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Transforming the Political Landscape Through Spiritual Renewal

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THE HEALING OF AMERICA

Marianne Williamson

Simon & Schuster

366 pp., $24

It's fashionable today to write and talk about Americans' growing detachment from political life - something we all readily recognize and perhaps even share in.

It's more than a splash of cool water in the face, then, to come across this lucid appraisal of why such detachment is so unnatural and unacceptable for this society.

Marianne Williamson's latest book "The Healing of America" grabs one by the lapels and, particularly for anyone who shares her conviction of the spiritual nature of life, sets one thinking and moving in fresh ways. It is a prescription for tackling the country's political and social problems through spiritual regeneration. It offers a means to reinvigorate and transform political activism based on confidence in the power of prayer.

Williamson, the bestselling author of "A Return to Love," lectures widely on what she sees as the ongoing shift from materialism into an age of "scientific and spiritual consciousness." Her talks and writings reflect Judeo-Christian principles, but draw also on concepts of Eastern teachings based on her sense that God is speaking to all of us.

She has a vivid sense of America's purpose and founding principles, not as the savior of the world, but as having a responsibility to keep alive and active for everyone fundamental ideals that reflect a higher law. She presents a bold assessment of where we are falling short and of why we are reluctant to do much about it.

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