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At last, we can announce Robert Perry's long-awaited new book.
Return to the Heart of God is arguably Robert's most important and ambitious work to date. A work in which he explores, with all his customary virtuosity, and in fascinating detail, the extraordinary journey set out in the Course.
author of A Return to Love
—Iyanla Vanzant founder of Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development, author of Living Through the Meantime: Learning to Break the Patterns of the Past and Begin the Healing Process
Another Gift to the Heart from the Heart
Robert Perry is certainly one of, and probably the clearest writer on A Course in Miracles in the field today. This book is fabulous, a clean, clear, precise look at the philosophy of ACIM, which is perhaps the one new, yet authentic teaching to come out of the New Age of the 60's and 70's.
I've read broadly in the Perennial Philosophy field for a quarter of a century. I was raised a Christian fundamentalist, studied with the Tibetans, sat with Zen practitioners, and have thoroughly explored the teachings of the neo-Advaitans. There is no doubt in my mind that ACIM is a genuine Revealed Scripture, and I believe Robert Perry and his Circle of Atonement to be authentic voices of that scripture.
While I'm not sure that I agree with 100% of what Mr. Perry writes and thinks, I find far more commonality than I do difference. A diamond viewed from a slightly different vantage point is still a diamond.
To top off his scholarship, Perry is simply a fine writer. We certainly need more of that in the field of spirituality in general and the Course in particular. There is an awful lot of junk out there in regard to the Course. If you're drowning, come here for fresh air.
Peace to you.
Henry Dickens & Co
Member, Antiquarian Book Dealers Association of South Carolina
For months I have been reading the most beautiful book on the Course that I have ever read. It has been filling me with such delight and joy with its utter perfection in illuminating thoughts and ideas that I have in the past overlooked and maybe deliberately disregarded but which now, because of the beauty and richness of the way in which they are described, fill me with such joy that a part of me cannot contain itself and wants to share such richness with the world, with somebody who would understand and let themselves be moved by the thoughts and ideas contained in the words of this book as I have been moved by them because I was finally able to open myself to the rich beauty of their wisdom.
While there's this part of me that feels compelled to share my overflowing joy, at the same time I am in touch with another part that doesn't want to be bothered with writing my ideas and feelings. It's too hard. I'm too blocked. I can't express myself. I can't even think of and explain and relate examples of what moves me or why, even though I just finished reading section "16.2 The Second Coming of Christ is when the world collectively awakens to the Christ, the Self we share,"; starting on page 361, which triggered the feelings of joy, love and gratitude resulting in this email.
The book is Return to the Heart of God [The Practical Philosophy ofA Course in Miracles] by Robert Perry.
I have read many articles and books by Robert and have been deeply moved by many of them and inspired by the way he seems to get to the heart of the matter and explain it in such a clear, appealing way, but there is something about this particular book which really seems to "return me to the heart of God," making my heart sing with joy and filling me with the desire to shout it to the world.
With love, joyful appreciation and great gratitude,
I just wanted to write to you today to say WOW!!!! Last night I started reading your new book and have been reading it today as well. So far I have only read chapters 7 through to 12 but I am not exaggerating when I say they are totally life changing! I don't think I have ever read anything that has been as illuminating for me!! I *think* I totally get now about how we project our guilt and attacks outwards onto other people so that we can then feel victimised and use that as a justification for attacking—thus keeping the ego in business. I have never understood this like this before and I KNOW that this is potentially life altering information, and is the basis for true forgiveness!. I know I am going to have to have several read throughs of your book to digest all the information in it—not to mention the actual Course!
I was also really interested (and will re-read and try and absorb deeper and deeper) what you wrote on pages 144-149 about shadow figures and how we spend our lives recasting the same people and scenarios to try and play them out to completion. I have been seeing a therapist (who knows about the Course but I don't think she loves it) who talks a lot about the inner child doing the same thing. If I read this section again it might answer the questions I have about reconciling inner child work with the Course's teaching.
I also loved what you wrote on pages 165-166 and will go back to them again as I have a long standing addiction to certain foods.
Thank you SO MUCH Robert. I have not even finished your book yet, but I am excited because I feel like I am understanding MUCH more about the Course than I ever have before. Most specifically I think I realy get about how projection makes perception and how what I think others have done to me has really been me projecting it onto them so that I can feel justified in keeping the attack cycle going—and THIS is why I am not living in perfect peace, not because I can't afford to buy hardly any furniture and I haven't been able to lose weight.
Thanks again Robert—very much
I cannot tell you how appreciative and grateful I am for your wonderful Course practical philosophy book, Return to the Heart of God! It arrived in my earth life at just the right time. I have been struggling for a long time to have such a comprehensive and practical view of the Course principles.
I am writing to express my profound gratitude for your most recent book, Return to the Heart of God. For me, it is simply the most lucid, accessible, and inspiring account of the Course's thought system I have ever encountered. Not only does your intellect shine through, but also your passion.
Just finished reading Return to the Heart of God. I underlined and highlighted almost the whole book. It's a wonderful explanation of the Course's teachings. You have a wonderful way of explaining some of those areas in the Course where I, after twenty-five years of study, still have problems. Thank you so very much!