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ISBN-13: 978-1599429977 ISBN-10: 1599429977 Edition: 2nd,Revised

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  • Paperback: 516 pages
  • Publisher: Universal Publishers; 2nd,Revised edition (December 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599429977
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599429977
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,171,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joseph E. Donlan, while outwardly a successful business man, is at heart a quintessential philosopher who has spent the last thirty years investigating and challenging the world of mainstream physics and tackling the mysteries of life and science. Donlan holds a BA in English from Northeastern University and undertook graduate studies in Software Engineering with an elective emphasis in Artificial Intelligence ("A.I.") at Boston University, and is now pursuing his PhD in both Philosophy and Metaphysics. After his computer science graduate studies in the mid-80's he continued his research into A.I. at a high level of interest and became increasingly incredulous concerning the direction in which that research was headed. His skepticism led him to intensify his investigation of the inner workings of the human brain to more fundamentally understand the precise entity the A.I. experts were trying to emulate. This examination began a chain of events which led to his first book, Ordaining Reality: The Science behind the Power of Positive Thinking, his second book, Ordaining Reality Made Easy: A Guide for Creating the Future and his third and final book in the series, Ordaining Reality in Brief; The Shortcut to Your Future, which was published in November, 2009. In addition to his writing, Donlan has a weekly internet radio show on Ordaining Reality and is a regular guest on several other radio and TV shows.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Mahoney on March 5, 2008
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After reading The Secret and several other books of the same genre, I was disappointed and underwhelmed. Wishing it were so won't make it so, neither will becoming a Pollyanna. However I was not deterred in my quest as I throughly believe that each of us has the power "to make it happen". But I felt I had to know the scientific principals behind it in order to inplement it into my life.

This book was recommended to me by someone who bought it from the publisher's site and so I did the same as this was before it was available at Borders. Knowing immediately that it was a life-altering book I held off on writing a review until I had fully digested it and implemented it into my daily life. I was not disappointed, Mr. Donlan is the one who finally "delivers the goods". After several years of "Murphy's Law" being the norm in my life, things are finally "falling into place". And I now live with the certainty that this will continue as I ordain it to be so.

Don't be intimidated by the above "Book Description" as no antecedent knowledge of Physics, Eastern/Western mind-set or Brain Physiology is needed to understand, enjoy and implement the process as set forth by the author. The book is highly approachable as is the author, himself, on his web-site at Ordaining Reality.com.

This book is a no-nonsense documentation of the scientific principles that not only allow you to take power over your own future but are actually waiting for you to take that power.

The only personal agenda I found in this book was the delightful sound of my own personal agenda finally falling into place. I now see myself as the active Protagonist of my own life and future events and so can you.

The author's style is as entertaining as it is enlightening.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Virginia C. St Marc on July 19, 2008
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This is a much larger book than its 500+ pages would have you think. It opens your mind to areas you never guessed were there and allows depths of comprehension that have no limit. If this sounds like Zen, it is. It is an examination of Zen by way of wave-particle example so metaphysical and yet so committed to Quantum theory that it more than satisfies the physicist as well as the mystic in a search for their connection. It hits home through exploration of experiences I believe we have all had and never before understood. It's not a quick sell book and if you're not equiped with a probing mind you'll never get through the Foreword. So dig in. The reward is infinite.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tex Texiera on October 16, 2008
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This book, unlike any other that I've ever read, explains in clear terms how events and objects are connected through thoughts and how they either attract or repel each other. As its title states, it actually explains the science behind the power of positive thinking. I have a background in science, so I drank all of it in. Good stuff. However, I can see that readers with little or no background can read the first 100 pages or so 'all non-technical', jump to chapters Seven and Eight and then go to the last chapter and probably get just as much out of it in the end. Read what you can and then carefully follow Chapter Thirteen.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susan L. Keenan on October 31, 2008
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It is said that when the student is ready, the teacher appears. And so it was when I met Joe Donlan several years ago, as we chanced to sit next to one another on a flight from New Orleans to Atlanta. I was ready for his teaching! Before long our conversation drifted to his passion -- how to create a satisfying life utilizing the positive forces of the mind. Already on that path myself, Joe's message encouraged me to explore the field of positive thinking. Additionally, he invited me to become one of his "test readers."

"Ordaining Reality" is a book I've read several times in its initial stages, but have vastly enjoyed having the finished product in my hands. It requires time to read and digest, but it is worth every moment of time thus spent.

How many of us are rankled by the Doubting Thomases of this world who say, in response to matters of faith and the metaphysical, "Prove it to me and I'll believe it!" Joe Donlan's book does just that: he proves the existence of a universe that is both interactive and all-empowering.

There are many sections of "Ordaining Reality" that I have read and re-read. Thanks to Mr. Donlan, I have at least a basic understanding of the quantum world. Additionally, his history of man's search for knowledge about how things really work is fascinating. However, he also enlightens us that many ancient philosophers, as well as Eastern Mystics, have, for millennia, intuited the existence of this "cosmic soup" that surrounds us.

I smile when I read notices that researchers are narrowing their pursuit of the Akashic Records (as if they could be a "physical" find!). Mr. Donlan proves to us that the universe itself is the Akashic Record (although he does not call it such).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Leotti on June 23, 2009
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Last Christmas as with every Christmas our friend from California dropped by for a visit. During conversation he mentioned he was reading a book that he would not ordinarily pick up. He said it was called "Ordaining Reality." I was immediately curious. "Sounds like something I might like to read. Who is the author?" I said. He looked at me disbelievingly. "Are you sure? There's lots of science." He was right. Loads of science. But what my friend didn't know is that I love science. And Eastern metaphysics. This was the law of attraction at work. I was seeking and Joe Donlan delivered! Until this book, I couldn't see how these two disciplines could be brought together, although I had hoped. Joe Donlan has answered that hope in his insightful, well-organized, and surprising new book. This book is packed with facts, scientific theory, and metaphysical anecdotes, yet written in an accessible and entertaining style. (Take it from me, I'm a fantasy artist by trade, with an interest in science, but not a degree!) A gracious heart beats beneath these pages. One gets the feeling the author is really trying to show you the path to success. The last chapter brings it all together, and actually gives succinct instructions on how to implement the theories in the book. It's fascinating, and I'm beginning to see changes in my own life. In my opinion, the only book you will ever need on "mind creating matter." After reading "Ordaining Reality: The Science Behind the Power of Positive Thinking," all other books on the subject seem like brain-candy romances. For those who want less of the scientific theory, I recommend: Ordaining Reality Made Easy: A Guide for Creating the Future
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