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The Gift of Change: Spiritual Guidance for a Radically New Life Hardcover – November 9, 2004
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In this relatable, down-to-earth book, Williamson explicates A Course in Miracles, which she describes as "a self-study program of spiritual psychotherapy." Both A Course in Miracles and Williamson's work borrow heavily from the Christian lexicon: she refers to God as "he" and speaks often of the Holy Spirit and Jesus. Her take-home message is that we must submit not to our egos, which tell us we are separate from God, but instead surrender to God, of whom we are all a part. While she does refer to all minds being joined and describes the world we know as a dream from which we must awaken, she differs from other New Thought and New Age thinkers by balancing an assumption that the negative things of this world (especially illness and adversity) are illusory with the fact that they feel real to us and that we must take practical steps to overcome them. She recommends embracing love and eschewing fear, arguing that we will encounter a loving world when we stop assuming it is hostile. She says that while we are not responsible for the bad things that happen to us, the universe is always primed to give us a new beginning, if only we can forgive, atone and trust that our loving attitudes and good works make a profound difference.
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“[Williamson’s] voice is strong medicine for our woundedness, warmth, insistence, good humor, and a little light to see by.” (Anne Lamott, author of Traveling Mercies)
“Williamson takes her readers seriously enough to ask serious attention of them and to offer them much in return.” (Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People)
“Never has a society needed this wisdom and guidance more than now.” (Caroline Myss, author of Sacred Contracts and Anatomy of the Spirit)
“[From] one of our most profound teachers of transformational wisdom, this book is truly a gift to the world.” (Wayne W. Dyer, author of The Power of Intention)
“Williamson challenges us to live in the present moment … that it can be a portal to the miraculous.” (Spirituality and Health magazine)
“Marianne Williamson challenges us to dive beneath the slick surface of our everyday life to encounter–and embrace–what frightens us most.” (Body & Soul)
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I found this book to be all I expected it to be. I am presently doing a program called "A Course in Miracles" and this book relates directly to it. The Author brings it to life in a down to earth way. I have already read the book once and I am halfway through it again. It is deep but very meaningfull while the Course in Miracles is very difficult to wade through. This puts it in a very practical way that I can relate to in my life. I would strongly recommend it to those who are searching for a closer relationship with God.
God loves us as we were created and is neither vindictive, judgemental or angry. Her book has made me open to spirituality after a lifetime of apprehension. I feel the truth in her writing and I can't get enough.