In Of Course!, Ian Patrick discusses some of the toughest challenges known to students of A Course in Miracles: facing the deaths of loved ones; letting go of long-held grievances; trying to comprehend Nelson Mandela meeting the Spice Girls; and much more. In this new edition, O-Books presents the best of Ian's insights and personal reflections in one volume, selected from over 100 editions of the UK's highly respected Course periodical, Miracle Worker. From the lighthearted to the profound, these short essays reveal the down-to-earth illumination of a dedicated Course student who "remembers to laugh" at the ego - and who understands the everyday joys and difficulties of working miracles.
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Of Course! How Many Light Bulbs Does It Take to Change? provides the author's reflections on A Course in Miracles and its program, and discusses some of the major life challenges involved in the course. It appears in a new edition to provide the author's insights and personal reflections in the course of working with students, it selects passages form over 100 editions of the UK's Course periodical Miracle Worker, and it provides short essays that reveal how a dedicated Course student comes to understand the real miracles in life. A powerful, compelling read, this is a pick for new age and self-help readers alike! ~ James A Cox, Midwest Book Review
“I am impressed by your splendid and consistent contribution to the spread of the truths in A Course in Miracles. It takes a rare combination of dedication, guts and humility to write cogent and persuasive material to a high standard. And it has been heart-warming to see how you have charted some of your own development at the same time, as teacher and loving human being. Thank you and many congratulations on a magnificent achievement and example.” ~ Ken Bradley, ACIM student, Interfaith Minister, 12-Steps sponsor
“Ian’s articles, which form the basis of the book, are startling in their honesty. He shares how he applies ACIM, albeit imperfectly at times, to the trials of life. We can all relate. His words reach us where we are and move us forward.” ~ Katherine Owen, www.a-spiritual-journey-of-healing.com
"I really liked this book. It is down to earth, open, honest and has been written from the heart. The ACIM journey is not always an easy one but Ian Patrick offers us many ''little'' gems that are a welcome gift to every ACIM student. Many experiences Ian shared resonated with me and I had quite a few ''aha'' moments as things I had been struggling with became clear. This book has given me a deeper understanding of the Course. So thank you Ian, for a great book!" ~ Anje Dale
"I just wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying reading your book. I really like the way that you weave your own life experiences into it, as it makes it all so much more real. I liked, too, the chapter on dealing with our negative emotions and the clarity you gave on the approach the Course takes, versus the personal development movement!" ~ Sarah Alexander, Cobham, Surrey
"I want to say how much I am enjoying your book! I like that you put the Course in easy to understand terms and I can more easily see what I'm going through in my own life struggles. I am blown away by the insight you have into the workings of the ego, how we can resolve ego issues by using the principles of the Course and how easy it all seems! I get the feeling that, like the Course itself, I will be able to go back to your book again and again and get something new out of it. Move over Gary Renard, Ian Patrick is launched!" ~ Anna Louise, Witney, Oxfordshire
"This book is a must-read for serious A Course in Miracles students. What makes the book special is that it shows the author struggling with many of the concepts in ACIM, as he integrates them into his daily life. It's a very open, honest and true account of putting ACIM concepts into action and the issues this brings up. There are many ACIM books in the stores but very few that show an ACIM student and teacher 'living the practice' and the perseverance this entails. It is highly recommended." ~ Jeremy Walters, St. Leonards, Sussex
"Congratulations on your book. I am really impressed. It is rich, real, accessible and so well put together. You write with depth, authenticity and straight forwardness and I am genuinely impressed. I am sure it will be of great benefit to many and it will be my joy to recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone interested in ACIM. I really mean it - it's a great book. And I do not give that kind of praise lightly."
~ Miranda Macpherson, Marin County, California
In this collection of well-written essays, Ian Patrick has managed to distill the core principles of A Course in Miracles in a heartfelt, personable way, while staying true to the metaphysics of the Course. It is a reflection of his personal journey with Spirit and is also an excellent answer to the age-old question, 'What is A Course in Miracles?'. Of Course! is surely a welcome addition to any ACIM student's bookshelf – old or new. ~ Kenneth Bok, London
Ian Patrick has put together a wonderful book that incorporates many of his articles from Miracle Worker magazine. I have read Ian’s work for many years. This book is an important contribution that should be read by any serious student of A Course in Miracles. Be prepared for a quantum leap in your knowledge of the Course. ~ Gary Renard, best-selling author of The Disappearance of the Universe and Your Immortal Reality
Ian Patrick is a mainstay in the A Course in Miracles community — someone whose dedication to the Course has had a profound effect on many of us. He has written about Course principles based on his own life experiences, with reflections that can help all of us understand and apply them more deeply. ~ Marianne Williamson, best-selling author of A Return to Love, Illuminata, and Age of Miracles
“an Patrick is ‘Mr Miracles.’ He is a great ambassador for A Course in Miracles. This wonderful book is testament to his work. Thank you, Ian for being an inspiration to me and so many others. ~ Robert Holden, Ph.D., author of Shift Happens!
I appreciated Ian’s work so much that I urged him to write this book! And what a wealth of insight he shares with us through these pages. This is a timely and valuable book; one that reveals the very ‘heart’ of all healing — forgiveness. ~ Nouk Sanchez, co-author of Take Me to Truth; Undoing the Ego
Think of this book as more of a friendly companion along your spiritual path than yet another ‘how to’ book. Ian Patrick is able to speak to the part of us that knows Truth, remembers Love, and seeks union. In short, this book is not just a journey through A Course in Miracles, it is a gentle voice — sometimes serious and sometimes humorous — awakening something ancient and longed for within each of us. I know Ian Patrick, personally, and I can say he is a man who is always intending to walk what he talks, often taking unique leaps of faith that others only talk about but never do. ~ Dr. Lee Jampolsky, author of Walking Through Walls and Healing the Addictive Personality
Ian Patrick has written a book with a great deal of love and warmth. We love his informality and good humour. This is, essentially, a personal book. It is as if the reader is meeting a real person. Ian avoids lecturing and is not afraid of connecting at a peer level. He presents a series of brief topics that don’t have to be read in order. Those who know nothing about A Course in Miracles are not excluded either. Ian knows how to write. ~ Gerald G Jampolsky M.D., co-author of Love Is Letting Go of Fear
'By their fruit you shall know them’... I think this is one of the most powerful spiritual principles around. Many can talk the talk, but when you actually walk the walk you become a miracle worker. It doesn’t mean you’re perfect (yet), but it does mean that you are willing to walk with God through this world and leave it just a little better. This is how I see Ian Patrick — a dedicated man, who through his book is sharing his ‘fruits’ with us... helping us to see the miraculous results of walking the walk with God. ~ Beverly Hutchinson McNeff, co-founder and president of Miracle Distribution Center
Ian Patrick’s thoughtful commentaries on the major principles of A Course in Miracles are concise, relevant and practical. With courage and sensitivity, he has used his own issues and challenges to illustrate strategic points and to bring the Course’s teaching into everyday experience where it belongs. Both beginners and seasoned students will appreciate this most helpful guide. ~ Carol M. Howe, author of Never Forget To Laugh: Personal Recollections of Bill Thetford, Co-Scribe of A Course In Miracles