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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:
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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."

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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