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Understanding a Course in Miracles: The History, Message, and Legacy of a Spiritual Path for Today Paperback – June 1, 2008

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About the Author

D. PATRICK MILLER is a writer and the founder of Fearless Books. A former contributing editor for Yoga Journal, his articles have been published in Self, Mother Jones, Utne Reader, Columbia Journalism Review, Reader's Digest, and more. He lives in Berkeley, California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587613123
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587613128
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Before founding Fearless Books in 1997 to continue the publication of his writing, D. PATRICK MILLER sold three solo projects to major publishers: Viking, Henry Holt, and Dell. He is now the author of nine titles, including his current books THE WAY OF FORGIVENESS (Fearless; 20th Year Edition), THE BOOK OF PRACTICAL FAITH (Fearless; 20th Year Edition), LIVING WITH MIRACLES: A Common Sense Guide to A Course in Miracles (Tarcher/Penguin), and UNDERSTANDING A COURSE IN MIRACLES (TenSpeed/Random House), among others. As a collaborator, ghostwriter, or principal editor, Miller has helped other authors prepare manuscripts for such publishers as Viking, Doubleday, Warner, Crown, Simon & Schuster, Jeremy P. Tarcher, Hay House, and John Wiley & Sons. His poetry has been published in a number of magazines and several anthologies. A top-ranked volunteer expert on publishing at AllExperts.com, Miller provides professional consultations to literary agents and publishers as well as published and unpublished authors working in fiction and nonfiction. He is a member of the Authors Guild and Editorial Freelancers Association, and served as president of the Northern California chapter of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) for six years.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Rev. Mary Beth Olson on June 8, 2008
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This is a fabulous overview of exactly what the Course is all about. As a teacher of the Course for 25 years, I have seen to it that all my present students have read and discussed this book in our group meetings. I particularly liked the revision of the original "The Complete Story of A Course in Miracles," especially beginning in Chapter 3. There was much additional information that was extremely helpful to both new and old students of the Course. I would highly recommend it be read by all new students before entering into any study of the Course itself. If I had been able to use this specific book as an introduction to the Course, it would have made entry as a student so much easier. I'm always grateful for all of Patrick Miller's writings, but this one is a "keeper" for all time.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Dr. C. H. Roberts on May 11, 2008
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Anyone interested in learning about A Course in Miracles immediately faces two challenges: first, reading the book itself, and second, sorting through the variety of teachers and organizations that promote ACIM. Patrick Miller has done a great service in writing this book. It contains both a highly readable, easy to understand summary of what ACIM says, and it also has a brief and objective guide to many of the teachers and organizations that you are likely to encounter in the ACIM community. One of the book's strength is the even handed interaction that Miller has with traditional Christians who have objected to the Course's teachings. Although the book is an expansion of Miller's previous The Complete Story of the Course, it really is a different book, and I recommend that you add both titles to your wish list. Pat Miller is to be congratulated for giving the world one of the best introductions to A Course in Miracles. Thanks Patrick!
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By S. K. Dubel on July 17, 2008
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This is brilliant for understanding ACIM. Well written, and presented fairly and intelligently. Along with Gary Renard's books, 'disappearance of the universe' and 'Your Immortal Reality', and 'Take Me To Truth' by Nouk Sanchez and Tomas Viera, it almost feels like ACIM for Dummies. Having been at this for years, it is such a relief to have Miller's book for the explanation, Renard's books for the primers that shake up your world and prepare you for ACIM, and then the Sanchez-Viera book to actually have you walk through it and experience it in the world, the only place where it matters.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Greenfield on February 15, 2010
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This book is a frank and yet somewhat sympathetic look at the written texts collectively known as ACIM (A Course in Miracles). When I first saw this book, it struck me as being either a critical denouncement of ACIM or a glowing account of its divinely-inspired truth. It was a delightful surprise to learn that it is neither of these. It is a mostly objective account, though slightly skewed toward favorable views of the work. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who has any curiosity about ACIM, or has tentatively decided to buy into its premises.

The most interesting part of the book for me was the first section, which features a candid account of Schucman's life as well as of her very rocky professional relationship with Thetford. We learn that Schucman (an incredibly gifted woman intellectually, but exceedingly conflicted and driven) had an on-again off-again interest in Christian esoteric spirituality all through her youth and well into her adult life. However, upon deciding to devote her life to psychiatry, she began to embrace a publicly-professed agnosticism, all the while secretly keeping two purses containing rosaries among her private things, and occasionally sneaking off to masses anonymously. It appears that she was of a decidedly spiritual nature though always professionally very ashamed of admitting that fact. As a result, the picture painted is of a woman of deep inward paradoxes, a perpetually fascinating figure, but tormented by conflicting priorities.

The second section of the book is devoted to exploring the main themes of ACIM. One very interesting chapter concerns the ACIM doctrine that the world is an illusion and that it was not created by God. This teaching is a central theme of ACIM.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Morning Star on October 16, 2012
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I have been a student of the Course In Miracles since 1986. This book has assisted me in a greater relationship with the writngs and a wonderful tool for the application of the wisdom in the Course. I highly recommend this book to Course students, and those who are simply curious about the Course, it is a great partner to the book, and I find the author to be well versed in his own experience with A Course In Miracles. A great spiritual uplift, and compliment to the dedicated student. Thanks for this opportunity.
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