Everyday Grace: Having Hope, Finding Forgiveness, and Making Miracles
Marianne Williamson's books are informed by her profound belief
in peoples' ability to find peace and strength from within. She
talks about "miracles," "magic," "spirituality" and "mysticism "
all in the same voice. Some consider her to be a "self-help guru."
Others call her a "New Age" proselytizer, while still others
consider her to be a brilliant "cult leader." The reality is that
she is a friend to show biz personalities, has a radio talk show,
is a television personality, has written eight books, developed "A
Course on Miracles," and is a mother. Williamson has proven herself
to be a woman with a vision who has followed her calling to deliver
a message to all who are willing to listen.
In her latest book, EVERYDAY GRACE, that message speaks to an
optimism founded in what she describes as a "mystical journey"
… [of] "personal transformation [whose] path runs through
… our own psyche." She believes that every human being must
explore the "mystical realm" in each of us if we are to cope with
our daily lives, fully appreciate our humanity and make some kind
of peace with the chaos all around us.
The genesis of her proclamations lies deep within her personal
convictions: "I have always had a sense that something is missing
in this world". She proceeds to discuss the void, the emptiness she
perceives we all feel as we strive to live our lives to the
fullest: "I believe that hunger [is] for a lost dimension of
experience, is natural in all of us and it doesn't go away just
because we ignore it."
Williamson encourages her readers to seek the "magical source"
within themselves --- the place at their core where she believes
miracles are born. "We wish to cultivate the sacred in the midst of
the great small difficulties [we suffer]. We want spiritual
principles to be more than beautiful abstractions; we want them to
actually transform our lives."
Sometimes the simple prose that forms EVERYDAY GRACE reads like a
series of bromides --- sometimes it is very profound; sometimes the
clichés jump off the page; sometimes the narrative is lyrical;
sometimes readers will be convinced that just for the asking a
miracle will take place; and sometimes, they will simply smile and
say, "Oh yeah"?
Williamson fans and those who ascribe to New Age dialectic will
find solace in her words of advice, while others will be more
skeptical. But, in the long run, anyone who is seeking the "Truth"
or the "Answers" will probably have as much of a chance of finding
them in EVERYDAY GRACE as they will anywhere else.
Reviewed by Barbara Lipkien Gershenbaum on January 21, 2011