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70 of 76 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2007
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For students of a Course in Miracles the closer we get to the original text the better. All edition process demands selection and therefore at times ommision, at times slidings of meaning which occassionally improve and often deteriorate the original message.
In a book that claims to have been revealed by Jesus Christ the closer we get to work with the original text the better. Thanks for the effort of bringing to print this edition.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2011
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This original edition of the Course in Miracles is worth buying if you are a Course student or contemplating investigating Course material. Though all the versions of the Course are merely a reorganization of symbols "twice removed from reality," this original version contains, in the first five chapters, one-fifth more very direct, intimate words from Christ than the edited version which is the version commonly read. For example, there are 107 Principles of Miracles in the original edition, only 50 in the edited version of the Course in Miracles. After reading the original version of the Course in Miracles, I had to order A Course in Miracles: Original Edition.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
It is not very often we come across a book that says so much about who we are and why we are here. The error in perception, the illusion of separation, and why there is no such thing as guilt and sin are all central to its theme, and yet there is so much more. The wording of the text is almost biblical in tone, but such is the strength of its message it cannot fail to inspire those who open its pages. If you are genuine in your desire to understand the true meaning of your existence, including the cause of all your pain and suffering, then this really is the beginning of a journey that will change your life forever.

`Truth is restored to you through your desire, as it was lost to you through your desire for something else. Open the holy place that you closed off by valuing the "something else," and what was never lost will quietly return.'

It is a truly inspirational book without comparison. My only advice is that you take your time and understand the true depth of its message.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I've been studying the Course since 1994. I have read the Text multiple times. In all 3 versions. This version - Bill Thetford's edit - is BY FAR the clearest and easiest to read and, therefore, to understand. Everyone I know who's read both versions - and that's a lot of people - quickly see the clarity in the Original Edition that is demonstrably missing in the FIP version, as a direct result of the latter's arbitrary and extensive editing, especially in (but not confined to) the crucial, foundational chapters.

In addition, this version retains ALL of the originally emphasized words. It's almost like you can hear his voice as you read along. Almost like he's there in the room. Reading it to you. And my personal belief happens to be that he is.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I already owned this book from the late 80's, but in paperback, and I've always wanted a hardback copy - so my admiration of the book is exposed. I was intrigued to found out that apparently there are differant versions of this book, with more material, and upon reading this copy all is revealed as there is an essay included which gives a detailed exposition of the versioning process. This version is middle ground between the more commonplace version (my first version), and the typewritten text of the initial scribe.

I found the book to more Christian in character, which is I confess not entirely desirable as so many of the concepts are so laden with meaning, but the extra content did give further insight into some of the more esoteric areas of the Course. The essentially mystical or spiritual nature of this work however is undeniable in any version you can lay your hands on. Interestingly enough the book's cover also announces that the work is now in the public domain so you as the owner are free to do with it what you will.

For those who may need a little more help with the whole philosophy of the Course this may be the preferable version - along with the versioning essay alluded to before there is also a glossary of terms, and much more material in explanation of the course itself. All in all I was very happy with my purchase.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I am only a few pages into this amazing book, but I feel compelled to write to those who are looking at different editions: I noticed something very important here. The term used here for the vehicle of seeing/perceiving God's Truth is called the Spiritual Eye. In the notes to this edition, I read that the term is later changed to "Holy Spirit." I feel that this is a significant detail that has the potential to completely change the meaning of the text as a whole, and if you relate to this distinction, I would definitely urge you to choose this original edition.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
On my search to develop a deeper relationship with God, My Father, Jesus, My Savior and my best friend, The Holy Spirit...I was lead to The Course in Miracles...I was so moved by the inspired writing, I thought I'd write this review to encourage other committed Christians that their forgiveness through Christ is surely real and the Course will awaken a deep love & appreciation for our God and His perfect system of Forgiveness...I'm a bit of a tough guy but forgiveness has made me a better, nicer, happier man...I hope this book communicates with you as it has with me...God Bless
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2009
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The "Original Edition" of "A Course in Miracles" is based on a copy found in the library of Hugh Lynn Cayce at the Association for Research and Enlightenment. This edition is very interesting in that it contains an older form of the document with "mistakes" that are edited out in the versions copyrighted by the Foundation for Inner Peace and the Foundation for A Course in Miracles. It also contains material that was edited out that actually serves as a bridge to our understanding of concepts in ACIM. This book is a great companion for students of A Course in Miracles.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
First, it's important to know that ALL versions of A Course In Miracles have the same extraordinary mind-changing impact on the reader. They ALL offer the same revolutionary message, and they ALL bring you to love of self, love of others, and love of God. So, if you're new to the Course or just curious, don't worry too much about what version you select. Pick one and get started experiencing yourself as love.

That said, I have a strong affinity for this version, which is now officially referred to as the "Original" edition. You can easily recognize it by the string of pearl beads on the cover. In the past, the original version was called the Hugh Lynn Cayce edition and Jesus' Course In Miracles. It honors the words, editing and formatting as "originally" presented by Helen Schucman and Bill Thetford. Hence, the "original" term. The publisher, which is the Course In Miracles Society, embraces the concept that less tinkering is better. Consequently the only changes are to typos, spelling and punctuation errors. I liken it to eating food that's more natural, whole and less processed.

The other thing I really appreciate about this book is the hard cover and the heavy-weight quality of paper used for printing. This seems like a small and inconsequential detail, but once you start reading the Course, you never stop. All that transporting, page-turning and underlining takes a toll. The original hardcover version holds up and ages gracefully.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2010
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I've read all the edits of A Course in Miracles and find this Original Edition easier to read and understand, especially the first five chapters. In the Foundation's version of ACIM, 1/5 of the material dictated to Helen Schucman was edited out, which makes these early chapters very choppy because large sections of material are missing. I spent years trying to make sense of them, until I finally got a copy of the Original Edition of ACIM. Also, this original edition preserves the original language of the dictation of Chapters 17-22 on the Holy Relationship, which were addressed to both Helen Schucman and Bill Thetford as they collaborated to produce the manuscript. Later editing changed the focus to a solitary reader, removing the mutuality that is explicit in the original dictation and I believe an important element of the Course's teachings about Holy Relationships.
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