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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451648561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451648560
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

SQuire Rushnell, a former television president and CEO, was for twenty years an executive with the ABC TelevisionNetwork. Father of such programs for young people as Schoolhouse Rock and the ABC Afterschool Specials, he also led Good Morning America to the #1 spot. Author of the word-of-mouth phenomenon When God Winks, SQuire lives in Martha’s Vineyard with his wife, Louise.

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GPS STEP 1

SPEAK WITH THE NAVIGATOR

Let us begin by understanding Divine Alignment.

The Hertz rent-a-car agent advised that any vehicle could be equipped with a GPS navigational device—called “Never Lost.”

I remember thinking: Wouldn’t it be great if we all had GPS; a Global Positioning System . . . making sure we are “never lost”?

That’s when the penny dropped.

We do.

EACH OF US IS BORN WITH A BUILT-IN GPS. GOD’S POSITIONING SYSTEM.

Right from birth, we come equipped with a highly sophisticated navigational package that—through an internal voice of intuition and godwinks—divinely aligns us with people, as well as events, who assist us in reaching our destiny and keep us from losing our way.

Let me expand on that.

When that telephone call that “just happened” to connect you with someone who “coincidentally” placed you on a whole new track, or you bumped into that person who, oh so serendipitously, led you to a life-changing experience—a new job, a relationship, or a geographical move—you were encountering Divine Alignment, guided by your personal GPS.

I suspect you never stopped to ask, “Why was that person at that precise place, at that exact time, in order for me to bump into them?” Or, “Why did that phone call occur at that auspicious moment?”

Does this describe you? Day in and day out you nonchalantly encounter one person after another as you bound from one event to the next, casually accepting life as a series of accidents. Only when you stop to open your mind to the immense possibilities of Divine Alignment do you begin to see the marvelous connections and invisible threads that connect you from one person to another. You begin to understand that your life is not an accident at all. You’re not like a twig randomly floating down a stream to destinations unknown.

You begin to see the marvelous connections and invisible threads that connect you from one person to another.

Yet, as you travel through life, your hands are on the steering wheel most of the way. And one of the gifts you are given, factory installed, is free will.

You’re free to go too fast or too slow. To be reckless or responsible. Or even free to drive off the highway altogether, if that’s what you choose.

You also have the free will to acknowledge . . . or to ignore . . . that you are not here by accident.

The truth is, you are part of an incredible plan that was programmed into your DNA long before you were born.

How do you access that plan?

Within your own personal GPS you have a Navigator. Someone much bigger than you—and all of us—guiding your life.

The question is, How do you tune in? How do you communicate with the Navigator? How do you determine what purpose He has planned uniquely and especially for you?

Very simply—you communicate with Him.

HOW DO YOU COMMUNICATE WITH THE NAVIGATOR?

The best way is simply by talking with Him. The same way you’d talk with your father or grandfather. We have a word for it:

Prayer.

DON’T LET THAT WORD STARTLE YOU

I’ve searched my mind for a euphemism—another word that isn’t so, shall we say, unnerving—conceding that we are living in a society that is hypersensitive to political correctness. These days we’ve become so gun-shy we bolt from anything that smacks of religion.

In fact, you could be asking, “Should I drop this book here and now? I don’t want to read a religious book!”

This one isn’t. It’s spiritual, hopefully inspiring, but not religious.

Remind yourself that this book is written neither by Einstein nor by Billy Graham. It’s written by me, one of the fathers of ABC’s Schoolhouse Rock! A guy who brought you TV cartoons on Saturday morning. So, how theologically heady can it be?

• • •

Okay, regarding that little word we’re discussing, to be completely honest, I can’t conjure up a different word from the English language—other than prayer—to express what I want to say.

Moreover, prayer is not just a word we use in English. It’s a concept integral to every faith and probably every language.

In the absence of a suitable substitute, the word prayer is a perfectly fine choice.

So, I hope you’re in accord; in the absence of a suitable substitute, the word prayer is a perfectly fine choice. Let us therefore boldly welcome it to our lips along with other expressions, like talk, speak, or chat.

Programming her personal GPS by chatting with the Navigator—through prayer—is exactly what Carla did. Let’s let her story exemplify the concept.

CARLA’S CHAT

It seemed perfectly plausible when Carla’s friend called, looking for support.

“Alice was trying to have a baby and she wanted me to come to her apartment while she took the home pregnancy test,” she remembers.

But when she got to her friend’s place, Carla learned that Alice had purchased two pregnancy tests—one for herself and another as a control for Carla to administer.

“Sure, why not,” replied Carla, glad to help out.

One of the tests indicated a positive result. The other did not.

“But we were confused and surprised,” says Carla, “because the positive one was mine!”

The two women rushed back to the pharmacy, purchased two more tests, and repeated the procedure. The results were the same.

“I quickly called my ob-gyn,” explains Carla, “who took me in for examination that very afternoon. He did an ultrasound, and sure enough, there was the little tyke.”

Carla’s emotions took off like a roller coaster. The surprise of discovering her pregnancy, at a time when her life was already in turmoil, ushered in all kinds of uncertainties, contrasted with the unexpected joy that she was going to have a baby!

During the next few days she began to worry and doubt if she was worthy of being a mother; she started cramping and bleeding.

Worried, she rushed back to the doctor’s office.

The ultrasound was repeated. But, tragically, what was revealed on the screen was a shock; she had lost her baby.

“I was devastated,” whispers Carla.

The sadness was so overwhelming that she could hardly comprehend what the doctor was telling her to do—to come back in, in a couple of days, and have a D&C procedure to prevent infection.

Carla returned home. Her cloak of grief drew tight around her. She cried and cried. She remained in bed.

“I can’t describe the feeling, except to say that I felt like I was being pushed down . . . I felt heavy.”

She stayed home from work, skipped the D&C appointment, took no phone calls, and didn’t crawl from bed for a week.

“I was despondent . . . I continued to cry and cry. I thought I might be experiencing some normal depression following a miscarriage.”

She didn’t know what to do, or to whom she could turn. So . . . she called upon the Navigator.

“I was so completely distraught that I prayed, and prayed, and prayed. I begged God to please let it all be a mistake, that the doctors were wrong, promising to be the best mother in the world if I just had one more chance. I really believed I could get the baby back, somehow, if I prayed hard enough.”

When Carla finally pulled herself out of bed, she called the doctor and went to his office.

“He was a little mad at me for not showing up for my appointment,” she recalls.

Anticipating that he might scold her, she cautiously told him that she thought she might still be pregnant.

The doctor just looked at her sympathetically. He’d heard this before.

“You’re having a normal reaction to the trauma of losing a baby,” he said, choosing his words carefully. “Many women feel this way after a miscarriage. But . . .” he continued with firmness, “it’s very important now for you to have the D&C.”

Carla looked at him directly. She nodded slightly.

“I will. Provided you give me one more ultrasound.”

He stared at her a moment. Then, reluctantly, he agreed.

She quietly lay on the examining table as the doctor and nurses prepped for the ultrasound. They ran the instrument over her tummy while looking at the results on the screen.

And there, in black and white, was the very definite shape of a baby!

Carla could not believe her eyes, which were filling with tears of joy and relief as her lower lip began to quiver.

The doctor was speechless.

“I can’t explain it,” he said.

It remained unsaid, yet everyone in the room thought it: Thank God Carla was motivated to skip the D&C. For surely, had she not missed her appointment, there would have been no baby.

To this day Carla remains astonished with the series of events, and how her pleadings to the Navigator resulted in an outcome that no one could have predicted.

Her daughter is now sixteen years old and Carla has lived up to her promise to devote herself to raising her. She left her career behind to be a full-time mother and has no regrets. She thanks God every day for giving her the strength to believe in her own senses, overriding the doctors, when they were so certain that she was wrong and they were right.

Programming her personal GPS by talking with the Navigator . . . prayer . . . worked.

HOW DO YOU PRAY?

Very simply, prayer is communication with someone up there bigger than ...

More About the Author

Squire Rushnell, a former television president and CEO, was for twenty years an executive with the ABC Television Network. Father of such programs for young people as Schoolhouse Rock and the ABC Afterschool Specials, he also led Good Morning America to the #1 spot. Author of the word-of-mouth phenomenon When God Winks, Squire lives in Martha's Vineyard with his wife, Louise.

Customer Reviews

Very inspirational reading.
Saundra Juhola
This is a book that everyone needs read if they ever have any doubt about God moving in all circumstances and making a way for us with Divine Alignment.
Constance M. Jackson
After reading this book on my Kindle, I wanted to give this book to my sisters for Christmas.
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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Chloe on July 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
For many years I have had questions about why things happen that can't be explained. People come into your life at "just the right moment". You find yourself meeting people that pave the path to an answer you were looking for. I could never understand what it meant. I thought these things were odd, but I reasoned that it was just coincidence.

This book has definitely RE-aligned my thinking! Through very touching, real stories, the answer is simple and very clear. It is now so obvious that it is DIVINE intervention. The author is outstanding in his wisdom of not only being able to understand the meaning of what many think are coincidences, but he also has the ability to share theses moments of himself and others in his very powerful words.

I highly recommend this book. I am sure that every person who reads it, will be able to think of a time that they had a DIVINE ALIGNMENT. It is a book that I will be giving to many of my friends and family, as it is certainly a gift to us all. Thank you Mr. Rushnell.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Shelly Gray on July 14, 2012
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I have read all of Squire Rushnell's books and I really felt this one was the best! I love his "real life" stories about how faith in God guided people's lives. So interesting to read about famous people and their struggles to the top and realize we are all the same. I especially liked how he tied in all the "heaven experiences" and pointed out how most seem to miraculously say the same thing. I am a devout Catholic and have always experienced God Winks as Squire refers to them and absolutly feel they have guided my life. The more you acknowledge them, the more you have the experiences. If you haven't read his other books, I would read them first, but I highly recommend Divine Alignment. Very uplifing and reassuring and such a confirmation on prayers answered.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 23, 2012
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SQuire Rushnell delivers a beautifully written presentation of heartfelt stories with a special ability to share his own moments of inspiration and comfort. The uplifting stories are filled with wisdom, are reassuring, and touching. Over the years, so many have asked, 'why did this happen?' Of course, we all gave just about the same answer. Our thought process has us reacting in the same manner as we deny, ignore, or push the answer off to calling it a coincidence. Many of us, although curious, try to change the subject as the question becomes confusing. The mystery of unexpected events in our lives is portrayed by the author in this delightful and refreshing book. "DIVINE ALIGNMENT" is charming, heartwarming, enjoyable, and Highly Recommended!
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By R. Taney on July 22, 2012
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Divine Alignment is a captivating, impossible-to-put-down read that will validate all of the perfectly orchestrated things that have happened in your life and confirm that you are not crazy for thinking a higher power was somehow involved.

SQuire Rushnell quickly addresses any concerns his readers may have that Divine Alignment is a religious book in this way: "Remind yourself that book is written neither by Einstein nor by Billy Graham. It's written by me, one of the fathers of ABC's Schoolhouse Rock! A guy who brought you TV cartoons on Saturday morning. So, how theologically heady can it be?

This is definitely one of my all-time favorite reads.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lenora J Weller on July 31, 2012
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I found this book to be very inspirational and encouraging. I have a Christian Book Library full of Bibles and teaching guides, but sometimes it's just nice to read something that is simply uplifting.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jada Daves on July 26, 2012
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I LOVED "Divine Alignment." I am stunned at the quality of this book. It is power packed with spiritual inspiration--unmatched to anything I've ever had the privilege to read. SQuire has woven the stories together so beautifully to provide hope and healing. God flows supernaturally throughout the pages. His ability to communicate with profound conviction, without being preachy, amazes me. This book is truly a divine gift from the Lord, as it goes much deeper than any other in the Godwink series. It challenged me to make some changes in my life that will yield positive results.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karen Colizzi Noonan on August 5, 2012
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SQuire Rushnell's books speak to everyone who will open their hearts to listen. You do not need to be "religious" to understand the simple truth that God sends us messages of encouragement and faith every single day.

Everyone has had those "oh my" moments where something higher than "coincidence" is at play. This book (and the rest of the God Winks series) gives validation to the concept that it IS more than mere coincidence and gives us "permission", for lack of a better word, to embrace these moments as our special message from the Universe.

A very special and direct God Wink put this book into my hands, and i will never forget the way my heart swelled with understanding and gratitude at that moment. Now, it is my plan to put this book into the hands of everyone I care about who should also hear this important life message.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S.E. Feinberg on August 4, 2012
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God shines on every page of SQuire Rushnell's DIVINE ALIGNMENT. In today's world, knowing that He is in control, is calming and reassuring. When one takes the time to meditate on how relationships and appointments-the events and people that fill our lives with meaning and purpose (some of these divine alignments taking many years to mature into an answered prayer or a dream fulfilled) it is a darn good feeling to know that we are being guided along every step of the way and that we are loved and watched over. I felt happy after reading DIVINE ALIGNMENT. I felt refreshed and enthused about how awesome it is to know that God loves us. Last year I got stuck in a traffic jam in St. Louis, on the bridge going over the Mississippi. My car started to overheat. Because of the road being under construction, it had been reduced to one lane-it felt like every car east of the Mississippi was behind me-I started to pray at the top of my lungs. Suddenly, an opening appeared at one of the barriers-a mistake by a construction worker? I think not. I made a U-turn right on the bridge and my GPS started giving directions like I've never heard it give them before. I just listened and followed and did exactly what it said. It took me to another bridge downstream and I crossed peacefully and without incident. My car cooled down and I thanked God. SQuire tells us that we need to listen to our GPS-God, and trust that HE will get us out of trouble-that He will bring people and events into our lives at moments when they are needed the most. DIVINE ALIGNMENT was a joy to read. I have been comforted by it. And I can't wait to share it with my friends and associates. This book is one of the most important I have read in many years. I am reminded of Ludwig van Beethoven's words, "when I am alone, I am not alone." After reading DIVINE ALIGNMENT, one understands to what Beethoven was referring. S.E. Feinberg, Los Angeles
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