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A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles"

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Back by popular demand -- and newly updated by the author -- the mega-bestselling spiritual guide in which Marianne Williamson shares her reflections on A Course in Miracles and her insights on the application of love in the search for inner peace.

Williamson reveals how we each can become a miracle worker by accepting God and by the expression of love in our daily lives. W
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 15th 1996 by HarperOne (first published 1992)
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April
Aug 18, 2007 April rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those grappling with spiritual identity
This book changed my life, but I NEVER recommend it to anyone because it found me at a time that it could provide answers to my own personal questions. It has, of course, a huge following and the backing of its own sizeable foundation, so obviously I am not the only one who was able to gain from it. Anyhow, if it finds you, may it find you lost and leave you found, as it did for me.
Stacy
This book is the source of the famous quote which is often misattributed to Nelson Mandela, "'Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us'....." I mostly read the book because it was the source of this famous quote. Overall it was a good book--there were some interesting ideas and engaging anecdotes to illustrate them. However, I didn't give it five stars because I felt that it ...more
Heather
This is my "go-to" book for hope in life... If this quote from the book doesn't get you, then it isn't for you (Although I first read it 20-odd years ago, it still gives me a smile on a cloudy day)....

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
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Norbert
There is something peculiar and paradoxical about New Age spirituality and that is fully embodied and exemplified by the personality of Marianne Williamson. Who is this famous Marianne of www.marianne.com? Daughter of an immigration lawyer in Texas, she went to the Claremont colleges in California but apparently did not graduate with a degree. Instead, she experimented with sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll. Rather than getting a regular professional career in law or medicine, she became a single mother ...more
Raluca
This book changed me. Truly changed me. And I'm the kind of person that reads a lot, gets excited, but never fully engages with the practice recommended by such books. But this one was different and I honestly can't explain why this clicked so much (unlike, say, Gabrielle Bernstein who also teaches the principles of A Course in Miracles.)

Its message is very simple and clear but sometimes so difficult to apply, like forgiving people or not judging yourself. Give yourself time, be patient, keep on
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Mysterium
I have to admit that I didn't know too much about A Course In Miracles until just recently when I "inherited" a congregation of Science of Mind followers for my Interfaith Church that I pastor. Science of Mind (not to be confused with Christian Science & Scientology) is a way of approaching strength and struggle by framing ones mindset to see results. Like most theology and spiritual ways, it is subject to debate and validity depending on who is reading it and their own personal agenda and b ...more
Colleen Wainwright
[Wherein I out myself as a believer] I picked up this book after attending one of Marianne Williamson's weekly lectures here in Los Angeles. I'd found the talk itself unfocused and difficult to track, but I'd been blown away by the Q&A period afterward: it's rare to witness a speaker that good at speaking off the cuff, especially to different (and thorny, and wide-ranging) personal issues; girlfriend was in the zone completely, channeling the bejangles out of some kind of benevolent spirit—a ...more
Andrea
There are a handful of good tidbits in here ~ learn to forgive people, for example. Always a useful tip. God is love ~ also useful, especially for people who have trouble with the concept of God.

The rest of the book is an egotistical tromp through Ms. Williamson's philosophies. This is not A Course in Miracles. This is her interpretation of ACIM, which is something completely different. She comes across as hugely impressed with her own "wit," without actually providing solid advice. She justifi
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Chavalita
Ok, this book is what every confused cristian needs to read! LOL This book is too amazing to write a short review so I will try to sum it up. We all are born into a certain religion but sometimes we don't know exactly what to believe. We follow certain rules our belief system has set up but not enough to be considered a good cristian, or a faithful catholic, etc. So I think that a lot of us end up giving up on religion and God. Big mistake! God is Love, that is what I learned through this book. ...more
Heather
One of the best books I have ever read! One of my favorite quotes is in this book...

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel
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Taymara Jagmohan
Oh my goodness!
This is by far the most inspirational book i have ever read.
There are times...wait..not times...for my entire life, i haven't understood myself. This book has borrowed my intelligence, and just give me one reason to add more to it.
LOVE. I never had that totally in my life. It was all affection from family. Love is undefined, but this woman defined it for me. She taught me to be a little more than just Taymara, the fake mentor to myself.
I now am ready to battle with myself, and the
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Meghan
Before I get into the review of this particular book, I'd just like to reiterate how much I enjoy Marianne Williamson's style of writing. Honestly, the only reason I picked up this book (before reading it I had no idea what "A Course in Miracles" was, so why would I bother reading reflections on the principles of it) was because of the way her book, "Everday Grace", was written. I love her thoughful asides and allusions to experiences in her own life; it's as though she's talking to me and we're ...more
Ala Arafat
A Miracle is a shift of perception.
Our value cannot be compromised.
There's no monopoly over God.
Love is a force to be recognized.
The Universe sees us the way we see ourselves.
Fear is Our Worst Fear, Our Greatest Obstacle & Our Worst Enemy.
Seeking Oneness rather than separation.
If we think we are not enough we will never accept those who do!
Children don't know & know they don't know & in that lies their greatest strength. They are Unique because they don't try to be.

“Our deepest fear
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Tim Britton
I have yet to find a book or an Audio book that reaches as deep into you as this one does. A Return to Love is a great Book, but it is a truly incredible Audio book! The tone of her voice, and the way it's spoken is so perfect, that you hear every word, and feel she is talking directly to YOU! I have listened to 100's of Audio books over the years, and have not found anything close to this one. Deepak, Millman, Lucado, Dyers, and as much as I hate to say it, even Mariannes other audios don't hol ...more
Lisa
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our lightnot our darknessthat most frightens us. We ask ourselveswho am I to be brilliantgorgeoustalentedfabulous? Actuallywho are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shineas children do. We were born to make manifest the gl ...more
Dana Leipold
There are some very good universal truths and reminders in how to live within this book. If we all focused more on love than fear, what an amazing place this world would indeed be. I have never read nor do I know much about A Course in Miracles so I can't speak to that material. What bothered me a little about this book was her real-life examples to certain passages in A Course in Miracles. It may be that when she wrote this, she was in a difficult place when it came to romantic relationships. T ...more
Charlton Lee
I knew of this book for a long time, but never read it. However, after a difficult breakup with my fiancee, it was recommended that I read this. Actually, one of the main reasons why i never read it is because I thought it was for women (a chick book). Swallowing my pride and needing something profound to read, A Return To Love was exactly what I needed. Also, as a hardened military guy; I allowed myself to 'feel' her experience through me.

I'm happy that i allowed myself to loosen up and be hea
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Andy Grant
I'd heard of this book for years before buying it, then owned it for months before reading it. Probably far too resistant to reading anything with "love" in the title while I was growing up. So glad I finally did as I adored it and will be reading it again...often. My book is probably 75% highlighted after just one read. I think this should be a mandatory read for every human being.
Beth
I normally don't rate books that I finish as one star but I simply had to with this nonsense. The author is clearly clueless about the real world. I did limp to the end of this but it was a truly painful experience and I was tempted to throw the book against the wall, and/or light it on fire several times.
Denise
This is a great book that I’m sure I’ll go back to quite often. In this book Marianne Williamson shares with us many of her reflections on A Course of Miracles. She covers the basics of ACM and points out the way to reach inner peace through a conscious effort to reconnect with God and therefore with love. The only thing that is real is love, and anything else is just an illusion.

We tend to forget that we are mere souls having a human experience, and most of the time we get sidetracked by our e
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Zeny Poop
A Return To Love was a phenomenal book. This book made me laugh, and made me come close to tears. I learned so many lessons from this book and I would recommend it to anyone. I learned that love is more than an emotion, it's a way of life. You must focus on the positive and not the negative. Recently, I've had a death in my family and this book has really helped me get through it. One of my favorite quotes was, "The thinking of the world which is not based on love, began pounding in our ears the ...more
Francisca Friday-Pabros
A Return to Love - Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles

I don't rate many books 5 stars - I've given Marianne Williamson's book that rating for a number of reasons -

1) it helped me move through a particularly difficult period in my life.
2) it helped me return to a study of "A Course in Miracles" (a book I actually physically threw across the room the first time I started it, LOL).
3) it's one of the few dozen books that remain on my shelves (and I had several hundred at one time)
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Trisha
read for a friends spiritual book club she is hosting.
I was unimpressed for a couple of reasons.

1. I think this book is a little too "this is what God is". I'm always uncomfortable with anyone who attempts to define God to me ~ especially Marianne what's her name?! Exactly! Who is this person? Someone who read another set of books and course stuff and is writing about what she experienced. I'm glad God means something to her, I just don't really feel like she's the authority in "this is who God
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Pegggggy
This is a very special book. It is heavy on the whole God thing but I find I can pretty easily substitute in my own tangled philosophy of spirituality and still hear the important messages of connectedness and love conquering over fear. And I like how she brings in the Holy Spirit a lot too.
Her discussions on relationships are very encouraging, and completely positive as well.
Eric Armusik
I'm only 1/4 into this book but it really resonates with me. With all of the guru types I've been reading lately, this book speaks to me on a faith and spirituality level and from the standpoint of really wanting to do good things with the talents I've been given. It isn't the kind of book that comes with steps and methods. I'm really getting bored with all of that lately. The message is clear, surrender to love and all will work itself out. I'm being brief but I have to say that for me this has ...more
Cynthia Hernandez
This book saved my faith at a very dark time and helped me to make sense of some of what I was going through. It changed who I was becoming and it remains part of who I am. I will always cherish it and be grateful for its existence.

I can't love and feel gratitude for the book without also feeling love and gratitude for its author, so I have a deep love and enduring gratitude for Marianne Williamson as well. I have ready most of her books, but this was the one that stands out, and it has a place
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John
I read this book when it first came out. I gave it a 5 star rating because over 20 years years later the cover still makes me smile. I remember a particular lesson where Marianne teaches us how to see tragedy as a challenge to love more deeply. That really stuck with me. The book is sincere, based on her love for A Course in Miracles and her own experience. You don't have to be A Course in Miracles practitioner to understand and benefit from reading the book. I would like to read it again.
Mark
This is a great book for anyone stepping up from the New Age spirituality or self-help publications. It helps point out many common misperceptions we've have about love & life. Of particular interest is Part II on applying the principles of A Course in Miracles (ACIM) in everyday life. However it does apply some of the ACIM principles wrongly in many cases. This won't make much of a difference to the casual reader, it doesn't stop the book from being useful. But for those that wants to go fu ...more
Sarah
I liked this book because it reinforced beliefs I already held, plus gave me some areas in which to expand. Reading it straight through was a mistake; it's better, I think, to dip in when and where needed. I found the writing style to be simple to the point of being tedious, although that probably works well in presentations. God will not love you less if you use a subjunctive clause, Marianne!
Jenny
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, AND life-changing. This is now in my top five favorite books of all time, and I plan to re-read it anually so that I never forget the amazing lessons I learned from it...this book got me through an especially difficult period in my life, helping me to not only survive it, but to find joy and beauty and happiness in every uncertain day! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS BOOK!!!
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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” 14019 likes
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