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Prosperity, says Gaines, is our birthright, a divine inheritance that incorporates not just material abundance but also a comprehensive knowledge of the consciousness of God. Gaines, a Unity minister, was once down-at-heel and wondering where the next meal was coming from, but now lives a life of luxury. She claims that to follow her example, readers need only put into practice four simple spiritual laws: tithe ten percent of all they earn or receive; set specific financial and spiritual goals; forgive others and themselves daily; and find and commit to a divine purpose. Gaines is well-schooled in Unity principles and the basic New Thought understanding of the power of positive thinking. Thus, for example, she includes an exercise for readers to utter no negative words for 21 days and watch, amazed, as their lives are transformed. Some of the book's stories of divine assistance with finances will spark skepticism in even the most credulous of readers, like Gaines's anecdote about winning a $100 grocery spree immediately after praying for food for her refrigerator, or a story about dreaming that she was supposed to go to Knoxville, Tenn., the night before a study group in that town sent word that they were looking for a Unity minister. Gaines's program is clear and her tone endlessly enthusiastic, but many readers will undoubtedly question her claims of limitless abundance.
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“In The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity, Edwene Gaines blends sacred truths with delightful stories of spiritual principles at work"a masterpiece filled with love, humor, and practical steps for a life more abundant.” ―John Randolph Price, Best-selling author and chairman of the Quartus Foundation

“Once in a blue moon a book comes along that changes your life forever. Edwene Gaines has written such a book. By the end of the second chapter I made a decision to follow her suggestions. Thanks to her I have taken an essential step in my own spiritual journey by putting God first in my financial life.” ―John Lee, author of The Flying Boy and Growing Yourself Back-Up

“Edwene Gaines is 'a prosperity pioneer,' the likes of which the world has never seen. After years of lecture work on the subject, she is now sharing with us the results of what her teachings are and the numerous results those who have tried them have gotten. She writes as she lectures--in a straight forward manner with humor. An unbeatable combination! Read, practice, enjoy, and prosper...” ―Catherine Ponder

“Edwene Gaines follows in the tradition of Charles Fillmore, Eric Butterworth, and Catherine Ponder with her transforming message of prosperity: 'God wants you to be prosperous.' Beloved throughout Unity--and with good reason--she has touched hundreds of thousands of people with her breakthrough words of encouragement. Here, her straightforward guide lays it all out in a way that can change anyone's consciousness: four laws of prosperity delivered in the affable, endearing style of the one and only Edwene.” ―Thomas J. Zender, President & CEO, Unity


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (September 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594861951
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594861956
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is now available in Spanish as a paperback as well as an audio book on cds. Las Cuatro Leyes de la Prosperidad is published by Edicion Lectorum. The Spanish publishers, however, have never paid my royalties, if any, on this book and will not respond to my attempts to contact them. I do not understand what the problem is and I would certainly appreciate some word from someone who works for them.
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98 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Carmen Matthews on May 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
And, that is how Edwene Gaines begins her introduction to teaching her readers to let their light shine so brightly before everyone who they contact.

Law One: Tithe

When I read in this book, "... tithing is the prosperity principle that tends to bring up the most resistance in people," I could almost hear so many others say, "Every church wants you to keep paying and paying to make the the preachers rich."

Yet, if those same people were to read the explanation that Edwene Gaines has for tithing, they would understand, accept and appreciate that to tithe ten percent of your earnings is giving back to whomever or whatever has given you spiritual food.

This isn't a donation, or a way to control anyone else - it's just a recognition that there is always more, and that your source comes from God.

Law Two: Set Goals

As I read this chapter, I was amazed of the dreams that I had, starting with my falling into a beautiful, clear, crisp ocean, and rising back up in due time.

When I awoke the next morning, I was more relaxed , than I had been in a very long time.

And I was truly moved by a quote in this section of the book, "Successs is built through a willingness to play in an increasingly larger and larger arena."

Law Three: Forgive

Ms. Gaines say's "...unwillingness to forgive is like stabbing ourselves with a knife and expecting the person who did us wrong to feel the pain."

What a great analogy about forgiving.

In my life time commitment to endlessly grow, particularly at the beginning of my having made this commitment,in 1989, I have been writing emotional map letters, where I typed the worst to the best about what I experienced with anyone in my life.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Binh Le on October 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I just have one thing to say that God sends Edwene Gaines on this earth just to write this book to help desperate people who work hard all their lives and still can't make their ends meet. I am one of those people. It was a miracle when i saw this book at Borders on 9/11/05. I was so dumbfounded when i realized this is the answer i've been searching for so long. It's been almost 2 months since I start using the technique in this book. And the result is unbelievable. I got a raise from my work, I got a unexpected refund check from insurance company,and some other things. I know it's a bit early to say, but i believe it's gonna work. Anyway,i love this book so much i recommend it to anyone and suggest you give it a try
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kimi on July 17, 2006
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This book is inspirational, motivational and dead on with it's very clear, concise action plan. Having read Catherine Ponder, Eric Butterworth, etc., I'd recommend this one above the others.

In today's language and very down-to-earth style, Edwene walks you through what it takes to get out of poverty consciousness and into true abundance. And like attracts like-- as we become more positive, we attract more positive things, people, situations and rewards in our lives. It is the science of the self-fulfilling prophesy. You get what you expect... so how do you learn to expect something different? Edwene provides a clear plan on the "how" as well as the "why".

Her approach is wonderful, and what's more, this is a fun read. You'll look forward to sitting down and sharing a cup of coffee with Edwene, and you'll get loads out of the conversation!

Enjoy & May you go forth & Prosper!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mara Elliott on November 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
For almost 20 years I've been struggling with my relationship to money. Part of me didn't want it (I saw poverty as more spiritual and more ethical) and part of me hated being without it. Not having choices and struggling because of my lack of money have been really hurtful and constraining. It also created great anxieties. There are quite a few things I'd been planning to get around to some day that I had not yet done.

I worked on these problems through every method anyone suggested - spiritually, psychologically, practically. Still, I had no significant shift UNTIL I READ THIS BOOK. Edwene Gaines has written a beauty of a book. It is the perfect book for me. She outlines no "program," has no endless worksheets, she simply lays out the four most basic spiritual prinicples and walks us through how to apply them to life.

Now I know why I could never experience a shift in my relationship to money - firstI had to start tithing. I love it that she starts with tithing and makes it very clear that we must do this first, not when we think can afford to. Through Edwene's book I saw clearly that I can't afford not to. This was a key for me to beginning.

The rest of the book flows beautifully from there. Following these simple prinicples in my life is easy. I'm no longer conflicted about money. I'm no longer anxious. And I have an openness that I did not know was possible. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a better relationship with money.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Perry on January 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I was introduced to Edwene Gaines prosperity principles several years ago and have been a fan ever since. I enjoy Edwene's lessons so much that after attending one of her seminars, I purchased her entire collection of inspirational cd's.

I was absolutely thrilled to learn that these prosperity principles were available in print and in addition to my copy, purchased several copies for my church, Unity of Greater Lansing. Edwene's descriptions of these powerful life changing principles are every bit as delightful to read as they are to listen to!

My personal first year experience with applying the Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity to my daily life is a 50% increase in net income. And as icing on the cake, I have experienced increased abundance in every facet of my life!

It is my intention to join Edwene on her journey to change the prosperity consciousness of planet earth. Since you have come this far, you are obviously looking for change in your life. Not everyone I have enthusiastically tried to share these tools with has been receptive. I have come to realize that the reader/listener must be ready and willing to accept increased abundance before recognizing the benefits of these spiritual laws. I encourage you to read this book and see if this is yours to do as well!
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