When two such teachers appeared before Gary Renard in 1992, he chose to listen to them. (And ask a lot of questions.) The result is this startling audiobook: An extraordinary record of 17 mind-bending conversations that took place over nearly a decade, reorienting the author's life, and giving the world an uncompromising introduction to a spiritual teaching destined to change human history.
©2004 Gary R. Renard; (P)2005 Hay House, Inc.
no the narration was HORRIBLE!! all three of them are horrible. one sounds like Christopher Walken as a computer that breathes heavily, the other guy sounds like a movie announcer and then there is Doreen Virtue. LOL
the story and the attempt at being funny was a bit disappointing. the way it is presented makes it very hard to believe. he conveniently asks questions to try to convince the reader/listener that what is happening is real. the way the 2 "teachers" talk to him seem quite unbelievable. just seems like a big plug to buy the book Course in Miracles. he must have some connection to the original author.
I have listening to this book a few times now and each time I get something new from it that I didn't get the first time. I've learned so much from Gary, Pursah & Arten and am forever grateful for their words of wisdom & encouragement. I have started applying some of the forgiveness techniques whenever I have any sort of problem or an "un-settling" feeling come up... and let me say what a difference it has made in my life already. I highly recommend this book, and I have gone on to purchase two more of Gary's books as well. Bravo.
The audio of this book did not turn out to be as bad as some other reviews below suggest. Though it is improvable but is listenable. I am not a big believer in mediumship or angelic revelations but this work, even if it might be purely a fiction, seems to have been written with a lot of thought and imagination. It does have some trappings of New Age and that is why I reserve a bit of healthy skepticism.
What made me a bit wary was the claim of this book that Thomas was killed in India. This seems to be retelling of a popular myth as the contemporary biblical scholarship, both secular and religious, now discounts this story as apocryphal. The fellow mistaken from St. Thomas was actually Thomas of Cana , a Persian merchant who escaped to India with other Christian refugees in 4th century CE. I was wondering if Purusa was real St. Thomas whether she would have still made this claim about St.Thomas' death in India which is now known to be spurious, based on a mistaken identity.
Having said that there is a lot in this work that is thought provoking. It is basically retelling of classical Hindu philosophy of Advaita , or Non-dualism, in a New Age format.
For a more orthodox and time-worn reading of non-dualism philosophy the reader is advised to refer to the works of Adi Shankara, the 8th century Indian mystic who reconciled Buddhism and Hinduism. Another classical Hindu work that comes to mind, which contains the same exposition, is "Yoga Vashishtha". A more contemporary and Christianized, and yet somewhat conservative and orthodox, reading and practice of his philosophy is also available from Self-Realization Fellowship founded by Paramhamsa Yogananda, the author of Autobiography of a Yogi (available on audible). The present work refers back to Course on Miracles, a work I am not very familiar with but would definitely like to check out after listening to this work. On the whole, I recommend this book but with a little caution however.
What a terrible choice of voices. The narrator / author has a speech impediment and gasps his way through even one sentence? Confused as to why they did not use a professional. There is a radio announcer / game show host as the other male voice? And there is this silly attempt at 'coolspeak' throughout the book that just detracts completely. The author sounds totally wooden even though they are his own words. Terrible. I'm sure the book is good but the audiobook is a disaster.
Terrible terrible voice. Cannot get one sentence out without gasping, is completely wooden and his silly attempt at coolspeak completely detracts from the message. Very hard to listen through unfortunately.
Please re-record this using suitable voices for the characters portrayed. This is a disaster.
I guess I am new to the Course of Miracles literature, which is why I have mixed feelings regarding the book. This at first seemed to be the writing of someone well versed in the Course of Miracles who used a fictional story to emphasize the concepts of the Course he felt were important in gleaning the basic tenets of the Course. Then I thought, many people probably believe the book is Non-Fiction, a direct message from God via messengers. At that point I did not know what to make of it. I am sure everyone differs on which fork in the road to take. At the end I do get the strong sense that this is a Non-Fiction book in the mind of the author. The narration is a mixed bag, does not overly impede the listening experience but certainly does not enhance it. I guess in the end it makes you think, at least for the more spiritually minded audience.
Terrible!!!! All the sexual content was a big turn off. At one point I wonderred if Gary's sex drive was what this book was published for. Wish I could get my money back
This is almost unlistenable. Why would they not have employed three real actors for the roles?
As far as the book itself goes, Renard's attempts at humour made me cringe, although the content is pretty good if you're into ACIM.
Consider yourself warned!
First of all I want to forgive Gary. This meetup with the two Ascended Masters Arten and Pursah is really far fetched. At one point he even wanted to touch Pursah's hand. I am really not sure whether this write-up of his few years' encounter with them are to sell as a guide to the more magical A Course in Miracle ACIM.
But to be truthful, Mr Gary's other 2 books that reference ACIM - The End of Reincarnation and Fearless Love, are very good.
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