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Diluted with a new age spin
Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2016
As a long term student of ACIM and having read and loved many Alan Cohen books, I thought I would see what he had to say on this topic.
I would describe Alan as a “new age spirituality” author (for lack of better clarification) but The Course is not really a “new age spiritual” book, even though many people think it is and seem to pull it down into that category. It is NOT like any other spiritual book you have ever read and it does not say the same things as other new age spiritual books. Often it is contradicts them.
Alan actually does hit on a lot of the themes of The Course, but he overlooks some very important aspects of it, and dilutes others. I feel he puts his “new age spin” on it, trying to make it fit into his spiritual belief system rather than describe the core of the course.
The good thing, is that this might be all some people need to know about ACIM and he is a fine writer; reading his work is like getting a warm fuzzy
hug. If you are looking to get a glimpse into The Course so you can talk about it at your Yoga class, this might be the book for you.
I give him kudos for drawing people to the Course and also for stating in his book that to truly learn the Course, you must actually read it for yourself and do the workbook as well. This is true.
For people who truly want to understand the Course- it is spiritual “end game” if you will, the way out, the way to enlightenment, the way back to union with God, I would add any book by Ken Wapnick who will go down in history as the greatest teacher of the Course. I would also recommend “The Disappearance of the Universe” by Gary Renard. His master teachers never vary from the heart of ACIM and you will understand it when you are done reading, however, understanding it won’t get you home, you have to practice it just like Buddhism, every day.