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Living with Joy: Keys to Personal Power and Spiritual Transformation Paperback – 1986

4.8 out of 5 stars 144 customer reviews
Book 1 of 6 in the Earth Life Series

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The Earth Life Series is a trilogy of books that I must confess I did not read in their proper order. I didn't discover the series until I received the proof copy of Spiritual Growth, the last book in the series, and read it from cover to cover. Unlike some channels whose messages seem to need hours of decoding, Orin's language is crystal clear. For an example, see page 32 of the March/April 1989 issue of Body MindSpirit.

I then went on to read the first two books in the series, Living with Joy and Personal Power Through Awareness. Surprisingly there is no duplication of information. Orin's ideas remain clear, concise and eminently practical. An astonishing array of life situations are exposed and opened to light with a compassionate understanding of the human condition. Orin's suggestions are laced with examples and stories that help the reader see how they work. Each chapter is followed by worksheets and meditations so the lessons can be immediately put into practice.

The meditations help to open pathways for the teachings to be absorbed. The teachings, in turn, augment the meditation experience so together they work to bring about change.

I found that the writing always seemed new, which to me, is a sure sign of spiritual depth. When I reread sections weeks later they seemed quite different. Of course, they were the same; it was I who had changed. Some teachings that had seemed difficult were now obvious and I realized how powerful many of the exercises had been. It is not that the information was new, only that it had been presented with a simplicity that allowed it to be grasped at many different levels.

It is this very simplicity combined with unerring guidance to the highest good that make the Earth Life Series a powerful light along whichever path of growth you choose. -- Body Mind Spirit magazine, October 1989

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To our readers: The books we publish are our contribution to an emerging world based on cooperation rather than on competition, on affirmation of the human spirit rather than on self-doubt, and on the certainty that all humanity is connected. Our goal is to touch as many lives as possible with a message of hope for a better world. - Hal and Linda Kramer, Publishers

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 195 pages
  • Publisher: HJ Kramer (1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0915811030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915811038
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,367,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Incredibly profound in content.
Having gone through the whole "Conversations With God" (CWG) series as well as "Friendship with God", I wondered how this book would compare in principle--and I'm happy to say quite favorably. It seems truth IS universal, despite varying styles.
Whereas CWG was mind-blowing in it's eloquence, "Living With Joy" seemed almost child-like in it's gentle manner. Like a patient teacher, it takes your hand and walks you through precisely what it means to live a life based on joy. And what a delightful, refreshing, thought-provoking and ultimately life-changing stroll it is.
I especially liked Orin's admonition to take what he says and use what resonates for you, personally, and leave the rest behind. A good principle, I feel, when reading anything pertaining to our individual growth paths. Having said that, I found that almost all of it resonated with me, deeply and profoundly. You may, too.
Read it for the light it can bring. Live it for the positive changes it can invoke. Love it for the joy we can all share and partake of. Highly recommended.
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I read this book several years ago while I was in university and it struck me around that time that in all of my years of studies I had never learned anything truly *important* in school. Nothing compared to this, nothing that added meaning or depth to my life, nothing that helped me to live with more peace, joy, or compassion. In this book I was reading about the importance of looking at all situations in a higher way and finding the good in them, about the importance of self love, self respect, self esteem, gratitude, higher purpose, how to experience more inner peace, balance, security, clarity, and freedom in my life. These concepts and subjects are among the most important things anyone can learn about living and life and *none of it was being taught in schools!*
If you have never read any of Sanaya's books before and are new to the metaphysical field, this book is a great place to start. It discusses down to earth applicable knowledge without dabbling in esoterics. It is completely devoid of dogma and is not based in any religion or philosophy.
A good complement to this book (for me) has been the Conversations with God (CWG) series by Neale Donald Walsch. While Sanaya/Orin speaks of many practical things you can do to make your everyday life work in higher ways, CWG has an in-depth metaphysical discussion of broader spiritual topics. Beware though, these books (the CWG series) may be deep waters for some... if you are not prepared to be challenged in your beliefs and the way you see the world, bring scuba gear or steer clear.
I highly recommend both this and all of Sanaya's books.
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In my 20's I was self-centered, insecure, paranoid, sad, depressed, and suicidal. I first read Opening to Channel by Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer which then led me to other books by these authors. And thank goodness it did! Living With Joy helped me change my perspective of my life. It helps the reader examine why his/her life is the way it is and to recognize the beauty of its perfection. I'm now 32 years old and the happiest I can imagine ever being. Even when life throws new curves at me, I see things as challenges to help me become a stronger person. If you know anyone who is depressed or angry at the world, send them a copy of this book. It just may make a difference.
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I have read everything from Jack Canfield to the Bible, watch the Secret and listened to Tony Robbins and there is NOTHING that can be compared to this book. You know the story -- a guy looking for the key to happiness is life, and researching every avenue possible.

Simply put, if you doubt yourself, your life, your work, family, kids, relationships, anything...I'll bet you a Guinness that by the time you're done reading this, you'll have a smile, and everything will seem calm -- things will just make sense.

I can safely say this is book changed my life (and boy was I skeptical) and it will change yours.
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This book, like all of Sanaya's and Orin's works, are the most gentle and loving on the planet. I've read many other channeled books which read like pure gibberish, because the earth-bound channel lacked the objectivity to "stay out of the way", and let the message come through. Nine times out of ten, we end up reading about how miserably we've failed on one plane or another, or about some mystical nonsense with no practical application. Even Edgar Cayce dipped in the well of "it's my way or the highway" religion. Sanaya Roman espouses no particular religious path-you are encouraged to take from the book what fits you, and leave the rest. These books offer comfort, inspiration, and practical help that feels real to me. Ever read a self-help book that purports to understand how you feel, offer to help you with your maladies, only to leave you feeling worse by implying what a hopeless sot you are (unlike the author, who didn't have any REAL problems to begin with)? Well, I've learned to skip any book that doesn't come from love. I read many books, but these are the ones I read every day, for well over a decade. Any of these boks are the best of the field-bar none.
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