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How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth Paperback – January 11, 2010
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"These essays encourage readers to reflect on their own means of achieving peace in their lives, making a fine addition to any general lending library!"
-Midwest Book Review
"A fascinating octopus of a book on global change, reaching in all directions at once."
"These small and simple solutions have the capacity to proliferate and create a global impact."
-Our Simple Joys
Contributions from 101 of the most prestigious thinkers, writers, public figures, and other luminaries on a wide range of topics fill the pages of this meditation on how to make the world a better place. Focusing on the large problems of the world as well as the little challenges people face, How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth tackles the momentous question of what each of us can do to improve our community, our country, and our world, one step at a time.
John E. Wade II is an author, investor, philanthropist, and founder of the nonprofit organization Soldiers of Love. An active member of his church and civic organizations in his area, Wade holds an MA from the University of Georgia and has worked in a range of fields. His extensive travels, including visits to China, India, Egypt, Israel, Syria, Jordan, and Brazil, inspired him to collect the essays in this work. Wade lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.
From the Back Cover
"Powerful, engaging, inspiring! This diverse collection of essays makes real the possibility of heaven on earth."
--Meagan O'Nan, author, Creating Your Heaven on Earth
"How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth is an inspiring and uplifting book. It is a thoughtful compilation of essays and other works that address the key elements of life in today's world."
--Peter Ashenden, president/CEO, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
"This book is a miscellany of experiences and ideas from well-known people such as Mother Teresa and Warren Buffett as well as ordinary people who have had extraordinary experiences. They will inform and inspire you . . . and perhaps lead you to become one of those people who creates solutions for others and for the world instead of just complaining about the problems." --Michael Norton, author, 365 Ways to Change the World
"Some of the world's modern thinkers, leaders, activists, and writers offer insights on the world and what they believe can be done to find peace, security, freedom, moral purpose, meaning, and more." -Catholic Digest
Top Customer Reviews
He came up with ten elements: 1. Peace, 2. Security, 3. Freedom,
4. Democracies, 5. Prosperity 6. Spiritual harmony, 7. Racial harmony,
8. Ecological harmony, 9. Health and 10. Moral purpose and meaning.
He then defines what he understands each element to mean. He does all this in the preface to the book. This is probably the most valuable part of the book. Here he sets out his mission and philosophy and you need to understand this to know the purpose and direction of the book.
Next he has assembled short essays from 101 authors that give their perspective on one of these elements. These essays are generally one to two pages. The authors include an extremely well known cross section of thinkers and leaders.
There is a wonderful mixture of ideas and thoughts presented here. There is no doubt that each reader will find some essays that really touch them and some that don't. This must be the case with presenting such a wide variety of authors.
What you gain from the book will depend to some extent on your personal philosophy and how open you are to new ideas and thoughts.
Because there are so many different authors and the essays are of necessity very short, no one is able to explore any topic in great detail. Depending on your taste, this is either very good or very bad. There is something to be said for being exposed to many different viewpoints and being able to pick and choose what you read. It is certainly not necessary to read cover to cover. I would pick and choose which essay I read.Read more ›
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Wade gathered insightful essays focusing on a simple concept: we can achieve heaven on earth if we really wanted to. The essays, however, reveal the painful fact that it's not as simple as it sounds. There is no single, simple how-to formula to follow.
Because achieving a heaven state requires a major confluence of countless factors and variables, Wade defined the basic pre-requisites for mankind's ideal world. He listed the ten elements that are essential to achieving heaven on earth and grouped the essays accordingly.
The ten essential elements border on the nebulous. But when you delve into the thoughts of the contributors, you will note that despite the seemingly unfathomable mission of building a heaven on earth through world peace, democracies, racial harmony, or moral purpose and meaning, among others, simple solutions abound. Fortunately, these small and simple solutions have the capacity to proliferate and create a global impact.
More than a hundred minds poured wisdom and advice into this book. Many are saying the same things, looking at the same dilemmas, offering the same solutions. Many spout religion, while some trust in the intrinsic goodness of man. Their message is one: heaven on earth -can- be achieved. John E. Wade II published this book to inspire all of us to do our part. -Ruby Bayan, OurSimpleJoys
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is full of optimism, spirit, rewarding current essays, and quotes from Aristotle, Buddha, the Bible, Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela and much more. Read morePublished on June 6, 2014 by ramoramo
This was a great collection of inspirational and motivational essays that will make you rethink the way that you look at our world today. Read morePublished on July 8, 2012 by Dad of Divas
How to achieve a heaven on earth is not a question that can be answered by the likes of Obama and 100 other do-gooders and fat cats. Read morePublished on January 11, 2012 by othoniaboys
How to Achieve A Heaven on Earth packs in 100 contributions from notable personalities from Al Gore and Thomas L. Friedman to George W. Read morePublished on September 19, 2010 by Midwest Book Review
Is there truly such a thing as heaven on earth? Is it something that is achievable? These two questions came to mind as I started reading this book. Read morePublished on April 24, 2010 by Cathy A. Pulsifer
The book is like no other in its intent and broad scope. It is hard to label because it is so unique. Read morePublished on February 14, 2010 by John E. Wade II