Popular author Marianne Williamson begins her new book, The Gift of Change, on the seemingly unremarkable premise that life is tough and rapidly getting tougher. In a world where the only constant is change, Williamson advocates the radical concept of embracing change as the only efficacious avenue for spiritual growth. Whether we like it or not, she writes, life today is different. The speed of change is faster than the human psyche seems able to handle. In a time when the "center does not hold," Williamson insists the most important thing to remember during these times of momentous change is to fix our eyes on the one thing that doesn't change God. Indeed, while many see this era as the precursor to Armageddon, Williamson believes it is the time of the Great Beginning. "It is time to die to who we used to be and to become instead who we are capable of being," she writes.

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