Miracles or Murder

A Guide to Concepts of a Course in Miracles

by J.W. van Aalst, Ph.D.


Book Details

“Who, with the love of God upholding him, could find the choice of miracles or murder hard to make?” A Course in Miracles, a self-study curriculum for attaining lasting inner peace, invites the ‘student’ to look at the unconscious cycle of attack and defense that almost all of us are engaged in daily. Not only does A Course in Miracles show us what we do and how we go about it, but also why. This offers us the opportunity to shift the purpose of our lives from murder to miracles, that is, from condemnation to love, through complete and unconditional forgiveness, the ‘royal road’ to lasting inner peace. . . . . . . . . . . This guidebook takes the reader by the hand in understanding how important concepts such as love, prayer, death, life, Christ, ego, and forgiveness are redefined in this spiritual curriculum. It is hoped that this supports students of A Course in Miracles to more quickly grasp the essence of its message, and to increasingly apply it in their everyday lives, speeding up their spiritual journey.


Book Excerpt

About “Miracles or Murder”, from the online discussion group that inspired it: “Many people who want to learn more about the Course before investing time in it, become discouraged by the density and abstractness of the Text and choose to pass on it altogether. We need a book like this to give folks a less jolting introduction and to help them understand the new meanings to old concepts – prepping for the voyage, so to speak, – before diving into the Text and Workbook. I see this as a very, very useful – and much needed – resource.” –– Patrick Madden M.A., LEP


About the Author

J.W. van Aalst, Ph.D.

Jan-Willem van Aalst, Ph.D. (1970), lives in The Netherlands and works as a consultant on knowledge management and geographic information management. He also works as a spiritual guide to Self-realization. He has been a student of A Course in Miracles since 2004.