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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Revised edition (February 28, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684846225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684846224
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patricia Holt San Francisco Chronicle A huge and wondrous surprise....The Healing of America somehow makes us proud to be Americans, because every hope for democracy seems newly within our grasp.

Jann Mitchell The Oregonian A long-needed breath of fresh air.

Yoga Journal This stirring departure from Williamson's usual subject matter cuts to the heart of our dilemma and brings new energy to the search for solutions.

About the Author

Often called "the voice of her generation," Marianne Williamson has been lecturing on spirituality since 1983. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers: A Return to Love; A Woman's Worth; Illuminata; The Healing of America; and Illuminated Prayers. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages. Marianne continues to inspire audiences on a global scale as she lectures internationally in the fields of spirituality and new thought.

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Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed spiritual author and lecturer. Six of her ten published books have been New York Times Best Sellers. Four of these have been #1 New York Times Best Sellers. A paragraph from A Return to Love, beginning "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure..." - is considered an anthem for a contemporary generation of seekers.

Marianne's other books include The Age of Miracles, Everyday Grace, A Woman's Worth, Illuminata, Healing the Soul of America, A Course in Weight Loss, and The Gift of Change. Her newest book, THE LAW OF DIVINE COMPENSATION: On Work, Money and Miracles, was published in November 2012 by Harper Collins. For more information on Marianne, please visit www.marianne.com

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The book is easy to read, but not easy to digest.
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This book clearly defines the problems we face today and ways we can do better.
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Now I've read it, I want to trumpet it to all the world.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Chicago Dreamer on September 3, 2002
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This is an absolutely wonderful book!!! It is a must-read for anyone who would like to see changes made in the world, and especially in the political system. Written at the dawn of the millenium, it is even more profound and timely today. Every page has quotes worth saving, every example has meaning, every solution resonates. Ms. Williamson is a very talented writer, and she has cut to the heart with this book, in more ways than one. She outlined very articulately EVERYTHING that has been bothering me. She not only nailed all of the problems, but she also gives solutions, and provides blueprints and resources.
This book spoke to me at first sight. However, I was expecting it to be a different kind of book, so I pushed it to the side, with good intentions. It sat on the shelf patiently whispering to me, and I would whisper back -"Yes, when the time is right, I'll pick you up." Well, THE TIME IS RIGHT!!! Wow, is it ever!!! Now I've read it, I want to trumpet it to all the world. For anyone sick at heart at the state of things in this country, and an ache in their soul to see a change in the status quo -- get this book. It is insightful, intelligent, significant, profound, and unforgettable. Pick it up, read it, and then tell at least ten friends about it who have a social conscience. Let's begin - NOW!
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Matthew on September 26, 2001
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The title is misleading. Everyone on the planet should read this book, not just Americans. If there was one book, that could change the world, this would be it. If your thinking about getting the book, don't think, do it. This is a deep call to true healing, especially when the world is such a scary place for so many. There is no more important time for us all to take a stand for loving one another and deciding that we are going to take back America and the world, for a truly meaningful existence.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen V. Riley on August 21, 2009
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In HEALING THE SOUL OF AMERICA, RECLAIMING OUR VOICES AS SPIRITUAL CITIZENS, Marianne Williamson has written eloquently on the spiritual nature of our humanity and an overdue book on the essential spiritual aspects for a healthy democracy. Spirituality in the practice of true democracy is rarely acknowledged by civic teachers, academics, politicians, theologians or even spiritual writers. In this book, Marianne does so very well. However I find she has a rather optimistic view of a spiritual awakening in America that would be insufficient to bring about radical social change.

To me, much of religion in America has failed to transform the majority of the faithful in a spiritual way, to see through new eyes, the eyes of compassion and love, to see through the LIES of a ruthless capitalistic culture. Marianne Williamson does though make a most powerful point: "There is an important distinction to be made between a religiously based and spirituality based political impulse. While religion is a force that either creatively or noncreatively separates us, spirituality is a force that unites us by reminding us of our fundamental oneness. The religionization of American politics is dangerous, the spiritualization of our political consciousness is imperative". Yes, I certainly agree, but I question whether we will ever see radical social change in America without massive non violent public demonstrations.

As Franciscan Father Richard Rohr often says, religion in America has become a belonging system of individual personal piety, a sense of feeling superior, "us against them", rather than a system that seeks a deep personal spiritual transformation.

Marianne Williamson speaks of the essential spiritual dynamics of democracy itself.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Juneau on April 14, 2013
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This book correctly highlights many social issues, and at times makes a good connection to our nation's first principles. And yet the author completely misses one our most important first principles. She repeatedly refers to the USA as a democracy, and proposed democratic actions. This is hugely significant, not just because it is wrong, but because a democracy is a dangerous and inevitably unstable form of government. Any person who is part of a minority should fear living in a democracy, and democracies eventually crumble, frequently being followed by a monarchy or oligarchy. This is the path the USA is on today because so many politicians and others with the ability to be widely heard, speak and act as if we do have a democracy.

Our founders gave us a republic because they knew from history that both monarchies and democracies cannot provide for the liberties and opportunities that would allow the people to flourish. While she sees some issues clearly and has some good insights about human nature, she often proposes solutions which will lead us further into the loss of liberty and opportunity that has hurt us through the ever increasing "progressive" policies of recent years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By schvinkel dinkel on April 8, 2013
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Marianne Williamson is the conscious of our time. She is a great American writer on so many topics. This book should be mandatory reading for every elected official and employee of the government, even if to only raise awareness of different perspectives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J's Opinion on August 30, 2012
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I wish every politician and corporate executive could be required to read this book before they take office. Ayn Rand has been the Tea Party protagonist, Marianne Williamson should fill that roll for the citizens of the U.S. She is compassionate yet direct. Her arguments are thoughtful and well-constructed. She stirs a passion in the reader. The book is easy to read, but not easy to digest. I had to read it in chunks because sometimes it made me sad for what could be while realizing how things really are these days. If you care about this country I would highly recommend this book.
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