How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth Paperback – Jan 19 2010
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John Wade is a Pelican Publishing author.
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He came up with ten elements: 1. Peace, 2. Security, 3. Freedom,
4. Democracies, 5. Prosperity 6. Spiritual harmony, 7. Racial harmony,
8. Ecological harmony, 9. Health and 10. Moral purpose and meaning.
He then defines what he understands each element to mean. He does all this in the preface to the book. This is probably the most valuable part of the book. Here he sets out his mission and philosophy and you need to understand this to know the purpose and direction of the book.
Next he has assembled short essays from 101 authors that give their perspective on one of these elements. These essays are generally one to two pages. The authors include an extremely well known cross section of thinkers and leaders.
There is a wonderful mixture of ideas and thoughts presented here. There is no doubt that each reader will find some essays that really touch them and some that don't. This must be the case with presenting such a wide variety of authors.
What you gain from the book will depend to some extent on your personal philosophy and how open you are to new ideas and thoughts.
Because there are so many different authors and the essays are of necessity very short, no one is able to explore any topic in great detail. Depending on your taste, this is either very good or very bad. There is something to be said for being exposed to many different viewpoints and being able to pick and choose what you read. It is certainly not necessary to read cover to cover. I would pick and choose which essay I read. It is a great book for reading when you have very limited time.
I found the most thought provoking essay to be A Look at Radical Islam by Paul Marek. But there were literally dozens of great essays in the book.
The book would also make a great gift. Anyone can find a number of essays they like in this book.
The overall philosophy of the book is certainly one we all should give more attention to: trying to make the world a better place, creating a heaven on earth.
Wade gathered insightful essays focusing on a simple concept: we can achieve heaven on earth if we really wanted to. The essays, however, reveal the painful fact that it's not as simple as it sounds. There is no single, simple how-to formula to follow.
Because achieving a heaven state requires a major confluence of countless factors and variables, Wade defined the basic pre-requisites for mankind's ideal world. He listed the ten elements that are essential to achieving heaven on earth and grouped the essays accordingly.
The ten essential elements border on the nebulous. But when you delve into the thoughts of the contributors, you will note that despite the seemingly unfathomable mission of building a heaven on earth through world peace, democracies, racial harmony, or moral purpose and meaning, among others, simple solutions abound. Fortunately, these small and simple solutions have the capacity to proliferate and create a global impact.
More than a hundred minds poured wisdom and advice into this book. Many are saying the same things, looking at the same dilemmas, offering the same solutions. Many spout religion, while some trust in the intrinsic goodness of man. Their message is one: heaven on earth -can- be achieved. John E. Wade II published this book to inspire all of us to do our part. -Ruby Bayan, OurSimpleJoys
Is a heaven on earth possible? John Wade II writes in his preface, "I believe that if we - one by one, million by million, billion by billion - would all accept this challenge, the world would progress immensely. Think about the words and use them to motivate yourself to reach out to love and help others." After reading the book and reflecting on the essays, it is clear that we could find heaven on earth.
Is heaven on earth achievable? After reading all the essays heaven on earth is something we can all help to achieve. You will learn from the experiences of the authors, you will find ideas and suggestions that can be implemented to achieve a heaven on earth.
This book is one which you can read from front to back, or you can pick it up, open it and just read one essay. The essays are short and to the point. The preface written by John Wade II is a great summary of why and how the book came about. Certainly a book that will inspire you and give you lots to think about.
We highly recommend this book; you will find it inspiring and full of ideas.