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How To Read A Spiritual Book

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Most, so-called Truth students, have shelves (or piles) of Truth books, and they’ve read all of them once or twice. Usually, a few favorites are kept on the nightstand for quick access when inspiration or comfort is needed.

There comes a time when every sincere “student of Truth” thinks, “I’m tired of merely reading these books. I want to be the books. I want my life to be a living testimony of these statements I’m reading.” Reader, what about you? If you had the choice of reading a hundred Truth books or having your life be a living testimony of just one of them, which would you choose?

Books are wonderful. And Truth books, when well read, are awesome. No writer of a Truth book intends for you to be shackled to their work for a lifetime. The book is intended to be a springboard to higher realization and grander living. A Truth book, well read, should leave the reader happier, healthier, more successful and prosperous. If, after reading a book from cover to cover, your life is the same, that book was not well read.

In this post, I’m offering two methods of book reading that I promise will deliver more of what you were hoping from your reading. At first glance, both methods seem slow – slothfully slow. Yet, both will fulfill the mission of your living the book, and not merely reading the book. Let’s get to the methods.

METHOD #1 – SNAIL’S PACE  METHOD

  1. Select one of your favorite books.
  2. Start reading from the very beginning (the introduction if it has one).
  3. Read until a word, line, or paragraph grabs your attention and STOP!
  4. Write the word or line, and the page number.
  5. Shelve the book until later.
  6. For 7 days, contemplate your selected word or passage.
  7. Take it into your daily silent listening, asking your Consciousness for greater understanding of it.
  8. Once the 7 days are up, grab the book and continue until another word or passage grabs your attention.
  9. Repeat steps 4 through 7.
  10. Continue until the entire book is read.

METHOD #2 – QUICK-READ METHOD

Because you do read an entire book, this method seems faster.

  1. Select one of your favorite books.
  2. Read the entire book within a week, if possible.
  3. Highlight only words or passages that grab your attention.
  4. Once you’ve finished, reread only the highlighted sections.
  5. Choose one of those highlighted sections. [Choose wisely because you will be working with this section for an entire year.]
  6. Contemplate that section every day, followed by a brief period of silent “listening.”
  7. Throughout the day, remind yourself of the Truth in that highlighted section.
  8. In prayer, ask your Consciousness for greater clarity and understanding of that passage.
  9. At some point, the contemplation of that section will reveal more Truth.
  10. Take the newly revealed idea and follow steps 6 through 8.
  11. Repeat with each new Revelation.

The brilliance of this reading approach is the opportunity to witness for yourself that a single statement of Truth contains all Truth.

Whichever method you choose, you will never be the same. I trust you will try these suggestions. Please let me know how it goes for you.

 

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News To Know

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Dying Is Profitable

Whatever you do, please don’t fork out $2,000 for my second book Sounds of the Trumpet. Sounds crazy, I know, but after I “died” (according to rumor), used copies of my first book God Is All sold on Amazon.com for thousands. Once it was discovered that I’m very much alive, prices dropped back to normal.

No More Books

I’m writing this post to inform you that Sounds of the Trumpet is no longer available for purchase. As many of you know, Mystics of the World has shuttered. They were the life support for Sounds after it abruptly went out of print. Until further notice, only used copies are available. News like this has used booksellers swarming cyberspace like vultures hoping to make a quick profit. Don’t buy at an inflated price! Wait until we’re back in print again.

It Wasn’t Supposed To Be This Way

It was not supposed to be this way. I had high hopes for Sounds. I expected it to be more popular than God is All. Sounds was supposed to be the darling of all its distributors (more so than God is All). Rather than being an underground success like the first book, I really thought Sounds was going to go mainstream. Despite its auspicious beginning, none of this happened.

Unlike the self-published God is All, Sounds of the Trumpet was published by Big Sur in the United Kingdom. Things went sour very quickly. A foreign publisher and a stateside distributor is not the ideal combination. I never made a dime from the publisher who eventually shut down.

Why did I expect so much from Sounds? Of my two books, it’s my favorite. And that’s only because it shows the practicality of the Absolute in just about every conceivable situation. One reader recently described it as “one of the great books,” and I agree.

Here’s How You Can Help

Reader, please know, along with me, that Sounds of the Trumpet will “find” the ideal publisher to put it in the hands of interested readers at a decent price.

 

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