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The Mother of Invention: The Legacy of Barbara Marx Hubbard and the Future of YOU [Paperback]

Neale Donald Walsch

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Book Description

Dec 20 2011
A biography unlike any other, 'The Mother of Invention' tells the story of every human being now on the earth . . . 'through' the telling of the life story of futurist and visionary Barbara Marx Hubbard. We are all moving through the same process, the book and its subject declare. It is the process of the birthing of our species.

In what may very well be a new literary style, this biography 'begins in the future' ',' unraveling Barbara's story backward: from December 22, 2012, to the date of her birth. Throughout the book are special sections inviting us to explore how we may directly apply what Barbara has observed and learned during her remarkable 80-year journey . . . to our own daily lives.

On this journey, we will witness Barbara as she became one of the first women ever to have her name placed in nomination for the vice presidency of the United States by a major political party, traveled to Russia as a cultural ambassador for peace, visited the Oval Office and asked the President a question that he could not answer, and developed a deep acquaintanceship with the American space program. Today, we continue to find her at the leading edge of contemporary thought and innovative action regarding our construction of the future.

In a very real sense, the story of Barbara Marx Hubbard is 'the story of the future of all of us,' rendering it one of the most relevant and compelling modern biographies of our time.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House (Dec 20 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401928994
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401928995
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.5 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #529,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

With an early interest in religion and a deeply felt connection to spirituality, Neale Donald Walsch spent the majority of his life thriving professionally, yet searching for spiritual meaning before beginning his now-famous 'Conversation with God' series. These books have been translated into 37 languages, touching millions and inspiring important changes in people's day-to-day lives. Seven of his 27 books have reached the 'New York Times' bestsellers list.

Neale lives in Ashland, Oregon, with his wife, poet Em Claire. In 2001 he founded Humanity's Team, which he describes as a worldwide civil-rights movement for the soul ( ). In 2005 he began work on putting into place a global education program, The School of the New Spirituality ( ). In 2010 he created the CwG Spiritual Mentoring Program for individuals seeking to bring their highest spiritual understanding into their everyday lives.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Admire the writer but not this book May 13 2011
By Jeff - Published on
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I own all of the books Mr Walsh has written and have read most of them twice. They have changed my life. This book really let me down. Could not get by the first few chapters.(sections) I jumped ahead and still could not get on board. It seemed to structurally mirror the experience of Mr Walsh with different players and an excess of descriptive fluff. I am still interested in this woman and her message but this writing is literary overkill. Maybe if you enjoy reading the "romance style" novels, you will like it. But for me, it was distracting. Neale, get back to your roots and I will keep reading. Thank you.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Our Furure on Earth Feb. 24 2011
By Pat S - Published on
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Combine Neale Donald Walsh and Barbara Marx Hubbard together and you are given a hope for our future here on planet "Earth". It is spirituality at it's most basic realization. The world will soon become 'more': to understand this you need to read more from both of these authors. 2012 is not the end, it is the "Beginning."
My hope is that we can all become brothers and sisters on this world, so we can realize this re-birth as it happens. Read and enjoy the possibilities.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Swing and a miss! Sept. 24 2011
By Matthew J. Schimpf - Published on
Neale Donald Walsch did something for me that no other human being was willing or able to do: and that was simply to get me thinking about God, Life, Love, Freedom and Creation through the wonderful vehicle known as the "Conversations with God" series of books. Suffice it to say that Neale has an enduring and special place in my heart that among many other wonderful things, causes me to grant him a generous amount of latitude regarding whatever literary fodder he chooses to produce.

"The Mother of Invention: The Legacy of Barbara Marx Hubbard and the Future of YOU" is ostensibly a biographical sketch of the acclaimed futurist: Barbra Marx Hubbard. Neale indulges in a bit of artistic license by beginning the book at the end of the story which is set to occur on Day One - December 21, 2012 and works backward though time illuminating certain periods and more prominent features of Ms. Marx's life; complete with a plentitude of meanderings and side bars from the author recapitulating and reminding us of what was just read. My most fervent complaint is the device of telling the story back to front; I loathe it, it doesn't work, it will never work. I don't live my life from the grave in reverse, I don't drive to work backward and I don't tell a joke beginning with the punch line.

Secondly, I spent quite a few of my "nows" reading (in reverse order, mind you) about a person who spent a lot of their "nows" talking about "tomorrows." Somebody owes me two yesterdays and a future Thursday to be named later. That is to say that the subject matter wasn't all that tantalizing, but hey, it's Neale......

What the book did reasonably will - although not well enough to redeem the entire piece - was to reveal what Mr. Walsch has propounded assiduously in previous works; that is: that there are no such things as coincidence or synchronicity and that Life/God is on our side, that Life informs Life through the process of Life itself and most importantly I think: life doesn't happen to us, it happens THROUGH us.

Neale, Dear Neal, please dance with the girl what brung ya, write about that which you have an unswerving ability to write about: God, Love, Life, Creation, Co-Creation the real meat & potato's of the CwG dialogues and leave the biographies and novellas to others. 1 Star.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Future of Humankind: Beyond December 2012 Feb. 15 2011
By Andy Stocker - Published on
Care to learn more about the process of life? Familiar with the Conversations-with-God (CWG) material and eager to expand on it? Ever read consciousness material of authors such as Neale Donald Walsch (CWG), Ken Wilber (The Integral Vision), Robert Kegan (In Over Our Heads), Steve McIntosh (Integral Consciousness), Allan Combs (Consciousness Explained Better), Ervin Laszlo, Stanislav Grof (Holotropic Breathing), Bruce Lipton (Spontaneous Evolution), Gary E. Schwartz, Lynne McTaggart (The Field, The Intention Experiment), Terence McKenna (The Invisible Landscape), Amit Goswami (The Self-Aware Universe, Quantum Activism), Gregg Braden (The Spontaneous Healing of Belief), Jane Roberts (Seth Material), Rupert Sheldrake (on morphogenetic fields), Charles Tart (Waking Up, The End of Materialism), and of course Barbara Marx Hubbard (Conscious Evolution) to name but a few? Ever scrutinized why YOUR life is the way it is? Ever frowned upon the question where humanity is heading? And ever written and/or thought about all the recent December 21, 2012 theses? Somewhat attracted towards one or more of the above questions? Well, then this book is required 2011 reading!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new but yet thoughtful! Jan. 28 2012
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Neale Donald Walsh is indeed a good writer and his decision to narrate his story by dipping into the past, present and future is indeed insightful...yet there is nothing new or particularly insightful about this book.

Readers who believe that the world is about to change or evolve into a "nirvana-like-" world will truly love this book as it offers this vision. However, the Gnostics amongst us will find it fluffy and overly idealistic.

In the end, the reader must decide if he/she believes in a magical evolution based on an ancient Mayan prophesy. If so, this book would feed your dream. If, however, you believe that spiritual growth and evolution are to be attained through personal growth, work, healing and forgiveness, you will find this book frustratingly naive.

The book centres around NDW's interviews with Barbara Marx Hubbard whose dream is to create a Ministry of peace in the Government. Ms Hubbard is clearly a visionary, but visionaries must always be careful to examine their insights to ensure they are worldly rather than persona. I would suggest that 99.9percent of all visions are personal rather than planetary. Perhaps Ms Marx might consider her visions more personally and create her own inner ministry of peace. Perhaps she might also consider that her visions could also be about inner perception rather than anything "out there" that needs to change.

Hope is always an attractive option and it is only human to strive towards it...yet where is the line between hope and delusion? Now that's a book I'd like to see!

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