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  • Series: Plus
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 40 Anv edition (December 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061723797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061723797
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A wonderful book...truly a life-changer, as many readers know. This book really does release the power within us all.” (Norman Vincent Peale)

About the Author

Eric Butterworth (1916-2003), often referred to as a "Twentieth Century Emerson," is considered a legend and spiritual icon in the Unity Movement. A visionary and an innovator, he originated the Spiritual Therapy Workshops. The author of sixteen bestselling books on metaphysical spirituality, a gifted theologian, philosopher, and lecturer, Butterworth was a highly respected New Age pioneer and innovator of New Thought, whose life was dedicated to helping people to help themselves.


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I read this book with a highlighter.
Lynn Warren
Honestly, I truly do not believe I would have gotten nearly as much out of this book had I read it two years ago.
Julie Tang
Eric Butterworth shows us the way to a rich and rewarding life: dogma free!
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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful By d43boy on August 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
What can I say about this book? Eric Butterworth was a legend in the Unity movement. He was a Unity minister for many, many years. For those of you not familiar with Unity, this is not a problem. You can still glean so much knowledge and advice from this book. The insights and Truth that is found in these pages will change your life! This book really speaks to the true nature of Jesus the Christ and who he really was. What is Christ Consciousness? And what are princples of Truth? What does the Bible say about reincarnation? Past lives? How do we live to our true, full and glorious potential? All these questions are answered in this book. This book really helps us to 'come up higher' and listen to that 'still, small voice' inside us. It teaches us that all God wants for us is ultimate good! It teaches us about Divine Order and how God is constantly working with us to help us reach our highest good! Oprah has read this book and was moved. Maya Angelou writes a beatiful preface, calling Butterworth her mentor and spiritual teacher. Even if you have never heard of Unity, don't let that discourage you from reading this book. Who knows? Maybe you'll be more interested in Unity after this book and want to learn more! This is truly a life-changing book and has changed the way I think about our brother and way-shower, Jesus. This is a must read!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Cameron Switzer on January 18, 2013
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I am enjoying this book but not loving it.

Lets get the negative point out of the way: I have never been a fan of religion; I have tried visiting many different sects of Christianity (RC, Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, and more) but have always felt the "sermons" to be more about "man the sinner, the fallible creature who can never be good enough until he is dead, and finally gets to go to Heaven". Who wants to grow up hearing negative crap like that? It conditions your brain to see yourself as lacking potential, missing something, bad. "Original sin" is probably the most psychologically and everlasting damage the church could ever instill in its congregation. We should be told of our infinite potential for everything, the blessings and the goodness within us, our abilities to achieve all that Jesus achieved and more (as Jesus told people was possible). But that doesn't happen in traditional church and that has never sat well with me. If you don't give a flower sunlight and water, the most precious gifts from god, the flower dies. Humans are the same.

So, while reading this book there are times when Butterworth comes across as a "minister" and that gets my "ego up". I started to turn away from the wise words within. But that is my problem, and once I realized that it was happening, I could use the "gap" I have learned to create between action and reaction, picture myself doing that or thinking it, and then choose NOT to react in my traditional way.

Once I did that, the beauty of this book was opened up to me, and the path to a higher understanding was cleared for me.

God, The Universe, Force, whatever you want to call it, acted through me, to help me see things differently.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book started me on a path to spiritual truth. It built my confidence level and I made a quantum leap in my life since reading this book. My favourite chapter is the one on forgiveness. it freed me

Cheryl from Trinidad
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Danny Stoppenbach on December 13, 2009
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I have been on book reading binge for the past 6 years, for pure enjoyment, and mostly spiritual growth. This book was possibly the most enlightening, and enjoyable books I've read in recent years. It doesn't come off as being preachy, but it has opened my eyes and heart. I feel the world would be a much nicer place to live if everyone took the time, and really read this book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Aldon K Samaha on July 14, 2011
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I have ordered this book many times over the past 2 years for classes I teach in church. It is the best book for anyone wanting to understand the difference between standard Christianity and Unity or even New Thought. Rev. Butterworth strips away the embellished teachings about Jesus so that the reader can understand what Jesus actually taught. It's all in the Bible, but centuries of distortion have colored how we understand Jesus' teachings even as we see them in print. Read it, and you will forever understand Jesus in a whole new way.

A comment about Amazon. When I want something, I always check Amazon first because not only do they usually have it, they usually have it at the very best price. I have never used Ebay or anything like it because of the sometimes rediculously low prices I can get from Amazon. It's not just books. I have even gotten big screen projection lamps at the best price at Amazon.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joel Bjorling on January 19, 2011
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This book is a classic of the Unity School of Christianity or of metaphysical Christian philosophy. In my view, it states, very succinctly, the goal of the spiritual life--to discover the power within you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By karsiyaka on July 11, 2013
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This motivational, inspirational, spiritual, enlightening and mind expanding book was written about "What did Jesus really teach?" It is based on the teachings of Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, founders of the Unity Movement, and "Lessons in Truth" by Emilie Cady. Although anyone from any religious background can practice the Unity principles, the interpretation of Bible and Jesus's teachings in this book and "Lessons in Truth" are quite different than mainstream Christianity.

It is interesting that when I checked the reviews, there were two people who gave one star to this book. The first person didn't like it because "it was too religious" and the other one claimed "there was not enough religion in it." Unity is called "spirituality without dogma" and the Unity publications are highly motivational writings intertwined with metaphysical Christianity. Unity principles, also the content of this book, are as follow:

1. God is love, all good and the only source of our prosperity (Prosperity includes our emotional, mental, and spiritual as well as physical needs). He is omnipotent, omniscience and omnipresent.
2. Humans are made in God's image. Therefore, we all have Holy Spirit living in us.( the Divinity of Man)
3. What we dwell on is what we bring more of in our lives. Positive thinking brings positive results. (Energy flows where mind goes)
4. In order to be healthy mentally, physically and spiritually, we need to be connected to our Creator with regular prayer.
5. Affirmative prayer (Instead of pleading and bargaining with God, being grateful and thanking God for the answered prayer before it is answered) brings positive results.

If you are working on personal-growth and spiritual enlightenment, this is the book for you.
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