“This book will ask the question, ‘What did Jesus really teach?’ It will cut through theologies and dogma and ritual, and show how Jesus of Nazareth, two thousand years ago, grappled with the problem that beset men and found some profound yet simple answers. We will not preach in a tone that suggests that Christianity alone can save the world. Yet we are confident that Jesus could make a vital contribution to our time, if He were only given an unbiased, nonsectarian hearing.
The philosophy of Jesus is a workable philosophy, a way of life. Jesus taught the depth potential of man and of his spiritual unity with God. Perhaps He was ahead of His time. Only recently have scientists, philosophers, psychologists, and educators begun to catch the idea of an integrated whole as the guide for studying man or life or the Universe. This is the concept of spiritual unity that is found between the lines in all Jesus’s teachings. Strangely, religious groups have been the slowest of all to catch this vision. This is especially remarkable because the very word ‘religion,’ from its Greek root, has a strong connotation in unity. …
So now, let me commend Discover the Power Within You to you. A religious book is usually church-centered, Jesus-centered, and dogma-centered. However, Jesus stressed a spiritual philosophy that is you-centered. You do not accomplish Jesus’s ideal simply by believing things about him. You must come to believe about yourself what Jesus believed about himself. So this book is not something to believe . . . it is something to do. And judging by the testimonies of hundreds of readers who have written to support the claim, I think it can be the means of changing your life.
Commence your journey through the pages of Discover the Power Within You . . . and let something wonderful happen to you!”
~ Eric Butterworth from Discover the Power Within You
Eric Butterworth was a prolific author and Unity minister—one of the great spiritual teachers of the 20th century. We featured another one of his books called Spiritual Economics. That one transformed my consciousness around money/ambition/etc. (I *highly* recommend it.)
Butterworth was also Maya Angelou’s spiritual teacher. And, Oprah says that this book is one of her all-time favorites.
Angelou wrote the foreword to the book. She says: “Butterworth was a twentieth-century Emerson. His mission was to help others realize their spiritual potential and to empower the world through spiritual growth. … He’s helped me to live more abundantly, and he can help you to live more abundantly, too… I hope one of [the things I will be remembered by] would be the encouragement to live the life you want to live. Live your life so that you will not leave too many things undone. Live the life you sing about. Live the life. That’s it.”
This could be its own Idea: “Live your life so that you will not leave too many things undone. Live the life you sing about. Live the life. That’s it.”
Amen. Are you leaving anything undone? What would the life “you sing about” look like? Live that life. Now!! Helping us do that by taking a fresh, spiritual perspective on Jesus’s life and teaching is what this book is all about. (Get a copy here.)
Of course, it’s packed with Big Ideas. I’m excited to share a few of my favorites so let’s jump in!
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