New York Times bestselling author M. Gary Neuman is a practicing licensed counselor and ordained rabbi who offers a caring, no-nonsense approach to issues in marriage, family, and personal growth. He has appeared many times on Today, the View, NPR and many other programs. Oprah referred to Gary as, "One of the best psychotherapists in the world," on his final (11th) appearance on her show.

ISBN: 978-1598723670
Pedmy Press Trade Paperback
269 Pages
$14.95 US
2006
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How to Make a Miracle

Table of Contents & Excerpt

Introduction

Part One: Understanding Who You Really Are

Can We Prove the Soul Exists

Follow the Dreams Worth Dreaming

Finding Your Soul

Developing Your Eternal Self

Rebecca, Navigating Life Through Kindness

Part Two: Setting Up Your Day for Spirituality

Morning, the Beginning of Everything—Kindness

Afternoon, Blending Spiritual and Corporeal Self-Real Strength

Nighttime, Seeing the Fire in the Dark

Part Three: How You Will Change the World and Everyone In It

Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself

Loving Yourself

Prayer

Death is Just Another Beginning

Epilogue

Introduction

Nothing is impossible. Impossible might just take a little longer.

Spirituality is quite a challenge. Writing a book about it seems impossible. It almost assumes there is some finite area of it than can conform to the written page. And so my personal challenge to share my version, my journey, if you will, of my sense of spirituality began. How do I show you what I see? How do I share that delightful moment when I’m breathing through my soul, when everything makes sense? How do I help you find your own unique version of the same? With this seemingly insurmountable challenge I began writing and found it was easier than I thought. As spirituality had a habit of doing, once I allowed myself to focus on it, it flowed easily and I’ve had the pleasure of growing through the experience.

There was another concern in writing this book. Here’s the deal. In today’s world, spirituality is divided into two camps. Religion-God based while the other is person centered—finding a soul within. Unfortunately, I can’t separate the two which causes great alarm to many. Just the word “God” can throw readers into a frightened tizzy. I do use this term and I do discuss characters from the Bible (I use the word “Torah” throughout to refer to the five books of Moses). But my intention is only to get you to the place I’ve been, a place deep within you that requires you to build your own personal connectedness to spirituality and the world around you. I may talk about God but as you’ll see, “God” is what you make of it. It is a name that you will largely define and that definition will likely be quite different from mine and others. With this mind, I’ve written this book for those both far and near from religion and spirituality.

Yes, I am a rabbi and yes I use the Torah as a source for my spiritual search. But don’t confuse me for someone who has a specific religious agenda. Allow yourself to hear some of the meaningful lessons I’ve gleaned from ancient stories having little to do with whether you believe them as true or not. I’m not asking you to believe them. But am I asking you to believe in you. You are a miracle and within you is the key to creating many more miracles than you realized.

E=MC2=YOU

There are many explanations to Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. But for me it comes down to this description by Bill Bryson in his book, A Short History of Nearly Everything.

“In simplest terms, what the equation says is that mass and energy have an equivalence. They are two forms of the same thing: Energy is liberated matter; matter is energy waiting to happen. Since C2 (the speed of light times itself) is a truly enormous number, what the equation is say is that there is a huge amount, a really huge amount of energy bound up in every material thing. You may not feel outstandingly robust, but if you are an average-sized adult you will contain within your modest frame no less than 7 times 10 to the 18th power joules of potential energy—enough to explore with the force of thirty very large hydrogen bombs, assuming you knew how to liberate it and really wished to make a point.”

Science has proven that you and I have unfathomable energy locked up inside us. This energy is waiting to be unleashed and your ability to unlock it speaks to your inner godliness. There are people who made a difference to this world more powerful than the impact of thirty large hydrogen bombs and others leave barely a trace of themselves. How much of your energy will impact the world?

Copyright 2006 by G.K.N. Corporation. All rights reserved.

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