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Marianne Williamson's best-selling A Return to Love ended with a prayer in which she asked God to help us "find our way home, from the pain to peace, from fear to love, from hell to Heaven." Now, in this stunning new collection of thoughts, prayers, and rites of passage, Marianne Williamson returns to prayer.

Prayer is practical, Williamson tells us. "To look to God is to look to the realm of consciousness that can deliver us from the pain of living." Illuminata brings prayer into our daily lives, with prayers on topics from releasing anger to finding forgiveness, from finding great love to achieving intimacy. There are prayers for couples, for parents, and for children; prayers to mend broken relationships and prayers to overcome obsessive and compulsive love. There are prayers to heal the soul, prayers to heal the body, and prayers for work and creativity.

Williamson also gives us prayers for the healing of America, including two prayers that have had powerful effects on audiences at her lectures: a prayer of amends on behalf of European Americans to African-Americans and one to Native Americans. How, Williamson asks, can we expect anyone to forgive when we have made no formal apology?

Another section includes rites of passage, ceremonies of light for the signal events in our lives: blessing of the newborn, coming of age, marriage, and death. There is also a ceremony of the elder, for moving into midlife, and a ceremony of divorce, in which a gentle transition is provided for both the couple and their children.

"Read my prayers or someone else's" Williamson says. "By all means, create your own."

Illuminata is a way to bring prayer into practical use, creating a sweeter, more abundant life for yourself and the people you care for. "No conventional therapy," she says, "can release us from a deep and abiding psychic pain. Through prayer we find what we cannot find elsewhere: a peace that is not of this world."

©1994 Marianne Williamson (P)2008 Random House Audio

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  • baby girl
  • 06-02-15

life saving

a daily must do for whatever ails you.
Marianne's voice is very soothing.
builds spiritual muscles-brain and heart

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  • Miranda T.
  • 13-03-17

Index would be helpful

Excellent audio for praying. However, it would be so helpful if there was a way to jump to specific prayer needs.

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  • Glitterific
  • 26-03-12

Hoping for a little more

The prayers themselves are nice, beautiful, soulful; Marianne Williamson at her best. BUT, it doesn't work as well with the audio format. It would be great if the production was split into chapters/prayers with headings so one could forward specifically to what she's looking for.

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  • Teresa Barreira
  • 09-07-12

Riveting

Would you listen to Illuminata again? Why?

"Read my prayers or someone else's" Williamson says. "By all means, create your own."

I've read almost everything she wrote.
She 's led me through the spiritual path that otherwise I wouldn't ever gone from religion itself. She's opened my mind and made me crave for her readings.

All her books are worth reading and meditating.

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  • Imeldah Motsisi
  • 14-01-17

Amazing Prayers.

The only difficulty is that it is broken into two chapters. There is no index of specific prayers.

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  • Kitty Girl
  • 04-07-16

Something for every person and situation

This audible book is easy to listen to and hits home in many ways! Here I am on Independence Day, and there is a prayer for America! Marianne's voice is beautiful, and I will listen to this frequently.

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  • SADIQUA
  • 29-06-16

A prayer for every moment in life.

This book has become apart of my daily life. It written in plain text that you know God can hear. No matter who you are or what religious, if any back ground you may have, and there is a prayer here that will resonate in you and make you stop and listen. Marriane voice is soothing and powerful throughout the book. So worth purchasing and keeping in your library.

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  • JillPrenger
  • 14-05-16

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I would like it if there was an index to navigate the segments. Otherwise, I have really enjoyed it. It's a soothing wonderful thoughtful guide.

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  • MsLdy46
  • 22-09-15

I Feel Blessed .

Loved it! This book renewed my hope in people,the world, and myself. I'm sharing this one with my daughters my son ,sisters, and mother. It's like she was speaking my every thoughts I wanted to share with God. Awesome book!

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  • 29-07-18

Loved it!

A must read and listen to. Amazing For spiritual growth. Love all of her books. This is great to listen to while going to bed and getting up each day. Really put you in a good frame of mind.
Thank you for writing it Marianne!