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by Wayne W. Dyer
HarperCollins, 2001
Review by Susan K. Wingate on Sep 13th 2002

There's a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem

            Using Spiritual principals as the solution to everyday situations such as financial problems, ill health and even relationships, to name a few, Wayne Dyer shows us that anything is possible.  With the insights drawn “from various traditions and especially the prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi, Dyer helps us to unplug the material world and awaken to the divine within”.  The book is written in two parts. The first part is used to build the foundation for the practical aspect presented in part two.

            This is a wonderful and simplistic work of art!  The author makes this book so easy to read and understand the concepts presented. He also makes the application of the material an open invitation to anyone wanting to find a new way of dealing with themselves and the common everyday problems in their life.

            Using his own personal crisis as a stepping-stone adds credence and validity to his work.  Beginning with his 3-step approach to “accessing Spiritual direction”, akin to the first three steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, the foundation of the book begins taking shape. What shape, is determined by the individual readers and based on their own personal belief system. The methodical way in which each of the concepts are defined for the reader’s greater understanding of the text and the historical backdrop used throughout the book is indicative of the author’s patience in wanting to understand and be understood.

            I was quite impressed with the author’s ability to weave the past, present and future potentials together in a way that suggest this book is designed to be read by anyone regardless of race, creed, religious affiliation and/or ethnic background.  I am quite sure that it could and would entice the most devout cynic and skeptic to reexamine themselves.

            I can personally attest to having experienced some of the material first hand even before picking up the book.  That alone, is personally validating and at the same time, reminds me that Spiritual evolution cannot and will not happen without my participation. This book has the ability to open doors, minds and most importantly, hearts.  As Dr. Dyer vividly points out, the heart is where we not only LIVE, it is dwelling place of our Spiritual connectedness.

            I highly recommend this book to EVERYONE.



© 2002 Susan K. Wingate

Susan Wingate is currently working in personnel management at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She has worked for twelve years as a chemical dependency counselor for adolescents, as well as having worked with survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Her passion is to be a vehicle for creating awareness for self and others.

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