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A book Review – Prosperity by Charles Fillmore

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.  It was full of good comments and affirmations that I have added to my affirmation book.  It falls in the general vein as books such as “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill.  No wonder they are both included in the hefty tome “The Financial Prosperity Bible”.  There are three major points I want to put forward in this review: i) this book is a little all over the map; ii) this book is a little familiar; and if you can get through it, iii) this book has some useful chapters.

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Here is a list of all the chapters:
     Spiritual Substance, the Fundamental Basis of the Universe
     Spiritual Mind, the Omnipresent Directive Principle of Prosperity
     Faith in the Invisible Substance, the Key to Demonstration
     Man, the Inlet and Outlet of Divine Mind
     The Law That Governs the Manifestation of Supply
     Wealth of Mind Expresses Itself in Riches
     God has Provided Prosperity for Every Home
     God Will Pay your Debts
     Tithing, the Road to Prosperity
     Right Giving, the Key to Abundant Receiving
     Laying up Treasures
     Overcoming the Thought of Lack

Actually, to be honest, there were so many ideas and suggestions in this book that it was difficult to read.  AND, based on the author’s own religious bias, the book is filled with christian references.  Many.  One will need a bible to refer to some of the references that the author recommends.  Don’t get me wrong, I am familiar with a Bible and own a few, but I hate to read a book that requires that I read a second book to understand the first book.  Reminds me too much of grad school.

In reference to the second point, there was much about this book that seemed very familiar.  And as I thought about it a little bit more, many of the affirmations reminded me of the prosperity books that I have read by the wonderful Catherine Ponder.  She is the author of the “Millionaires of the Bible” series.  Her books have had a direct impact on my life.  LITERALLY.  She is a writer in the Unity Church and her books are published in the 70s and 80s.  (Maybe 90s).  To be honest, I haven’t done much research into the Unity Church, except that it is the same Charles Fillmore, and his wife, who co-founded the New Thought Unity Movement.  I think I need to conduct some research into this philosophy as the books that have come out of the movement are truly inspiring for me.

It was towards the end that the inspiration really went hit home for me with this book. There were two chapters – the Laying Up Treasures and Overcoming the Thought of Lack.  These chapters discuss people who hoard things and money out of fear.
      The word miser is from the Latin root from which also comes “miserable”.  It describes the condition of those who love and hoard money, lands, or other material things. 
To say that you need a little emergency fund is OK, but to have a large amount of money due to  your absolute fear that you will have none in the future is wrong.  For, if the Universe/GOD is your provider, then what do you have to fear? Honestly, this really hit home for me and led me to a recent shopping spree.  One I think was well deserved.  These chapters also discuss tithing, a practice I firmly believe in.  Tithing is a way of showing the Universe your gratitude and that you have plenty to give.  It’s a matter of FAITH, AND it releases you in order for the Universe to be able to provide you with more.  I think that’s POWERFUL.

Oh, and I love the affirmations that the book provides:
     I am not fearful of poverty, and I am under obligations to no one.  My opulent Father has poured out to me all resources, and I am a mighty channel of abundance.
     Money saved as “an opportunity fund” brings an increase of good, but money hoarded from fear as a motive or with any miserly though in mind cannot possibly bring any blessing. 

I am of two minds with regards to recommending this book.  If you have read other “prosperity” books, then yes, this is a good one to add to your bookshelf or e-reader.  And if you are bible-savvy,then a definite yes.  If neither, then perhaps start with a different book.

Stay Blessed.



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