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on January 18, 2015
This book is not for the religious or anyone new to religion looking to understand the will of God. Not that this book is intended to be religious; it is by no means. However, it is so generously sprinkled with quotes from the bible that one would think that the concept was somehow influenced by it. Unfortunately, every scripture is taken entirely out of context in order to fit it into the author's concept of awareness.
For example, Goddard (2013) writes, "If you will not imagine yourself as other than what you are, then you remain as you are, for if ye believe not that I am He, ye shall die in your sins," [John 8:24] (p. 14~15, Kindle edition). But this is the full text, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am He, you will indeed die in your sins," [John 8:23-24]. This is just one example; there are many, many others. The author appears to do this throughout the entire book, selectively choosing portions of text and then converting them into HIS psychological idea of awareness.
With that being said, if you ignore the biblical references (because they are misapplied in order to suit the authors assertions), it is a good book on how to develop consciousness in order to achieve your goals. (I believe what the author refers to as assumptions is really "belief" and awareness correlates more to "consciousness"). If you approach this book with that logic, it makes much more sense.
Despite the cognitive dissonance experienced throughout this book, I continued to read, because there was very valuable information. So, it was still a good read (and sometimes God provides messages and learning for us in unexpected ways). While I don't entirely agree with the late Neville Goddard's theory, I appreciate his perspective and unique approach to "awareness". Had the biblical references not been consistently misapplied, I could have easily given this reading a 4 1/2 stars.