PRACTICING THE PRESENCE by Joel Goldsmith

PRACTICING THE PRESENCE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The author has written this book for those who are ""plagued by frustration, lack of success, lack of harmony"", and who have ""wondered long and seriously why life should be so unsatisfactory"". In brief, Mr. Goldsmith tries to convince his readers that the woes man seems heir to are his illusions which come from believing that there is anything--or power--in the world that is not God, and the mistake man makes when he foolishly tries to maintain any real existence apart from God. The Kingdom of God is within a man from the very moment he begins to contemplate His presence and power within Him. How to realize this effectively is the recurring theme of the book. The reader is likely to feel that he is living in a rather chill atmosphere as he reads of the Father as the creative principle of all mankind,--and to find the pronoun ""It"" used frequently to refer to God and the Christ principle, in spite of the insistence that love is all. Perhaps one could say that the author is obviously ""God intoxicated"", and is sure the peace of the world would be assured when all others are likewise. But his message is both too intense and rarefied to appeal to the many who must seek and find God at the incarnational level of the Christianity which recognizes the reality of sin as something more than the error of mortal mind.

Pub Date: April 30th, 1958
Publisher: Harper