My title is not chosen for nothing. When you take delivery of this book, you will simply be surprised at just how big it it is. It compares compatibly with a good size paperback study bible. In fact I would recommend you do as I did and strengthen the cover with some transparent fablon. That ought, I hope, to make it last a while longer. But the main reason for landing on Planet James Allen is, of course the content. I could quote him by the yard, but if there is only one example to give (and here I am in agony wanting to cite at least a hundred more beides at least), check out the poem on pp. 68-69 on the realization of selfless love:
I stood upon the shore, and saw the rocks
Resist the onslaught of the mighty sea,
And when I thought how all the countless shocks
They had withstood through an eternity,
I said to wear away this solid main
The ceaseless efforts of the waves are vain.
But when I saw how they the rocks had rent,
And saw the sand and shingles at my feet
(Poor passive remnants of resistance spent)
Tumbled and tossed where they the waters meet,
Then I saw ancient landmarks 'neath the waves,
And knew the waters held the stones their slaves.
I saw the mighty work the waters wrought
By patient softness and unceasing flow;
How they the proudest promontory brought
Unto their feet, and mosy hills laid low;
How the soft drops the adamantine wall
Conquered at last, and brought it to its fall.
And then I knew that hard resisting sin
Should yield at last to Love's soft ceaseless roll
Coming and going, ever flowing in
Upon the proud rocks of the human soul;
That all resistance should be spent and past;
And every heart yield unto it at last.
The only possible objection to this material can come from an un-yielding warlike spirit. Man must find this way before it is too late. I decided that having this sheer amount of material at my disposal, I had to develop a coping strategy (don't laugh! you'll see what I mean when your copy arrives) and, for what it's worth, and this is by no means the last word on the subject (in fact, if you can think of anything better, please feel free to let me know), here is mine: I used the Book of Daily Meditations (p661) as a kind of Head Quarters, as it were, and as the subjects presented themselves, banched out into other areas. The effects of this are not something that will be felt on day one, but after a while (this is not medication - there's no "one size fits all" scenario here) you will find that you simply do different stuff and the other stuff?, well, you either don't do it or you do it differently. However, one thing that will happen on your first session is that you will at least want to be something better and after a while, and yes, still in session one, you will realise that that is doable. That's what did it for me. This is the ultimate book of nice guy. Its like taking the mind back to factory settings. Renew.