Synopses & Reviews
The only way to gain power in a world that is moving too fast is to learn to slow down. And the only way to spread one's influence wide is to learn to go deep. The world we want for ourselves and our children will not emerge from electronic speed but rather from a spiritual stillness that takes root in our souls. Then, and only then, will we create a world that reflects the heart instead of shattering it.
from the Introduction
In this honest and uplifting book, bestselling author Marianne Williamson delves deeply into the powerful role of change in our lives today. Far from being something to fear and avoid, she says, every change even the most difficult and painful gives us an opportunity to receive the miraculous gift of personal transformation. The only real failure in life, she observes, is the failure to grow from what we go through. We will find real growth when we reorient ourselves using an eternal compass of spiritual principles, which alone can guide us on this path to wholeness.
By fixing our eyes on the things that don't change, Williamson leads us across ten key bridges of transformation:
- From Forgetting Who We Are to Remembering Who We Are
- From Negative Thinking to Positive Love
- From Anxiety to Atonement
- From Asking God to Change the World to Praying That He Change Us
- From Living in the Past and Future to Living in the Present
- From Focus on Guilt to Focus on Innocence
- From Separation to Relationship
- From Spiritual Death to Rebirth
- From Your Plan to God's Plan
- From Who We Were to Who We Are Becoming
These ten simple but profound changes empower us to see life's transitions as opportunities for growth and rebirth, providing not only keys for shaping ourlives today, but also hope for transforming our world into a place of greater love and peace.
"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
“Marianne Williamson challenges us to dive beneath the slick surface of our everyday life to encounterand embracewhat frightens us most.” Body & Soul
“[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
“Never has a society needed this wisdom and guidance more than now.” Caroline Myss, author of Sacred Contracts and Anatomy of the Spirit
“[Williamsons] 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 challenges us to live in the present moment … that it can be a portal to the miraculous.” Spirituality and Health magazine
“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
Best-selling author and popular spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson returns to HarperCollins with an inspiring book of spiritual wisdom for people of all ages to help navigate life's significant transitions.
The popular spiritual teacher and bestselling author of "Everyday Grace, A Handbook for the Soul, A Return to Love, A Woman's Worth," and other spiritual titles, returns with an inspiring book of spiritual wisdom for people of all ages that's intended to help them navigate life's significant transitions.
About the Author
Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed author and lecturer. She has published eight books, four of which -- including the megabestseller A Return to Love -- have been #1 New York Times bestsellers. Her titles include Illuminata, Everyday Grace, A Woman's Worth, and Healing the Soul of America.