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About the Author

Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed spiritual author and lecturer. Marianne has been a popular guest on television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Charlie Rose & Bill Maher. Six of her eleven published books have been New York Times Bestsellers. Four of these have been #1, including Illuminata, A Woman's Worth, and the mega best seller A Return to Love, considered a must-read of The New Spirituality.
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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books (November 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573225207
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573225205
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (356 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
She writes: "Ultimately, the choice to love each other is the only choice for a survivable future... every time we open our hearts, we create the space for a global alternative. The opening of the heart is an awesome personal politic, providing us with an internal strength greater than any worldly power. As we receive God's love and impart it to others, we are given the power to repair the world... Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one..."
It is as if Williamson understands, and I suspect she does, how tired my own heart grows at times as it travels its lifelong spiritual journey. Is striving to better oneself really worth it? Is it a good thing to be a good person in a dog-eat-dog society? Or is the harsh reality that the one who plays in mud, who is willing to step on another's back, who plays hard to get, who is a master of manipulation, who never blinks at putting oneself first, is inevitably the one who wins the prize? Perhaps. More times than I care to know. And still.... the lifelong struggle to better oneself is, yes, worth it. If only for that final moment when one faces one's own image in the mirror of self-judgement.
"Illuminata" is a book of prayers. There are prayers to begin the new day - and to end it. There are prayers for strength, for health, for happiness, for the renewal of faith, for forgiveness. There are prayers for friends, for family, for lovers. There are prayers to heal nations. There are prayers to overcome addictions, betrayal, emptiness, obsession, loss, greed. There are prayers to mark moments of routine, of tradition, of ritual, of ceremony.
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Several years ago while watching Oprah I discovered this amazing book. I bought the book and now have it safely by my bedside. I pick it up on a daily basis and read..somthing..I cannot believe how much this book has helped me in my daily life. I have also bought the book and given it to several of my friends as gifts because it truely has something for everybody in it. I have also read all the rest of Marianne's books which are also very good but this one is just too good for words. I have Fibromylgia and live in constent pain each and every day but this book always lets me know that there is hope. All I can say it Thank You Marianne and please keep writing and if you ever come to the state of Washington I would love to hear you speak.
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The Illuminata brings prayer into our daily lives by engaging such topics as anger, forgiveness, relationships, and intimacy. It is mixed with insight and little prayer that lift and guide you to a point of insight or illumination. Unique is the concept of "rites of passage". Our modern society has lost the acknowledgment of birth, puberty, adulthood, marriage, death, and even divorce. This book deals with each of these passages in a way that heals and bonds us to those around us. It is a book for the next decade. It is a book to bring us back to ourselves
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The prayers in this book are amazing. Ms. Williamson's words are placed in such a way that the prayers are so genuine, innocent and sincere. Truly they flow together. I'm not overtly religious, but this book is truly for everyone.
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This wonderful book by Marianne Williamson, is full of prayers for every occasion you can think of. Besides these wonderful prayers, there's some uplifting, intelligent, and spiritual thoughts added by Ms. Williamson that add to the theme of the book.
If you're soul searching, if you're looking for that spiritual path, and if you enjoy the voice of Marianne Williamson, this is a book for you.
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This is one of the very best prayer books that I have found in bookstores today. Marianne has written prayers for almost every life situation...from birth, death, marriage, divorce, end of relationship, a new job, etc. There are very few situations of change in my life that aren't addressed by one of her beautiful and moving verses. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is looking for a more "spiritual" and less "religious" prayer book.
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I was truly moved by Marianne Williamson's words. Her call to connect with our own hearts to pray, and to bring forth love in order to save humanity from destroying ourselves moved me, and I am sure will move you.

We are at a critical point, where many realize that we cannot fight external forces to bring peace to humanity, we have to BE the force by bringing forth love and truth from within our own selves.

No matter what your religion, spiritual preference, ideology, or beliefs, connect in whatever way you feel most comfortable, in whatever way you choose, to bring yourself the indwelling peace you wish to see in others. It is only by doing that that we will see peace on Earth.

The prayers in this book are truly beautiful, and as Marianne says "create your own" if you want to.
I Highly recommend this book for the positive, heartfelt and beautiful influence it will have in your life.

Barbara Rose, Ph.D. author of Know Yourself: A Woman's Guide to Wholeness, Radiance & Supreme Confidence and Stop Being the String Along: A Relationship Guide to Being THE ONE
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