Gary Rennard enhances the "Miracles" materials in a most encouraging manner. He highlights the concepts in a way that makes comprehension of an often difficult text, easy.
ABSOLUTE GARBAGE!...If there were a less than 1 star rating available, this would deserve it... Please don't let this discourage you from taking the time to explore the great message the original Course in Miracles work has to offer... Consider another title to avoid disappointment and loss of a credit or funds.... Less than 3rd rate, from beginning to end, in all areas of possible opinion. The content and concepts were so bizarre, and the flow of events broken and hard to follow, somehow way out of sync. Gary came off as a creepy middle aged dreamer trying to convince everyone he's cool by using outdated and badly timed slang/curse words he picked up from a few minutes of browsing the online urban dictionary. Completely out of context and in bad taste. The other two voice actors had me at "God isn't an idiot Gary!", which they felt was worthy of repetition several times for emphasis, and didn't even seem to be concerned with trying to convince the listener they believed a word of what they were saying. Being an Audible member since the beginning of the site myself, with well over 50 listens, this is by far the worst I have ever heard and I felt compelled to share in an effort to help others avoid the inevitable frustration. However, despite my well deserved critical commentary, there is one positive thing I can say I found about this title. This is directed in particular to all of the aspiring authors experiencing lack of confidence in their talent finding themselves reluctant about putting their voice out there and writing a book that has a chance to make it to audio distribution. Put aside your inner critic and don't lose faith, herein lies a message of hope! For, if this drivel can get published, produced, and distributed with any seeming measure of success, there remains indeed a very good chance for any and all of us to do the same....
This book needed a clear concise story line structure and better flow.
Charged the format and refrained from using so many person stories that seemed irrelevant to the Course in Miracles. He definitely should gave left out promotion of his others books.
It didn't read like a book, it just sounded like a guy going off on a tangent. I felt as though he just spent a few hours talking into a recoding device about whatever came to mind. He also spent WAY TOO much time promoting this other book. There was no logical flow. I've read the Course in Miracles and was hoping for a simple explanation of the text, but Renard made it more confusing and complicated.
This book had a few good moments, and Renard made some relevant points that clarified what the Course in Miracles.
This is not a composed, organized, and read book. It is a "conversational" sermon, heavy on reference to the authors other book. i.e., "selling from the podium". It is laced with "you knows", and "kinna likes", "would scare the crap out of you", and there is even a 5 minute "silent" meditation which is literally 5 minutes of complete silence in the audio file. Literally ... 5 minutes of absolutely blank time.
I have read and studied "A Course in Miracles", enjoyed it greatly, and had anticipated this audio book would provide some additional perceptions. It does not. Perhaps for some; however, it seems unlikely for those who have enjoyed the original "The Course" text.
I have read both of Gary's books and they have helped me tremendously with my understanding of A Course In Miracles. This audiotape, however, is my favorite. Gary's humor shines through as well as his thorough knowledge of the Course.
I highly recommend this audio book. I listen to it whenever I am in my car. I arrive at my destination with love in my heart and a desire to forgive the situations I am dealing with.
It really helps me to remember to forgive.
Some of this presentation is a reworking or inclusion of material in other presentations; however, this is good review and prepares for the expansion and development of many topics. I enjoyed it and I learned from it.
I don't really subscribe to the entire belief system of ACIM, although the Course expresses some idea that have merit. Gary is truly a disciple of the Course, but I'm not, so that's where we part ways. I like the sound of his voice, though.
...anybody who makes a buck (or a book) out of talking to angels is, in my opinion, not to be trusted. Some good spiritual ideas, but cloaked in such meta-drivel that I had to turn it off.
I had hoped to get more meat from the audiobook.
In chapter 2 he gets carried away about his own life. Yes, here and there he drops something insightful about the book. In the absence of any other audiobook about "A course in Miracles" this is better than nothing. Half a loaf is better than no bread, but still very disappointing.
I am a male in my early 50's. At this point I only listen to non-fiction audiobooks, primarily those dealing with spirituality and self-improvement. Audiobooks have had a huge positive influence in my life over the past year!
This was not an easy listen but for me the effort required to get through the material was well worth the trouble.
While I have never considered myself an atheist, I am not a religious person and in fact have been very resistant to anything even remotely associated with religious beliefs for many years. When this book was recommended to me I purchased it but nearly turned it off several times, my old habits taking over at the mention of heavenly beings materializing in the author's living room and the frequent mentions of Jesus.
But I decided to stick to it and hear what Gary had to say. I am very glad I did.
This book is all about Forgiveness, a concept that goes much deeper than I ever imagined. It turns out that forgiving those who have wronged you is at once one of the most selfish and selfless things you can do. The work you are asked to do is difficult, but those searching for inner peace could find this title very helpful. And you don't need to become a religious zealot to profit from the wisdom contained herein.