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  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House (Nov. 15 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401905668
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401905668
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 721 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An impressively detailed examination of the essence of life and what it means to live fully ... a welcome and recommended addition to Metaphysical Studies reading lists." -- Reviewer's Choice in Midwest Book Review

"An impressively detailed examination of the essence of life and what it means to live fully." -- Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Gary R. Renard (Maine) is a professional guitar player who took his life in a different direction after he heard a "calling." Today he is a private investor and writer who travels and discusses metaphysical principles with other spiritual seekers.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Paul Rodriquez on July 1 2003
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"The Disappearance of the Universe" is an amazing and startling book. The author, who as far as I can see is just a regular guy with no academic background, has managed to do what the other popular books about "A Course in Miracles" definitely did not do: make it truly understandable! Not only that, but this book does it in a way that's fun to read. Not that it isn't challenging; on the contrary, this book is substantial, formidable and if one wants to follow this path - demanding. But if you're ready for it (and not everybody is) this book actually tells you how to apply advanced spiritual teachings to your everyday life in a practical way. Oh by the way, it also manages to completely explain the universe at the same time in a way that I've never seen done before. Because of these many facts, I certainly have to give the author the benefit of the doubt when he says that these in-the-flesh appearances and conversations with two ascended masters (Saint Thomas and Saint Thaddaeus) actually took place. Indeed, who can judge that they didn't if they weren't there? The conversations in the book are so realistic, the timeline they follow so authentic, and the author so unlikely to write this book that I now believe him when he says at the beginning in his Author's Note: "...I can vouch for the extreme unlikeliness of this book being written by an uneducated layman such as myself without inspiration by these masters." Personally, I think Gary Renard has given the world a book that succeeds on so many levels it is perfectly appropriate to describe it as amazing and startling. It deserves both success and appreciation.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Shaw on March 31 2006
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As a long time student of "A Course in Miracles" I've read most of the books that purport to teach the Course. This is the only one I've ever read that makes the Course totally understandable. There is a reinvigoration of energy going on around the Course because of this book. But you don't have to be a student of the Course to get a lot out of "The Disappearance of the Universe." It's a great read, it's full of fascinating and useful spiritual information, and in many cases people who I"ve talked to consider it to be the most significant book in their lives. I agree.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gail Demurs on May 2 2004
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Gary Renard is a regular guy who has had some amazing experiences, and they are presented in this fascinating book through his narration as well as throughout the 17 chapters that mostly consist of conversations he had over a period of nine years with an enlightened couple who appeared to him "in the flesh" from "out of nowhere." Disciples at the time of Jesus, yet enlightened in our future, Arten and Pursah, as they are named, explain why time must be viewed as holographic rather than linear, cover numerous spiritual topics and eventually explain in detail the until now difficult to grasp teachings of A Course in Miracles. This is a great book!

The fact that this book has taken on a life of its own and is being read several times by those who buy it, as well as given away by so many of them, doesn't come as a surprise to me. I couldn't put it down. A spiritual book doesn't get any better than this, that is, if you're ready for it and don't expect your spirituality to always be sugar coated. The Disappearance of the Universe is funny, even a little racy at times, but perhaps that's because Renard is a real guy, and his teachers talk to him in a way he can accept and understand. The result is the clearest explanations of advanced spiritual principles I've ever seen, and it doesn't stop there, but leads the reader into the practical application of what is described as "advanced forgiveness." This in turn leads to the removal of unconscious guilt from the mind which is an absolute necessity in order for true enlightenment to be achieved. Only then can we break the cycle of birth and death.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Hardy TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 24 2004
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If you have any interest at all in "A Course In Miracles", get this book. It is very helpful, with some background explanations of terms and principles in the Course. And very readable too, much easier than the Course - (but this book also cautions that nothing is a substitute for the Course itself). Renard also ties in selections from the Nag Hammadi scrolls, specifically the Gospel of Thomas. Read the book to see what the connection is.
Altogether, a wonderful read. I have bought copies for a number of friends.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Fox on Aug. 24 2005
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I love this book for many reasons. First of all, it has a good sense of humor, second, it has more useful spiritual information in it than any other book I've ever seen, thirdly, it explains why the world and the people in it are the way that they are, and fourth, how to solve the problem of human existence. All this is put in the framework of discussions the author has with two "ascended masters" who he says appeared to him in the flesh from out of nowhere. Whether you're ready to believe that or not doesn't matter. The content of this book is awesome.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gene Bogart on Oct. 20 2003
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THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE UNIVERSE is one of those rare gems that successfully fulfills a dual role, that of being a wonderful introduction for new students into the principles and teachings of A COURSE IN MIRACLES, while at the same time providing inspiration and new insights for the experienced Course practitioner. And all of this comes with a healthy dose of irreverent humor and witty dialogue, blending it all together into a conversationally readable yet authoritative work.
As a COURSE student for over ten years, I've heard many folks say that the Course - particularly much of the Text itself - can be a bit difficult for some to get through, the information being quite deep, often subtle, and in many cases even startling! (No one said the path to Enlightenment would be easy...) One of the great qualities of DISAPPEARANCE is it's conversational presentation; a series of down-to-earth dialogues between the author and his Teachers. The basic principles of the Course (and metaphysical spirituality in general) are discussed and clarified in ways that even the most uninitiated will find easily understandable, and consistently interesting and enjoyable to read.
For the more advanced Course student - or even for anyone with a background in metaphysics and spirituality - DISAPPEARANCE covers material that opens up new insights into the nature of the illusory universe, and brings a deeper focus into our understanding of the principles the Course teaches. The very nature of "advanced forgiveness" is one of the book's central themes, and this concept and the need for practicing it regularly - while certainly covered completely within the Course itself - is brought to new emphasis very effectively within the pages of DISAPPEARANCE.
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