The Mother of Invention: The Legacy of Barbara Marx Hubbard and the Future of YOU Paperback – Dec 20 2011
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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 ( www.HumanitysTeam.org ). In 2005 he began work on putting into place a global education program, The School of the New Spirituality ( www.SchooloftheNewSpirituality.com ). 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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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.
"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.
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!