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Complete Story of the Course: The History, the People, and the Controversies Behind "A Course in Miracles" Paperback – August, 1997
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The Course is not easy to classify. It has Christian themes and terminology, but it's not Christianity. It has the compassion of Buddhism, but it's not Buddhist. It has Hindu-like non-duality, but is not Hindu. It has the Freudian analysis of the ego, yet it's not pure psychoanalysis. It was "channeled," but it's not Edgar Cayce. It is currently embraced mostly by those within the "New Age," but it contains no rituals or crystal gazing, no mention of UFOs or planetary alignment, no aura work, no meditations, no chants, no laying-on-of-hands, no directions for group work, no lessons on the development of psychic powers, and none of the "positive thinking" and prosperity consciousness that is the hallmark of most New Age paths.Read more ›
This book explained in good detail how ACIM came about, the controversies behind it, and its effects on those who study it. There are full accounts of critics of ACIM and why they disagree with or what they despise about the course. I found their opinions helpful, yet was more taken in by the personal accounts of students from all walks of life kinds describing the effects the course has had on their lives.
Also, since Miller is a student of ACIM, I felt that he could accurately represent the ideas behind it. He also admits there are somewhat "Cult-like" divisions (like Endeavor Academy, which he takes accounts from those who lived there rather than experiencing it on his own, can't say I blame him).
The only qualm I have with this book is I would like to see some accounts of students who were into ACIM but shyed away from it for whatever reasons, or how they overcame the difficult terminology.
This book is ideal for those considering studying ACIM, and I believe it states things objectively enough to let you make up your own mind.
May I also mention that I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Miller at the "ACIM Into The New Millennium" conference in San Francisco this past February and I have to say that he is a very approachable, caring, down to earth, humorous man. I fully appreciated the time spent visiting with him personally and attending his workshop. I know that he has an ego just like the rest of us, however, he hides it very well:-).
When someone asked me last week what I thought of "A Course in Miracles", I realzied that although I had heard the name for years I knew *nothing* of what it was, where it came from, or what it taught.
Mr. Miller's book did a good job of explaining what the Course is, and the gist of it's message. In the course of this, he convinced me that Helen Schuckman had a genuine spiritual experience -- something I was prepared to doubt, before.
I am not a "seeker" -- I have an active & fulfilling spiritual life, that does not include the Course. And I have neither the time nor desire to read The Course as a primary text, simply to learn *about* it.
Because of this, I found Mr. Miller's book invaluable.
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This is a concise but comprehensive review of its subject, though it has now become a little dated. Perhaps another edition may be in order. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Martin N. Pettet
Regrettably, we purchased a brand new copy of a book from 'ourbookloft' showing as new. It is not new by any stretch of the imagination. The cover is 'dog earred' and dirty. Read morePublished on November 26, 2011 by Dash
This book does a good job of orienting an ACIM student to most that has been written about it minus Gary Renard's two books. Read morePublished on June 18, 2007 by Patrick Curren
This book was extremely helpful in finding out exactly what the Course is all about.
When someone asked me last week what I thought of "A Course in Miracles", I... Read more
"The Complete Story of The Course" provides a readable overview of the teachings of The Course in Miracles, its origins and history, and the varied points of view of many... Read morePublished on January 6, 1999