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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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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.
Miller, a veteran journalist and author of "A Little Book of Forgiveness", provides a comprehensive and balanced account of the teaching's history and evolution, including an overview of the Course itself, plus original interviews with Marianne Williamson and other important Course leaders and participants.
There are nice sections on the Course and psychotherapy and "The Voices of Students", a kind of in-their-own-words approach to some of the Course's mystery and appeal. Most compelling, though, is Miller's own ruminations about the Course and its effect on his own existence, a fine essay in its own right that will hit home with many readers and possibly nudge the curious another step closer to learning even more. Highly recommended.
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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 17 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