Book News

DreamMy friend, Dr. Dennis Merritt Jones has a new book called (Re)Defining Moments – Becoming Who You Were Born to Be. It came out on July 29th. My advance copy allowed me to take a good look and put my stamp of approval on it.

I’ve known Dr. Dennis for over twenty years and I admire him very much. He was a Religious Science minister for many years and he now devotes his time and energy to writing and speaking. He is author of several books and his articles have appeared in the Huffington Post and many other general publications.

I admire the way he has brought our wisdom to a wider public. I know he is a dedicated New Thought teacher and he brings a new and creative angle to everything he writes.

This book is especially interesting because he says we can live an authentic life and avoid the tug-of-war so many people get caught up in when they try to be all things to all people.

Here’s some of what he says in the introduction:

I often wonder how many of us are living our lives based on who we are not rather than who we truly are…If we were to excavate the deepest recesses of our consciousness, we would discover many beliefs about ourselves that are simply not true and that may never have been true. Yet we live from these beliefs as if they were true because we have never identified them clearly enough to question them, to challenge them. This is the power to be found in our redefining moments; they create an opening for us to consciously challenge old ideas and beliefs about who we think we are by accessing the limitless new possibilities that lie inherent in the authentic self.

Dr. Dennis has written a guidebook to understanding our authentic selves, in language anyone can understand. (Re)Defining Moments is in New Thought church bookstores and, Barnes & and many other venues.

I’m especially pleased it will reach so many people because I believe our wonderful wisdom teaching can be useful to people of all faiths. The book does not need to limit itself to Religious Science, Unity and Divine Science church members. Anyone will find value when he or she read it.

The central messages of New Thought, “Change your thinking and change your life” and “There is a Power for Good greater than we are and we can use It” are easy to understand and they work.

Throughout his writing career, Dr. Dennis has made it a point to be a clear spokesperson of these empowering messages. He avoids jargon and writes in a clear manner. His books are perfectly at home on bookstore shelves as well as in church bookstores.

Dr. Dennis and I worked together for several years on the Board of Directors of Religious Science International and we shared the dream of making this teaching as accessible to as many people as possible. His first book, How To Speak Religious Science has been a favorite for many years. Many churches give it away to new members as a welcoming gift.

In distant days, my book Science of Mind Skills and Dr. Dennis’s book, How to Speak Religious Science were the only two really simply written books on the market. We both sold many, many copies and they are both still in print. Often, the simplest language conveys the strongest lessons.

People make a big mistake when they confuse fancy language with power. Did you ever try to wade through Phineas Parkhurst Quimby? It’s not easy and the only reason his work is so famous is because others took it and wrote simplified versions.

Other powerful wisdom teachers including, Raymond Charles Barker, Eric Butterworth, Louise Hay, and Oprah are masters at writing powerfully and simply. Simplicity of language, in writing or speaking, is an important component of good communication.

I’m happy to claim Dr. Dennis Merritt Jones as my friend and I’m happy that he has completed this book, (Re)Defining Moments. I’m especially happy he is offering it to a secular world. This book is designed to appeal to everyone – the churched and unchurched alike. It is a book destined to reach far and wide.

In 1991, I gave a writing workshop to the RSI ministers and I shared my dream of church bookstores filled with books written by New Thought ministers. At that time, there were not so many books by my colleagues. The publishing world was very different and it was a great deal more difficult to get a book published than it is today.

My dream is now coming true, one book at a time. Many of our most talented spiritual leaders are finding the time to write. Dr. David’s is an outstanding success. He has others, including The Art of Uncertainty ~ How to Live in the Mystery of Life and Love It and The Art of Being ~ 101 Ways to Practice Purpose in Your Life. They all have a creative and unique approach to New Thought teaching.

Publishing has changed since 1991 and it is easier to get your book published. Now church bookstores now carry a great many books by New Thought ministers. Some, like Dr. Chris Michaels, are extremely prolific as well as running large, successful churches. Last time I looked, Dr. Chris had five books listed on his website, including Your Soul’s Assignment.

Others have one excellent book that gives their unique outlook on New Thought teaching. Dr. Carol Carnes wrote The Way Within and she has now followed it up with a novel. Dr. Maxine Kaye wrote Alive and Ageless. Both Carnes and Kaye also have brilliant daily blogs.

Rev. Elizabeth Arrott and Rev. Michael Rann collaborated on Shortcut To A Miracle. These are some of the successful books that come to my mind quickly but they are truly the tip of the iceberg. It is a wonderful iceberg that will change a lot of lives.

Books contain wisdom in efficient form. A variety of writers who take on related subjects offer fascinating variations on the theme. Right now, I am helping two other ministers create their first books and I am delighted because I’m certain this is just a small sampling. I’ll bet there are many others working on their own unique outlook on New Thought wisdom.

Dr. Dennis and the others are spreading the word with their books. Of course, there are other powerful ways to teach New Thought lessons but the beauty of a book is that is always there for you. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t pick up a favorite book and browse long enough to find a new quote or to refresh my memory about a salient point.

Books are here to stay and more good books are written all the time. Congratulations to Dr. Dennis Merritt Jones for his latest addition to the body of wisdom called New Thought Literature. Thanks and Good Luck, Dennis. Keep up the good work!

Ask yourself

Read any good books lately?

Want to read a good one soon?


3 Comments on “Book News”

  1. Dennis Merritt Jones says:

    Hi Jane,

    This is a truly beautiful article and written with such clarity and sincerity. I am honored and grateful that you have taken the time to read my book and share such glowing things as you have with our colleagues. Thank you so much for your endorsement. It means more to me than you may know.

    I am also very gratified that you included some of our other great writers in the CSL organization. I really do believe they all deserve recognition for their efforts and success. As Michael Beckwith once told me after I acknowledged him shortly after being “Oprah-ized” and gaining such notoriety, “When one boat rises in the harbor…all the boats rise as well.” This is how I feel about the success of any single one of us…when one of us wins, it’s a win for all of us.

    Thanks again my friend.

    Peace, Dennis

  2. janeclaypool says:

    Hi Dennis,
    I couldn’t agree more.and again – congratulations on your great work.

  3. Maxine Kaye says:

    Dear Dr. Jane,
    There are many of us friends and colleagues of Dr. Dennis who are in total agreement with your assessment of the great contributions he has made through his writings and their outreach into the world. Your own books have been wonderful gifts, as well, including, “Wise Women Don’t Worry; Wise Women Don’t Sing the Blues.” My all-time favorite is, “Science of Mind Skills,” which provides simple and powerful tools for understanding and implementing this great teaching.

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