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The Gift of Change: Spiritual Guidance for Living Your Best Life

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Bestselling author of Return to Love and Law of Divine Compensation, Marianne Williamson shows people how to live without fear or worry in The Gift of Change. The time in which we now live is more difficult and stressful than people are willing to admit. We live with an abiding sense of collective anxiety. Williamson shows how we are paralyzed in our current state of fear ...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperOne (first published January 1st 2004)
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Feb 10, 2008 Laurie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Marianne Williamson.

She has a way of writing that is very clear and gets right to the heart of things.

1. It is crucial to take the time everyday to go within and meditate and pray. If you don't take the time to do that, you have no right to complain.

2. If you do take the time to do that, you will become closer to God and your life will transform.

3. You can make the conscious decision to give your life over to God's will accepting the fact that his plan for you is the best one. You learn
This book covered a wide range of material and it wasn't until I finished it that I grasped just how vast that material was. It begins with a lot on spiritualization:

1. The Challenge to Grow (spirtually),

2. Negative Thinking ("You don't get karmic amnesy for, 'Oh, yeah, I thought that, but I didn't really mean it.'")

3. Metaphysical power of language (kids who say, I'm ugly or Nobody likes me, I hate math; adults, too).

4. Meditation: "Einstein said, 'We won't solve the problems of the world fr
Sep 21, 2009 Meghan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I left this book on the coffee table one day after reading a section. As my husband sat on the couch, he glanced at the cover, picked it up and asked me what the book was about. I opened my mouth to tell him, but ended up just staring at him blankly with nothing to say. The more I thought about it, the harder it was for me to articulate exactly what the book was about. I think my lack of response was due, in part, to my inability to initially grasp the concepts Williamson describes in her book. ...more
Sep 28, 2008 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Here is what Caroline Myss, author of Sacred Contracts, wrote about this book: The Gift of Change needs to be read by every person who can feel the speed of change rapidly increasing in her/her personal world. In this essential book, Williamson examines change as a spiritual necessity and offers the reader insights into the meaning of embracing the next step on one's life. Never has a society needed this wisdom and guidance more than now."

This book was published in 2004, much in reflection of
Feb 19, 2013 Chrissy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted so much to like it. Marianne Williamson's quote "It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us" was an epiphany when I first heard it, and the insight continues to guide me. But the "he, he, he" in this book, unthinkingly used to refer to God, grated on me. When, an hour into the audiobook, she also referred to the Holy Spirit as "he", I yelled out loud. HE?!

I found the perky self-help tone of the audiobook narration to be jarring. A self-help approach to surrendering to the
M. Williamson has a unique ability to bridge the spiritual and practical, the inspirational and personal. Skip this book if you're looking for quick tips, tools and techniques for, as the title says, 'living your best life'. This is all about cultivating our inner life ... about paying greater attention to who we are and our relationship to God.
Apr 04, 2009 Janet is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
While I was a bit hesitant to read Marianne Williamson (I thought her too 'commercial') I find now that she does present, for me, some new insights on our relationship with God. Many references to 'A Course in Miracles', which I have not yet read.
Apr 11, 2009 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
reading a bit at a time. Great for meditations/ This was a great book for me. I was able to get so much joy and comfort from its spiritual
perspective. I just gave it to a friend and I sincerely hope she enjoys it as much as I did!
Jan 03, 2009 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marianne Williamson writing and words resonate with me so.
If you are not ready to change then don't read it!
May 30, 2009 Kelli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another book of Marianne's that I reference all the time. I love her words and how she writes. I recommend anything this women writes!
While I think this book is a useful tool in teaching self-awareness and empathy to the vast majority of people, I would not recommend this book to people with complex trauma or anyone who is non-white or practices a non-Christian spirituality. I wasn't aware this was a book steeped in Christian terminology and found all the male pronouns and religious iconography to be incredibly alienating as a Native person. While a large group of people need a LOT of self work and to learn how to care about o ...more
Christine Fay
Mar 08, 2015 Christine Fay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly wonderful book about healing the soul and moving forward to embrace the possibility of greatness and happiness in our lives.

“Every morning as we wake up, we can bless the world. We can pray to be servants today to something holy and true. We can take a deep breath and surrender ourselves to God’s plan for our lives. And when we do, we will experience miracles” (23).

“As the mind is permeated by the realization of the awesome power that lies within us, and as we allow ourselves to embrace
Diana Nagy
Apr 11, 2016 Diana Nagy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I love Marianne Williamson, particularly because of the way that she writes. Its hard for me, growing up in the life I have, around the people that I have, to believe there are people this good in life, who really want to love always. But I like the aspect of it. It's something I aspire to do, something I aspire to become, in my own life. Become a more spiritual person, become loving in all that I do. But I know that it will be a challenge. It's hard to change, but its definitely possible. I lik ...more
Laura Finger
Jun 11, 2013 Laura Finger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help, lending
This is one of the first eBooks I ever bought for my Kindle. I loved the sample so much that I immediately went to Amazon and bought the entire book.

What I love about Williamson is her gentle, sincere spirituality. I feel like we share the same religious views, which are free from Dogma but are about expressing love to others. That's one of the things that I love about reading spiritual authors who might not share my same religious background. I feel like I learn so much more from these writers
Nov 12, 2013 Denise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
Este, al igual que los otros libros que he leído de Marianne Williamson, me pareció una maravilla. ¡Me encanto! A través de conceptos espirituales basados en Un Curso de Milagros ella nos va mostrando los pasos a seguir para lograr un verdadero cambio en nosotros mismos, el cual evidentemente se reflejará en el mundo.

Quizá realizar este cambio en el mundo ha sido necesario siempre, pero creo en lo personal que ahora es imperativo hacerlo. La única manera de mantener alejada la oscuridad que nos
Brenda Register
May 20, 2013 Brenda Register rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This women is the most amazing writer. Every sentence is epic. I just read and shake my head, she is so profound. How can every sentence be epic, I ask myself? I love her books. I have many. This one, in particular, is such a work of art and so perception changing. You can just feel hardness and sharp edges resting and falling off of you. It uses the topic of change as the platform to get you in a place of being able to think deeply. And in that process, you can actually feel yourself loosening ...more
Ld2288 Degenhardt
What I'm learning with this book is that change is inevitable but does not have to be hard and should not be! We change every day, each one of us goes thru events that shape our hearts and minds. Whether we accept or fight is usually motivated by our past, but the good news is we can over come anything in our past regardless what it was. We need to remember who our "source" is. Is our source our biological parents or is our source GOD? We have to decide whose the source of our being, spiritual b ...more
Amy Juneau
Oct 10, 2014 Amy Juneau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great perspective. Although published 5 years ago, everything Marianne talks about in this book is still very relevant today in regard to our spiritual selves and the state of the world. I gave it 4 -4.5 stars. I felt that there could of been a specific example of how she uses prayer/reflection/meditation on a daily basis, or how one might do so for themselves when they have a busy schedule, versus speaking of it in a general sense. Otherwise, it covers spiritual growth from many angles and adul ...more
In this book on managing changes in your lives, Williamson covers topics such as recognizing our ego-based sub-selves and how to stop projecting from there, learning to focus on positives, moving away from anxiety and being guilt-focused, and living in the present. However, unfortunately i just couldn't quite get into the book. Maybe because after awhile Williamson seem to get repeatative or because there wasn't really anything new in the contents of the topics that i couldn't have gotten from o ...more
J. Ewbank
Jul 07, 2014 J. Ewbank rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-good-read
I was not too sure of this book before reading it because I thought it might be in the area of spirituality rather than in the area of Christianity. It is an interesting book in the area of the power of positive thinking, though religious terms are used in the book I question if it is entirely a Christian book. It does, however, provide a wondeful amount of positive ways you can affect your life.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" and "To Whom It May
Herta Feely
Mar 27, 2016 Herta Feely rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Moving toward the Light

I read this book almost exclusively in the wee hours of the morning, which Williamson calls "the witching hour." A time we step more readily into our magical, spiritual selves. While reading her work I feel as though I've become the holier person she encourages us to be. I hope to meet her someday and perhaps now that I've had this thought it will happen, just as all thoughts move from idea to reality. Be careful what you think, it just might come true. Or: think only thou
Edwin B
Sep 16, 2009 Edwin B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are many words that describe this book. One of them is mindblowing. Another is liberating. Marianne explains that the small-minded ego has each of us in its grip, confining our concerns to narrow attachments that we fear losing or not ever having (and that we mistakenly believe constitute our identity). Her words open up for the reader an intuitive knowing of who they truly are: boundless, inseparably one with all, eternal, and complete. Try this book, and get a glimpse of the peace and po ...more
Aug 05, 2013 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here is the thing to get through any Marianne Williamson book: you have to be in the mood.

Her message is overall upbeat and positive, but if you read it when feeling tired, stressed, anxious, or upset, that message
and the way she delivers it can feel like simple platitutes.

I think the writing comes from a noble place, and really, who does not need to have some of Ms. Williamson's messages told to them?
Sarah Boyette
I highly recommend the first half of this book. It's all about opening your eyes to love around you. Very good, but then after about chapter 5, I began to get antsy and realized it was becoming repetitive. So read the first five chapters and forget the rest of the book. It also has a lot of excerpts from A Course in Miracles, which I had previously dismissed as too New Agey for me, but now I want to give it another try.
Kia Turner
May 19, 2015 Kia Turner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marianne Williamson does it again with The Gift of Change. In her classic fashion, she takes the lessons of a course in miracles and forces us to think about the way we frame the world - in a blunt, but loving manner. Her perfect mix of personal stories with the lessons she is seeking to teach make this book a breeze to get through, and focuses on how much effort it can take for us to actually change our lives for the better. Definitely would recommend.
Aug 22, 2008 Tammy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've tried to get into this book before and found it to be simplistic, fake, hoity toity, new age mumbo jumbo, well meaning author but, come now - lets be realistic.

I just picked it up again and WOW!!! Life changing, mind blowing, amazing book! The simplicity is awe - inspiring, the ideas completely heart changing. I got so much truth in such sweetness! I loved it and I will be reading it again soon with my computer to preserve my insights and notes.
One of my favorite quotes of all time is by Marianne Williamson. I've never read one of her books before until now. She is a woman who is in tune with PROFOUND TRUTH. Are you ready to step into your potential and change the world yet? The faster all of us do this, the quicker we bring peace and love to the world. Read it.
Mar 11, 2010 Shauna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I ordered this thinking it was Return to Love, which I had heard so many good things about. It was life-changing for me as I realized how much of my experience depends on my thoughts. It's law-of-attraction-esque and is an empowering read. When I finally read Return to Love, by the way, I was surprised to find I didn't like it at all (glad I started this one first).
Barbara P
Jun 03, 2010 Barbara P rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read many of Williamson's books and love her healing perspective on living life to its fullest. Her reminder that returning to love and forgiveness is the great need of civilization. When I strive to incarnate this in my own life on a daily basis I can only imagine the challenge for a global change with so many various cultures and divisions. But the book is worth reading.
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Marianne Williamson is a spiritual activist, author, lecturer and founder of The Peace Alliance, a grass roots campaign supporting legislation currently before Congress to establish a United States Department of Peace. She is also the founder of Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area.[2] She has published nine books, including f ...more
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“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 to learn how 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.” 23 likes
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