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    1. Captivating : Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul
    by John Eldredge, StasiEldredge
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    Asin: 0785264698
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-07)
    Publisher: Nelson Books
    Sales Rank: 152
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Every little girl has dreams of being swept up into a great adventure, of being the beautiful princess. Sadly, when women grow up, they are often swept up into a life filled merely with duty and demands. Many Christian women are tired, struggling under the weight of the pressure to be a "good servant," a nurturing caregiver, or a capable home manager.

    What Wild at Heart did for men, Captivating can do for women. This groundbreaking book shows readers the glorious design of women before the fall, describes how the feminine heart can be restored, and casts a vision for the power, freedom, and beauty of a woman released to be all she was meant to be. By revealing the core desires every woman shares-to be romanced, to play an irreplaceable role in a grand adventure, and to unveil beauty-John and Stasi Eldredge invite women to recover their feminine hearts, created in the image of an intimate and passionate God. Further, they encourage men to discover the secret of a woman's soul and to delight in the beauty and strength women were created to offer.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars much needed
    this book has opened my eyes to see the fullness of God and His love for me that is so real. A new way of looking at the simple desires of women and letting me know that I am okay. There is so much good stuff in this book, I'm sure I missed some of it the first time through! I will continue to come back to Captivating when I am going through a time when I forget how God truly feels about me.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Read some excerpts
    This book is definitely written from a very, very Christian perspective.Some people may wish to actually read some excerpts from this book and definitely read the prayer in the back before deciding to purchase it.If you like what you it...if not...keep looking.This book will appeal to a certain audience.If you are not in that audience there are penalty of other books out there that can assist men and women in balancing the feminine and masculine aspects of their own respective beings.For those who decide not to purchase this book but are still looking for something from a Christian base, I would suggest something by Cloud and Townsend.If you want something Spiritual with a respective definition of the male and female roll, the Hindus may have some very good holistically spiritually based relationship books.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Book I Have Ever Read!!
    I have read everything that John Eldredge has written and have found each of his books enlightening and wonderful.That being said none can top this book in reaching women on a deep heart level.The female version of WILD AT HEART, this book explores the deepest longings of women to be seen as beautiful and to be desired for the person they are.Co-written with his wife, Stasi, for the female perspective it gives a full picture of the relationships between men and women.
    For that reason (and many others), men in particular would benefit from reading this book in order to understand the women in their lives.As the authors write at one point, "Women are a mystery to be enjoyed, not a problem to be solved."This directly addresses the problem most women find in their relationships as they are labeled too much of this or not enough of that (too emotional, too needy, not smart enough, not independent enough.)This book helps both sexes explore how the differences between men and women can be understood and appreciated in a way that edifies both.
    At the heart of this book are the principles at the center of each Eldrege book: that there is a battle for our hearts and that we must fight to regain the person that Christ died for us to be.Take the time to read this book and work through the guided journal when it comes out in July.I promise it will be a life changing journey that will open your heart more deeply to Christ and the ones you love.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Balm for a woman's soul
    "As a new Christian, the first book I picked up on godly femininity I threw across the room. I never picked it up again. In the twenty-five years since, I have only read a few I could whole-heartedly recommend. The rest drive me crazy. Their messages to women make me feel as though, 'You are not the woman you ought to be --- but if you do the following ten things, you can make the grade.' They are, by and large, soul-killing. But femininity cannot be prescribed in a formula."

    So begins (or very nearly begins) CAPTIVATING, written by John and Stasi Eldredge. The "I" in question is Stasi, but it's her husband John you are more likely to be familiar with. He's the author of THE SACRED ROMANCE, WILD AT HEART, and a number of other books that promote an adventurous and cathartic brand of Christianity. Whereas WILD AT HEART tailored that message for men, CAPTIVATING looks to tailor the message for women and is likely to have similar bestselling results.

    But even though femininity cannot be prescribed in a formula as the introduction says, CAPTIVATING's premise is that there is an essence that God has given to every woman. "We share something deep and true, down in our hearts," Stasi writes. And it's this universal feminine heart that CAPTIVATING hopes to expose, heal, develop, and celebrate.

    That this feminine heart needs healing is not hard for the authors to evidence. "Every woman I've ever met feels it --- something deeper than just the sense of failing at what she does. An underlying, gut feeling of failing at who she is. I am not enough and I am too much at the same time. Not pretty enough, not thin enough, not kind enough, not gracious enough, not disciplined enough. But too emotional, too needy, too sensitive, too strong, too opinionated, too messy. The result is Shame, the universal companion of women. It haunts us, nipping at our heels, feeing on our deepest fear that we will end up abandoned and alone," writes Stasi.

    If that statement doesn't hold water with you, don't even bother picking up this book because it's an observation (and a foundational one for this book) that's only anecdotally supported. If you don't already believe it, this book isn't going to convince you it's true. But if this being both not enough and too much at the same time strikes a chord with you, as it does for me, you'll want to read on.

    When you do so, you will learn that every woman's heart longs for three things: to be romanced, an irreplaceable role in a great adventure, and beauty to unveil. It's worth noting that in WILD AT HEART John Eldredge writes that every man's heart longs for three things as well: a battle to fight, adventure, and a beauty to rescue. Isn't that nice of God to pre-load both male and female hearts with desires that fit nicely in parallel three-point outlines?

    Snark aside, CAPTIVATING contains some truly moving stories of women, their anguish, and their beautiful blossomings into whole-heartedness. I especially appreciated a section about emotional promiscuity among young single men and women. And as in the books that John authored alone (or with best friend Brent Curtis), CAPTIVATING's imagery is steeped in nature, also something that I personally appreciate. I feel the closest to God under a West Texas night sky where the stars glitter like so many princess-cut diamonds (though admittedly, the site of Chicago's skyline under a full moon as viewed from Lake Shore Drive has been known to do a number on me too).

    The breathlessly romantic tone of CAPTIVATING will alienate some. But of greater concern to me is that, while Scripture is sprinkled around liberally, the real source material here for making sweeping statements about the needs of women is literature, movies, music, and nostalgia. And while all of these are beautiful landscapes to explore and traverse, given that they often offer potent glimpses of Truth, they aren't necessarily meant to be our spiritual base camps.

    Having said that, CAPTIVATING surely will be a balm for the souls of many women. And if you and/or the man in your life is a fan of John Eldredge's previous books, don't miss it.

    --- Reviewed by Lisa Ann Cockrel

    5-0 out of 5 stars It will change your life if you let it!
    This book is beautiful. Take your time to read the book. Let God speak. When she poses questions, take time to let them sink in, what is your heart saying in response? What is God saying? Remember that as you read that it is opposed by the Enemy. If you don't know this already, you will once you finish the book. The Enemy does not want your heart to be alive. Don't let him keep you from all God has.
    One thing should be said. In the book she delves into the wound, much like Wild at Heart. When she presented these concepts in the Ransomed Femininity retreats she made something clear that was not as clear in the book. YES, each woman does have a wound. NO, it does not have to be something that the world would recognize as tragic, just something "tragic" to you. Something that has tainted the way you look at the world, yourself, and God in some way. In the retreats she stated that when looking at your wound that your urge would be one of two. You would either thing that it was not a big deal, dismiss it, or you would consider it so large and become so engulfed by it that you would not truly believe God could redeem it. Be aware of your heart's response when reading about the wound and respond accordingly. I pray you are blessed! ... Read more

    2. Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality
    by Donald Miller
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    Catlog: Book (2003-07-17)
    Publisher: Nelson Books
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    Average Customer Review: 4.69 out of 5 stars
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    “I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn’t resolve. . . . I used to not like God because God didn’t resolve. But that was before any of this happened.” In Donald Miller’s early years, he was vaguely familiar with a distant God. But when he came to know Jesus Christ, he pursued the Christian life with great zeal. Within a few years he had a successful ministry that ultimately left him feeling empty, burned out, and, once again, far away from God. In this intimate, soul-searching account, Miller describes his remarkable journey back to a culturally relevant, infinitely loving God.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing! Real, true and inspiring. Great w/a vanilla latte
    I recently finished reading Blue Like Jazz, and was incredibly impressed with the vulnerability and honesty that was so endearingly expressed throughout the pages. Like many others, I too feel like if I met Don I could sit down and have a long conversation with him as if we were old friends.
    This is definitely the sort of book that I want every person I know to read. As well as every person that I don't know.
    It takes an honest look at Christian "religion" versus Christian spirituality and explores the differences and the way our society has twisted them both.
    Point blank, it is all so much more simple than people try to make it. God loves us.
    Jesus died for us. Jesus desires a relationship with us. Blue Like Jazz is a wonderful expression of this journey and gives the reader a taste of what life looks like when you let Jesus love you and love Him back.
    Thanks so much Don, this book was incredible blessing to me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A GREAT READ.
    In reading Donald Miller's Blue Like Jazz, I found myself laughing out loud and being deeply convicted within the same sentence. His words and stories are well chosen, without sounding stuffy, and his message is one which I have long wished to live out. This is one of the first books I have read in a long time that lets a man's faith be lived out honestly, out of the box, and still true to the centrality of faith: a love relationship with Jesus. I felt as though many chapters were telling my story. Thankfully, this is not your typical "Christian" book. Nowhere does Miller try to force you one way or another, but seeks to encourage readers to live authentic lives. Read it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars one of my favorites
    this author is definitly one of my favorite authors of all time, along w/ mike yaconelli and phillip yancey. Donald Miller is honest and really makes you evaluate what it truely means to be into Christian spirituality. I love the fact that he tends to break all the rules, such as attending what is known to be the most secular college in the u.s. against the wishes of his christian friends, and how he impacted his friends there. the one story that stood out is that during one of the festivals during the school year when almost everyone on campus is drunk or high, and donald miller and his group of 6 or 7 christian friends set up a booth in the middle of the fair, "coming out of the closet", and declaring themselves as christians on campus...they wrote on the booth, "confess your sins"...but in actuality weren't telling people to come there to confess there sins, but so donald could confess his sins to the people for "being a bad christian" and apologizing for not living the way Christ wanted us all to. definitly for those who are sick of books that don't test you or teach you anything about Christ, but for people who live outside the lines of what is expected of you. i've bought several copies, and i've read it a few times now. give it a try.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I will never look at penguins the same way again...
    This is one of those book. You know, one of those books that you refer to as "One of those books" in that reading it is an experience and it has really spoken to you.
    Not only does Donald Miller have a tremendous sense of humor, he has the ability to find profundity in the most unlikely of things(penguine sex).
    This is a very funny as well as convicting book that will both challenge and encourage you to seek out God rather than establishments and conventions.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Better read back to front
    I must admit I found myself growing weary of the author's musings. Okay life is tough and some people are hard to get along with and things don't always work out smoothly. Not everyone writes about it. The book does read like Annie LaMott's Tender Mercies in that both authors are very observant, sensitve, vulnerable and articulate. They also feel free to make numerous derogatory remarks about conservatives and republicans. Seems like everyone is supposed to be tolerant and accepting of one another but those groups are open targets. That got a bit old.

    The last few chapters were much better and I acutally found Miller's comments endearing. He truly loves Jesus and wants others to have a REAL life with Him. Those sections made me go back and read a few of the earlier chapters again in a new light.

    I recommend the book to anyone wanting to get a glimpse into the mindset of many believers today. I think Miller would be a great guy to hang with over a dark lager and a free-wheeling conversation. On the other hand I'd hate to have to count on the guy for anything! Since he talks openly about his love life let me just say I dread my daughter might be attracted to a guy like this. By his own admission he is self-absorbed. The girl that marries this guy better be made of hearty emotional stock. She'll be carrying him with little help in return. ... Read more

    3. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
    by Don Miguel Ruiz
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    Catlog: Book (1997-11-01)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.23 out of 5 stars
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    Sit at the foot of a native elder and listen as great wisdom of days long past is passed down. In The Four Agreements shamanic teacher and healer Don Miguel Ruiz exposes self-limiting beliefs and presents a simple yet effective code of personal conduct learned from his Toltec ancestors. Full of grace and simple truth, this handsomely designed book makes a lovely gift for anyone making an elementary change in life, and it reads in a voice that you would expect from an indigenous shaman. The four agreements are these: Be impeccable with your word. Don't take anything personally. Don't make assumptions. Always do your best. It's the how and why one should do these things that make The Four Agreements worth reading and remembering. --P. Randall Cohan ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars No Hocus Pocus.
    So many "self-help" books are pure rhetorical tripe. Common sense, good manners, and sensible actions regurgitated. In "The Four Agreements," Ruiz does not break new ground but the simplistic and thoughtful nature of his message make this book a winner.

    Let's face it, experience and iteration (practice) will propel one toward their stated goals with certainty. To point, the four agreements, as simple as they may be, are tantamount to successful achievement of personal and/or professional goals:

    1) Be impeccable with your word - keep your word or your reputation will fail.
    2) Don't take anything personally - tough act to muster at times but possible (besides, its good for the soul).
    3) Don't make assumptions - those who assume will lose the benefit of fact and learning; check your facts--learn what is necessary.
    4) Always do your best - this is the most simplistic of the agreements but one that we all have a tendency, at one time or another, to allow to lapse; if you decide to undertake something, make it YOURS!

    So many people who read books such as this or "Who Moved My Cheese" (self-help genre) attempt to pick apart the conceptual nature of the message whether simple or complex. Certainly, many books of this ilk are not worth the paper they're written on but when you find a message that speaks to your intellectual being as well as your soul, you'd better listen. Riuz's message is poignant; follow these simple rules and create your own happiness.

    This isn't a "cure-all" book. If you read it without concurrent introspection, then you've done nothing more than read a short book espousing basic vitues. However, if one reads this book with an open mind and the congruous search for excellence, this will be a truly powerful experience. If one does not, then one has lost the message behind the words. Don't read the WORDS, absorb the MESSAGE!

    Jump in, both feet. You'll not be sorry.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ancient wisdom for modern days.
    What a great book! "The Four Agreements" flows with a simplicity and honesty that caught my attention. I came away from this book feeling more at ease in myself. Perhaps the most powerful passage in the book for me was "Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive -- the risk to be alive and express what we really are." I hadn't looked at this idea before, and when I checked with myself I found it to be true. Miguel Ruiz's book does a great job of describing the process through which we lose sight of our true selves. After that, Ruiz outlines the four agreements you can make with yourself to have a fulfilling life. They are simple and powerful and they can make a a great difference in the quality of your life.

    Gladly enough, when I found this book on Amazon and read the reviews to check it out, I saw a review for another book which I bought as well. It is Ariel and Shya Kane's "Working of Yourself Doesn't Work: A Book About Instantaneous Transformation." This book is about having a magnificent life and nothing less. And while it seems too good to be true, I found that the three principles of transformation the Kanes talk about touched me so profoundly that I HAVE discovered my own magnificence. No kidding! Just by being in the moment, life becomes magical. By becoming aware of the mechanical behaviors that keep us out of the moment, we regain our original freedom. My work is easier and I feel more connected to the people in my life. Read this book and the presence of the Kanes will seep through and you'll feel how true and powerful their words are, and how deeply they care about people and about the often-missed possibility of living with immeasurable joy, wellness, relationship, and satisfaction.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Agreements for Life
    This is a beautifully written book coming from the sincere and simple yet profound wisdom that will help many people if applied. I found this to be among the few books I have purchased where the solutions for humanity are filled with compassion, inspiration and expansive wisdom as well as compassion.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good ideas..remedial delivery...
    I enjoyed the book, but it was very repetitive and a little simplistic. Lots nifty ideas with a few interesting metaphors and insights... The book doesn't provide many revelations (if any). It mostly serves to re-enforce what we already know is right and true. We've all heard a million versions of the ideas delivered in this book. Stuff like:

    "Say what you mean. Mean what you say"
    "Assuming makes an ASS out of U and ME"

    You get the idea... Read this book as a reminder. Read it to gain an alternate perspective. I would recommend it to anyone who is on a path to self-discovery. Remedial or not, the toltec perspective referenced in this book is a valuable one...

    One thing I've noticed about most of the negative reviews. They all seem a little bit angry. Perhaps too angry to be receptive to a book with such a positive spin...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not Making Assumptions
    By implementing the four agreements into my daily life I have been transformed. I took back my power by being able to 'see' other peoples parasite when it was exposed to me. I have been handling every situation in my life now with one of the agreements. I also recommend reading Rat Race Relaxer: Your Potential & The Maze of Life by JoAnna Carey. ... Read more

    4. Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul
    by John Eldredge
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    If Christian men are going to change from a pitiful, wimpy bunch of "really nice guys" to men who are made in the image of God, they must reexamine their preconceptions about who God is and recover their true "wild" hearts, writes bestselling author John Eldredge in Wild at Heart: Discovering a Life of Passion, Freedom, and Adventure. Eldredge throws down the gauntlet--men are bored; they fear risk, they refuse to pay attention to their deepest desires. He challenges Christian men to return to authentic masculinity without resorting to a "macho man" mentality. Men often seek validation in venues such as work, or in the conquest of women, Eldredge observes. He urges men to take time out and come to grips with the "secret longings" of their hearts. Although the book succeeds best in its slant toward a male audience, it also strives to help women understand the implications of authentic masculinity in their relationships with men. Eldredge frames the book around his outdoor experiences and appealing anecdotes about his family, sprinkling the text with touches of humor and overlying everything with heartfelt passion. Even as he mixes eclectic ideas about masculinity from popular movies such as Braveheart with classic words from Oswald Chambers, and lyrics from the Dixie Chicks with stories from the Bible, he points to only one answer for men searching for their true wildness of heart. Writes Eldredge, "The only way to live in this adventure ... with all its danger and unpredictability and immensely high stakes ... is in an ongoing, intimate relationship with God." --Cindy Crosby ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Radically Refreshing & Biblically Grounded
    John Eldredge's WILD AT HEART is one of the most refreshing and radical books that I have read. Why are so many men unhappy, un-fulfilled, in jobs they hate, and in marriages that are dead? WILD AT HEART seeks to answer those questions and restore the passion and God-given masculinity that so many men in today's world, and church, are missing.

    Some wrongly criticize WILD AT HEART, believing Eldredge is offering up macho, dim-witted masculine bravado, or they believe that this work will be a free pass for men to leave marriages in the dust on a search for lost dreams. Eldredge will have none of that, and says himself in the book that such men are "deceived about what it is they really want, what they are made for." Don't be fooled by the various criticisms that ignore Eldredge's real meaning. A real man's desires are shaped by the Lord.

    Instead, WILD AT HEART is about restoring a Godly dream in the soul of a man. A desire to truly be a man, rather than a softened-neutered-nice-but-restrained-guy that the world has somehow dictated that Christian males should be. Nice men may be socially acceptable but in creating them we have snuffed out the very fire that God would have us fan in our pursuit of Him.

    This is an attempt to re-kindle that flame. To restore the three longings that are at the core of each man: a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue. Eldredge's arguments are firmly planted in Biblical principles, as well as his past personal experience. His writing style is very easy going, and he uses a lot of illustrations from popular culture, which makes the reading fun. I believe this book is an awesome wake up call to the church. For too long men have weakened themselves by ignoring our God-created passions. WILD AT HEART shows us how to restore them, and challenges us to take the right risks and live the adventure. It may be a bit scary (after all, did God give Abraham a risk-free offer on his call to leave Ur?), but there's no other way to reach the real fulfillment that God would have us find. I'm not a big fan of "men's books," but this is one that I am so glad that I did not miss. You shouldn't either. FIVE STARS.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Essential Read For Men...and Women
    Following closely on the heels of his magnificent *Journey of Desire*, John Eldredge has written the "men's book" of the ages. In addition, female readers will not only gain insight into masculinity but will discover much about themselves and how God - and their men - play a role in their own personal dramas.

    Much will be said and written about this book, but one aspect that merits particular emphasis is Eldredge's uncanny ability to discern from the play of children the immense "Story" that God has placed humanity in - a story filled with heroes and villains, damsels in distress, sacrifice, and a happily everafter. The author demonstrates to the reader how little boys and girls innately understand the power of (and need for) a "battle to be fought, an adventure to be experienced, and a Beauty to be won." Such is the life at the heart of the Christian gospel. After all, Jesus himself said regarding children, "of such is the kingdom of heaven."

    Another key tenant of the book is that men and women must go to God individually, and not to each other, to gain validation. Eldredge stresses that true masculinity is "bestowed" from father to son. He poignantly explains, too, how Christ can take up the "initiation" of a wounded man into the fulness of masculinity (a special highlight is his inclusion of Ezra Pound's forgotten poem "The Goodly Frere", which offers an engagingly different picture of Jesus).

    Along the way Eldredge summarily debunks the "precept and principle" philosophies (which includes Promise Keepers) that have unwittingly robbed the Christian faith of its vitality. No "twelve steps" here - the focus is on life, not formulas. Filled with humor and remarkable frankess, this is a heart-warming challenge to join God in a wild, gut-wrenching, but ultimately triumphant battle.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Has its moments, but mostly empty
    As much as John Eldridge holds himself out to be an example of "wild Christian men" I found myself not liking him very much at all. In one key passage, he describes wanting to walk out on his own wedding. The purpose of the passage is to illustrate (unconvincingly) that he was under the influence of Satan and therefore was able to call on Christ to make his wife seem appealing again.

    Satan turns men into creeps, Jesus pulls them out. That's the underlying theme of the book, and in essence that's probably a truthful statement. But why oh why does Eldridge keep holding himself up as a role model when he's so obviously not an admirable character?

    Wild At Heart could just as easily be titled, "My Fantasy Life as a Burly Film Character." Towards the end he even describes his wife gifting him with a sword, along with a message describing him as a Braveheart. So the man went to grad school on someone else's dime and became a counselor... yay. That's hardly wild.

    The book does have some inspirational quotes, but mostly it's just phoney self-inflation. Eldridge comes across as the "poser" he so often denigrates in the text.

    Read it, but only with a critical eye.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Life changing and Fresh
    Wild at Heart is by far the most life-changing, "hit the nail on the head" book I have ever read. John Eldredge offers up a thoughtful analysis of where men, especially Christian men, are today and what the heck is wrong. Before reading this book, I understood that there was a "boredom" in the hearts of most men. They are confined to a life of office work and an unwillingness to step outside of the box. Eldredge explained this notion to me and elaborated on it in his book, and I am confident that the Holy Spirit was talking through him when he wrote it. Eldredge shows how men try to force themselves into a safe world and how it ultimately leads to pain, sorrow, and sin. What he explains is that with Christ we are FREED from this and REGENERATED into a person who's mission is to follow Jesus into the wild of the world, into the dangerous parts. Perhaps his best connection, to me, is when he relates how C.S. Lewis depicted Aslan in the Chronicles of Narnia as a lion who was not safe but good down to the bone. While some critics of the book bring up valid concerns, they wholly skip around what Eldredge is REALLY saying. Read the book, pray about it, and judge for yourself. God willing, I believe you will be a changed man (or woman!) afterward.

    5-0 out of 5 stars John Eldridge is JUST a man
    Please Ignore the "Star" rating - how unreal is this?

    Hello - Reading Wild at heart for me has been an inspiration. Now my belief for where exactly inspiration comes from is my own so I don't claim anyone else will have the same experience from reading this book. I wont say here what the book is about as the other reviews will explain and the only way to really know is to read this book. What I will say is that John Eldridge is just a man and not perfect so don't expect this text to be so in every way. This book contains many references to Art and popular film as well as bible text including his and other thelogians interpretations. It is clearly written, non judgemental and challenges our everyday lives and culture. Eldridge uses biblical context rather than single bible verse to explain points, something I cherish as translation can sometimes overshadow meaning. ... Read more

    5. The Richest Man in Babylon
    by George S. Clason
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    Catlog: Book (2001-12-01)
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    Over two million copies in print of the classicpersonal wealth parable

    Millions have been helped by the famous "Babylonian parables," hailed as the greatest of all inspirational works on thrift,financial planning, and personal wealth. In language as simple as the Bible's, this modern classic shows the way to the road to riches.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars An Old Book with a Fair Amount of Wisdom
    I often give this book out as a gift whenever a person younger than me asks for my advice on money. I always present this book to them saying "if you read it and do as it says, it will work magic." It really contains excellent, time tested advice, and would make a good gift for someone in their early 20s who is on their own for the first time, and struggling.

    The book is a series of parables about money written in the 1920s by George Clason. They were written as individual essays of a few thousand words, but the theme throughout them is consistent -- save 10% of your money, give 10% away, use 10% to reduce your debt load, and live on the remaining 70%.

    The stories in the book are entertaining; they are reminiscent of some of the parables in the Bible, such as the Prodigal Son or the story of the Workers in the Vineyard. I think this is intentional on the part of the author; certainly readers in the 1920s had an appreciation for "old fashioned stories with a moral" that people today seem to have lost. I enjoy the book greatly, though, and any thoughtful person who reads the book should find it interesting, especially if they are trying to get their finances in order.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This knowledge is Golden and Timeless
    This book is so beautiful in its simplicity. It provides the quintessential, capitalistic concept that the majority seem to miss- on saving and investing. This book is not the in-depth 21st century read about investing wisely in today's markets, rather it is the all time read to acquiring and investing your wealth. It shows how everyone, even a lowly trashman can one day retire comfortably as long as he learns the "ways of money". It provides the basic concepts and you apply your current scenarios. Every time, without fail, you will come up with one thing: how to build your wealth. This is the TRIED AND TRUE method to increasing your worth. This IS NOT the get rich quick book you might be expecting. This book teaches you how to save, make your money work for you and in general how to be a lord of your wealth (or wise in the ways of money), as opposed to your money ruling you. Timeless and priceless knowledge that every single person not living under totalitarian or communistic rule should know so that they can seek their own financial freedom.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Timeless, simple truths...
    This incredible little book was recommended to me for many years because of the texts inspirational qualities, in terms of offering timeless simple truths concerning thrift, financial planning and the value of a good work ethic. The formula offered for financial independence is highly practical and workable. Promoted as success secrets of the ancients, the text is written in parable form, similar to the bible, which gives the entire work a credible quality. I know from personal experience, that with persisitence, a good work ethic and a strong will to succeed; one can achieve a modicum of financial prosperity. Which, by the way, includes enjoying the fruits of one's labours. "Enjoy life while you are here. Do not overstrain or try to save too otherwise according to your income and let not yourself get niggardly and afraid to spend. Life is good and life is rich with things worthwhile and things to enjoy." (20) In other terms, the lesson offered is a practice in moderation, not letting one's behavioural pendulum swing too far either way, but earning well and living well in the mean is a key to achieving a happy life. If you read any 'financial success' book this year, let it be this one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simple wisdom but SO powerful
    First published in 1927 this is a parable, a story set in ancient Babylon, focusing on the simple ways to set yourself up for financial success. Excellent book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A book worth reading over and over
    I think that some people underestimate this book due to it's small size. This is NOT a book that you will want to read only once and put away, you will NEED to read this over and over untill the ideas saturate both your conscious and subscious minds and untill the ideas become habits. Then you will achieve some real results. ... Read more

    6. What God Wants : A Compelling Answer to Humanity's Biggest Question
    by Neale Donald Walsch
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    Be careful. This book is dangerous. It explores with startling freshness the most important question you could ever ask, and offers with breathtaking courage the most extraordinary answer you could ever imagine.

    That answer is so theologically revolutionary and so spiritually empowering that it could change the course of human history. If embraced, it most certainly will change your life.

    There are people and institutions in the world, long in place and long in power, that want neither of these outcomes to occur. They would rather that you put this book down right now.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great and insightful!
    This book gives us many things to think about.Don't put it down until you read the very last word.Some ideas may seem controversial at first but upon reflection they really make sense.
    Blessed be on your journey to enlightenment and oneness with God.

    4-0 out of 5 stars What God Wants
    This book merits at least four stars simply because of its content.Any piece of work that puts forth this type of message is an admirable one, in my opinion.That being said, there are some inherent aspects of this work that are bothersome.

    First and foremost is the overall tone of the writing.Again, the message is great, but NDW's writing style comes off as borderline overbearing, self-important, and narcissistic.The proclamation of it being one of the most "dangerous" books ever written is self-aggrandizing.Let's be honest, It was dangerous for Jesus, The Christ to put forth this message - to a world that was not ready to hear it - and was crucified for it.It certainly is not dangerous for NDW, who I'm sure will profit enormously (as is his divine right to - and good for him). His ideas of a "New Spirituality" are nothing new at all.The idea that God is a singular, divine, energy that is love, and that each of us is made up of that same energy - in effect that each of us is God, has been taught for as long as there have been people willing to listen.Unfortunately the message has been diluted and changed through centuries of mankind's interest in power and control over each other.

    Another bothersome aspect of this book is the author's failure to give any credit whatsoever to Ernest Holmes and his Science of Mind teachings.The content of NDW's book and Mr. Holmes philosophy/spiritual teachings are essentially identical, though Mr. Holmes was lecturing about this almost one hundred years ago.There's nothing wrong with having the same opinion, but I would find it hard to believe that NDW was not somewhat influenced by Mr. Holmes (especially since he was interviewed by Science of Mind Magazine).

    This - I admit - is like debating over Jesus or Buddha, however.The important thing is the message, and with that said, "What God Wants" is another important work in history reminding us that we are all in this together and that we should treat ourselves and each another with love, compassion, and respect.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The begining
    Thiugh this is the latest of Walsch's books in the CWG series, it should be read first as it provides a solid foundation for all the rest of the wonderful, truth revealing boods in the CWG series.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not an end, it's a beginning!
    With all this hype about end of days. All the doomsay and conjecture, judgement and condemnation I thank God for writers such as NDW. Who said that God stops talking to us or only through people (usually men) thousands of years ago? Who says that superiority exists, that some races or people are better than others? Organised religions say such things.
    Thank God for such organistations I say. How else would we be able to see how not to be? Without the experience of relativity or the opposite how could we use this contextual field to experience our own divinity.
    These books urge us to be the change we wish to see in the world, to look around and see the beauty and perfection in all things great and small, pretty and not so pretty. Open your eyes to see God in all her glory, in the eyes of your children and loved ones, your pets and this amazing abundant and glorious realm of the relative we call earth. Lets not consider that it is over, it has just begun. We have it all here and now and thats what Neale's work shares with us. To love as a sponsoring thought, not to fear.
    What God wants is brilliant, though the first to say "Mine is not the only way, merely another way". All roads lead to God, lets take a pleasant road my friends, have we not made our journey tough enough so far.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A truly "must read" -Most Relevant Message - Dare to Read It
    Having read the reviews below, I can only add that, if you haven't read this author's other books, you will still be blown away by what this little book puts forth!You'll want to go back and read the others whilst going forward into a New Spirituality.

    For those who have already read his earlier books, this is Dynamite as well!

    It's Time.Thanks to the author for his Courage and Spirit!Bravo! ... Read more

    7. The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-Create Your World Your Way
    by Wayne W. Dyer
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    Catlog: Book (2004-02-01)
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    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    After years of spiritual study and reflection, inspirational speaker and bestselling author Wayne Dyer has emerged a highly esteemed teacher. His current message about tapping into the power of intention may sound like good old positive thinking: just stay focused on what you want, rather than focusing on the lack of having what you want. But the teaching here goes deeper than just controlling thoughts (although he does acknowledge that thought control is a surprisingly challenging and significant endeavor). This book might help readers land a better job, but it's more relevant for those who are ready to detach from an ego-driven life filled with quick fixes of happiness and step into a more authentic, joyful, and spiritually fulfilling life. His core teachings speak to tapping into a universal source of energy that can also be called the "power of intention." He calls people who are consciously co-creating with this energy source "connectors" and describes them as "individuals who have made themselves available for success...They don't say With my luck things won't work out. Instead, you’re more likely to hear something like, I intend to create this and I know it will work out." Connectors are also committed to Dyer's "seven faces of intention"--creativity, kindness, love, beauty, expansion, abundance and receptivity, which he speaks to throughout the book. Each chapter concludes with five suggestions for becoming stronger connectors, such as how to monitor one's inner speech or shift out of low-energy beliefs. Some criticize Dyer for not giving credit to other teachers who offer this same message, especially Jerry and Esther Hicks (A New Beginning I) and even Ralph Waldo Emerson. It's impossible to know whether this was a deliberate omission, but it is obvious that Dyer has tapped into a growing conversation about co-creating with "source." Other leading-edge voices in this conversation include Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now), Shakti Gawain (Creative Visualization ) and Lynn Grabhorn (Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting). --Gail Hudson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Praise for the Power of Intention
    Another great book by Dr. Dyer. He is a very passionate persuader. I was watching Dr. Dyer on PBS and his message sounded so simple and sincere: determination as energy, not something you do, but something you are. Lots of platitudes but never vague, The Power of Intention has inspired me to get going with my life; To overcome negative thoughts and feelings, to let go of erroneous thinking and seeing.

    This is also a feel good and warm book. After you read it, you will feel uplifted for a while and if you are like me, you will strive to be a nicer and more sincere person.

    As the father of some very active young children, I found myself searching for a way to teach the Power of Intention to them. I knew that they could benefit greatly from Dr. Dyers material, and I was right. I read a book by Matt Pasquinilli called The Child Whisperer a couple of years ago and I got it off the shelf and reread it after reading The Power of Intention. Although the two books are very different in scope and style, I found that they compliment each other nicely. The Child Whisperer is a step by step guide to employing concepts like the Power of Intention with children.

    4-0 out of 5 stars ┬┐Simple Concepts, Profound Effects┬┐
    In his book, Dr. Dyer helps us identify how we can be in harmony at all times by merging our thoughts with the creative energy that he calls intention. He does this in a very graceful way, through stories and quotes as well as lists of suggestions. He urges us to examine our usual behaviors to life and describes how the power of intention "matches-up" directly with our thoughts (according to him it is in our thoughts that we produce reality, so we have to be aware of the energy our thoughts carry). His approach is indeed very useful and inspiring, with concepts that are so simple, one some times oversees them in this fast paced world. While enjoying this book, some of the concepts Dr. Dyer touches reminded me of another book that I hold very dear to my heart and that I would like to share with you, called "WORKING ON YOUR RELATIONSHIP DOESN'T WORK" written by Ariel and Shya Kane. Through their book, the Kanes present the three principles to create magic relationships in your life, including the one with yourself. I highly recommend both of these books which pearls of wisdom continue to light up my life.

    3-0 out of 5 stars The Power of Intention
    In The Power of Intention by Wayne Dyer he does a goof job of describing a power he calls "The Source". However, the author doesn't do a good job of explaining how to obtain it. This book is filled with nice sounding platitudes, but it is a bit overly simplified.

    I have however read a book recently gave me a lot of answers concerning the inner struggles I have been battling with for years. It is laid out in a question and answer format that helped make it a quick and easy read as well. It dealt with such subjects as different religions, the Christ Consciousness, DNA, reincarnation, and much more. It is called "The Book of Thomas," by Daniel Aber and Gabreael.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Dyer Is Confused
    As I have indicated before, I have read and enjoyed numerous Dr. Dyer titles. However, I do feel that in this book and the previous There's a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem, Dr. Dyer has become increasingly vague and unsure of what he wants to say. When he attempts to talk about "higher energy", he never really comes to the point, or how it might be applied to our lives. I really think he is confused. And the sources he cites, such as Hawkins and Hunt, are spurious at best.

    My advice is to stick with Your Sacred Self and You'll See It When You Believe It.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Dr.Dyer Repeats Himself Again
    Although I enjoyed listening to The Power Of Intention it is basically the same philosophy that Dr.Dyer has sold his followers for the past 20 years.What I dont get is how Dyer and other new-age gurus express that emotions such as jealousy and anger are "low energy" emotions when Christ and other spiritual leaders they quote from poseesed these energies also as documented in the Bible,etc.etc. ... Read more

    8. Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
    by Mitch Albom
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    Asin: 076790592X
    Catlog: Book (2002-10-08)
    Publisher: Broadway
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    Average Customer Review: 4.42 out of 5 stars
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    Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague.Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it.

    For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.

    Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded, and the world seemed colder.Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger?

    Mitch Albom had that second chance.He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life.Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college.Their rekindled relationship turned into one final "class": lessons in how to live.

    Tuesdays with Morrie is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Tuesday's With Morrie
    This year for my seventh grade Language Arts class, we were supposed to choose a book and then critique it. I chose Tuesdays With Morrie after selecting it from a dusty bookshelf in my brother's room. Personally, I loved the book; it had a deeper meaning of life that i had never considered before. Some of my favorite quotes from the book have stuck with me like the one, "Love eachother or perish," The book is about a former college student, and his favorite professor. It all begins sixteen years after graduation when Mitch Albom finds himself watching his beloved college instructor on Nightling with Ted Koppel. Morrie has become a victum of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, leaving his body withered and sagging. Mitch visits Morrie one day and what starts as a reunion of old friends turns into the project of a lifetime. Now, I don't want to spoil anything, but the lessons that Morrie teaches to Mitch on their Tuesdays together will stay with him all of his life. I would recommend this book to anyone. If you are looking for enlightenment, deep thinking, and a true story, you've come to the right book. On a scale from one to ten, i would give Tuesdays With Morrie a nine and a half.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!
    Tuesdays with Morrie is definitely one of the best books that I've ever read. Once I picked it up, I couldn't stop until I found myself on the last page. Although the book is very short, nearly every page carries a message. It's purpose is to teach us a lesson; that was Morrie's final goal. He wanted to create this one last thesis with one of his favorite students, Mitch Albom, that would give people insight into how to live their lives and what it feels like to die. In this book, not only do we learn from Morrie (who died from ALS) how to live life to the fullest, but we learn from Mitch's mistakes as well. All too often we get caught up in our fast paced culture that we forget to stop and look around and actually enjoy things.

    Mitch Albom uses a unique approach to get his old professor's message out. When I was reading this, I couldn't help but feel like Morrie was speaking right to me. The book could relate to anyone; it covers so many topics from love and life to death and trying to live even when death is knocking on the door.

    I highly recommend reading Tuesdays with Morrie. You can't help but love Morrie by the end of the book, and like me, you might even tear up at the end a little.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
    <br /> Beautiful and touching, inspirational and rich. A book that not only teaches but makes you feel. <br /> Also recommended: Nightmares Echo by Katlyn Stewart, Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs,The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

    4-0 out of 5 stars Have A Tissue Ready
    Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom is beautifully written. It is also an easily read and understandable. The fact that it's a true story makes it even more touching. So have some tissue ready :) . Morrie was a real person. He helped so many people during his life, and now, because of Mitch, he will touch many more after death. I strongly recommend reading this book if you are afraid of death.

    There is also another book here on Amazon I have found that I highly recommend on life after death, or between death that has given me a lot to think about. It is called The book of Thomas by Daniel Aber and Gabreael. In their book everything from the suicide, the different levels of heaven, reincarnation, and so on is covered also in an easily read format

    1-0 out of 5 stars I'm Embarrassed I Read This
    My younger brother had this on his summer reading list and I noticed it on his desk. Seeing it was pretty short I sat down and read it. I think the fact that my high school's English department recommended it should have been warning enough to avoid this book. In all seriousness, this is the worst book I have read in a LONG time.
    Even calling it a book is slightly misleading, because that usually implies some sort of literary value. It's about as literary as Life's Little Instruction Book, but far less insightful. Albom writes at about a 2nd grade reading level, in a ridiciulously simple shallow way rather than a Hemingwayesque style. Even more ridiculous is his constant use of immature, sentimental little gimmicks that I guess the Oprah-watching soccer moms giving this book a good review would call "touching and heartfelt". For example:
    "He waited while I absorbed it.
    A Teacher to the Last.
    "Good?" he said.
    Yes, I said. Very good.

    I would write something like that and be satisified with it when I was probably a freshman, and I really don't consider myself to be a talented writer. The whole Tuesday motif was also along those lines. Even more annoying was I lost count of the epiphanies Mitch has by about the 11th page. Highlight how many times he "suddenly realizes something about life". Don't be materialistic? Love other people? Is this really that breakthrough? I think Jesus said that about 2000 years ago, and most people agree he wasn't even that revolutionary(in moral philosophy that is.) Look at some of his other ridiculous "aphorisms":
    Accept what you are able to do and what you are not able to do.
    Learn to forgive yourself and forgive others.

    If I really felt like it, I could probably spew out about four thousand of those obvious, self-righteous statements in about 5 minutes.
    I also don't even see how Morrie was such a hero. In one scene, they tried to convince you that he was some hero for turning down some medicine that wouldn't have helped and, more importantly, wasn't even available. Wow. Not to mention, it's pretty easy to be so courageous about death when you have an amazing family supporting you. I wonder if he was half his age, alone with nobody to help him except some indifferent inner city hospital nurse if he would face death with such resilience and wit.
    What annoys me the most is how they planned writing this book before Morrie even died. Sounds like he just wanted to pay some bills. I mean, if they are planning to write a book about all these great moments Mitch realizes, of course he's going to have them(or pretend to) because he has to write a book about it! Furthermore, it's pretty arrogant that Morrie to think that he had some great noble truths to spread.
    This book has several more blatant flaws, but this review has a maxium word limit. So, I'll say if you like reading Chicken Soup for the Soul, and other empowering self-help books that like to constantly re-emphasize the obvious for $20, go ahead and buy this. If you are looking for an actual good book by someone who actually knows how to write, don't waste your time or the 40 minutes it takes to read this. ... Read more

    9. Conversations with God : An Uncommon Dialogue (Book 1)
    by Neale Donald Walsch
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    Blasphemy! Heresy! Who does this man think he is, claiming to speak directly to God?! Jesus did it, Muhammad did it, the Jewish prophets did it, but none of their Gods had the sardonic wit or raw verve of Prophet Walsch's God. Neale Donald Walsch isn't claiming to be the Messiah of a new religion, just a frustrated man who sat down one day with pen in his hand and some tough questions in his heart. As he wrote his questions to God, he realized that God was answering them... directly... through Walsch's pen. The result, far from the apocalyptic predictions or cultic eccentricities you might expect, turns out to be matter-fact, in-your-face wisdom on how to get by in life while remaining true to yourself and your spirituality. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Provoking
    When I started reading CWG, I could not believe the words I was reading. It was not doubtful disbelief, but awe-inspiring disbelief. I had been questioning God's existence. Just days before I read the book I had a conversation with my mother. One of the question's I asked was why a Good God would let all these bad things happen to people and why a Good God would let punish those He created to damnation in the proverbial Hell as we have been brainwashed to believe. By page 50 of the book I was hooked. I found myself lost in the words which formed more questions in my mind which were answered in almost the next paragraph, This book confirmed what I have always felt that the God we should love is a God of Love. Not one that is judgemental, jealous and possessive. One that gave us free will and does not condemn us when we use it. I was born a Muslim with muslim beliefs and still had questions. I do not dispute Islam after reading this book, I just think that people in general should be more open minded with regard to matters of the spiritual kind. We should not judge others based on their beliefs, but accept that that is exactly that, THEIR beliefs.

    I would always ask for answers but always got one that was vague and filled with religious dogma. It was because of lack of answers that I resorted to thinking that religion was personal and dictated by the one practicing it and not by someone who stands at the pulpit. How wonderful to have these feelings confirmed.

    For all those negative people who claim to be True Christians, Jehovah's Witnesses, Muslims, etc etc. let me ask you this : Would the Good God you believe in really punish you to a realm of eternal fire , brimstone and torture beyond belief, see you suffer, see you cry...and all because you used your free will which He gave you. Why would He not have just made everyone sin-less ?

    Neale's book is a wonder in itself. It opens up our hearts, mind and soul. But this book is not God's only vehicle. If you choose not to believe that God spoke to Neale, that's fine. You have your free will and God will not punish you for that.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What's in a Title ?
    I don't care if Neale Walsch named this book "My Own Opinion". I bought this book because I heard the name over and over for months and I saw the changes in people who had read it.

    If God is in all of us, which I believe he is, and God speaks to all of us on our own terms, which I believe he does....then yes, this book is a conversation between God and Neale.

    It is a shame that people who rate this book a 1 or 2 follow with " I only got to page 40 or chapter 6." As for my re-view....God or blasphemy, spirituality or religious, 10 commandments or no ten commandments; I choose to take what I need and leave the rest.

    I did question some points but the reason I did was because as Neale puts it "This goes against everything I have been taught. It doesn't stand up to the facts." WHO'S FACTS? WRONG ACCORDING TO WHOM ? HMMM, makes you think doesn't it?

    There is no book on earth, including the bible, that people won't "pick apart". They see one sentence, idea, or paragraph and make a conclusion about the whole book.

    The whole basis of the book is to get people to THINK for THEMSELVES not take Neales word for it.

    We are all "called" for different reasons. Find your "strong point" or your "weak point" for that matter, in this book and make a change for you. After all, isn't that what we're all trying to do...find our place in this mess we call our world. Why people fight to keep things the same is beyond me. Take what you need and leave the rest and above all EXPECT A MIRACLE.

    2-0 out of 5 stars I hope you are knowledgeable to separate truth from untruth
    I don't know what God this guy said he was hearing from, but it certainly isn't the same God I believe in. I just finished listening to Walsch's audiobook of Uncommon Dialogue. Don't make the mistake that his deepness is actually a word from God. Many of the concepts he brings up are just sublime (love, peace, joy - who would not want that). But many of his concepts also contradict the very word of God! Just to cover a few contradictions right here...

    First of all, he claims that there is no heaven or hell, that we, you and I, are gods. My spirit cringed when I heard that. That couldn't be anymore wrong as the First Commandment states "Thou shalt have no other God's before me." That means there is only one true God and it is Him not us.
    Walsch also says that there are no Ten Commandments. That makes me nervous this man even calls himself a Christian as this guy is making God out to be a liar.

    He believes Buddha is a God, that all gods are basically the same God... He just said that there are no Gods, so he just contradicted himself AND the First Commandment.

    He also goes on to say that God in you changes as you change yourself. Not in my Bible! Malachi 3:6 states that "I, the Lord, do not change" meaning that God is the one part of this crazy world that is stable and consistent. He is not moody nor does He change, rather you change as His pure and eternal love works through you and radiates out to the people in your life... people in your home, at the workplace, on the street and at the store. When God's love works through you, people can't help but notice you and they will be magnetized to your presence. Not because of you, but because of God in you working in your spirit.

    My only fear is that newbie Christians take Walsch's "conversation" as the supreme truth as they would be thoroughly mislead and confused by his beliefs. Walsch is no prophet. I see right through his flowery philosophy through which he uses to appeal to a vast audience of agnostics and New Agers. It's just unfortunate that a newbie Christian will read his book or listen to his tape for the first time and soak up every word as the true word of God, and sway that Christian into his New Age/agnostic way of thinking. Now that to me is just plain scary. No offense to any devout CWG readers out there, but that is EXACTLY what the devil does. The devil is sly and deceptive. He gives you a little bit of truth and twists it around to distort it. What he says is fully distorted truth! And anything that is not the complete truth is not from God.

    For those of you, though, who strongly believe that Walsh did in fact hear a word from God. I want you to know this right now... his "conversation," his "word" is like stale bread. When you have a day-to-day relationship with God it is like getting fresh-baked bread everyday. And when you pray that powerful prayer, the Lord's prayer, and get to the part "give us this day our daily bread," think of that... the daily bread is the fresh wisdom for the day you are receiving from Christ. God has something new, fresh and revitalizing for each day you are in a relationship with Him and believe me it ONLY GETS BETTER!!! You don't need to eat off someone else's plate per se. If you want God to show Himself to you, just simply ask Him right where you are with a pure believing heart that He will show Himself to you. AND if you are as truly open-minded as you say you are, you will be open to the many times He will speak to your heart and your spirit. You have to slow down to hear it as it is true, it is a still, quiet voice.

    So let your true self follow you here....

    And remember this Philippians 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.

    I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.
    --Susan B. Anthony

    ***God bless you Rachel for your beautiful post a few pages back. I too can relate from your side as the sinner dealing with drug addiction and exploring several routes of religion and from the side of the non-Christian who felt condemned against. I was very religious, but not Godly-spiritual in any way getting involved in the mystic realm of tarot cards, agnosticism and even New Age religion... All the while calling myself a devout Christian pretty much ever since childhood. Thankfully Jesus, a few years back, showed me what real love is, what real heart-to-heart spirituality is when I prayed for him to enter my life after many trials and tribulations and realizing what I was doing with my life was not working. I needed emergency help. So after many falls, He picked me up and with many tears dusted me off showing me that He has always been there for me waiting by my side like the gentleman He is for me to call out to Him. Thank You Jesus, I love You and I love God! Bless you both! I have completed your duty. This is for you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Start to a Beautiful trilogy
    I recently finished the 3rd book of the CWG trilogy and loved it just as much as the other two. Book 1 is obviously what hooked me. I must warn any hardcore religious fanatics that this book is NOT RELIGIOUS. The subject matter here is life and the entire book reads as a conversation with god (hence the name). I love this book mainly because it offers practical advice and knowledge for dealing with questions that philosophers can only guess at... how does the universe work? Is there heaven and hell? why is there 'evil'? ..... and on and on. If your mind is open enough and your beliefs flexible enough then this book and the 2 others in the series offer very practical and real insight into the past, present, and future of the human race...although the books also reveal that time is an illusion. So if you are ready to question everything you have learned, then start here!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best book I've read in ages...
    Honestly, I'm only half-way through the book (its only taken me a good 2 days to read that lazily, it's that easy of a read). I came on here NOW to tell you how impactful this book has been.

    Even if you do not believe the fact that Neale Donald Walsch did, in fact, have communication with God, himself, you will take from this book an almost surreal, and quite easy to understand vision of what we are here for. The text is easy enough for a 12 year old to read, but it will require much deeper thought than you have quite possibly ever had to put into reading a book EVER before.

    Before I read this book, I was, and still am in fact, a very strongly based Christian man, but after reading this book, I found that my ideas and thoughts may have lead me to other possibilites within the Christian realm, such as Gnosticism. Do not be alarmed because of what I say, you need to read this book for yourself RIGHT NOW. I AM NOT KIDDING. ... Read more

    10. Ask And It Is Given: Learning To Manifest Your Desires
    by Jerry Hicks, Esther Hicks, Wayne W., Dr. Dyer, Abraham
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    Ask and It Is Given, by Esther and Jerry Hicks, which presents the teachings of the nonphysical entity Abraham, will help you learn how to manifest your desires so that you’re living the joyous and fulfilling life you deserve.

    As you read, you’ll come to understand how your relationships, health issues, finances, career concerns, and more are influenced by the Universal laws that govern your time/space reality—and you’ll discover powerful processes that will help you go with the positive flow of life.

    It’s your birthright to live a life filled with everything that is good—and this book will show you how to make it so in every way! ... Read more

    11. Season of Life: A Football Star, a Boy, a Journey to Manhood
    by Jeffrey Marx
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    Joe Ehrmann, a former NFL football star and volunteer coach for the Gilman high school football team, teaches his players the keys to successful defense: penetrate, pursue, punish, love. Love? A former captain of the Baltimore Colts and now an ordained minister, Ehrmann is serious about the game of football but even more serious about the purpose of life. Season of Life is his inspirational story as told by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jeffrey Marx, who was a ballboy for the Colts when he first met Ehrmann.

    Ehrmann now devotes his life to teaching young men a whole new meaning of masculinity. He teaches the boys at Gilman the precepts of his Building Men for Others program: Being a man means emphasizing relationships and having a cause bigger than yourself. It means accepting responsibility and leading courageously. It means that empathy, integrity, and living a life of service to others are more important than points on a scoreboard.

    Decades after he first met Ehrmann, Jeffrey Marx renewed their friendship and watched his childhood hero putting his principles into action. While chronicling a season with the Gilman Greyhounds, Marx witnessed the most extraordinary sports program he'd ever seen, where players say "I love you" to each other and coaches profess their love for their players. Off the field Marx sat with Ehrmann and absorbed life lessons that led him to reexamine his own unresolved relationship with his father.

    Season of Life is a book about what it means to be a man of substance and impact. It is a moving story that will resonate with athletes, coaches, parents -- anyone struggling to make the right choices in life. ... Read more

    12. Secrets And Mysteries Of The World
    by Sylvia Browne
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    For those of us who have always been fascinated by the unexplained—or inadequately explained—secrets and mysteries of this world, Sylvia Browne now brings her great insight.

    Using a combination of information from her spirit guide Francine as well as her own incredible psychic powers, Sylvia augments current scientific research to provide us with detailed explanations about seeming inexplicable concepts.

    From the Great Pyramid to Stonehenge, Sylvia reveals amazing facts about some of the world’s most mysterious sites. The truth behind sacred and controversial objects such as the Shroud of Turin and the Holy Grail are brought to light; and fascinating and mystifying topics such as crop circles, the Lost Continent of Atlantis, UFOs, Easter Island, and much more are examined and clarified.

    Sylvia tears away the obscure and timeworn explanations that hide the underlying truths about these fascinating subjects. ... Read more

    13. Searching For God Knows What
    by Donald Miller
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    Catlog: Book (2004-10-13)
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    14. The Language of Letting Go (Hazelden Meditation Series)
    by Melody Beattie
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    Reflecting on the core issues of codependency, Melody Beattie encourages readers to trust themselves on their journey to self-care.Each meditation is filled with the personal warmth and insight Beattie brings to all of her books. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A lifeline
    I'll admit it -- I read this book through a crisis and a time of life that saw transitions everywhere. And while I'm still reeling from pain, and disbelief of the events that have happened to me in the past few years, I am already so much better from reading this book.

    When I find myself tempted by defeating behaviors, reading one passage reminds me why I don't want to continue down that road any longer.

    The funny thing is, I never saw myself as a codependent or as an addictive person. It doesn't matter what type of turmoil you're going through -- this book WILL remind you of a better way of life.

    It truly is a lifeline. I keep a copy at work and am discovering I'll need one at home to. If you struggle with any type of negativity, this book can help remind you that it's really going to be okay.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Language of Letting Go
    I have owned a copy of 'The Language of Letting Go' since its original publication in 1996 and am still finding it useful and pertinent to my daily living. I bought the book at a time when I needed some guidance and this book provided this and more. It has allowed me to understand that what I feel is both normal and natural and that I should not deny emotions and thoughts that inevitably surface.

    I have suffered from post-viral depression, stress from studying, loneliness and yes, co-dependency. Melody Beattie, in this book has helped me to realise that I shouldn't try to push my fears and needy emotions aside. Rather I have come to realise I should just let the feelings go, and realise I can't control everything in my life.

    I am still using the book, not everyday but when I feel I need to. Inevitably I find what I need in each daily meditation. This has always been a daily tonic to me.

    Recently I lent my book to a good friend who is going through a very rough time - She was involved in a bad car accident she was told she should have died in. Since that time she has suffered from an eating disorder and has tried to push her closest friends and family away from her, afraid that she could hurt us with her pain. I know this book has helped her enormously, she told me so. Now I'm buying one for her. I think this is probably the best gift I could give her.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong with this book!
    Written by the experts, it offers sound and invaluable advice on letting go and releasing yourself from co-dependency.

    5-0 out of 5 stars AUTHOR REVIEW - FIVE STARS
    The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie is an excellent tool for anyone who wants to work through the painful process of ending a relationship. I highly recommend this book!

    John D. Moore, MS, CADC
    Author of Confusing Love with Obsession

    5-0 out of 5 stars MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
    Melody Beattie's book "The Language Of Letting Go" is a tender caring work of art.
    Gently she speaks to the spirit inside of us and lets us know that it is ok to be ourselves.
    Something most of us are not use to doing, something we need to be allowed to do.

    Her words are those of one who has tasted of the emotions that she shares and her advise is like sweet honey to the reader.
    Sometimes what we need is just someone to say, it's ok to be you! The author does this and more.
    A very well written meditation book that will soothe many that read the words between the covers of this work.
    Recommended! ... Read more

    15. Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation
    by Parker J.Palmer
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    The old Quaker adage, "Let your life speak," spoke to author Parker J. Palmer when he was in his early 30s. It summoned him to a higher purpose, so he decided that henceforth he would live a nobler life. "I lined up the most elevated ideals I could find and set out to achieve them," he writes. "The results were rarely admirable, often laughable, and sometimes grotesque.... I had simply found a 'noble' way of living a life that was not my own, a life spent imitating heroes instead of listening to my heart."

    Thirty years later, Palmer now understands that learning to let his life speak means "living the life that wants to live in me." It involves creating the kind of quiet, trusting conditions that allow a soul to speak its truth. It also means tuning out the noisy preconceived ideas about what a vocation should and shouldn't be so that we can better hear the call of our wild souls. There are no how-to formulas in this extremely unpretentious and well-written book, just fireside wisdom from an elder who is willing to share his mistakes and stories as he learned to live a life worth speaking about. --Gail Hudson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Living life with purpose!
    To discover the purpose and meaning in life is an aspiration that all people desire and seek. Many live a lifetime never finding their true purpose for why they were born and what their contribution towards community should be. Parker Palmer addresses this need head on. In his book Let Your Life Speak, Palmer explains that it is through listening and responding to the signs of life that we can find hope, comfort and peace. Parker uses his personal life, to tactfully illustrate the seasons of life that all experience. Parker causes the reader to explore their souls and lives to discover why we too are given our gift of life and what are we to do with it. Parker encourages this inner examination and encourages a response of reality and integrity. This little book is both practical and inspirational.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Quietly Paradoxical
    Parker Palmer creates a peacful arena for understanding our own lives by sharing what he has experienced and learned from his own. I found this book to be a "quick read" on the one hand and yet I keep going back and rereading parts of it ... and then rereading the whole section.

    I came away from reading this book - the first time - with a peace about my life and how I have lived it. I better understand the lessons I have been taught and more faith about the path I am following. A whole lot for a little book to accomplish.

    1-0 out of 5 stars fluffy. very, very fluffy.
    my god, what an obnoxious, over-wrought, self-important heap of nonsense. this man thinks far too highly of his life story, which is low on anything truely trying and high on sentimentality. i quote:

    "i love the fact that the word humus, the dacayed vegatable matter that feeds the roots of plants, comes from the same root that gives rise to the word humility. it is a blessed etymology. it helps me understand that the humiliating events of life, the events that leave 'mud on my face' or that 'makes my name mud' may create the fertile soil in which something new can grow."

    well, good for you, pal. the oft-used metaphores and life stories that are not incoherent are utterly laughable in a droll, sugary way that does not lend itself to serious reading. some people may be capable of enjoying such writing and finding it truly inspiring. i am not one of those folks, and do not reccomend this book. to anyone.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Interesting if Not Useful
    I found this book to be an interesting read into one man's journey toward self-discovery. He has some good insights into how one might take a different view of the world and find one's true vocation.

    From my perspective, it was a bit too self-absorbed and self-engrandizing. I would recommend this book to anyone that is depressed about his or her life and needs to find a potential source of comfort. If you have a fairly good sense of self, this book may not be of great benefit.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Validating....
    This book is an inspiration for those feeling "the pull"--the struggle between "what society tells me I should be doing" and "what I feel I need/was born to do". Both my husband and I could not put it down. Palmer validated our feelings of "I don't think the rat race is what life is really about..." whereby giving us the confidence to pursue major life and career changes. Read a paragraph, stop and think...and then read on.... ... Read more

    16. St Thomas Aquinas Summa Theologica (translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province) (5 Volume Set)
    by St. Thomas Aquinas
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    Asin: 0870610635
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    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent investment!
    Anybody who seriously studies theology and/or philosophy, especially those who are Roman Catholic, must have some knowledge of this timeless classic written by St. Thomas Aquinas.

    I heartily recommend this English translation of the Summa Theologica; however, if you want to do scholarly research, it would be best to get your hands on a copy of a good Latin version. A good Latin version provides access to many nuances not adequately expressed in the English translation.

    Serious and orthodox Catholics, especially, will discover the Summa Theologica to be an endless font of knowledge and wisdom.

    If you are a non-specialist or a person with little background in philosophical-theology and the history of ideas, it would be wise to find a companion to guide you. For this purpose, I recommend anything on the topic written by Rev. Dr. Brian Davies, OP (Oxford University), Rev. Dr. Armand Maurer, OSA (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies), Dr. Ralph McInerny (University of Notre Dame), and/or Dr. Eleonore Stump (Saint Louis University). Be careful not to read St. Thomas blindly without guides who have truly studied his thought. These scholars will provide much needed background and prerequisite knowledge.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Single Foremost Work of Catholic Theology in History
    St. Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica is the premier work of Catholic theology, studied at all major Catholic universities and seminaries, as well as by theologians and philosophers of religion of all denominations. Of St. Thomas' many works, this 5-volume masterpiece presents a systematic and organic treatment of several thousand important theological questions, ranging from God, the Trinity, and the nature of Christ, to the nature and psychology of the human person and the nature and mission of the Church. St. Thomas considers creation in its natural light, as well as under the operations of grace, including discussions of morality, redemption, the sacraments, and the operation of divine providence. The scope of topics is enormous, and these few hardly do justice to the contents.

    The format of this work is arranged into individual articles for easy reading of St. Thomas' answers to individual questions, but there is a continuity to the way questions are raised and answered that makes the work a unified whole -- not simply a theological manual or encyclopedia, but also a profound read from cover to cover. A leading biographer of Thomas (O'Meara) has called the Summa "a cathedral of thought," which is perhaps the best description for such a short space here.

    This translation has been prepared by the Fathers of the English Dominican Province. This information is not evident in the on-line description, but it should be, since it is very important that the translation of the Latin is accurate and in conformity with modern usage. (I found out by searching the ISBN at the Library of Congress website). There are many translations of the Summa available, but not all are good. The English Dominican Father's translation is one of the best editions available, and widely recommended in scholarly circles.

    While the Summa Theologica is available at libraries and on the internet, it is very convenient to own your own copy of such a large work. This edition is sturdily bound with decent margins for notes, with each of the 5 volumes of a portable size and weight. (The earlier two-volume editions are large and unwieldy.)

    I heartily recommend this work and this particular edition of the Summa in English

    5-0 out of 5 stars Profitable Even For Non-Catholics
    You might get the idea from some of these postings that only Catholics could care about Thomas, especially hearing about how he manages to theologically justify some, ah, rather untheological matters (if you have read some of these reviews, you will know what I mean). This is quite false. Most of the Summa is quite interesting to anyone interested in philosophy, especially the two traditions that Thomas inherited and synthesized, the Aristotelian and the Augustinian. Near the very beginning, he divides off the formal features of God (eternity, immutability, simplicity, et cetera) from the attributes proper, which is a very fruitful means to begin. I've also found his work on the will, and on ethics generally, to be insightful, and I think that the kind of concreteness that characterizes Thomas' treatment of the will is incredibly profitable.

    I've never read the Summa from cover to cover - indeed, I doubt that too many of the reviewers here have - but there is much here to feast upon for philosophers and theologians of all traditions, especially those interested in Virtue Ethics (a movement I confess I have great sympathy for). Don't be frightened off from it simply because some Catholics act as if the Summa IS Catholicism itself. I think that is a rather naive view, since it is clear that (1) Catholicism has changed a fair bit since Thomas' time, and (2) as Chesterton said, the Catholic Church is bigger on the inside than on the outside - so even within the RCC, there can be huge controversy over some points, such as whether to adopt a Thomistic conception of providence or a Molinist one.

    Detractions? Some of his speculative work is, by my lights, too speculative, but this does not detract from the many arguments that are rich, deep, and grounded. Read Thomas for what he does in fact argue, and judge for yourself where he is successful, or where he at least provides fruitful insight.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read For All Who Seek The Truth
    I had read some Aquinas in college and decided to get the complete Summa Theologica. I believe that this is a must read for all people who seek the truth, not just Christians or Catholics. In today's day and age in America and our world where the secularists are attacking our traditional foundation on a daily basis one will find much knowledge and comfort in this brilliant work. These books logically and eloquently provide the foundation for true clarity of thought rather then the emotion driven cultural relativism that seeks to remove God and absolute truth from all things. After all it is important to remember the very foundation of truth and law itself: God

    5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliance!
    The Eucharist, Mary, the essence of God, how to obtain salvation, the nature of Christ! This set of books effectively affirms virtually every Catholic doctrine using Holy scriptures, philosophy, and theology in a way not forgetting reason, but embracing it! ... Read more

    17. The Courage to Teach : Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
    by Parker J.Palmer
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    Average Customer Review: 3.97 out of 5 stars
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    As a spiritually inspirational book for teachers, The Courage to Teach is one of the best. The premise is concise and unarguable: good teaching comes from the identity and the integrity of the teacher. Teachers are encouraged to turn their inquiring minds inward--developing a deeper understanding of what it means to fulfill the spiritual calling of teaching. Good teachers share one trait, says author Parker Palmer, they are able to weave a complex web of connections among themselves, their subjects, and their students, so that students can learn to weave a world for themselves. The connections made by good teachers are held not in their methods but in their hearts--the place where intellect and emotion and spirit and will converge in the human self. --Gail Hudson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Reading Group Favorite
    My professional reading group is currently reading and journaling about The Courage To Teach. We have read many books about teaching and learning together, but Palmer's book brings us to our knees. As we focus on "Who" we are as educators, we are forced to soulfully search our spirits for that which makes us willing to greet each day in the classroom. We unanimously agree that Palmer's book should be required reading for every teacher in America. We are finding ourselves again.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and Honest
    "The Courage to Teach" should be read again and again. It invokes new insights into your teaching career every time at various points in your life. The concepts are inspiring, and the conclusions honest.

    If I have any complaints, it's that at times in the book, the language became a bit thick and abstract, losing the reader in extensive passages that might need to be reread several times to fully understand. For example, a sentence from page 105 reads:

    "In rejecting the objectivist model, I have not embraced a relativism that reduces truth to whatever the community decides, for the community of truth includes a transcendent dimension of truth-knowing and truth-telling that takes us beyond relativism and absolutism alike."

    To be fair, this quote is taken out of context, and I know that the book is not meant to be read like a pleasure novel... it's much deeper and more though-provoking than that. It's a real gem when Palmer describes examples of his points from classroom experiences, but I found myself choking on the pages of abstract language separating these examples. It took me longer than expected to finish.

    Despite my minor misgivings, I highly recommend the book... especially to teachers. It'll be a permanent fixture on my bookshelf for years.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
    I notice that the more negative reviews posted here are from semi-literate people. Makes sense. If you are actually educated and teaching, this book is extemely inspiring. It is a good counterpoint to the test and assessment-centered madness that is being foisted upon the US by the current radically conservative government. It tells the truth about what makes a good teacher. I highly recommend this book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars For any teacher, this should be in your library for your use
    Recently I have been teaching Middle School Students as Substitute.
    I agree with this book's philosophy. I love to teach younster, but get mad when they do not respoect and listen. My heart is there along with my head.
    I need to use my heart more.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Points to Ponder
    I was not enchanted or spiritually lifted after I had read this highly-praised book. It was too much talk with little background. I love stories that empower, or motivate, where as that was what I was expecting with this book and was sadly disappointed. It scared me more to become a teacher (with it's sherr negativity) and failed to make me fel the need to explore my inner landscape. ... Read more

    18. The Disappearance of the Universe: Straight Talk About Illusions, Past Lives, Religion, Sex, Politics, and the Miracles of Forgiveness
    by Gary R. Renard
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    Asin: 1401905668
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-30)
    Publisher: Hay House
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    Average Customer Review: 4.89 out of 5 stars
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    What would you do if you were sitting quietly in your living room when a mysterious couple appeared from out of nowhere—and then told you they were "ascended masters" who had come to reveal some shocking secrets of existence and teach you the miraculous powers of advanced forgiveness?

    When two such teachers appeared before Gary Renard in 1992, he chose to listen to them (and ask a lot of impertinent questions). The result is this startling book: an extraordinary record of 17 mind-bending conversations that took place over nearly a decade, reorienting the author’s life and giving the world an uncompromising introduction to a spiritual teaching destined to change human history. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great For Beginners or Advanced Students
    I've been studying A Course in Miracles since 1978. I've read all the popular and many of the not so popular books about it. I've seen and heard all the best teachers. This book takes a back seat to no spiritual book in the world, and having just seen the author in person, he takes a back seat to no spiritual teacher in the world. The Disappearance of the Universe is the state of the art of spirituality. It's the future happening now. It uncannily serves as both an introduction to the uninitiated as well as an advanced explanation of ACIM to experienced practitioners. It does this by explanations of spiritual principles that are as clear and sharp as a laser beam. It has humor that works just right to lighten the more serious topics that are discussed.

    Either Saint Thomas and Saint Thaddaeus really appeared to Gary Renard in person as he says and gave him all of this information, or Renard himself has a tremendous gift for combining his personal life experiences with the very best spiritual teachings in the world. The book would work either way, but if Renard could write this on his own then why would he prefer the false humility of presenting himself as the student instead of the teacher? I think the book works so well because Renard is one of us, and he engages his teachers in language that we can accept and understand, making very advanced metaphysical principles and their applications refreshingly accessable to any interested student.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Recommended reading for all serious ACIM practitioners
    The Disappearance of the Universe is a must read for every modern day disciple of A Course In Miracles. The reader's passion for the Course is completely revitalized, and his or her practice of forgiveness is turbo-charged to a new and all-encompassing level. "Sooner or later, it always comes down to some kind of forgiveness and how willing you are to do it. How willing are you to accept that it's all your dream? How willing are you to release your dream and choose God?"

    With over 400 pages, The Disappearance of the Universe is a fairly long book, but author Gary Renard has an honest and irreverant way of expressing himself, which makes it enjoyable and interesting to read. Renard doesn't hide behind the pretense of always getting everything just right along the spiritual path. Many examples of his own petty thoughts are fearlessly shared. Renard also has the welcome and rare ability to smartly restate some of the more complicated Course ideas in plain language that everyone can understand and apply. No mumbo jumbo. No compromising of spiritual principles to conform to popular psychology. No spiritualizing of money or sex. It's all so refreshing.

    But I've saved the best for last. Gary Renard simply cannot resist wisecracking his way to God. Here are a couple of my personal favorites: "Love is letting go of beer," and "'s possible to have both an erection and a resurrection." Maybe one of the best reasons to read this book is simply because it makes you smile.

    Don't worry about whether you'll like this book or not because you will. Click on the "buy" button and get it today!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The layman's Gateway from the Samsara to the Nirvana
    The "Disappearance of the Universe", does just that. It is the modern day portal, between the world of multiplicity and form to the symbolic-less meaningful reality of formlessness. Pursah and Arten are fun, I would like to meet up with them for a few beers and maybe some Guinness. They are a contradistinction, to Jesus's tone in ACIM, which seems more at home in the incarnation of a compassionate military leader, while still emphasizing the distance. I love Jesus's content in the course, but I hate his form. This is mirrored in his general tone within the form of the course. It is that of a Shakespeare, shaking his spear, and so enforces duality. It is often not a tone of seeming Equals, no matter what it says. During the apparent timeframe that "A disappearance of the universe", was written, and before , I got around to reading, "A Course in Miracles", I was enlightened through the spiritual superfluidity, of Osho and Atisha, most particularly, through, Osho's tapes, expounding "The book of wisdom" , but I have to say, "A Course in Miracles", offers the most practical course and direct approach to enlightenment, that I have come by, or expect to come by. It's central message of forgiveness re-inforces, the true reality, which is one of non-differentiation, and which follows naturally, from the seemingly altrusitic practice that it propounds. The cental contribution of "The disappearance of the universe", is to package ACIM in a more readable form suitable for a majority. It bridges both the worlds, while still holding out a bridge to the real world.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - Mind Blowing!
    This is probably the best book I have ever read. And it is making me go broke because I keep buying more copies for relatives and friends! I am also recommending it to everyone. You will need Jesus' A Course In Miracles to make it complete if you ever wish to stop the endless revolving door of reincarnation. The principles in the book are so simple and yet can be so difficult. It is easy to say "I forgive you" but to really mean it all the time is an accomplishment. You will learn how to do it and how to do it every day of your life.

    I have never been more thankful to an author than I am to Gary. If you don't already have the book - you might as well go ahead and get it now because eventually you WILL get this book - if not in this lifetime, than in another.

    Blessings To You, Gary, and Many Thanks -

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Presentation of the Truth
    Gary Renard is a regular guy who has had some amazing experiences, and they are presented in this fascinating book through his narration as well as throughout the 17 chapters that mostly consist of conversations he had over a period of nine years with an enlightened couple who appeared to him "in the flesh" from "out of nowhere." Disciples at the time of Jesus, yet enlightened in our future, Arten and Pursah, as they are named, explain why time must be viewed as holographic rather than linear, cover numerous spiritual topics and eventually explain in detail the until now difficult to grasp teachings of A Course in Miracles. This is a great book!

    The fact that this book has taken on a life of its own and is being read several times by those who buy it, as well as given away by so many of them, doesn't come as a surprise to me. I couldn't put it down. A spiritual book doesn't get any better than this, that is, if you're ready for it and don't expect your spirituality to always be sugar coated. The Disappearance of the Universe is funny, even a little racy at times, but perhaps that's because Renard is a real guy, and his teachers talk to him in a way he can accept and understand. The result is the clearest explanations of advanced spiritual principles I've ever seen, and it doesn't stop there, but leads the reader into the practical application of what is described as "advanced forgiveness." This in turn leads to the removal of unconscious guilt from the mind which is an absolute necessity in order for true enlightenment to be achieved. Only then can we break the cycle of birth and death. The book very clearly explains why most spiritual paths, while necessary for those who practice them, do not accomplish this unconscious guilt removal that is so essential for true enlightenment.

    "Disappearance" is a "must read." It's not always saying the same thing as everything else, but it is saying something of GREAT importance, and does so with humor, clarity and brilliance. The entertainment value alone would make this book worth reading! But it is much, much more than just entertainment. It is the way home. ... Read more

    19. The Barbarian Way : Unleash the Untamed Faith Within
    by ErwinRaphael McManus
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    Asin: 0785264329
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-10)
    Publisher: Nelson Books
    Sales Rank: 2892
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Erwin McManus wasn't raised in a Christian home, so when he came to Christ as a college student, he didn't know the rules of the "religious club." He didn't do well in Shakespeare courses, so he didn't really understand the KJV Bible he was given either. But he did understand that prayer was a conversation, and he learned to talk to God and wait for answers. Erwin's way was passionate and rough around the edges-a sincere, barbaric journey to Christ.

    Barbaric Christians see Jesus differently than civilized Christians. They see disciples differently, and they see Christ's mission differently. The Barbarian Way is a call to escape "civilized" Christianity and become original, powerful, untamed Christians-just as Christ intended.

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Not disappointing
    As an avid McManus reader, this book lived up to all my expectations.It's a book that calls you to challenge the very core of who you are, and challenge all the false, comfortablenotions of Christianity that are out there.At times, I wanted to throw the book down, tear off my shirt, run to a mountaintop and scream "JESUS" for all the world to hear.In a good way.My only complaint?Too short.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, thought-provoking book!
    This book delivers a passionate challenge to follow Christ in a way that is life-changing, not life-enhancing; to know a God who would rather "call [us] to greater endeavors, rather than send [us] back to the safe place."If you have the desire to tranform your faith into one that is daring, untamed, and liberating, this is the book for you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Someone finally tells the truth....
    All I can say is......finally someone has the guts to tell me that there is a better way to follow God. A life alive in Him;not some hum drum whimpy walk. Pastor McManus has put more in 141 pages that I have read in the last 5 years. I know God has saved my soul;but Pastor M has set my spirit free to do my dream!!!! I praise God for that. Do yourself a favor-get free adn BE a barbarian

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must buy for anyone wanting to take the world for Christ
    What a tremendous book, I could not put it down.I have never felt so challenged to go to battle for Christ before.Get ready for an in your face look at where the church is and should be.If you don't like to be uncomfortable you may not want to read this.But if you want to be challenged to "follow" Christ then buckle up for this one.This book is easy to read and follow.Mr. Mcmanus once again writes so people can understand in plain english.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Provocative Read
    I really enjoyed and appreciated this book.McManus issues a timely challenge to the church to move out of "comfortable" and into "relevant."This book provided much food for thought.I have already recommended it to several friends and will continue to do so.A great read that continues to "speak" to you long after you turn the final page. ... Read more

    20. Your Best Life Now Journal : A Guide to Reaching Your Full Potential
    by Joel Osteen
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    Asin: 0446577847
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-11)
    Publisher: Warner Faith
    Sales Rank: 1399
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    The perfect companion to Joel Osteen’s bestselling book helps readers integrate his seven life-changing principles into their daily lives. YOUR BEST LIFE NOW JOURNAL gives readers the ultimate tool to improve their lives by devoting a week to each of Osteen’s seven principles: • enlarging one’s vision • developing a healthy self-image • discovering the power of one’s thoughts and words • letting go of the past • finding strength through adversity • living to give • and choosing to be happy. YOUR BEST LIFE NOW JOURNAL brings readers one step closer to achieving lifelong happiness through Osteen’s doses of daily scripture, inspirational thoughts and insights, guiding questions, and space for personal reflection. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars An Uplifting Devotional Journal Companion Worth Reading
    Pastor Joel Osteen is a very powerful man of God who preaches the true living word of God. In his debut best selling book Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential, Joel Osteen provides simple steps to help turn your attitude around. He shows us how to change our attitude towards Christ, life, and those around us. Instead of getting lost in anger, depression, and negativity, he provides a variety of passages to uplift your outlook and spirit. What this book provides is a baseline for changing your attitude towards life. However Joel proposes that positive thinking, & following God's will is also self-fulfilling. This is an uplifting and encouraging book worth reading. I highly recommend this Journal Companion book along with Joel Osteen's Best Selling Book "Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps To Living At Your Full Potential" to share with your family, your friends, & with those who need hope & encouragement in their lives. This would make a great gift for you son or Daughter who is a High School graduate & a College graduate.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Tool to Reach Your Best Life Now
    I met Pastor Joel Osteen at a book signing at our local Borders and watch his show on tv every chance I get. Good to see a down to earth tv minister who walks the walk not just talks the talk.

    While Your Best Life Now is must reading, I highly recommend Your Best Life Journal in addition to the best selling book. This book breaks down the 7 steps into a series of 7 day cycles. Each day has a short chapter, challenges you to work and ends with a prayer.

    In addition the book is loaded with a series of inspiring quotes by famous people like Helen Keller, Robert Kennedy, John Wooden, Booker T. Washington, Oliver Wendell Holmes and more and many biblical verses as well.

    The journal will help you put the 7 life-changing principles to work and enable you to start living Your Best Life Now.

    May the rest of your life be the best of your life!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Complements The Book
    De Colores!!

    The journal is a perfect companion to the book.It allows you to reflect more on topics and keep track of your thoughts.I read the book at home and then listened to the CD while I was driving around town, they reinforced each other.

    This is one of the books every Christian needs to read.Like "The Purpose Driven Life" it will change the way you live, if applied to your life.

    Pastor Joel is an anointed man of God!


    4-0 out of 5 stars Practical Guide to Keeping on the Path
    I am a huge fan of "Your Best Life Now", and find Joel Osteen's words and vision to be clear, practical and definitely true to the Spirit. But with all books of this nature, its tough to develop a personal action plan from sections of the book.

    This guidebook breaks down, in a concise weekly format, the 7 steps Pastor Osteen reccomends to reach your best life. Simple to follow, easy to read, and includes great words of inspiration.

    If you want to go from merely reading to action, this inexpensive, yet very insightful tool is a great investment. ... Read more

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