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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio


So why would you listen to what I would say versus what Marianne Williamson would say? Or any of the people on the Oprah Winfrey Show?

The term I looked up this afternoon was "illuminate". Marianne Williamson was on Oprah February 29, 2008. She has written several books. One is ILLUMINATA A RETURN TO PRAYER. And she is renown for her talks on "A Course in Miracles" a step-by-step method for choosing love over fear. As most of the guests on Oprah, she has a humanist approach to the spiritual. After all Oprah audience are made up of women who are a mix of our culture’s women. Her audience is not the First Baptist Church, USA. Williamson was the guest today, and she was addressing how women over fifty could take control over their minds and live and life.
The need for change as we get older ­an emotional pressure for one phase of our lives to transition into another ­is a human phenomenon, neither male nor female. There simply comes a time in our lives ­not fundamentally different from the way puberty separates childhood from adulthood ­when it’s time for one part of ourselves to die and for something new to be born.
The purpose of this book by best-selling author and lecturer Marianne Williamson is to psychologically and spiritually reframe this transition so that it leads to a wonderful sense of joy and awakening.In our ability to rethink our lives lies our greatest power to change them.
What we have called "middle age" need not be seen as a turning point toward death. It can be viewed as a magical turning point toward life as we’ve never known it, if we allow ourselves the power of an independent imagination ­thought-forms that don’t flow in a perfunctory manner from ancient assumptions merely handed down to us, but rather flower into new archetypal images of a humanity just getting started at 45 or 50. What we’ve learned by that time, from both our failures as well as our successes, tends to have humbled us into purity.
When we were young, we had energy but we were clueless about what to do with it. Today, we have less energy, perhaps, but we have far more understanding of what each breath of life is for. And now at last, we have a destiny to fulfill ­not a destiny of a life that’s simply over, but rather a destiny of a life that is finally truly lived.Midlife is not a crisis; it’s a time of rebirth. It’s not a time to accept your death; it’s a time to accept your life ­and to finally, truly live it, as you and you alone know deep in your heart it was meant to be lived.
Key words:New books, aging, ageing, longevity, gerontology, gerontological, geriatrics, geriatric, senescence, anti-aging, anti-ageing, rejuvenation, life-extension, immortality,

I like google, don’t you? I googled Marianne Williamson. Who is this lady who we are to listen to about becoming older? Why should we listen to her?
It’s always been my policy when reading any article or book to check out the author of the book or article. First and foremost before reading and accepting any author is to learn where they are coming from and where they are going to take us. Then I know how to read what they are saying.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I like Wikipedia as much as I like GOGGLE SEARCH

  • Marianne hails from Houston, Texas, and was raised in a Jewish household. As a rebellious child of the '60s, she has openly admitted to have delved in drugs and alcohol, as well as having a string of broken relationships. She sought spiritual awakening and discovered "A Course in Miracles," a self-study system written by a Columbia University professor who believed Jesus had dictated the words to her. Though initially turned off by the heavy emphasis on Christianity, she was able to reconcile it with her Jewish faith and popularized the course in her 1992 best-seller, A Return to Love.

Williamson served as head pastor of Renaissance Unity Interfaith Spiritual Fellowship before she resigned as a result of a controversial attempt to dissolve the church's formal ties to the Association of Unity Churches.

  • The Renaissance was so called because it was a "rebirth" of certain classical ideas that had long been lost to Europe
  • As Randolph Starn has put it,
    "Rather than a period with definitive beginnings and endings and consistent content in between, the Renaissance can be (and occasionally has been) seen as a movement of practices and ideas to which specific groups and identifiable persons variously responded in different times and places. It would be in this sense a network of diverse, sometimes converging, sometimes conflicting cultures, not a single, time-bound culture.

  • Williamson describes herself as "a mix" who does not fit a particular mold:
    "I'm a provocateur. I come into a situation where I don't particularly relate to any of the institutionalized boxes. I'm not a minister, I'm not a rabbi, but I'm totally excited by God and Jesus. So you get this Jewish girl talking about Jesus -- it's going to get attention. It's a juxtaposition that is perhaps interesting. It's similar to what I say about politics in The Healing of America. It's the same with religion. One group says it's this way, another group says it's that way, and a lot of people are feeling that, you know, 'deep in my heart I don't feel it's either way.' Well, neither do I."

  • She is a former jazz nightclub singer and is a single mother of a daughter.

  • A minister in the Unity Church, the driving force behind Williamson's philosophy is to offer a New Thought approach to spirituality.

  • She addresses both established Christianity and Judaism in statements such as "You've committed no sins, just mistakes." Her earliest renown was for her talks on A Course in Miracles, a step-by-step method for choosing love over fear.



As I like to do I looked up "illuminate": Dictionary.com
Synonyms: better, clarify, clear up, construe, define, dramatize, edify, elucidate, enlighten, explain, expound, express, finish, give insight, gloss, illustrate, improve, instruct, interpret, perfect, polish, uplight
verb Definition: explain
Synonyms answer for, clarify, elucidate, explain, illuminate, justify, rationalize, resolve
Antonyms: complicate, confuse, obscure, perplex

SO I ask again, Do you want to listen to what she has to say from her point of view?
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