A Course in Miracles, Original Edition: Text, Workbook for Students, Manual for Teachers
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The Pocket Edition Text contains the complete and unabridged Text portion of A Course in Miracles - Original Edition as it was completed by Helen Schucman and Bill Thetford in 1972. Taken from the original manuscript for the Course, the only editing that has been done to this great spiritual classic has been to correct occasional typographic and spelling errors and to rend...more
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Published October 1st 2009 by Course in Miracles Society (first published 1975)
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Robin Berry
Jul 29, 2009 Robin Berry rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those drawn to the idea
I live by this book. I've read it a couple dozen times over the last 25 years and still read it daily. It's not for everyone. If you are drawn to it, please begin by reading the Clarification of Terms in the back of the book so that when you begin, you'll know how certain words are being used. It's important. The language stopped me several times at the beginning. Then a friend told me to begin with the Workbook (Part II). This is a day to day reading and meditation. It's weird at first but befo...more
Alesa
Jul 02, 2014 Alesa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every spiritual seeker
You don't read this book. You live it. I studied it for several years back in 1980, and it transformed my life then. Now I am re-studying it, slowly so as to not miss a single insight, and it is transforming me yet again. This is not a philosophy. It is a new way of actually perceiving the world, a course in practical Christian mysticism. If asked to select only one book to have with me for the rest of my life, this would be it.
Ryan Davis
This is perhaps the most bizarre and challenging book that I have ever read. It is said to have been given to the author in the form of a silent voice that would speak in her head, and she would then dictate the voice to a partner who would take it down. While the content is given in "the mode" of Christianity, the underlying concepts are universal in nature. The scope of the concepts is enormous, where ideas are presented in an amazing array of variation, yet somehow these variations all illumi...more
Stacey M
This is my new scripture! I find more love and peace than in any bible or other religious writings I have ever read. I truly believe these words come from our Guardian and have way more guidance in these words than anything! I feel at complete peace and although I didn't completely understand on a human level, I felt something happening on a spiritual level--energetically. I recommend it to EVERYONE! Very deep, but so worth it!
Alex Wilson
This spiritual work is a miracle in itself. It is probably the most challenging book I've ever read. It is also my most treasured book. Many years ago I read it and underlined every page and the top of each page I wrote one sentence that stood out to me from that page. The whole book was written on and marked all over. I got involved with A Course In Miracles (ACIM) group in town and found that there was a good deal of skimming over whatever seemed most impactful in the book. When you realize wh...more
Christine Theberge Rafal
This book really laid out for me the differences between the ego and the true Self and allowed me to see which was operating when in my life, mostly in myself but sometimes in others. The concepts in this book are amazingly powerful and the kind of simple that is not easy. But the writing is pretty stilted and gender biased/ Christian-y. I had to really force myself to focus on meaning rather than form (which is part of the point!)

It took me a year to read the text part, a little each day. I co...more
Charlie
What if the words of Jesus were expanded upon and instead of taking up a few dozen pages as they do in the first four books of the Bible they went on for 669 pages? What if the thees and thous were replaced with normal straight talk. What if the words were suddenly believable and more consistent with the non-dualistic philosophy of One? Would you think this impossible because it is a "channeled" text? Most Christians I speak with about it hate this book. The more philosophically open minded peop...more
Katie Q
This is a long term self paced course.

You will know when you are ready to read this simply by reading the 1st few pages or visiting the reviews and synopsis of the book.

I guarantee it will change your life simply by changing and understanding more about yourself.

For me within the first 3 weeks of the exercises the changes have been enormous. Furthermore it puts to bed many mysteries from my pre-teen years and then to a lesser extent my tumultuous teen years. Now I know and understand so much bet...more
Chris
Nov 20, 2008 Chris rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with some openness of mind dissatisfied with the dogma so prevalent in our world.
I highly recommend this as a way to peace. It's different from many other books in that it doesn't so much tell you what is or what to think, but to get past the illusions of your mind and ego, and get past the tyranny of your imagination to find the reality of love and divinity that's always been there. It's a great challenge to the ruts of indoctrinated thought, not only in religion, but in society. It's a deliberate gateway to an inner revolution.
Diane
No book has influenced me more, nor has had as profound an effect as "A Course in Miracles."

This is actually a 3 volume set of books: a text, a workbook and a teacher's manual, that I read from continuously, and have for the past 31 years. It is one of the most significant spiritual messages of our time. The Course combines 21st Century psychology with non-dualistic metaphysics. (Only God is real. The rest is but a dream…) The goal is healing the mind and coming to peace, as a result of re-train...more
Michael Taylor
I am a seeker of Truth, and am most grateful this book came into my life. Those who seek Truth know what I mean, and are probably the only audience this book has. So I will speak to YOU guys:

*Note = The writing style of this book may not be for everyone, it's very intricate and long - but only because the SIMPLE TRUTH it explains is so immensely HUGE... the Truth that it explains is All There IS, AND THAT IS PRETTY HUGE. So what little explanation that The Course has is necessary for those of u...more
Richard
I believe the message, but the packaging is awful. This book seems to be written especially for dogmatic Christians in order to shine a different light on the interpretations of spirituality in Christianity.

Considering the way Christianity is experienced in some parts of America this book may contribute to a more open and loving way of living. Other than that, I would say there are books who get down to the core of our essence along a more simple and clearer path.
Donald
This spiritual work is a miracle in itself. It is probably the most challenging book I've ever read. It is also my most treasured book. Many years ago I read it and underlined every page and the top of each page I wrote one sentence that stood out to me from that page. The whole book was written on and marked all over. I got involved with A Course In Miracles (ACIM) group in town and found that there was a good deal of skimming over whatever seemed most impactful in the book. When you realize wh...more
Kathie
This is like reading the Bible from cover to cover. It's quite the undertaking, but once accomplished it's quite the mind shift. Susan Dugan (in her book "Extraordinary Ordinary Forgiveness") describes the Course in Miracles as "a spiritual psychology that explains the constant conflic humans find themselves mired in, and offers a solution for resolving it at the level of the true mind, the only place in which it can be truly resolved. According to the Course, the world we think we navigate is r...more
Roan Steward
If freedom from fear, guilt, sin, and death interests you, then you might want to give this book a chance - an open-minded read. A COURSE IN MIRACLES is about the miracle of healing through mind-change. Anybody can do it. Just read the Daily Workbook Lessons and let Jesus lead you Home. Yes, I said Jesus. Jesus dictated the Course. Helen was his scribe. Upon reading this book - if you are a believer in miracles - that's the first one you come to accept. Until you read the book, you won't know wh...more
Sherry
Profound and utterly confusing. I begin to understand it in layers. I have moments when I think, "Ah, that's what it meant." It's like a window into another dimension. For instance, try understanding and picturing four dimensions instead of three. This book is like that at first. The mind needs time to open to understanding another dimension of truth. Studying this material is a way to help that process.
Kaitie Franklin
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Kelli
May 15, 2012 Kelli rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every1
Recommended to Kelli by: spirit
blows my egoaway
Scott Humphreys
It is not very often we come across a book that says so much about who we are and why we are here. The error in perception, the illusion of separation, and why there is no such thing as guilt and sin are all central to its theme, and yet there is so much more. The wording of the text is almost biblical in tone, but such is the strength of its message it cannot fail to inspire those who open its pages. If you are genuine in your desire to understand the true meaning of your existence, including t...more
Bud James
Apr 10, 2011 Bud James rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to experience change in their experience of Life.
Recommended to Bud by: My Friends. Bless You.
Shelves: sleeper_awake, acim
Amazing.
Life Changing.
It is a wonderful path to return to Love.

This is my daily study, my daily work, and inspires my daily mantras, and has been since I first read it years ago. I joined a year-long study group to go through the Workbook, and continue the lessons and readings still to this very day.

The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love,
for that is beyond what can be taught.
It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love's presence, which is your natural i...more
Leiana
This book is huge and will take me a long time to finish. It's not for everyone -- there are a lot of stumbling blocks because of the "Christian"-type language. If you're able to get through it, it will be life-changing. All the other books I'm reading that are related to the Course and serve as help tools have already altered the way I see the world, which is ultimately "my" world, my perception, my projections, fears, baggage, etc. Very happy to be reading this book right now!
Susan
This is blowing my mind and heart wide open.
Norbert
Most people either love this book or hate it and dismiss it. I would like to draw attention to its merits as well as to its flaws and render a more balanced assessment. First of all, it must be said that this is a spiritual best-seller, with some 1.5~2 million copies in print in various languages. An anonymous critic once claimed that, besides Fromm's The Art of Loving, this is the other "scripture" of the New Age. After reading it, I can see why. It has definitely touched the lives of many peop...more
Andras
My favorite chapter from this book:

The Anti-Christ

What is an idol? Do you think you know? For idols are unrecognized as such, and never seen for what they really are. That is the only power that they have. Their purpose is obscure, and they are feared and worshipped, both, because you do not know what they are for, and why they have been made. An idol is an image of your brother that you would value more than what he is. Idols are made that he may be replaced, no matter what their form. And it...more
Davis Aujourd'hui
Spirituality is the most important ingredient in my life. [...:] I am always on the outlook for books that enrich my spiritual understanding. This is definitely one that has done that for me.

The book is written in three sections. The first section is the longest. That is the main text. It is a challenge to absorb. I often found the language to be be difficult to understand. Yet I believe there is a valid reason for this. I think that the purpose is to challenge the reader to get past their preco...more
Davis Aujourd'hui
Spirituality is the most important ingredient in my life. [...:] I am always on the outlook for books that enrich my spiritual understanding. This is definitely one that has done that for me.

The book is written in three sections. The first section is the longest. That is the main text. It is a challenge to absorb. I often found the language to be be difficult to understand. Yet I believe there is a valid reason for this. I think that the purpose is to challenge the reader to get past their preco...more
Debbie
This book is not at all what I thought it would be. First, it is difficult to wade through the cumbersome prose, and I consider myself well-read and -educated. I read, and understand, difficult things! But wouldn't a spiritual self-help book try to be more, well, accessible? A subject is not made more weighty or philosophically-worthy because of circuitous prose.

Second, I also found too many tenets to be contrary to everything I believe. Everything is an illusion? Really? Sickness is my own fabr...more
Gabrielle
Sep 11, 2007 Gabrielle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who want to see the world differently
I've actually had this book for over 10 years but didn't get too far, because what little I did read back then so entirely changed my perspective of the universe that I had to put it down for later study. I have just picked it back up again, and since there are a year's worth of lesson's I expect that it will be on my "currently reading" list for at least that long. However, this is a book that I would compare to the bible (which I've also just started reading from front to back for the first ti...more
Juliana
yea, that's right. i work miracles and shit.





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truth be told, i couldn't finish this. (sorry, dad)
Dawn
Cannot believe I have never written a review for this book.
Course in Miracles is really a thought system that teaches people how to find peace and love though forgiveness. The book is based on Christianity and there are lots of ways you can do this book, read a lesson a day, or read the text and then move on to the lessons. There really is no right or wrong way, personally this book has an interesting habit of meeting me where I am.
I have been using this book now for more than a decade and I hav...more
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