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Notes from (over) the Edge: Unmasking the Truth to End Your Suffering [Kindle Edition]

Jim Palmer , Anne Goodrich , Ryan Ange , Darla Winn
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Book Description

Notes from (Over) the Edge began as scribbling on paper in a black spiral notebook.
Since 2005, critically acclaimed author, Jim Palmer, has been chronicling his spiritual journey out of organized religion, in search of a deeper spirituality and lasting happiness. After two near-death experiences, Palmer set his resolve to address the root cause of his own personal suffering, and to know true peace and freedom, which he had failed to find through religion. He recorded personal notes about his spiritual awakening is the basis for Notes from (over) the Edge. An excerpt from the book, “15 Things Jesus Didn’t Say,” went viral, and is indicative of Palmer’s writing, which reveals an inclusive spiritual message of Jesus for all humankind. As one reader put it, “Jim leads us out of your own self imposed prison cells into the joy, freedom, and peace that religious rhetoric promised but fails to deliver.”
Notes from (over) the Edge is divided into five main parts. Part One is a conversation with the reader about how to approach the pursuit of truth. Part Two is a direct, practical, and no-nonsense guide to addressing the root cause of personal suffering, and uncovering true peace and freedom. In Part Three, Palmer confronts the teachings of pop Christianity, and how they have hidden or corrupted the true message and meaning of Jesus. Part Four delves into the process of recovering from religious pathology. In Part Five, Palmer discusses how truth applies in the special cases of domestic violence, and depression.

Jim Palmer is considered one of the “great spiritual writers of our time.” There is a ring of authenticity and deep insight in what he writes. Some of the most significant spiritual truths are too often communicated in heady or abstract terms, making them difficult to comprehend. Palmer’s writing is profound but accessible, transformational but practical.

No matter your religious tradition, spiritual orientation, or life philosophy, Jim Palmer reveals truth that inspires love, peace, harmony, wisdom, and compassion along the everyday paths of life and living.

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  • File Size: 1294 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 149372052X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Divine Nobodies Press (November 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H15PCJG
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Ruby
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This book, like Jim Palmer's other three books, helps us to break away from a legalistic mindset and understand what living a Jesus-centered Christian life really means.

If you're leafing through it to get an idea of what Jim is all about, go to Part Three, pages 138 to 141 where he outlines some teachings and actions of Jesus that have been grossly distorted by the church, as well as some teachings of Jesus that are rarely heard in church. These passages summarize for me the problem with institutional Christianity.

But this book goes much further than that. Jim uses his own journey to help us understand and end our suffering. He doesn't try to give us "The Answer". He encourages us to trust ourselves and listen to ourselves to find our own answer.

I think this is Jim Palmer's best book yet, and I highly recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I really enjoyed this book. I had not read any of the authors previous works and started here. Mostly because I read his Facebook posts and resonated with alot of what he shared there. This book came at a strategic point in my life where I needed real answers to the very real questions in my heart. Questions that my religious upbringing were afraid to touch. And as this book points out beautifully time and time again, the truth of Jesus is absolutely relevant and equally valuable for every single person no matter their current religious tradition. Truth cannot be threatened and actually binds us all together. Truth is not fragile nor does it need to be propped up by us.

We are the truth. We are Jesus. We are the image and likeness of God in flesh. We are complete, whole, and good just as we are. This is the truth that this book helped me see and start to live in. Also, Really learning that my joy isn't based on circumstances at all but is based in knowing the truth about myself and all people in the deepest places of my soul. I am learning to meditate on these truths and let them transform the way I act and treat people. So many of our judgments fall away when we learn to see God in ourselves and then others. One family. One Father over us all, who is full of love and delight towards us. There is so much more in this book than what I've shared. It is a book rich with insight, journey, courage, and truth. Enjoy it and get a few copies to hand out to anyone who has been turned off by religion but is still holding out hope for a very real God with a very real unconditional love for them. This book is a breath of fresh air.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I have to say that I have been down much the same path that Jim Palmer has been down. His books all describe a journey that he is taking away from an institutional mindset filled with dogma and doctrinal fear to a freedom that is available if we are willing to ask, seek and knock. The book coaches us as we release our dogmatic theology and embrace the freedom of knowing Jesus and walking with him, seeing others as he sees them.
If you have been asking, questioning some of the "normal" taught doctrine in churches and wonder what is true, and what is not... then please read Jim's books and follow on a path to freedom and peace.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not so great December 29, 2013
By Allegra
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Wanted to give it at least 3 stars but just couldn't. I enjoyed his passion and his desire to give you the insight he has experienced but I did not enjoy the writing. It was so repetitive I couldn't remember what place in the book I was at. He does define his use of the word suffering but I had to constantly try to remind myself of that as it is a very limited view of suffering and can really be disorienting as I tried to understand his commentary. I think a book on Buddhism would be a better investment if this is a journey you are on. Or a Richard Rohr book like Falling Upwards if your coming from a Christian context and want to understand paradox and non-dualistic thinking. All in all, for me, a poor read and investment in time and money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening December 27, 2013
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Life changing. Still reading and absorbing this beautiful book. Jim continues to walk his path, but to help others in the process. Love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical Help for Us All December 7, 2013
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Jim makes it simple enough for anyone to understand. This is a man who has been there, one who speaks from experience. Suffering is something we all go through. Jim shows us how to lessen, and even bring an end to it. He speaks to everyone with a tone of love and common experience. Clear enough to get through to even me. Let him help you eliminate your fears which paralyze your progress. This is no pulpit banger yelling at you, or condescending to "your" level. This is a man who's been there. His "15 Things Jesus Didn't Say" and "15 Things Jesus Said" are worth the price of the book. You will be surprised and captivated by his simple approach.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Literary Equivalent of a Sword December 2, 2013
Finally, there's a book that goes to the center of Christ's teaching. It is a historical irony that virtually nothing of what Jesus said (or who he was) has been integrated into the Christian religion. In fact, Christianity has pretty much been about the business (and largely it IS a business) of polluting and/or ignoring his fundamental message. In Notes from (Over) the Edge, Palmer takes readers back to Christ, to his central message, and to that which binds us to him: the original Self. You won't find much of the autobiography of the author as with previous books, and yet, the message may be more personal than any before.

This is a muscular book, with very little frills or fluff--it is the literary equivalent of a sword, cutting straight to the truth, and that truth is that there is a Self untouched by suffering or sorrow, a Self that is pure and one with everything. Jesus embodied the perfect relationship with that original Self, Jim Palmer introduces us to that relationship again. I can't recommend the book enough. It is a message the world desperately needs now, especially Christianity.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Life changing book
I am enjoying this book, it has challenged me into thinking at a different level
Published 4 days ago by Kamogelo
3.0 out of 5 stars Still a very good read!
I appreciate Mr. Palmer's thoughts. At the same time, there was a lot of repetition and the book seemed to "ramble" in places. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Danny Spears
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all good
Published 2 months ago by Linda M. Berman
5.0 out of 5 stars or getting a better one.
Do you want to end your suffering? you want to go further down the road of shedding religion? ...then read Jim Palmer's fourth book Notes From Over the Edge.... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joan Almond
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome book to slowly digest.
Published 8 months ago by T J Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not crazy. This book confirmed that! Notes ...
I'm not crazy. This book confirmed that! Notes from Over the Edge has solidified my decision to embrace the truth. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Joe Atalig
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another Jim Palmer book that was a wonderful read! My very favourite author.
Published 9 months ago by Byron Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Throw Caution to the Wind....
If you're willing to think outside-of-the-box to experience Jesus and his teaching, without traditional and/or religious orthodoxy, then the reading of 'Notes from(Over) the Edge'... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ruben
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this insightful book!
I am only about 30 pages into it, but this is already one of my favorite books! He is not only honest about his church and other human experiences, but is very alert, aware, aware... Read more
Published 10 months ago by amazing lady
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent...right on time
Palmer's writing style is like he is sitting in a coffee shop with you. The book is engaging in a wonderful dialogue of what it takes to move forward authentically in your life. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amber
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Jim Palmer is an ordained minister, author, activist, speaker, spiritual director, and leading figure in the non-religious spirituality movement. Palmer received his Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Divinity School in Chicago, where he served on the pastoral staff of mega-church, Willow Creek Community Church. He was later the founding and senior pastor of Springbrook Community Church in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2000, Palmer left professional Christian ministry and began chronicling his journey of "shedding religion to find God."

After leaving professional Christian ministry, Palmer served as Executive Director of Y-CAP, a non-profit organization providing comprehensive and long-term intervention programs for at-risk children and their families. He also served as U.S. Director of Education for International Justice Mission (IJM), an international human rights organization in Washington, D.C. He traveled through South Asia with IJM as part of an operation to free children from forced child prostitution and child slave labor. Palmer is also known for having pioneered the Pilgrimage Project, a "church" alternative comprised of an organic network of interpersonal relationships in Nashville.

Since 2005, Palmer has been sharing his journey of "shedding religion to find God" as an author and speaker. In addition to writing books, Palmer writes for various websites, including and Relevant Magazine. Palmer is recognized for his expertise in addressing the depth and complexity of issues people face, and helping them break free from religious pathologies that have damaged their lives. As a spiritual director and retreat leader, he guides others through the process of deconstructing and reconstructing their faith. Known as "Shedders," this tribe of people relate to Palmer's journey of seeking God and exploring spirituality beyond organized religion. Palmer has also hosted a weekly national Divine Nobody Call, and sparked the Occupy Religion message and movement. He is currently an adjunct college professor of Ethics, Linguistics, and Comparative Religion in Nashville. In 2012, Palmer founded The Religion-Free Bible Project, an effort to create a paraphrase of the Bible, free from the religious bias that Palmer believes has been imposed on it.

Palmer actively promotes causes that have touched his life. Diagnosed as a child with Tourettes Syndrome (TS), he raises awareness about the disorder and corresponds extensively with others who suffer from TS and parents who have children with TS. As a result of Palmer's work with International Justice Mission, he consistently speaks out about human rights issues of all natures, including forced child prostitution and child slave labor.

In addition to his travels in South Asia, Palmer has spent time in India, Africa, and Thailand. He currently lives with his family in Nashville, Tennessee. Palmer's personal interests include endurance sports, hiking, animals, social media, music, art, and literature.


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