If I could only own one book!

by | Aug 3, 2009 | Uncategorized

If you were only allowed to own one book, what book would you choose?
Submitted by The Private Library.

 My first thought was A Course in Miracles, a book that became the philosophy of my life and spiritual path over 20 years ago. The Course brought me back to a new relationship with God and helped me to sort out some of my religious and philosophical questions. Also, being an intellectual myself, and having an interest in health, both mental and spiritual I was very attracted to its origin. Helen Schuchman,(great discussion about Helen at Oprah.com) the woman who listened to a Voice and put her ego aside to transcribe the powerful words, was someone I could relate to. She was a doctor of psychology and taught at Columbia University. She was raised with a variety of "tastes" of a variety of religions and as an adult atheist, was not looking for God but simply looking for a way to find peace in her department. She also had studied Freud and wrote scholarly works on psychosomatic illnesses. She essentially was interested in the body/mind experience. I was also attracted to Kenneth Wapnick, another psychologist who was searching for an authentic path while contemplating his Jewish roots, but finding himself attracted to Catholicism. Ken found Helen during the transcription of the Course and from then on it became his path. Being a Catholic who married a Jew and have found myself in both worlds, found peace in the teachings of the Course and its definition of Jesus. Although not peaceful to study, if we finally get it, it is a path to true inner peace.

The only other book I would own would be a blank journal for my own thoughts and writing.

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  1. David G Carpenter

    Hello Mary,
    The current book I would own if I could have only one would be: “The Way of Mastery” Published by the Shanti Christo foundation.
    I first was introduced to “The Course in Miracles” about 30 years ago, and more recently was getting my spiritual connection from a set of 6 volumes written by Baird T. Spaulding – “The Life and Teachings of the Masters of the Far East” wherein Baird wrote of speaking and being in the presence of Jesus and Buddha on one of his sojourns in the high himalayas in the middle of the last century.
    I was just recently introduced to “Mastery” wherein Jeshua (Jesus) teaches in 35 lessons in our current language (He may have even referenced hard drives) how we can also become a Master as he and others have done.
    It has the same or even better ring of Truth that the course did and does, however it is much easier to understand than the Course is, from my perspective.
    “Mastery” was channeled recently, published in 2005, so I suspect that the connection of more folks on the planet to Spirit is now more complete than it was back when “Miracles” was channeled, and Jeshua is more able to speak more plainly. It may be that enough folks have done the work of “Miracles” so that his message, which is the same, can more easily be communicated.


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