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A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles (Revised)

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People are taught to be separate from one another and to compete to get ahead, that they are not good enough the way they are. This work provides a spiritual travel guide back to the truth people were born with and and shows how to accept back into their hearts the love that has been denied.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 29th 2015 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1992)
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Lorraine Haataia PhD No, you can read one or the other, or both. It's up to you, whatever you prefer.…moreNo, you can read one or the other, or both. It's up to you, whatever you prefer. (less)
Karen Gosh, I hope so. This book was B-oring, with a capital B.

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April
Aug 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Stosich
Jul 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Andrea
Dec 05, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 ...more
Heather
Jun 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Beth
Feb 18, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kimberly Dawn
Her best quote:

“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
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Valerie
As anyone who's seen my frequent updates on here could probably tell, A Return to Love was a gut check and affirmation of so many things I've been feeling, experiencing, and processing lately. It's been on my list for a while, but reading it now felt like divine timing given the other things occurring in my life at the moment. The book essentially stresses the importance of going into any and every situation with love at the forefront. Williamson does use Christian symbols and figures throughout ...more
Tina Wright
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is, quite simply, one of the best books on spirituality and self-help ever written. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Chavalita
Jul 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Cathy
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I really need to read it again. This book spun me on my head. The almighty EGO was more powerful than I had realized, and it's such a relationship spoiler!
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— ...more
Jaded
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 ...more
Farnoosh Brock
I had such high hopes for this book, and it was but I didn't expect the religious turn the book took on me.

I have loved the quote from Marianne Williamson ever since I first heard it in a yoga class during meditation (and still do):
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is not our darkness but our light that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you
...more
Jess Wilson
Jul 08, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Words cannot express my distain for this book. If someone recommends this book, they do not understand relationships. It pains me that there are counselors like the one who wrote this book that suggest such things as "pink and blue sunglasses". A book that says women wrote to him who were in abusive relationships and because of this book, knew they needed to respect their husbands and things would change, if pure mockery of the art of therapy and everything I stand for. If you're having marital ...more
Kim
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Like another reviewer said, I mostly picked this book up because I wanted to read more from the person who said: "'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 don’t really know how to rate this book, because for me it was rather uneven.

It highlighted some things I take to be universal truths (that are represented in a range of religions, not only Christianity) and
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C.E. G
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: self-help
I read this because I heard RuPaul say it had changed his life, and I'm pretty curious about the kind of self-help RuPaul reads. I thought this was just OK. The advice was solid, though it felt out of touch at times, like a few of Williamson's values don't align with mine. It was really interesting to see how often AIDS was brought up though, as it was written at the height of the American epidemic. There were some quotes that I copied down, finding resonance in them:

"You are a child of God. You
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Tim Britton
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Peter Mcloughlin
I picked up this book because the author Marianne Williamson is a Democratic Candidate running for President in 2020. I followed the Grateful Dead for the late 1980s and early 1990s so admittedly I have a little bit of a soft spot for hippie-dippie spiritual metaphysical guru shit. I am familiar with positive thinking writers a genre that has existed since the mind-cure movement in America of the 19th century. I am familiar with it and find it a mixed bag of some bromides for self-development, ...more
Trisha
Apr 27, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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Charlton Lee
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Meghan
Sep 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Heather
Feb 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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 ...more
Mackie Mccue
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reflection
I was torn between a 2 and 3 rating for this book. It started out very strong, and I really connected with it. Though not a strictly religious person, I could deal with the light religious tone in the beginning as it seemed more to supplement the messages she was trying to get across. However, as the book continued, the religious themes seemed to become more the purpose of the text, though oddly coupled with examples from her personal life that often seemed to contradict themes from previous ...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. ...more
♥ Ibrahim ♥
On p.23, she says that our paranoia, anxiety and trauma are literally all imagined!

This doesn’t sound scientific in the least!
Laura
Nov 30, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Worst book I have ever read. I couldn’t even finish it...other people might find it helpful and insightful, but for me... it just didn’t click. It made me feel rather bad.
Ektoras (Ross)
I was recommended this book by someone, and I think the underlying message of the book is quite powerful. It basically teaches you to let go, focus on your inner light, aka your love, and let the rest happen as it will. I think this does wonders to curb your anxiety, and in a world were we are constantly bombarded with the collective neurosis that we constantly need to be "doing" and "making things happen," this offers a refreshingly saner perspective. It is counter-intuitive at times how, by ...more
John
A Course in Miracles is dense. This isn't. For some people Williamson's book might be considered an alternative source of the same ideas. I think it's worth a read if the Course attracts you but feels like too much when you go through it. It's probably worth a read even if you ate the Course up.

I like the themes of responsibility, agency vs victimhood, and humility. Heads up: She uses words from Christianity and things like Christmas to illustrate concepts, but it doesn't feel like church.

Some
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Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed lecturer, activist, and author with six New York Times bestsellers. Her books include Tears to Triumph, A Return to Love, A Year of Miracles, The Law of Divine Compensation, The Gift of Change, The Age of Miracles, Everyday Grace, A Woman's Worth, Illuminata, and A Course in Weight Loss. She has been a popular guest on television programs such as ...more
“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.” 16618 likes
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