Monday, September 25, 2006

Review of Ed Anton's "Repentance: A Cosmic Shift of Mind and Heart" by Steve Savage

[Photo: Ed Anton and wife, Deborah. Ed is a minister with the Hampton Roads Church, Virginia Beach, VA. Deborah is a Pediatrician whose practice is also in Virginia Beach. They have 3 sons: Zack, Chase, and Caleb; and daughter Lindsay.]

Dharma: “Of all the world’s wonders, which is the most wonderful?”

Yudisthira: “That no man, though he sees others dying all around him, believes that he himself will not die.”
– Bhagavad Gita

Just imagine! Here we are, not knowing who we are, where we came from, why we are here, where we are going, smack dab in the middle of Zero and Infinity, stuck on a great big round ball, scared half out of our minds, ignorant as all get out, looking for reassurance from others relatively more intelligent than we, while as absolutely equally ignorant as we, knowing full well in the depths of our souls that we are about to witness the Greatest Pyrotechnical Display since the Big Bang. Are Global Warming, Lawlessness, Chaos, Droughts, Earthquakes, Pestilence and Disease, Wars, Famines, Fires, and increased Natural Disasters, the "Signs of Our Times?" Are we witnessing the effects of the "Sword" that Jesus brought? Are we now witnessing the "Blaze" that Jesus let loose upon the Earth? Whatever you do, "be as wily as the serpent and as innocent as the dove;" don't get caught up and drawn into the Blame Game by "throwing stones at City Hall." Pointing fingers didn't keep the Titanic from sinking. No one really knows when the "End" will come, but current ambience sure looks like a darn good verisimilitude. The voices of the TV John the Baptists are everywhere, crying out from the wilderness of their "Money Rooms" to "Repent!" But what exactly is "Repentance" and how do we really go about it? Read the story of the Prodigal Son. It is the best allegory of true Repentance. It is the realization that after all the suffering and misery that you brought upon yourself, someone who has always loved you is waiting to greet you with open arms to welcome you home as though you never left. If you can't make it all the way home by yourself, go as far as you can; the One you need to see will meet you there. If you don't know how to begin the journey home, how to repent, Edward J. Anton, himself a repented servant of God, has written down complete instructions in his divinely inspired "Repentance: A Cosmic Shift of Mind and Heart."

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