my students, and they too enjoyed it.  Much success  with it.”
                            Philip G. Zimbardo, Ph.D.
                            Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Stanford University;
American Psychological Association 
“I think it's a terrific book. ... It is both good existential psychology and excellent spiritual reading. ... I look forward to this daily read.”
William McNamara, O.C.D.
The Human Adventure, et al.

                           Founder, The Spiritual Life Institute and
Nada monastery-hermitages in Arizona and Nova Scotia

“I liked the book.  It is full of good ideas with which I happen to agree. ... All in all, I think this book can be quite useful to people."
                          Piero Ferrucci, Ph.D. Author: What We May Be, et al.

“... an astonishing contribution. ... One of the most intriguing and challenging books of hundreds I have read as a scholar and Christian book reviewer.  It is great and definitive, a breakthrough of insight and a comprehensive unification of the relevant sciences.  I continue to refer to this fine book with profit and illumination.”
Rev. J. Harold Ellens, Ph.D.,
Author, 50+ books; Research Scholar,
                               Department of Near-Eastern Studies,
University of Michigan;
Past-Executive Director
, Christian Association for
Psychological Studies;
Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief
Emeritus, Journal of
                               Psychology and Christianity 

“Thanks for The Immortal ‘I’.  I was familiar with all your sources, but it is always a pleasure to see a new approach.  Congratulations on your fine efforts.”
Ken Wilber, Author: The Spectrum of Consciousness, et al.

“I read it several times and found it quite fascinating. ... I underlined a number of passages which I considered significant. ... makes many important points which I think are very helpful and quite valid.”
Bernard Tyrrell, Ph.D., S.J., Author: Christotherapy I & II

“In my sixties, still living with the pain and anger of an abusive childhood I was unhappy and estranged. ... Our priest gave us the book and it was like going from deep darkness into bright sunlight! ... I felt like a tsunami had washed over me.  My heart bloomed with HOPE for the first time, and it was so beautiful! ... I read the book 4 or 5 times... The Gift of each day now has meaning and purpose. ... I look in the mirror and see someone I never really knew.  I can still see myself as a little girl so scared and nowhere to turn. I thought death might be the only answer.  I praise God for holding me close and bringing me to TODAY.”

                         S. L.

"A helpful and right-minded book.”

                        Huston Smith. Ph.D
Author, The World's Religions, The Primordial Tradition, et al.


“To Eugene B. Shea, with gratitude for your fascinating The Immortal 'I'.  Best wishes!”   (Inscribed in his gift book, Christian Mysticism)
                        Harvey D. Egan, S.J., Professor Emeritus, Theology

                        Boston College

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the book and found much overlapping with my own work. ... We have to hope the interest will grow as the evolution of consciousness continues.”

Stanislav Grof, M.D., Ph.D., Esalen Institute
 Author: Beyond the Brain, et al.

“... a nicely put together synthesis of those elements which can lead us to  happiness ... The author writes clearly and well and has an infectious sense of conviction... maintains an unbounded spirit of optimism, but is not a 'pusher.' ... shows many years of searching from East to West, from classical times to our century.  Who can refuse it?  Who does not need it?”
Gerald Kreyche, Ph.D.
                           Emeritus Distinguished Professor, Philosophy
                           DePaul University,
Author: Reflections on Man, et al.


“I found something of interest to me on almost every page. ... In your book―from the very title―it is seen that God has given you rare insights. ... No other modern author I am aware of, certainly not in psychological literature, has been able to say such things.”
John Uebersax, Ph.D., Psychologist

“Your book was fascinating and at the same time a real source of spiritual wisdom. ... I can understand why it is in the fifth edition. ... I am recommending to the Bishop that it receive the imprimatur.”
     John Balluff, S.T.D.                        

                          St. Mary’s Parish, West Chicago, Illinois

“This remarkable book brings fresh insights to perennial questions.  The author has brought together data from the neurosciences, psychological sciences, and mystical theologies.  I will recommend the book to my students and hope that it will receive the attention it deserves.”
                          Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., Saybrook Institute
                         Past-President, A.P.A. Society for Humanistic Psychology


The Immortal “I" 
The Converging Evidence
of the Existence, Needs
Faculties of the Soull

Eugene B. Shea

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