A Return to Love

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A Return to Love
Paperback 1993
Author Marianne Williamson
Language English
Genre Self-help
Publisher HarperCollins
Publication date
Pages 336
ISBN 0-06-092748-8
OCLC 317503896
299/.93 20
LC Class BP605.C68 W56 1996

A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles (1992) is the first book by author Marianne Williamson and is to date the biggest selling book of interpretation of the spiritual thought system found in the book A Course In Miracles.[citation needed] A New York Times Best seller, most estimates claim that A Return to Love has sold in excess of three million copies.[citation needed]


A Return to Love was one of the first books to be endorsed by Oprah Winfrey.

Williamson might be called Oprah's patron saint. She's all about love and healing, yin and yang, being wounded, and using love and prayer to heal all wounds. A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course In Miracles (1992) was number one on the Publishers Weekly non-fiction best-sellers list for 11 weeks. Williamson promoted her book and ACIM when she appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, an episode that received more pro viewer mail than any other show for 1992. She also plugged the book and the course when she was interviewed by Barbara Walters on the ABC television news show 20/20.[1]

The Skeptic's Dictionary.

A Return to Love spent 39 weeks on the New York Times best sellers list in 1992.[2] A decade later, A Return to Love was credited as being one of the two books that helped bring New Age perspectives to the American mainstream.[3] Twenty years after her first appearance with the book, Williamson was interviewed again by Oprah Winfrey in July 2012, this time in a Super Soul Sunday (OWN TV) episode titled, "20 Years After A Return to Love".[4]

"Our deepest fear"[edit]

'Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.'


  1. ^ Skeptics Dictionary ACIM listing Retrieved June 30, 2006
  2. ^ "BEST SELLERS: November 29, 1992". New York Times. November 29, 1992. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ Publisher's Weekly September 1, 2003
  4. ^ "Oprah and Marianne Williamson: 20 Years After A Return to Love". OWN TV, Super Soul Sunday. July 29, 2012. Retrieved 2013-12-30.