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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (872 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marianne Williamson Narrator: Marianne Williamson Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2008 ISBN: 9780739384367
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Marianne Williamson's bestselling A Return to Love ended with a prayer in which she asked God to help us "find our way home, from the pain to peace, from fear to love, from hell to Heaven." Now, in this stunning new collection of thoughts, prayers, and rites of passage, Marianne Williamson returns to prayer.

Prayer is practical, Williamson tells us. "To look to God is to look to the realm of consciousness that can deliver us from the pain of living." Illuminata brings prayer into our daily lives, with prayers on topics from releasing anger to finding forgiveness, from finding great love to achieving intimacy. There are prayers for couples, for parents, and for children; prayers to mend broken relationships and prayers to overcome obsessive and compulsive love. There are prayers to heal the soul, prayers to heal the body, and prayers for work and creativity.

Williamson also gives us prayers for the healing of America, including two prayers that have had powerful effects on audiences at her lectures: a prayer of amends on behalf of European Americans to African-Americans and one to Native Americans. How, Williamson asks, can we expect anyone to forgive when we have made no formal apology?

Another section includes rites of passage, ceremonies of light for the signal events in our lives: blessing of the newborn, coming of age, marriage, and death. There is also a ceremony of the elder, for moving into midlife, and a ceremony of divorce, in which a gentle transition is provided for both the couple and their children.

"Read my prayers or someone else's," Williamson says. "By all means, create your own." Illuminata is a way to bring prayer into practical use, creating a sweeter, more abundant life for yourself and the people you care for. "No conventional therapy," she says, "can release us from a deep and abiding psychic pain. Through prayer we find what we cannot find elsewhere: a peace that is not of this world." Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Terhorst | 2/16/2014

    " Although I personally have to change some of the terminology to feel comfortable, Marianne Williamson presents beautiful ceremonies and rituals to mark important times of life. I have used this book for my own wedding, separation from relationship, and so much more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 2/14/2014

    " gorgeous beautiful real prayers......come to think of it, where is my copy of this book....was a gift from one of my dearest friends... uh oh, where is it???? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tami Murray | 2/13/2014

    " My copy is dog eared. Love this book of prayers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean Barton | 2/12/2014

    " For those that want/need a little something to start your day, end your day, or for that certain moment, circumstance...prayers, reflection, meditation, a time to just be, this is that blueprint for creation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie Wilson | 2/6/2014

    " I love all things Marianne. This is one of her first books, but is still my favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy Markley klieger | 1/31/2014

    " I love this book! It has prayers for many situations. I especially love the morning and evening prayers. I keep them on my bedside table and read them often. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne Kittrell | 1/30/2014

    " This is the second time through this book for me. I keep it on my bedstand because it is better than aspirin for what ails you. Very soothing and comforting any time of day but especially in the middle of the night. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ineke | 1/25/2014

    " I like all Marianne's books. They make you feel good and worthy! You find back your inner value. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Soliel | 1/23/2014

    " This book is exceptional for meditation, prayer and thoughts. It is one of my books that has moved with me all over the world and is so well used it is held together with elastic bands. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 1/19/2014

    " Great Book. Daily prayers written with an understanding of the power of prayer. Additional prayers for milestones in life. A book to have in bookform not an e-reader book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aley Martin | 1/16/2014

    " perfect for keeping for ceremonies and inspiration "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maralee | 1/15/2014

    " The morning and evening prayers are so beautiful. It's a go to, I always feel peaceful after turning those pages. It's something to keep close by, for the good times and bad times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 1/13/2014

    " Listening in on the fervent prayers of another person was thought provoking & uplifting. Marianne lost me at the end with her rituals to honor life passages, although they were worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 1/11/2014

    " Beautiful prayers for many every day situations. The prayer for our children is wonderful. There are prayers for a new day, prayers for achievement at work, etc. Non denominational. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 1/10/2014

    " I consult this book on an almost daily basis. The prayers are simply beautiful...eloquent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois Hughes | 1/3/2014

    " This is a beautiful book filled with all sort of wonderful things. The writing comes from the heart and is thought-provoking. The prayers are intimate and soulful. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 12/31/2013

    " When you're having trouble forming prayers of your own, this book will give you the strength to go on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 11/26/2013

    " Such beautiful prayers, loved it and wrote down many prayers "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 8/15/2013

    " It was a gift after my husband died and I pick it up now and again. It has wonderful prayers. Makes you think of your life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 8/12/2013

    " Luminous prayers. A gift. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 6/7/2013

    " Great non-deminational prayers for the various religions and not jus for Christians. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cecilia Zuniga | 6/6/2013

    " There are some beautiful prayers and teachings in this little book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 5/4/2013

    " It's a go to book for my mediation time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Wescott | 12/31/2012

    " I read a lot of Marianne Williamson in the 90's. Although not of my faith, I still learned from her experiences. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katharine Holden | 9/25/2012

    " Prayers that go on and on, and on. I would think that God's mind would wander after a while. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina Proano | 7/10/2012

    " Great book of prayers! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 6/6/2012

    " I read from this book every day. It has broadened, blessed, and enlightened my spiritual journey a great deal. I have given several copies out to people who have ALL said that it has blessed them as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teresa Evans | 5/11/2012

    " wonderful prayers & essays from a "progressive" & "self-loving" mystical christian perspective "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl Jewhurst | 4/12/2012

    " Whenever I felt the need to pray, this was my guide. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 4/8/2012

    " I enjoyed and felt so uplifted that I bought a copy for my grandparents. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naomi | 4/2/2012

    " My copy has seen better days. That is because I have read the prayers in this book time and time again. One of my favorite books ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 3/30/2012

    " I go back to this book time and again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madison | 3/21/2012

    " Amazing!!!! Whenever I need something I just can't find anywhere else, I always reach for this book......... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 2/28/2012

    " My favorite prayerbook. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlene | 7/15/2011

    " I love the prayers in this book and have used them a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naomi | 5/21/2011

    " My copy has seen better days. That is because I have read the prayers in this book time and time again. One of my favorite books ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carmen | 5/9/2011

    " I think this is a great book of prayers, especially for those just learning to pray and are not sure what to say. It's a good guide to get you started. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 4/12/2011

    " For those that want/need a little something to start your day, end your day, or for that certain moment, circumstance...prayers, reflection, meditation, a time to just be, this is that blueprint for creation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aley | 1/10/2011

    " perfect for keeping for ceremonies and inspiration "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 3/4/2010

    " This is the second time through this book for me. I keep it on my bedstand because it is better than aspirin for what ails you. Very soothing and comforting any time of day but especially in the middle of the night. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 8/23/2009

    " This is an incredible inspiring book. Wonderful. Everyone should own and read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 5/6/2009

    " I read from this book every day. It has broadened, blessed, and enlightened my spiritual journey a great deal. I have given several copies out to people who have ALL said that it has blessed them as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 2/20/2009

    " gorgeous beautiful real prayers......come to think of it, where is my copy of this book....was a gift from one of my dearest friends... uh oh, where is it???? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Soliel | 1/10/2009

    " This book is exceptional for meditation, prayer and thoughts. It is one of my books that has moved with me all over the world and is so well used it is held together with elastic bands. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teresa | 10/27/2008

    " wonderful prayers & essays from a "progressive" & "self-loving" mystical christian perspective "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 9/15/2008

    " When you're having trouble forming prayers of your own, this book will give you the strength to go on. "

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About the Author
Author Marianne Williamson

Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed author and lecturer. Six of her ten books have been New York Times bestsellers. She has been a popular guest on a number of television programs, including Oprah, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, and Charlie Rose. Williamson is the founder of Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area. She is a native of Houston, Texas.