New blog post alert here. I’ve decided to bring my Friday book review from Instagram over to my blog. For the last four or so months, I have been reviewing the books I read every Friday over on Instagram. These are more quick snapshots rather than full reviews. I’m also pretty honest about whether I like something or not.

If you would like to know what book I’ve been working my way through – check back every Friday. I may also add movies or other spiritual material to my reviews as time progresses. If you have any recommendations – I’d love to hear them!

This week’s current read is “A Return to Love: Reflections on the principles of A Course in Miracles” by Marianne Williamson.

Okay, I have a confession. I have never read any Marianne Williamson books. I know, I know, almost everyone in the new age movement loves her work. Well, a few years ago I requested this book in audio format from my library – and they finally bought it so I took a listen.

Now, I should also preface this by saying that I have never made my way completely through A Course in Miracles (ACIM). I bought myself that giant book about seven years ago and occasionally try to pick it up – but never last long. Truthfully – I wasn’t ready. I think I am now.

So what does that have to do with this book? In A Return to Love, Williamson summarizes the main points – or what she sees as the main points – in ACIM. Basically, she distilled everything down to make it easier for the layperson to understand.

And distill she does. This book is pretty short. On audio format, it was a little over three hours long. That is not very long. Taking a book that is one of the largest I have on my bookshelf and turning into a three-hour read – that is impressive.

I’ve read many books that deal with love and the message of how to live in love. This is another one of those books. Don’t get me wrong – I absolutely love books on love – but usually, they give me a unique perspective. I didn’t really feel like I learned anything new from this book. Of course, it was written in 1992, but most of the books I read are written before this time.

I would recommend this book to someone who wants a quick read. This is also the book where her famous quote about “who are you not to shine” comes from – so if you want to read the original text – go for it. If you want a unique perspective on how to live a life based on love – maybe try something else.

Have you read this book or anything else by Marianne Williamson? What do you think about her work?

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