This is more than a book review, and it is also less than a book review.
I like the message of this book I'm reading right now more than the style of writing. I have a tendency not to like popularly written books -- books that everyone loves -- how-to-books with personal interest stories of success, often surrounding the author, books that become best sellers, and top the charts. Forgive me. I must prefer books that don't sell.
So, I come from a bias. I push away the popularly-written books.
Is it clear what I mean by popularly-written? To me, they're schmaltzy, kinda like the books that get many variations played on them, a whole string of off-shoot books, well-marketed books. I don't like to follow the crowd.
With all that being said, I would like to tell you about the popularly-written book I'm reading now. Despite its style, I am following this book avidly, reading every word. I like its subject matter, and I like what I am learning from it and how it aligns with what God says in Heavenletters™.
How well God tells us in Heavenletters to get out of the past, to get out of the past so that we are free to be Who we really are. How many times has God said it? Five thousand times? More?
This book I'm reading and referring to simply calls the past Memory. It may not be conscious memory, yet we act on this programming. Just as God makes it clear that the past holds us back, so does the book I'm reading.
In the Heaven book, Chapter 22, p.64, You Will Enter New Galaxies, God says:
"You cannot keep Me before you and keep your old reliance on other thoughts."
And then the title of Chapter 23 reads:
"Free Yourself from Others' Thoughts and Your Own."
Now here is where I really like what the book I'm reading says, for the author gives a marvelous vocabulary to further our thought along. He gives us a word for the opposite of the past and all its programming, and that word is Inspiration! I love that. We are in the past, or we are inspired.
"I am asking you to be of good spirit. I am asking you to create good will. I am asking you to be the initiator of good behavior in the world."
How we love to be inspired. How we have to have inspiration. Isn't that why we read Heavenletters? for the inspiration they give? how they open us up and bring us closer to God, so we can naturally rise above the daily Earth-bound limitations of the world?
We are either programmed or inspired -- wow -- this book I'm reading says clearly. And, of course, where does inspiration come from but from the Divine? Either we are in our programmed past, reacting and over-reacting and not really living now OR we are more fully with God from Whom all inspiration comes, freeing our thoughts, our deeds, our revelations to become God-given thoughts, deeds, and revelations in the life we call our own.
And what does this mean then? When we leave the past behind, we love more. God says:
"There will be more love expressed."
And wouldn't we love to be at that place where we love more, just naturally love more? Oh, to be away from that place where anger and resentment find their way in.
On the Heavenletter Spiritual Community Forum, in response to Heavenletter #3848, Cast Your Love before Thousands, Chuck Gebhardt, a doctor Heavenreader from Georgia, on June 9, 2011, posted:
I want to report on the results of carrying through with an idea that I had after I read this Heavenletter. It seemed to me that you could put the entire message of this letter into a paraphrase of a popular saying: What would love do now? I decided to repeat this question to myself several times an hour and to pursue the answers that came to me as a result throughout a whole day. I was fairly successful.
What was most intriguing, though, was that repeating this question put a whole new slant on many of the ways I approach typical situations in my life. Many of my reactions seem to be habitual and amenable to much better choices that can be a whole lot of fun and quite rewarding to apply. I am going to try to do this often in the future.
Much light, love and hugs to all, Chuck
And, so, based on a Heavenletter, Chuck suggests we repeat five simple words to ourselves often.
What would love do now?
The book I'm talking about that is written mainly in a popular style tells us to repeat nine simple words to ourselves as often as we can.
Tomorrow I'll tell you more.