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The Healing of America Hardcover – September 11, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st Touchstone ed edition (September 11, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068484270X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684842707
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,045,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

The inspirational writer best known for promoting "A Course in Miracles" here broadens her focus.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From the Publisher

Noting a spiritually motivated political activism now emerging in America, Marianne Williamson claims that traditional political activists increasingly look to spiritual wisdom for inspiration while spiritual contemplatives are increasingly eager to extend their service to the world into political realms. The convergence of the two impulses forms what Williamson calls a "holistic politics."

With the publication of The Healing of America, Williamson becomes a powerful voice for social conscience in American society. While citing the virtual abandonment of social justice as a dominant political theme since the 1960's, Williamson notes historian Arthur Schlesinger's contention that Americans express renewed political interest every thirty years. This is a time, according to Williamson, for Americans to return once again to our first principles -- political and spiritual. In this landmark work, Williamson draws plans for the transformation of American political consciousness and the reemergence of powerful citizen involvement in a genuine healing of American society.


More About the Author

Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed spiritual author and lecturer. Six of her ten published books have been New York Times Best Sellers. Four of these have been #1 New York Times Best Sellers. A paragraph from A Return to Love, beginning "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure..." - is considered an anthem for a contemporary generation of seekers.

Marianne's other books include The Age of Miracles, Everyday Grace, A Woman's Worth, Illuminata, Healing the Soul of America, A Course in Weight Loss, and The Gift of Change. Her newest book, THE LAW OF DIVINE COMPENSATION: On Work, Money and Miracles, was published in November 2012 by Harper Collins. For more information on Marianne, please visit www.marianne.com

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By johnh@nezperce.org on March 2, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I must respectfully disagree with the Costa Mesa, Ca reader's review that this book is simply another "big government" fix. The 2 main heroes in the book, Ghandi and Dr. ML King Jr., never ran for or attained elected office. It is a book about empowering our citizenry to do what we all know is right. It is about the citizenry taking back the government from big business and special interests. Of course, she speaks of the necessity to wake up out of our consumer-drunkeness, one person at a time, before this can ever happen. It is a tragedy that in our Country, people are afraid to speak out for the poor, the homeless, the troubled youth, in fear of being labeled a "bleeding heart" or a "whiner" or a "new age liberal" (see above review). Ms. Williamson beautifully and eloquently asks us to take a look in the mirror, try to figure out what we really feel is right, and then use the democratic process to do something about it. Not a novel idea, but certainly one that desperately needs to be awakened.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By BJ Sanders on February 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Written in 1997, "The Healing Of America" calls for people to have a more conscious involvement in politics and world events. Author, Marianne Williamson, cites our current levels of affluency as a key ingredient that has lulled the typical American into a state of disinterest with world events.
Williamson says, "No doctor can guarantee physical health to a patient who refuses to take care of her body, and no leader can guarantee social health to a people who refuse to take care of their society." (p. 176).
Prophetically, Williamson predicts that America will experience a renaissance or a catastrophe which will take us back to who we are. She further says, "Nothing short of a spiritual awakening will heal this wounded nation."
Williamson makes a strong case for needing to take care of your own healing via cleaning up old unfinished business. She points out that this is step one and needs to be handled before involvement with healing the larger society. She provides examples and insights into how one can do this.
Timely and beautifully written, this book provides food for thought.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By chris mitchell on March 27, 2000
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It is very clear that this book shall be at first attacked; for in it contain "thought gems" of the wisdom of the ages. Quite frankly, this book is only part of the whole of "the great work" which is now in the process of "becoming". Simply put: This book will be attacked by the timid mind, tolerated by the growing mind and finally embraced by the mature mind. And always will it remain true: that prayer is imperative to the full growth of The Healing of America. A great work which shall be accredited to the growing soul of man/womankind.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I met Marianne years ago when she was lecturing in Hollywood and had few followers. Over the years, her words of wisdom have drawn thousands. Truth is truth, but Marianne has a wonderful way of getting it across to the minds of the people. Now she has a book that could heal America. We need to think and act, which is what Marianne is best at. I am sure there are many rewards waiting for such a spiritual leader. Thank you Marianne
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
For every week a Rush Limbaugh book was on the best seller list, Marianne's book should be on for a year. Spiritual and compassionate, Marianne addresses the direction that will heal our nation from the materialistic abyss America is falling into.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Dahmen on June 9, 2003
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This uplifting, inspirational book is filled with innovative suggestions for healing our government and culture. Discusses what is unique about our constitution and country, how we've fallen short of its promise, and how we can manifest its higher potential.
Unlike many so-called spiritual books, Williamson isn't afraid to address institutionalized racism and the need for reparations as a fundamental beginning for America's healing. Some of her other suggestions include instituting a much needed Department of Peace, holding elections on a weekend day or voting holiday so everyone can vote, changing Columbus Day to Immigrants' Day, and formally apologizing to Viet Nam for the Viet Nam War.
The section on "Yin Activism" will resonate with anyone who, like me, wants progressive movements to incorporate more of the feminine in their methods and vision.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 20, 2001
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Here is a heavy dose of what we all need. Williamson shines the light in places too long in shadow. Once you get past the first third of the book and its overindulgent imagery and mixed metaphors, you find yourself heart-deep in truth. This book will help you see what's important out there. So turn off the TV and pick up a copy, then write a letter, or make a noise, or take a stand.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leocatra on January 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I became a political news junkie during the 2008 election season. I picked up this book in Dec 08. It was amazing to read Williamson's 1997 examination of American politics - and to see how deeply relevant & compelling her comments were especially in 2008. It was like she had a crystal ball. She kept referring to the shift, the critical mass. No one can argue against the fact that 2008 was the year that critical mass was reached & a shift took place. The hope over fear movement that lead to the election of Barack Obama is all over this book. This title is definitely a keeper. I will likely give as gifts to others who followed the election as closely as I did.
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