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Understanding a Course in Miracles: The History, Message, and Legacy of a Spiritual Path for Today

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This comprehensive introduction to the grassroots phenomenon A Course in Miracles covers the book's role in America's changing spiritual landscape, investigates its origins and history, and explains its principal tenets and philosophies. Weaving together extensive research and student perspectives, journalist D. Patrick Miller sheds light on the provocative and oft-misunderstood text.

 

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Overview

This comprehensive introduction to the grassroots phenomenon A Course in Miracles covers the book's role in America's changing spiritual landscape, investigates its origins and history, and explains its principal tenets and philosophies. Weaving together extensive research and student perspectives, journalist D. Patrick Miller sheds light on the provocative and oft-misunderstood text.

 

  • An examination of the teachings and influence of A Course in Miracles, one of the most popular and controversial texts in contemporary spirituality.
  • With a new foreword by Iyanla Vanzant
  • Covers common questions, such as What exactly is the Course? Is it Christian, Buddhist, New Age, or something else entirely? How did the author channel the message?
  • More than two million copies of A Course in Miracles available worldwide in 19 languages, with thousands of study groups devoted to it.

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587613128
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 681,595
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

D. PATRICK MILLER is a writer and the founder of Fearless Books. A former contributing editor for Yoga Journal, his articles have been published in Self, Mother Jones, Utne Reader, Columbia Journalism Review, Reader's Digest, and more. He lives in Berkeley, California.
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Table of Contents


Foreword     ix
Acknowledgments     xii
Introduction     1
Origins and History
How the Course Came to Be     13
Who Were Schucman and Thetford?     31
How the Course Teaching Has Spread     55
The Message of the Course
A New Curriculum of Love     79
Forgiving What Did Not Occur     93
From Special to Holy Relationships     105
Living in an Unreal World     119
A Provocative Legacy
Where Psychology Meets the Perennial Philosophy     133
Why the Course Is Not Christian-Or Is It?     151
Secular Critiques of the Course     169
The Presence of the Course     189
A Brief Guide to ACIM Study Centers, Teachers, and Online Resources     205
A Comparison of Miracles   Richard Smoley     209
Index     232
About the Author     244
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