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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 HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 2004)
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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
"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
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
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
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.
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!
I love Marianne. I love her message, I love her writing style. Did I mention I love the message? When I read her I can't help but get charged up and lifted up.
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!
If you are not ready to change then don't read it!
Marianne Williamson writing and words resonate with me so.
J. Ewbank
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
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
Laura Finger
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
Brenda Register
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
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
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
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
The author seemed to come from a privileged/wealthy perspective. She also seemed to borrow all of her most compelling points from A Course in Miracles.
Amy Juneau
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
If all followed the practice of love the Lord with all our heart, and love our neighbor as ourselves, we could change the world.
Edwin B
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
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.
Too many God references for my taste. I forgot that about this author when I picked it up off the library shelf. A great title, which is why I brought it home. A few great quotes, one of which I posted on my FB page. Interesting concepts, but not my take on them. I had to skim the second half of the book.
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.
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?
Barbara P
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.
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).
What can I say... Marianne is such an incredible spiritual writer and I am so enjoying this book. I'm reading it slowly, meaningfully, in the morning when my mind is clear and open to receive information.

I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking a better understanding of how things work in the spiritual way.
To my surprise, I totally loved this book! Had never read anything by the author, had no real expectations. It was spiritually soothing and made a lot of sense. Maybe I'm just now open to the life lessons and changes she talks about. I listened to the audio book which was read by the author and made me like it even more.
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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.” 17 likes
“It helps to ask ourselves why we choose to play so small when we don’t have to. Belief is powerful, and whatever we believe, we will subconsciously make manifest. So why do we hold on to core beliefs about ourselves that are so demeaning? When we ask that question, the answers emerge: “My family told me it wasn’t okay to think I was a big deal.” “I thought people wouldn’t like me if I ‘had it all.’” “I thought it might hurt my father’s feelings if I made more money than he did.” Yet whatever pain we might experience at others’ negative reactions to our spreading our wings, is nothing compared to the pain we cause ourselves by clipping them. At this time on the planet, no one can feel good about withholding their magnificence. Expressing your full potential is not just your right; it’s your responsibility. As long as you keep thinking in limited terms, disbelieving in the possibility of infinite possibility in your life, then you will never experience the miracles God has in store for you. You will deny His gifts, taking on the ego’s servitude instead. In a world such as this, fear is often the path of least resistance. If you want a miracle, you have to consciously claim it. And for everyone out there who might say, “How dare you?” there are at least two more who will say, “Thank you for showing me how.” 4 likes
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