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The Age Of Miracles

As seen on OWN's Super Soul Sunday! The need for change as we get older-an emotional pressure for one phase of our lives to transition into another-is a human phenomenon, neither male nor female. There simply comes a time in our lives-not fundamentally different from the way puberty separates childhood from adulthood-when it's time for one part of ourselves to die and for something new to be born. The purpose of this book by best-selling author and lecturer Marianne Williamson is to psychologically and spiritually reframe this transition so that it leads to a wonderful sense of joy and awakening. In our ability to rethink our lives lies our greatest power to change them. What we have called "middle age" need not be seen as a turning point toward death. It can be viewed as a magical turning point toward life as we've never known it, if we allow ourselves the power of an independent imagination, utilizing thought-forms that don't simply flow in a perfunctory manner from ancient assumptions handed down to us, but rather flower into new archetypal images of a humanity just getting started at 45 or 50. What we've learned by that time, from both our failures as well as our successes, tends to have humbled us into purity. When we were young, we had energy but were clueless about what to do with it. Today, we have less energy, perhaps, but we have far more understanding of what each breath of life is for. And now at last, we have a destiny to fulfill-not a destiny of a life that's simply over, but rather a destiny of a life that is finally truly lived. Midlife is not a crisis; it's a time of rebirth. It's not a time to accept your death; it's a time to accept your life-and to finally, truly live it, as you and you alone know deep in your heart it was meant to be lived.
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Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed author and lecturer. She has published nine books, four of which have been #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. She is a close friend of Oprah Winfrey and ex president Clinton. In Dec 2006, Newsweek named her one of the fifty most influential baby boomers.


Williamson is unarguably one of the most visible and influential writers in spirituality and almost as puzzling as the book that was her inspiration and the foundation of her early fame, A Course in Miracles. Raised in a Jewish household, Williamson, after a string of personal mishaps entirely typical of American life, found her way to the Course, a book dictated by, so its "medium" Helen Schucman claimed, the voice of Jesus. Williamson's book-length exposition of Schucman's curious post-Christian mysticism, Return to Love (1992), became a best seller. Williamson's later work has distanced itself from the Course, and The Age of Miracles is hardly an exception to this later practice--it is a grab bag of anecdote, precepts, and bland advice on middle age (Williamson herself is in her middle fifties). Its publication, although it scarcely mentions the Course, will coincide (or perhaps the better word is converge) with Williamson's new lectures on the Course on Oprah Winfrey's radio channel, XM 156. The force of Oprah's approbation is so great as to render review almost irrelevant, but we will say that The Age of Miracles is more of the same for the persuaded and will not damage innocent minds. For most collections. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

I consider Marianne to be one of our most profound teachers of transformational wisdom. -- Dr Wayne W. Dyer

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