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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Paraview Press (March 14, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931044422
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931044424
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,467,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

MARIE JONES is a New Thought minister and widely published writer of inspirational essays, gift books, short stories, and magazine articles. She is also a screenwriter, and has produced a children’s storybook video series for Gigglebug Farms Productions, as well as several direct-to-video projects. She holds a Masters degree in metaphysical studies and is a licensed pastoral counselor. She lives and writes in California.

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Excerpt from LOOKING FOR GOD IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES

My Dad Can Beat Up Your Dad Any Day

It's the old schoolyard battle cry all over again as modern religions fight for recess ruling rights. Christian leaders argue with Islamic elders over who has access to the "real" God. Jews and Muslims blow up opposing forces in suicide bombings in an attempt to out-Holy each other. Meanwhile, everybody picks on the Wiccans, and the Buddhist monks must consider taking up Uzis to protect their monasteries from hostile Westerners anxious to wipe out pacifism.

All this because one group of people is convinced that they and only they know the right way to God. Just like the next-door neighbor who insists his weed killer is better than yours, or the parent-to-be at your birthing class who insists that the Ferber method outweighs the Sears concept. Or the gas station attendant who swears on his mother's grave (even though she's still alive) that the only way to get to the Grand Canyon is to take a right when going left would be a heck of a lot faster, at least according to the map you purchased from said attendant.

The problem is, there's more than one way to read a map. Furthermore, on the road to the Divine, there's more than one map.

Think of what Jesus said about His Father's house having many mansions within. Even Jesus knew that all routes ended at the same truck stop. Some of those routes even share the same viewpoints and rest stops.

Why then do we continue to look for God in all the wrong places, or insist that we know where God is when in our hearts we don't have a clue? My guess is that we will really only know when we actually visit those wrong places. We need to check them out for ourselves to see what the attraction is. It's like when you were a kid and you thought the local carnival was to die for, only when you finally convinced your parents to take you on that warm summer's eve, you couldn't believe how dirty and grimy the whole place was. The cotton candy was stale, the rides were all down for repairs, and those awful, horrible, misshapen freaks gave you nightmares for weeks -- and I'm referring to the other kids and their parents, not the sideshows! Personally, I found those carnivals really frightening.

By exposing the people, places, and things we mistake for that which we really seek, we can finally figure out the Mystery of Mysteries. The key to a successful search is to take our time, have some fun, and keep our eyes open wide for clues along the way. And there will be clues. Plenty of them.

Just don't get so caught up in looking for God that you miss finding God when you finally get to where God is. Remember the Biblical saying, "Be still and know that I am God." The key phrase is "Be still." Slow the pace, enjoy the ride. Too much movement often leads to confusion, exhaustion, and discouragement, unless you're a ballroom dancer or a one-armed man on the run from the FBI.

It's the process that counts, not the destination -- because in this case, the process is the destination. This probably sounds confusing now, but you'll see what I mean as we go along.

We've got a lot to cover, so let's begin without any further ado. I hope you will enjoy this journey we are embarking on together. There will be roads that take us to serious places, and roads that take us to silly places, because life, like God, is both serious and silly. I will speak of things reverent and irreverent, relevant and irrelevant, but rarely will I be reticent in my revelations, as we motor along the highways and byways of life.

© Marie D. Jones 2003


More About the Author

MARIE D. JONES

Marie D. Jones is the best selling author of the "EKHO" middle grade fiction series, which she wrote with her young son, Max Jones, and the YA series, "FREAK" which will debut in 2014. She will also debut two new novel series in 2015, including "BLACK MARIAH," a dystopic science fiction thriller, and "GRIDWALKERS," a paranormal thriller co-written with Larry Flaxman. Her non-fiction books include "Destiny Vs. Choice: The Scientific and Spiritual Evidence Behind Fate and Free Will," "2013: End of Days or a New Beginning - Envisioning the World After the Events of 2012," "PSIence: How New Discoveries In Quantum Physics and New Science May Explain the Existence of Paranormal Phenomena" and "Looking for God In All the Wrong Places." Marie co-authored with her father, geophysicist Dr. John Savino, "Supervolcano: The Catastrophic Event That Changed the Course of Human History." She is also the co-author of "11:11- The Time Prompt Phenomenon: The Meaning Behind Mysterious Signs, Sequences and Synchronicities," "The Resonance Key: Exploring the Links Between Vibration, Consciousness and the Zero Point Grid," "The Déjà vu Enigma: A Journey Through the Anomalies of Mind, Memory and Time," and "The Trinity Secret: The Power of Three and the Code of Creation" with Larry Flaxman, her partner in ParaExplorers.com, an organization devoted to exploring unknown mysteries. Their newest books are "This Book Is From the Future: A Journey Through Portals, Relativity, Wormholes and Other Adventures in Time Travel," "The Grid: Exploring the Hidden Infrastructure of Reality," and "Viral Mythology: How the Truth of the Ancients Was Encoded and Passed Down Through Legend, Art and Architecture." Coming from Marie and Larry in 2015: "MIND WARS: A HISTORY OF MIND CONTROL, ELECTRONIC HARASSMENT AND SOCIAL ENGINEERING."
She has an extensive background in journalism, metaphysics, and the paranormal and has worked as a field investigator for MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) in Los Angeles and San Diego in the 1980s and 1990s. She currently serves as a Consultant and Director of Special Projects for ARPAST, the Arkansas Paranormal and Anomalous Studies Team, where she works with ARPAST President Larry Flaxman to develop theories that can tested in the field.
Marie has been on television, most recently on the History Channel's "Ancient Aliens" and "Nostradamus Effect" series, and served as a special UFO/abduction consultant for the 2009 Universal Pictures science fiction movie, "The Fourth Kind." She has been interviewed on hundreds of radio talk shows all over the world, including Coast To Coast AM, NPR, KPBS Radio, Dreamland, the X-Zone, Kevin Smith Show, Paranormal Podcast, Cut to the Chase, Feet 2 The Fire, World of the Unexplained, and the Shirley MacLaine Show, and has been featured in dozens of newspapers, magazines and online publications all over the world. She is a staff writer for Intrepid Magazine, Paranoia Magazine, FATE Magazine, and a regular contributor to New Dawn Magazine, and her essays and articles have appeared in TAPS ParaMagazine, Phenomena, Whole Life Times, Light Connection, Vision, Beyond Reality, and several popular anthologies such as "If Women Ruled the World" and five Chicken Soup For The Soul books. She has also contributed and co-authored over fifty inspirational books for New Seasons/PIL.
She has lectured widely at major paranormal, new science and self-empowerment events, including "The Paradigm Symposium," "Beyond Expo," "Maritime Ghost Conference," "Through the Veil," "Queen Mary Weekends," "TAPS Academy Training," "CPAK," and "Darkness Radio Events," and is a popular public speaker on the subjects of cutting edge science, the paranormal, metaphysics, Noetics and human potential. She also speaks often at local libraries, bookstore signings and regional meet-ups on writing, the paranormal, and metaphysical subjects.
She is also the screenwriter and co-producer of "19 Hz," a paranormal thriller in development with Bruce Lucas Films, as well as a science fiction feature film titled "AURORA," and she is developing a short horror film trilogy with Bruce Lucas Films as well.
Marie is represented for non-fiction by Lisa Hagan, of Paraview Literary Agency, and for fiction/film/TV by Italia Gandolfo of Gandolfo-Helin Literary Management.


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Next time you think God doesn't have a sense of humor, buy yourself LOOKING FOR GOD IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES!
Rebecca Brown
A great read and full of humor and profound insights about who, what and where we look for spiritual satisfaction and happiness.
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Chapter titles are a hoot, based upon famous songs and phrases...great wordplay and clever use of structure and narrative.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 15, 2003
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The effort of writer, video producer, progressive activist, and New Thought minister with a background in metaphysical studies Marie D. Jones, Looking For God In All The Wrong Places, is a spiritual self-help guide written with a dash of humor and a great deal of wisdom concerning the many pitfalls of drugs, alcohol, or unrestrained lust for sex, money, or power that interfere with achieving and maintaining a closeness to God. Offering paths for the faithful to follow in order to focus one's mind and truly open one's heart to God's love, Looking For God In All The Wrong Places is a recommended and astute contemplation for Christian readers.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "memamilly" on March 12, 2003
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A great read and full of humor and profound insights about who, what and where we look for spiritual satisfaction and happiness. I found the essay style easy to grasp and the ideas stayed with me for a long time after reading. This book is deceptively fun to read. Deceptive because you don't realize what great lessons are being hammered into your head as you are having fun reading it!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Glass on June 4, 2003
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I was first attracted to the book because the title was so tongue-in-cheek. Turned out, so was the book! Looking for and finding God (if you're lucky) can be a heavy task, but in Marie D. Jones' brilliant book, it is treated in more of a light vein. With chapter titles like "Do You Validate?," "Might as Well Face It, You're Addicted to ___________," and "Catechism Cataclysm," I was able to laugh at myself and others as we take many wrong turns in our life's journey. The book led me to People, Places, and Things where I and others have looked for and not found God or Spirit or Peace. When I finally arrived at "Where to Find God," it all seemed so simple, so obvious. Yet so elusive at the same time. It made me remember how important it is to take "time outs" during my hectic days to sit in the silence, rub my cat's belly, take three deep breaths, and know that God is everywhere and God is right here where I am. Thank you Marie, for this wonderful gift!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Brown on April 13, 2005
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Every winter, sometime around February, masses of people worship at the House of Oscar. Some don fancy dresses, others hold parties (complete with paper top hats and cardboard replicas of a little gold statue), still others simply shut off their brains and tune in their TV's to the annual Academy Awards ceremony. For weeks leading up to this event and for days after, all one hears is commentary about the look/dress/action/speech of the scores of gods and goddesses that walked the stage that night. And after the masses of people have picked clean all the Oscar glory there is, they turn to the upcoming baseball season to fulfill that emptiness they feel inside with a good old-fashioned sports god.

Are you one of them? Are you LOOKING FOR GOD IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES? Marie D. Jones can help you. According to Jones, "...our society can only see God in the pretty, the shiny, and the expensive. But God is everywhere..." (p. 57).

In LOOKING FOR GOD IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES, Jones enlightens the reader as to where God is really found, despite all the misguided attempts by society to find Him in only "the pretty."

Marie D. Jones, a New Thought minister as well as a licensed pastoral counselor with a master's degree in metaphysical studies, has given God much thought and study and is well-versed in the subject, which couples quite nicely with her lengthy experience as a writer. Jones has been widely published and is even a screenwriter who has produced a children's storybook series.

According to Jones, we as a society spend way too much time looking for God in places we'll never find Him - sports and movie icons, wealth, power, so-called "gurus," and co-dependent relationships, just to name a few.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 19, 2003
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Superior book by an author with a real understanding of how to talk to people about spirituality, God, beliefs. I read a lot of books of this nature and have to say this is one of my all-time favorites. Filled with humor and sharp wit and wisdom, as well as personal experiences written with heart, courage and a boldness I found totally refreshing!!! I can't wait until Rev. Jones has a new book, I will be first in line to buy it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10, 2003
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A great book for anybody who has ever looked for spiritual empowerment in things like money, success, beauty, people, drugs, fame...I love the humor and personal essay-style, which makes the information more accessable and easy to relate to. I hate heavy-handed and preachy books on spirituality, so this was really perfect for me. Reminds me a lot of "Traveling Mercies," and other narrative books that combine humor and serious insight.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Brown on September 9, 2003
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Who says being funny about religion is irreverent? Next time you think God doesn't have a sense of humor, buy yourself LOOKING FOR GOD IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES!
In her Introduction Marie Jones, who has a finely tuned funny bone, takes a look at the odd & ordinary ways in which we humble humans look for the "Life Force, Divine Mind, Creator, Almighty, Coach, or Big Kahuna." (Page 8)
Marie Jones, who is a licensed pastoral counselor, takes us to the People, Places, & Things where we search for the Divine. Lightly written, with many plays on the cliches of our time, she entices you to follow her to Where To Find God.
& where is that? Marie Jones has some simple ideas which require that you lighten up some. Rebeccasreads encourages you to take a gander at LOOKING FOR GOD IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES -- you just might get some deliciously irreverent giggles & some delectable insights!
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