The Source of Miracles: 7 Steps to Transforming Your Life through the Lord's Prayer

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The Source of Miracles: 7 Steps to Transforming Your Life through the Lord's Prayer by Kathleen McGowan

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Expected One and The Book of Love comes a transformative book that unlocks the hidden power of the Lord's Prayer — the prayer that can be recited by every Christian in the world.

The real secret to creating and sustaining an abundant, joyous, and fulfilled life has been hiding in plain sight — in the power of the prayer that unites two billion Christians worldwide, the prayer that each one of them knows by heart.

True happiness and success can't just be wished for. The real secret to fulfillment lies in using the Lord's Prayer as part of an ongoing spiritual practice that leads to real and lasting change in the soul — change that will manifest itself in earthly, tangible ways. Each chapter in The Source of Miracles is a guide to one of seven steps in that process, corresponding to a primary teaching of the prayer: faith, surrender, service, abundance, forgiveness, obstacles, and love. Each chapter also includes meditations, affirmations, and other activities designed to help readers work through life's challenges.

In her bestselling fiction, Kathleen McGowan has popularized the world of Christian esoterica, a unique place where New Age and Christianity meet, making ancient teachings new and powerful. The Source of Miracles harnesses the wisdom of those traditions at a time of great material and spiritual uncertainty, when the need for signposts on the road to success has never been more acute.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439137659
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 11/03/2009
Pages: 205
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Kathleen McGowan is an internationally published writer whose work has appeared on five continents and in at least fifteen languages. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three sons. You can visit her website at www.theexpectedone.com.

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The Mystery of the Rose with Six Petals

LOS ANGELES: AUGUST 17, 200I

Our beautiful baby boy would be dead within an hour.

That's what the doctors said. And had I believed them, he likely would have died exactly as they predicted. But I didn't believe them, and I didn't because of what I learned from the rose with six petals.

The youngest of our three sons, Shane Francis, was born on an August afternoon in 2001, perfect and healthy. Or so we thought. He appeared to be having a little trouble breathing after a few hours into his life here on earth, but we were told that this was not uncommon with a baby born via cesarean section. At this stage, no one was too worried. He was placed under an oxygen tent and observed in the nursery for a few hours.

And then he turned blue — before turning an ashen shade of ghastly gray. He was no longer able to breathe on his own. His lungs simply ceased to function. We would discover later that he had been born with a deadly condition that made it impossible for his lungs to inflate. But this wasn't even necessarily the most immediate concern. The crisis came from the realization that he had essentially been deprived of oxygen for several hours before anyone realized it. There was, at this stage, permanent damage to his newborn organs, including his brain.

While the suburban hospital Shane was born in had a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), they were not optimistic about his chances of survival when he was transferred into their ward. He did not respond to any of the respirators he was hooked up to; it was simply too late to save him.

The NICU doctors thought I was in an understandable state of maternal denial when I told them they were wrong. As a result, a mild-mannered social worker from the hospital was sent to "counsel us." In other words, his job was to make sure we understood that our baby was about to die.

"This isn't your fault," the well-intentioned man assured me as he patted me on the back. "You didn't do anything to cause this. It's just one of those things that we can't foresee. But if you have a priest, minister, or other spiritual adviser, I suggest you call him or her now to help you get through this. There are only a few minutes of life left in this baby."

I knew that he meant well, but I really just wanted him to shut up. I was furious that they had all given up on my baby, that they were taking the position that he was already dead, when he was still alive in the same room with us.

But I also knew something they didn't know. I knew that my baby would live, no matter what they said, because I had seen it while praying in the center of a labyrinth three months earlier. I had, in fact, caught my first glimpse of the miracles that were to follow a full six years earlier, over six thousand miles away in a cathedral in France.

CHARTRES, FRANCE: MAY 1995

There is a legend that when Napoleon stormed through the doors of the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Chartres for the first time, the glory of the place stopped him in his tracks. He grew very silent — a rarity — as he looked around, taking in the majesty, the artistry, and the sanctity. In a choked voice he announced to his entourage, "Chartres is no place for an atheist."

I beg to differ. I think that Chartres is a perfect place for an atheist. The glory and grace of the structure have the potential to convince even the most hardened skeptic of the presence of God. If ever there was a monument that was divinely guided and inspired to illustrate the concept of "on earth as it is in heaven," it is Chartres Cathedral.

I had my first look at Chartres from approximately twenty miles away while driving through France, "coincidentally" on Mother's Day in 1995. The mismatched yet magnificent spires pointed to heaven from their place on a hilltop that has been sacred to mankind for thousands of years. To describe the majesty of Chartres in detail is beyond the scope of this book; it just may be beyond my ability to ever find the right words to do it justice. Orson Welles, who knew a few things about genius, said Chartres Cathedral was "the premier work of mankind...a celebration of God's glory and the dignity of man." I find his description perfectly fitting now that I have seen the miracles that emerge from such a place.

But in May of 1995, I was a tourist more than I was a pilgrim. To call myself a pilgrim would indicate that I knew how sacred and special the place was when I set out to visit it. I did not. While I knew that the cathedral was a heritage site for its glorious eight-hundred-year-old architecture and hundreds of magnificent stained glass windows, the extent of my knowledge at that stage came from a couple of paragraphs in a Paris guidebook.

I entered the cathedral for the first time through the majestic western portal, beneath a grand relief of Christ enthroned. I gasped at the sheer enormity of the place, at the overwhelming abundance of awe-inspiring beauty contained within.

Like so many other tourists before and since, I rarely looked down after entering the cathedral. The stained glass marvels are several stories above eye level, causing visitors to bump into each other as their focus remains directed heavenward. I did not know then what is so integral to my life now: that as much glory awaited me beneath my feet as above my head. Sadly, most visitors never discover that life-changing secret.

But an unusual design on the floor had caught my eye ever so briefly when I first entered the cathedral. It niggled at the back of my mind — something about it was important — and I went back to take a second look. Embedded in the center of the floor was a large mosaic in stone, large enough for at least ten adults to stand within it. It was a type of flower, a rose with six rounded petals, and a circle in the center. Much of the ancient design had been covered with rows of chairs and was therefore difficult to see in its entirety. The rest of the pattern that surrounded this flower spanned a huge portion of the nave's floor, but this was also covered with chairs, which made it impossible to identify. What I could see of the design was beautiful and elegant but also curious. I went to stand in the central circle, at the heart of the rose, as this was the only area that was not covered with chairs.

I stood there, took a deep breath...and fell to my knees. A heated surge of energy flooded my body and pulled me to the ground with its force. I was dizzy for quite a while afterward, forced to sit down in the wooden chairs that covered the rest of the rose mosaic. When the dizziness wore off, I was consumed with utter fascination.

Long after my return to the States, the rose in the floor of the cathedral haunted me. That fascination became an obsession which led to a great and unexpected spiritual quest. It would become the journey of a lifetime, a journey that continues to this day.

Along my path to understanding the mystery of the rose with six petals, I discovered that the image was the central point of a huge labyrinth that extended over forty-two feet across the floor of Chartres Cathedral. The great Gothic cathedral builders in France had installed labyrinths in the floors of many of their monuments, although only a handful have survived. These are elaborate patterns built with geometric precision by master architects. They are sometimes referred to as mazes, but that is a misnomer. Mazes are places where one gets lost. Labyrinths are places where one is found.

The purpose of the labyrinths in the French cathedrals has never been definitively agreed upon by scholars or theologians. Some say that they represented a metaphorical path to the Holy Land for those in medieval times who were unable to make such a pilgrimage. Others, myself included, believe that they were created as a prayer tool, a path that could be walked while praying, toward a center where God awaits. The labyrinths all have one single path that leads in to a central place, a holy of holies reserved for prayer. I learned that Chartres Cathedral is unique in that it contains the only medieval labyrinth where the center is represented by the six-petaled rose.

In the early Middle Ages, and perhaps long before, there was a great spiritual school at Chartres. It was a center for both theology and mystery that is now the stuff of legend. The school counted saints, mystics, philosophers, politicians, and even a few infamous heretics among its eclectic group of graduates and teachers. While much of what was taught there is lost to time and history, there are some powerful remnants of the more mystical Chartres teachings available for those who dig deeply enough.

My own search was relentless.

Thus, along my path I was fortunate enough to find teachers who invited me back in time through the ancient doors of the Chartres mystery school. They instructed me in the way of the labyrinth and showed me that the rose at the center is a portal that leads to the ultimate and most priceless treasure: spiritual transformation.

I will share some of Chartres' most potent, life-changing lessons within the pages that follow, but the essence of what I discovered is this:

The secret of the rose with six petals is its perfect correlation to the Lord's Prayer. Each petal represents a different teaching found within the prayer, and the central circle represents the essence and wellspring of LOVE, as love must feed into all aspects of our lives in order for us to achieve true fulfillment. The rose is the symbol of the perfect spiritual practice as left to us by Jesus. It is our map to the source of miracles.

The rose at the center of the labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral is the heart of an unmatched temple built to honor the power of prayer. It was central to the teachings of the medieval mystery school, and to this most powerful and sacred Christian tradition that has been nearly lost to us in modern times.

During my studies, I learned to use the Lord's Prayer as a committed practice in the same way as the students of the Chartres mystery school. Since incorporating this prayer into my daily life, I have never been the same, nor would I want to be. This practice restored my faith: in God, in myself, and in my fellow human beings.

The revelations from the Lord's Prayer that awaited me within that mystical rose changed the course of my life and that of those around me, irrevocably. They also brought the miracle that saved the life of my infant son.

Copyright © 2009 by McGowan Media, Inc.

Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for The Source of Miracles includes an introduction, discussion questions, and a Q&A with author Kathleen McGowan. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.

Introduction

The real secret to creating and sustaining an abundant, joyous, and fulfilled life has been hiding in plain sight — in the power of the prayer that unites two billion Christians worldwide, the prayer that each one of them knows by heart.

True happiness and success can't just be wished for. The real secret to fulfillment lies in using the Lord's Prayer as part of an ongoing spiritual practice that leads to real and lasting change in the soul — change that will manifest itself in earthly, tangible ways. Each chapter in The Source of Miracles is a guide to one of seven steps in that process, corresponding to a primary teaching of the prayer: faith, surrender, service, abundance, forgiveness, obstacles, and love.

Questions for Discussion

1. How do you make use of the Lord’s Prayer in your daily life? When did you first learn the words to the Lord’s Prayer and who taught you? Why does Kathleen McGowan argue that you do not need to be a practicing Christian to benefit from reciting the Lord’s Prayer, and to what extent do you agree or disagree?

2. How does the author’s description of her spiritual revelation at Chartres Cathedral compare to moments you’ve had when you’ve felt closest to God? How do you account for the divine energy that seems to animate certain physical spaces? To what extent can you visualize Chartres Cathedral as you move through the process of prayer described in The Source of Miracles? How does the author’s connection of the rose labyrinth at the center of the cathedral and the verses of the Lord’s Prayer resonate for you?

3. Kathleen McGowan writes: “Prayer is a way for us to get closer to God, to celebrate God’s presence in our lives….When it is a regular practice, your prayer requests will be that much more powerful...” (p 52). How would you characterize your own use of prayer? To what extent does The Source of Miracles challenge you to rethink how prayer operates in your life? How can committed, regular prayer connect you to God’s love?

4. How do you identify with Kathleen McGowan’s concept of total surrender to God? How does her dream about Jesus and the White Sack of Sorrows (p 92) enable you to understand how to release yourself from some of the worries that trouble you? Have you ever had a dream about God that spoke to you in some meaningful way? What was it, and how did you respond to it?

5. “Every good deed neutralizes a bad one. Every act of service eliminates an act of oppression. Every prayer for peace eradicates an impulse of war,” (p 102). In your life, how do you work to introduce good into the world? What are some of the ways that you feel called to contribute to the goodness of God’s kingdom? To what extent do you agree with the author that performing good deeds is a kind of “spiritual insurance policy,” (page 103)? To what extent do good deeds and faith work together in your spiritual development?

6. How often do you praise God for the blessings that have been bestowed upon you? If you were to thank God for the abundance in your life, where would you start, and why? When you don’t receive what you’ve been petitioning God for—good health, a relationship, a new job—how do you respond in terms of your faith? Have you ever confronted the fact that your desires may not be part of God’s divine plan for you life? If so, how would you describe the outcome of that conflict?

7. What does the story of Amy Biehl and her parents’ response to her murder during the Truth and Reforms Commissions in South Africa reveal to you about human and divine natures of forgiveness (p 140)? How do you experience forgiveness in your everyday life? How frequently do you pray for those who have hurt you in some way? Why might doing so release you to greater possibilities for joy in your own life?

8. How do the seven deadly sins that the author identifies (ego, anger, envy, complacency, indulgence, greed, and lust) stand in opposition to God’s love? How has one or more of these seven sins been an obstacle in your life? How did you cope with it and what enabled you to work through it?

9. “The more blessed you have been by God, the more you need to care about those who are less fortunate than you,” (p 171). In what regards do you feel called to share your blessings with others who are not as blessed? How have people shared their blessings with you when you’ve experienced difficult times? What are some other ways that you actively avoid spiritual complacency? Can you think of examples from Christ’s life and teachings that support this behavior?

A Conversation with Kathleen McGowan

You describe the Lord’s Prayer as “the formula for manifesting miracles…on a regular basis.” How did you arrive at this understanding of the Lord’s Prayer?

I came to this understanding of the Lord’ Prayer the only way one really can – through regular use of it as a practice! I found that the more I committed myself to working through the challenges of my life while using this prayer, the faster the obstacles were removed from my life. I believe firmly that Jesus gave us many valuable tools to reach God while improving ourselves and our communities, but the Lord’s Prayer is primary of these. It is perfect. It is flawless. It is powerful. And when life gets busy and I forget to use it regularly, I see the difference in my life. The miracle of it is in its simplicity of use. Anyone can use it at anytime, and instantly feel better about themselves and more connected to the Divine.

Can you describe the experience of writing about the incredibly personal story of Shane’s birth and near-death and some of the religious visions you have had in your life?

I cry every time I write about Shane or even speak about the miracles that brought him here and kept him here. There are so many different emotions to work through as a result of what he has taught me, but all of them come through love: maternal love for my beautiful child, love for the friends and family who sustained me during those tough times, love for the doctors and nurses who are so devoted in their daily lives to service, and of course the often over-whelming, awe-inspiring love of God and the miracles that are possible through that love.

It is always risky in these jaded times to write about visions, but mine have been so powerful that I simply cannot stay silent about them. I feel as if I was given the visions for a reason, and that reason is to share them with the world in a way that I hope will open more people up to their own personal experiences of the Divine: Divine Mind, Divine Will, Divine Love, and how we are all a part of that.

For readers who will never have an opportunity to visit Chartres Cathedral in person, can you recommend any books or works of art that will give them a sense of its enormity and beauty?

I will be creating an aspect of my website which is a celebration of Chartres through photography and experiences there, so they should definitely check out www.KathleenMcGowan.com. There are some lovely websites now which have great images of Chartres, which are a nice option as there are few books available in the USA which really do it justice. I think the best and most thorough can be found here: http://vrcoll.fa.pitt.edu/medart/image/France/Chartres/Chartres-Cathedral/chartres-main.html

This website allows you to search through the sculptures and the stained glass individually. I have spent many hours on this site, as it truly is the next best thing to being there!

How did you come to pair the text of the Lord’s Prayer with the design of the rose at the center of the Chartres Cathedral?

As I was researching Mary Magdalene for my first book, The Expected One, I became deeply immersed in the “underground” spiritual cultures that exist throughout France. On this continuing journey, I have met a number of extraordinary teachers, one of whom introduced me to this particular practice. It was thrilling for me, as I have long wondered exactly what that rose in the center of the labyrinth was for, and none of the recognized labyrinth “experts” seemed to have any definitive idea. It was one of the great, lost medieval mysteries. Until now! I am thrilled to bring these teachings back to the world and share them in the hopes that others will find them as miraculous and transformational as I have.

How would you characterize your own faith journey?

My own faith journey has been rocky, difficult, beautiful and miraculous – which I think is what everyone’s faith journey is! The nature of faith is that we have to endure trials – which I believe are largely self-imposed – in order to test our own beliefs about God and our own connection to all that is Divine, on earth and in heaven. It doesn’t have to be hard, but I think we often make it so. I wrote this book because I hope it will help others to find this path a little easier, to learn from my mistakes so they won’t have to make them. God doesn’t want us to suffer! He doesn’t want us to experience pain in this process, in the same way that no loving parent wants to see their child hurt – and yet also realizes that sometimes it is the only way the child will learn…

Most of all, I would characterize my own faith journey as constant and ever-lasting. There isn’t a day of my life where it isn’t tested or pushed in some way. But at the same time, there also isn’t a day of my life when I don’t witness something totally miraculous! If we didn’t have darkness, the light wouldn’t seem nearly as bright to us once it shines…

What are some of the rituals, practices and techniques that you incorporate into your everyday life as a devout Christian?

I’m big on prayer, and as I say in the book I use several prayers on a regular basis. Obviously, the Lord’s Prayer is key in my daily life, as are prayers authored by Saint Francis and Saint Teresa, which I reprint in the book. I use the “mantras” which I describe in the book as well, when times are tough. For example, “God is all good all the time” is my reminder when things are tough, and “People are doing the best they can with what they have” is the phrase I rely on when I am annoyed with some aspect of human nature.

You say that readers do not need to be practicing Christians to use the process you set out in The Source of Miracles. How will readers who are unaccustomed to praying daily find your book helpful?

My book is written in a very conversational tone, and formatted in an easy to use way. I wanted it to feel like you were sitting at my kitchen table with me. I want to be your sister on the path, not a preacher or a guru, so I wrote it the way that I teach it to my friends. And many of the people I have taught it to are not Christians. Jesus may have authored the prayer and taught it, but the prayer is not about Jesus. It is about understanding your relationship to God and your fellow humans, and that is an idea which is available to almost everyone.

This book breaks what is already a very short and easily understandable prayer into six even smaller pieces! So in essence, all the reader has to do is look at a sentence or two a day in order to learn it. The practices are simple and profoundly effective, so those who use it will see and feel results quickly. I also tell “non-religious” friends not to get too hung up on the word prayer. It is really about being able to ask yourself questions about your life, your desires for the future, your behavior patterns, and your relationship to the Divine, and having the willingness to explore how all of those things can and must work together. The prayer is a tool that gets us there easily and effectively.

One of the expressions you return to in this book is “People are doing the best they can with what they have.” How does this philosophy color your approach to life?

As I said above, this is a phrase I find myself using every day. I think the biggest challenge we all have in the 21st century is tolerance. We need to be tolerant of others, their differences in beliefs, their challenging behaviors. We need to try to remember that everyone is dealing with a lot in their lives right now. Stresses abound, and people are reacting to those stresses. We need to cut each other some slack and try to understand that the person who cuts you off on the highway or is rude to you in the supermarket may just be having a really bad day. It relates beautifully to the old Native America adage I learned as a child in California that “Great Spirit reminds us not to judge a man until we have walked a mile in his moccasins.” This phrase, “People are doing the best they can with what they have” is a quick reminder that all humans are complicated, sensitive beings who are trying to get by to the best of their ability.

Why does the Gospel of Matthew speak to you more profoundly and personally than the other gospels?

There is a purity to Matthew that I relate to above the others. It contains all of the grand elements of Jesus’ teachings, and presents them in a way that I just find absolutely perfect. It contains the Sermon on the Mount and the first introduction of the Lord’s Prayer – and I find Matthew’s version of the Beatitudes to be most beautiful.

It also contains for me what is for me the most perfect teaching of any gospel, found in Matthew 22: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two.”

Although the similarities between the Gospel of Mark and the Gospel of Matthew are often cited, I find that Matthew has more love in it, it is more gentle. Some of the harshness of mark has been removed. Similarly, the elements in Matthew and Luke that overlap just resonate with me more when I read the version in Matthew.

In what ways has describing your own intimate relationship with God in The Source of Miracles changed that relationship?

My relationship with God is ever evolving as I learn more and more each day through what the Divine has to teach me. Most of all, I learn each day from the people I encounter through my life and my work. I believe that there is divinity in everyone, and I equally believe that I can learn about God via my interactions with people just as profoundly as I can through my direct experience.

I try to live my life as a constant prayer. I’m not always successful, as I am as flawed and human as everyone else, but it is a beautiful goal to have. And I find that when I stay on that path, God is more available to me, and closer than I ever imagined.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kathleen McGowan's writing style is sincere and easy to follow. This is a wonderful little book that contains a great message. Kathleen has researched this subject extensively, I especially appreciate the answer to my questions about the secret of abundance. Her explanation is thoughtful and makes sense.
oceanhealthy More than 1 year ago
This book has strengthened my faith and my relationship to God. Since reading this book I have a total feeling of peace with myself as well as those around me
Bluedancer More than 1 year ago
The Source of Miracles -by Kathleen McGowan.... takes the reader thru an amazing journey of self discovery in which your outlook on life is opened and thus enhanced to live life to its fullest with a rightous mindset. Being ever mindful of how an individual lives and makes decisions ultimately do impact your fellow neighbor if done selfishly for outright personal gain. Explore, question and see all the goodness that this world has to offer. Stop limiting oneself because of doubt and lack of self confidence-- push yourself to live a full life so that when you leave this planet you know that in the end you leave satified because YOU LIVED! Enjoy all the little things which ultimately make up the big things.
jubileeJR More than 1 year ago
1.0 out of 5 stars New Age, Not Christian, January 12, 2010 Honestly, I did not read past page 63. I did not read through all the steps she outlines: The Petals of the ancient Secret of the Rose. There was too much New Age philosophy, Gnosticism and Esotericism. The three cannot be blended together effectively and remain Christian. It's not that these subjects make me uncomfortable to explore. It's just that I know The Truth already and I do not need to add to that. Adding in these other conflicting philosophies and theories of thought to biblical Truth creates confusion, not enlightenment. Yes, there is power in prayer. Yes, our words and God's words (the Word) have power. Yes, The Lord's Prayer is a powerful, meaningful and effective prayer. But do I think The Lord's Prayer is literally magic (pg. 3)? No. Do I think that praying it over and over again, even with sincerity and thoughtfulness will help me manifest miracles and abundant life for myself (pg 3)? No. Only God does that. Do I think I made a promise to God or even existed as a spiritual being before I was born (pgs 47 and 51)? I find no Biblical substantiation for that. The author herself does not even give citation for either of these claims. Will I put my faith in man, not just in God? The bible cautions against that in 1 Corintians 2:5 "That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God." Do I think this book is a worthwhile read? I'm afraid not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book with good intentions to sit down and enjoy, and possibly learn some new things, then I came across the negative information online- about the author herself. There are so many accusations made by others ranging from lies, deceits to outright fraud ( she is not really an ordained minister as she claims and her books never sold a million copies) that I can no longer trust this author or anything she says. I have come away with the impression that she needs to be reading and understanding more about spirituality and honesty before she writes any more on these topics. How can anyone believe what she has to say in print if she cannot practice what she preaches in real life? Very disappointed with her and cannot in clear conscience recommend this book to anyone.
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Whisper1 More than 1 year ago
Love the book and the insight of Kathleen McGowan!
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The Source of Miracles, by Kathleen McGowan, is what inspirational reading should be! This book is not only informative and easy to read, but it is also heartfelt and sincere. Ms. McGowan has a way of being open to many faith traditions but, at the same time, does not "water down" her thoughts and opinions. She is well versed in facts but also reaches into your heart with her abundant sincerity and enthusiasm. This book is easy to use and unintimidating. It makes you want to make the world a better place but can also help you be a happier person. That is a lot to come out of a little book! Thank you, Ms. McGowan!
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juliecr More than 1 year ago
I love this book! If you want to be more connected to spirit/God/yourself; if you want to learn gratitude, prayer, how to be more peaceful, how to manifest, this book is helpful. I really enjoyed it, and already consider myself adept at prayer and being spiritual.