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Natural Abundance: Ralph Waldo Emerson's Guide to Prosperity (Library of Hidden Knowledge) Hardcover – March 29, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1582702858 ISBN-10: 1582702853 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Library of Hidden Knowledge
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words; First Edition edition (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582702853
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582702858
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,134,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Once again, Ruth Miller powerfully illuminates the writing of a great mystic from the past, bringing Emerson’s rich teachings into the language of our time.”
—Susan Wiley, CEO of Intuitive Naturally

Natural Abundance is a true work of art. Marked by the simplicity that is always found with great, classic, eternal ideas, Ruth Miller’s writing stays authentically attuned to Emerson’s far-reaching mind and soul.”
—Penney Peirce, intuition expert and author of Frequency and The Intuitive Way

“With integrity and understanding, Ruth Miller has lived inside the great works of Emerson and translated his gems of insight into a language that speaks to life in the modern world.”
—Duane Elgin, author of Voluntary Simplicity and The Living Universe


“Over the years, Dr. Ruth L. Miller has repeatedly found ways to uncover and make clear the 'issues behind the issues’ in whatever she is writing about. Her treatment of Emerson’s essays shows that she has now become a master of this art.”
—Oliver Markley, PhD

“Emerson’s body of work is respected as a treasure, but one in which the jewels are often buried in excessive language. What Dr. Ruth Miller has done, as a work of love, is to find the major gems of that treasure and present them to us in their most vivid, effective phrasing, and she gives us practical exercises to experience the timeless wisdom behind the words.”
—Robert Bruce Newman, author of Calm Birth and coauthor of Calm Healing

About the Author

Ruth L. Miller served as associate professor at San Jose State University and as Director of Curriculum and Evaluation for Rogue Community College. She was ordained in the New Thought tradition and became the pastor of the Lifeways Center in Portland, Oregon. She is currently a traveling preacher, serving New Thought and Unitarian-Universalist churches in Oregon, Washington, and California.

Ralph Waldo Emerson was the leading proponent of the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-nineteenth century. He was ordained as a Unitarian minister at Harvard Divinity School but served for only three years before developing his own spiritual philosophy based on individualism and intuition. His essay Nature is arguably his best-known work and was both groundbreaking and highly controversial when it was first published. Emerson also wrote poetry and lectured widely across the US.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Miriam Knight on April 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I haven't read Ralph Waldo Emerson since high school and, at the time, I probably thought it was a bit of sadism on the part of my teachers. I mean, really... one sentence would run on for half a page! Revisiting his prose now, with greater chronological, spiritual and linguistic maturity, I found his writing a source of pure delight. In this selection of essays, Emerson interweaves a tapestry of flowing verbal imagery with uplifting visions of the human soul and pragmatic advice for the development of the spirit that are as fresh and relevant today as when he wrote them 150 years ago.

"Nature is the incarnation of thought," he says. "We see the world piece by piece, as the sun, the moon, the animal, the tree; but the whole, of which these are the shining parts, is the soul."

Nature , politics, religion, self-reliance, right conduct, were all grist for Emerson's mill. He was forced to leave the ministry because of his theological views. Interestingly, he had an almost cynical view of social progress, seeing it as a zero sum game, where every advance has a corresponding cost.

Ruth Miller has given us the gift of bringing his gems into the modern idiom, yet by including the original text in the back of the book, we can enjoy the best of both worlds. She summarizes the essential points at the end of each section, and adds exercises for further contemplation and anchoring of the concepts. With her unique background in academia, science and the ministry, she illuminates and puts into context for us the complex metaphysical and scientific principles that Emerson understood ahead of his time.
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By Manuel Levine on July 28, 2013
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good reading and a path to a strong self in the world of crap.A clear message for growth an peace of mind.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gloria on September 1, 2012
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The book arrived in a timely manner. The book appears to be in new condition and I am please with this purchase. Looking forward to finishing reading this book.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Customer on March 26, 2013
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Not what I expected. there should be no word requirement. a b c d e f g h i j k l
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