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  • Series: Decoding the Lost Science of Prayer and Prophecy
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony (July 10, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 060980796X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609807965
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

The Isaiah Effect: Decoding the Lost Science of Prayer and Prophesy draws on new discoveries in quantum physics, as well as a variety of spiritual traditions and religious documents--including Tibetan, Mayan, and Hopi prophecies; Nostradamus; and the Dead Sea Scrolls. From these sources, author Gregg Braden believes that he has recovered "a lost science with the power to bring a lasting end to all war, disease, and suffering; initiate an unprecedented era of peace and cooperation between governments and nations; render destructive patterns of weather harmless; bring lasting healing to our bodies; and redefine ancient prophecies of devastation and catastrophic loss of life." Mass prayer is the technique that will allow all of these goals to be achieved, Braden says: "the choice of many people, focused in a specific manner, has a direct and measurable effect on our quality of life." The book includes careful readings of ancient texts, prophetic pronouncements, and mini-travelogues (Braden leads groups to visit sacred sites around the world), and its arguments may strike some readers as far-fetched. But Braden's basic idea--that hope can change the world in concrete ways--is a very good one. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Braden, author of Walking Between the Worlds and Awakening to Zero Point, examines one of the ancient texts found in the 1947 discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls at Nag Hammadi. Braden contends that scholars have misinterpreted the Isaiah Scroll, which opens with apocalyptic visions of massive global destruction followed by a time of peace. The author claims that the scroll contains the key to a lost scientific tradition that promises to end war and heal our bodies. Indeed, he contends, Isaiah's prophecies can help us make sense of recent changes in climate and weather, changes that, according to Braden, have perplexed Western scientists untutored in the ancient prophecies. He suggests that we may be living in the era that precedes the destruction Isaiah predicted. But we are not destined to fulfill the prophecies: prayer, writes Braden, "allows us to choose which future prophecy we live." Not just any prayer, of course: Braden finds traditional Western prayer inadequate to the task, so he introduces readers to a (somewhat garbled) lost mode of prayer where the supplicant does not ask for something but acknowledges that somehow the prayer has already been fulfilled. Spiritual seekers in America have long and venerable traditions of trying to match up the general prophecies in ancient texts with specific contemporary events; Braden's bizarre attempt may not, in the end, prove to be more accurate than those that identified Gorbachev as the Antichrist. (Apr.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

New York Times best selling author Gregg Braden is internationally renowned as a pioneer in bridging science and spirituality. Following a successful career as a Computer Geologist for Phillips Petroleum during the 1970s energy crisis, he worked as a Senior Computer Systems Designer with Martin Marietta during the last years of the Cold War. In 1991 he became The First Technical Operations Manager for Cisco Systems, where he led the development of the global support team assuring the reliability of the internet in its early days. For more than 22 years, Gregg has searched high mountain villages, remote monasteries, and forgotten texts to uncover their timeless secrets. To date, his work has led to such paradigm-shattering books as The Isaiah Effect, The God Code, The Divine Matrix, and his most recent, Fractal Time: The Secret of 2012 and a New World Age. Gregg's work has been published in 27 languages and 30 countries and shows us beyond any reasonable doubt that the key to our future lies in the wisdom of our past.

Customer Reviews

I had a hard time putting this book down.
lakieshia mcghee
After we do everything that is possible to keep ourselves healthy, safe and at peace...our individual and collective prayer is SO powerful.
L. Thibodeaux
This book is well researched, and very well written.
Sophia S. Paul

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

170 of 176 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Sue Larson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Gregg Braden's infectious enthusiasm is evident in every page of his book, THE ISAIAH EFFECT, as he describes his quest to find ancient wisdom in sacred places around the world. Braden covers some big ideas in THE ISAIAH EFFECT, including: how ancient spiritual writings have been removed and/or altered in much of our modern western education; the tremendous significance that those ancient writings have for us today; and how these teachings explain ways that we can rediscover how to choose the outcomes and possibilities in our life. Braden takes us on an exciting spiritual adventure to Egypt, Tibet, Peru, and the American southwest as he ponders these questions and shares his epiphanies along the way.
I find the single most powerful section in THE ISAIAH EFFECT to be Braden's explanation of how to regain the lost language of prayer by learning to align one's thoughts, feelings, and emotions. This "fifth mode of prayer" is not anything like the more common categories of prayer noted by prayer researchers (Colloquial, Petitionary, Ritualistic, Meditative). Those of us who have experienced times of being at one with everything will be thrilled to see this way of praying being adequately described in some detail.
I am also fascinated by Braden's assertion that several different religions and cultures describe prophecies of apolocalypse side-by-side with an alternative path of peace and cooperation. Both possibilities may seem to be contradictory, yet they are likely helping to show us how we can actively participate in selecting the future we prefer.
This book renews my sense of optimism that together, people of Earth can join in prayer to make a choice between greed, comfort and profit... or love, strength, and balance.
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95 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Mark on February 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
After reading the book, I decided to put this "new" understanding of how to pray to the test.
Instead of praying "for" something, with the implied understanding that it does not currently exist in my life... I decided to focus my prayer on the outcome I wanted... and feeling what it felt like to have my desires manifested.
Two things happened to me: 1. I started feeling really good. Even though that might not seem like very much, I noticed that by experiencing my desires, in advance, in my mind's eye, in detail, I felt really good and confident that something good would happen. Things have started happening in relation to my prayers. If nothing else, it definitely is changing my outlook for the better... and I am more motivated to receive the desires of my heart.
2. The second thing that has happened to me is that I have experienced a LACK of willingness to visualize in my mind's eye, as sometimes, it is hard to accept that it is I who am responsible for the quality of my life.
I mention this second part, because it has also been my experience and I cannot discount it. From a religious perspective, one could say that it is the devil trying to sabotage me (although I have a hard time believing in a literal devil). From my own perspective, though, I simply feel that it is a matter of replacing old habits with new ones.
What Gregg Braden writes about, I am living. Please review these parts of his book (hardcover edition): Page 160, 2nd paragraph: "The secret of our lost mode of prayer is to shift our perspective of life by feeling that the 'miracle' has already happened and our prayers have been answered."
Pg 166, para 3+ : "When I (the Indian guy, David) was young, our elders passed onto me the secret of prayer.
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134 of 144 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
An excellent book dealing with topics such as quantum physics, prophecy, and the dead sea scrolls written in a language anybody can understand. This book gives new perspective to many of the doom and gloom prophecies of both Edgar Cayce and Nostradamus. It's nice to know after reading this book that we have an opportunity to positively impact the many forecasts of catastophe that we read about. The section dealing with what Gregg calls the lost mode of prayer is very powerfull. For those not into religion for whatever reason, reading about this lost mode of prayer will feel right to most everybody. This book is well researched, and very well written. A must read.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have to say, reading the reviews of the other customers was interesting. The one about it being the same as Gregg's Lost Mode of Prayer audio tape obviously did not realize that the tape was released before the book as a preview of the book. It's based on one chapter of The Isaiah Effect. People should not be so judgemental and pay attention to what they are doing - then they would get it. The research and background is magnificently done. You can tell Gregg's dedication to his craft and his passion in his art. The information on prayer in the book is the answer I have been searching for all my life. Keep writing! You have a gift and a message that should be heard by all.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book reveals incredible, important, life changing information. It is documented very well and brings reality to the ideas Mr. Braden is trying to get across by his use of examples. I found this to be one of the top three most profound books I have read in my entire life.
This book will not speak to everyone, but everyone who is open minded will know how the future that has been predicted can be changed. It is eye-opening in that we can be players in what happens. I found it to be a book that I couldn't wait to see what the next page was going to reveal. People who poopoo prayer won't find the book impressive, but those who have an open mind will find this very thought provoking and credible, especially with specific scientific documentation, for those who consider themselves an empiricist. I feel this book can have a profound effect on the future of the survival of this planet. This book is very motivating to start making a difference by recognizing the possibilities and knowing you can have an active part.
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