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Everybody searches for the divine. But so many of us keep seeking our "Higher Power" in inappropriate places---like drugs, alcohol, sex, money, power, even other people. "Looking for God in All the Wrong Places" is a spiritual field guide that uses humor, insight, and experience to examine the people, places, and things we often mistake for our Higher Power. By revealing the detours, pitfalls, and roadblocks along the path to union with the divine, this enlightening and entertaining book provides a powerful navigational tool spiritual seekers can use to avoid looking in the wrong places and get to where God can truly be found.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.64" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.47" Weight: 0.56 lbs.
Release Date Mar 14, 2003
Publisher Paraview Press
ISBN 1931044422 ISBN13 9781931044424
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More About Marie D. Jones
Marie D. Jones is a best-selling author with an extensive background in unknown mysteries, metaphysics, science, and the paranormal. She has been featured multiple times on the History Channel in Ancient Aliens and Nostradamus Effect. Marie also served as a special UFO/abduction consultant for the 2009 Universal Pictures movie, The Fourth Kind. She is a staff writer for FATE Magazine and Intrepid Magazine and a regular contributor to Paranoia Magazine and New Dawn Magazine. Marie has been interviewed on hundreds of radio talk shows all over the world, including Coast to Coast AM, and has been featured in dozens of newspapers, magazines, and online publications, internationally. She has lectured widely at major paranormal, new science, and self-empowerment events, and is the screenwriter and co-producer of 19 Hz, a paranormal thriller in development with Bruce Lucas Films.
Marie D. Jones currently resides in San Diego. Marie D. Jones was born in 1961.
Reviews - What do customers think about Looking for God in All the Wrong Places?
Book Points God-Seekers in the Right Direction Apr 13, 2005
Every winter, sometime around February, masses of people worship at the House of Oscar. Some don fancy dresses, others hold parties (complete with paper top hats and cardboard replicas of a little gold statue), still others simply shut off their brains and tune in their TV's to the annual Academy Awards ceremony. For weeks leading up to this event and for days after, all one hears is commentary about the look/dress/action/speech of the scores of gods and goddesses that walked the stage that night. And after the masses of people have picked clean all the Oscar glory there is, they turn to the upcoming baseball season to fulfill that emptiness they feel inside with a good old-fashioned sports god.
Are you one of them? Are you LOOKING FOR GOD IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES? Marie D. Jones can help you. According to Jones, "...our society can only see God in the pretty, the shiny, and the expensive. But God is everywhere..." (p. 57).
In LOOKING FOR GOD IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES, Jones enlightens the reader as to where God is really found, despite all the misguided attempts by society to find Him in only "the pretty."
Marie D. Jones, a New Thought minister as well as a licensed pastoral counselor with a master's degree in metaphysical studies, has given God much thought and study and is well-versed in the subject, which couples quite nicely with her lengthy experience as a writer. Jones has been widely published and is even a screenwriter who has produced a children's storybook series.
According to Jones, we as a society spend way too much time looking for God in places we'll never find Him - sports and movie icons, wealth, power, so-called "gurus," and co-dependent relationships, just to name a few. Her goal is to help the reader find the real hiding place of God, saying, "...you never have to go any farther than your own Higher Power within to find wholeness, abundance, and prosperity in all areas of your life" (p. 30).
While the subject of the search for God is a weighty one, Jones manages to keep it blithe throughout. LOOKING FOR GOD IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES is light on the dry philosophy stuff and heavy on the jokes, puns, and catch-phraseology. Still, Jones manages to make some good points that somehow worm their way into the subconscious of the reader and while he may think he may have gotten only a few chuckles out of the book, he just may find himself worshipping a little differently after the last page has been turned.
At the same time, Jones's jokes occasionally work against her ultimate message, as she pokes fun a little too personally and unintentionally sounds a bit taunting. Thus a sensitive reader might find offense at a statement that contains, "... a bunch of spiritually inept yuppies with bad shoes and worse breath..." (p. 82) and wonder if derision is working against the tolerance and inner love Jones preaches.
Furthermore, Jones uses real life experiences to back up or further explain some of her points of interest. This is a good technique in reaching the reader through having been there/done that just as the reader may have. However, Jones seems to have experienced it all - every trap, every bad habit, every broken hearted experience. Opening up one's weaknesses on paper can be healing and humanizing for a writer, but too much of a humble thing can take away from the message as a reader might wonder just how to trust a messenger who's so easily bent and broken.
The overall success of LOOKING FOR GOD IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES is that it's an easily understood and lighter look into spirituality that teaches its readers how to look inward and find God. It's a pleasant read unusual in its belief that you can find God and still have fun looking. If you've been struggling, looking for God in those wrong places, this book would be the right place for you.
Spirituality has to Ring True with your Essence Too! May 30, 2004
In our spiritual quest, many of us come to a point in our lives where we start questioning the things that we have learned, and we start asking the real question: "What is true for me?" In Marie Jone's book "Looking for God in All the Wrong Places," the reader is encouraged - no,expected - to look at things for themselves, to address the issues at hand about religion, politics,and other topics; and make an opinion from their own place of resonance with truth. Marie is not one to let the Higher Power be cast aside, but to cast aside the "God in a Box" view that many prefer to keep him in. There is a difference between spirituality, and religion. Thank you Marie, for showing we can and should speak out, each person is entitled to their own opinion, and that at the very least we can agree to disagree. Accepting oneself and contrasting ideas even when they do not fit into the crowd, and seeing that as a positive place, puts oneself above the crowd, which is where all leaders find themselves to be.
Review by Tiffany Snow, author of FORWARD FROM THE MIND - DISTANT HEALING, BILOCATION, MEDICAL INTUITION AND PRAYER IN A QUANTUM WORLD.THE POWER OF DIVINE: A HEALER'S GUIDE - TAPPING INTO THE MIRACLE.PSYCHIC GIFTS IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE - TOOLS TO CONNECT
Funny, direct and honest insight into the human struggle Mar 8, 2004
With all the war, hatred, religious intolerance, bigotry, gay bashing, right wing crap in the world today, this book is a refreshing and honest look at why we humans fail miserably to be happy, loving people. The author doesn't mince words, and can be downright hilarious at times, but that never detracts from the importance of what she is saying - stop looking for happiness outside of yourself and live and let live!
Chapter titles are a hoot, based upon famous songs and phrases...great wordplay and clever use of structure and narrative. This writer rocks, and I will be looking for her next book in all the right places!!!
Superbly written with wry humor and sharp insight!!! Feb 16, 2004
So rare is it to read a "religious" book that does not get all religious on you. This book is like an old friend, guiding you wisely and wittily along your spiritual path, helping you to avoid the pitfalls and road blocks and making you laugh out loud, too! If you are looking for God, and want to avoid looking in all the wrong places, then you need this book! Rev. Marie is a God-send!
Funny, profound, and highly entertaining Oct 29, 2003
I got this book from a friend and thought it was such a great read. The author takes on all of our bull and shoves it back in our face with such grace, humor and personal insight you can't help but smile and say "Yeah, that's me alright!" But she never talks down to you, or offends. Just tells it straight like it is, how we always seem to look for happiness and success in all kinds of stupid outside places, then wonder why we are so hateful, miserable, jealous, overweight, and angry when we get them? I love the balance between spirituality, progressive thought and good, solid helpful advise, and recommend this book to anyone who is sick and tired of religion, politics, celebrities and authority figures that tell us where and how we should look for our happiness - and ALWAYS lead us astray. TRUST NO ONE...BUT YOURSELF. Thanks, Rev. Marie!