"Who, with the love of God upholding him, could find the choice of miracles or murder hard to make?" A Course in Miracles, a self-study curriculum for attaining lasting inner peace, invites the 'student' to look at the unconscious cycle of attack and defense that almost all of us are engaged in daily. Not only does A Course in Miracles show us what we do and how we go about it, but also why. This offers us the opportunity to shift the purpose of our lives from murder to miracles, that is, from condemnation to love, through complete and unconditional forgiveness, the 'royal road' to lasting inner peace. This guidebook takes the reader by the hand in understanding how important concepts such as love, prayer, death, life, Christ, ego, and forgiveness are redefined in this spiritual curriculum. It is hoped that this supports students of A Course in Miracles to more quickly grasp the essence of its message, and to increasingly apply it in their everyday lives, speeding up their spiritual journey. About "Miracles or Murder", from the online discussion group that inspired it: "Many people who want to learn more about the Course before investing time in it, become discouraged by the density and abstractness of the Text and choose to pass on it altogether. We need a book like this to give folks a less jolting introduction and to help them understand the new meanings to old concepts - prepping for the voyage, so to speak, - before diving into the Text and Workbook. I see this as a very, very useful - and much needed - resource." -- Patrick Madden M.A., LEP
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Destined to be well worn, a keeper for all of time. Jan-Willem and I belong to the same "Miracles" LinkedIn group. His willingness to share gracefully are a highlight for me. I was privileged to review some drafts, as the book progressed. With each review I marveled at his keen insights on these challenging topics. This one's a keeper. This is part of the legacy for my children, to encourage them to consider it and pass it along to their descendants (in this way I may get to read it again, later). JW has a deep understanding of the course, related teachings, and human nature. He is able to illuminate ACIM concepts in a frank and helpful way. The guidelines for "living in an illusory world", in the Appendix (page 89+) are superb, a precious gift for most students. Even now, in these early days of Miracles teachings, the ego trembles; love, wisdom and truth yet prevail.
As an active member of the LinkedIn discussion group focused on A Course in Miracles (ACIM), Jan-Willem has emerged as a bright light for those of us seeking to more fully understand and accept the loving messages of the Course. Jan-Willem took it upon himself to compose and post a series of articles intended to "unpack" and clarify some of the most salient concepts in ACIM. In doing so he has made a significant contribution to the accessibility of A Course in Miracles - one that has been long overdue. I am so pleased that J.W. has responded to our encouragement for him to take his series of dissertations and put them in book form for a wider audience. Although we are all familiar with the concepts of love, prayer, death, life, Christ, and the ego, it is this very familiarity that impedes our ability to fully understand and appreciate the radically new thought system that the Course lays out. And what would be the value of a spiritual course intended to lift us up out of our sleepy state of unconsciousness if it were not radically new and different? To be accessible to all, the Course in Miracles must be framed in language; however, by necessity, many of the terms must be imbued with new and unfamiliar connotations. As a result of his ardent study of the Course itself, as well as the exemplary teachings of Ken Wapnick, what Jan-Willem has been able to do is "break the code" of these terms and their new connotations; thus making study of the Course a great deal easier. Gary Renard, author of The Disappearance of the Universe, and his wife, Cindy, have both reviewed and endorsed this book. I suspect that this wonderful little book will become widely read as a standard and indispensable "primer" for all those who are drawn to the Course for self study, as well as for those engaged in facilitating study groups. No matter how far along you believe you are in your Course work, get this book! You will be amazed at how much clearer it all becomes.