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3/1/2010 ReadingAtTheBeach.com

how to achieve a heaven on earth by John Wade II

“What would it take to make this world a paradise?” That’s what this book is about. This is a collection of 101 essays from today’s most notable thinkers, leaders, artists and writers.

There are a number of topics and each have essays from several contributors. Examples for each topic are:

Peace: Thomas R. McFaul

Change Therapy www.moritherapy.org April 5th, 2010

aaaah, book reviews. let’s start with the bad parts: how to achieve a heaven on earth is full of conservative christian overtones, quite a few of the articles have a bit of “chicken soup for the soul” feel, and at times i thought i was dealing with an aborted e-book. but there were clearly good intentions behind the book, and if you’re looking at “101 insightful essays from the world’s greatest thinkers, leaders and writers”, you’re bound to come across some good stuff.  for example, changing the game at work by christine barnes

don’t wait for the CEO to build a culture of engagement but begin by creating heaven on earth for your employees now. ask questions such as

do you know what’s expected of you at work?
do you have the materials you need to do your work?
do you have the opportunity to do what you’re best at, every day?
in the past seven days, have you received recognition or praise for doing good work?

i’m very happy to say that my part time work at mcc gives me all of this.what about you?

March 2010, Rundpinne.com

About the book:

  • Barack Obama
  • David Brooks
  • Ted Turner
  • Nicholas D. Kristof
  • Leonard Pitts, Jr.
  • Marianne Williamson
  • Chris Rose
  • Al Gore
  • George Bush
  • Dale Brown
  • Tony Blair
  • Thomas L. Friedman
  • George Rodrigue
  • Paul Prudhomme
  • Poppy Tooker
  • and more

Contributions from 101 of the most prestigious thinkers, writers, public figures, and other luminaries on a wide range of topics fill the pages of this meditation on how to make the world a better place. Focusing on the large problems of the world as well as the little challenges people face, how to achieve a heaven on earth tackles the momentous question of what each of us can do to improve our community, our country, and our world, one step at a time.

My review:

John E. Wade II has edited a fantastic booked filled with 101 brilliant, insightful and inspirational essays from some of the world’s greatest minds. In his book, How To Achieve Heaven On Earth, Wade II has compiled essays from the greatest minds from around the world to help tackle some of societies toughest issues. The book is divided into eleven sections; Peace, Security, Freedom, Democracies, Prosperity, Spiritual Harmony. Racial Harmony. Ecological Harmony, Health, Moral Purpose and Meaning, and finally Individual Paths to Heaven on Earth. In the preface, each of the ten main sections definitions is described in detail and as the book unfolds one reads essays from deep personal lessons, personal growth, as well as philosophical essays. Each one of the 101 essays is not only well written but also intriguing and insightful. I highly recommend How to Achieve Heaven on Earth to anyone looking for an insightful look at many of the major issues facing society today or merely to read some rather brilliant essays.

About the Editor:

John E. Wade II is an author, investor, philanthropist, and founder of the nonprofit organization Soldiers of Love. An active member of his church and civic organizations in his area, Wade holds an M.A. from the University of Georgia and has worked in a range of fields. His extensive travels, including visits to China, India, Egypt, Israel, Syria, Jordan, and Brazil, inspired him to collect the essays in this work. Wade lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. For more information, please visit www.HeavenOnEarth.org.

I received a complimentary copy of How To Achieve Heaven On Earth Edited by John E. Wade II from FSB Media. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.

March 2010, OneMoreFoggyNotion.com

how to achieve a heaven on earth
101 insightful essays from the world’s greatest thinkers,leaders and writers
Edited by John E.Wade II
how to achieve a heaven on earth is a compilation of essays from 101 of the most prestigious thinkers, writers, public figures, and other luminaries on a wide range of topics which focus on the problems and challenges facing the people of the world today. how to achieve a heaven on earth tackles the momentous question of what each of us can do to improve our community, our country, and our world, one step at a time.

Essayists include:•Barack Obama•David Brooks•Ted Turner•Nicholas D. Kristof•Leonard Pitts, Jr.•Marianne Williamson•Chris Rose•Al Gore•George Bush•Dale Brown•Tony Blair•Thomas L. Friedman•George Rodrigue•Paul Prudhomme•Poppy Tooker•and more.

Each essay will reflect and elaborate upon one or more of the ten elements of a heaven on earth: peace, security, freedom, democracies, prosperity, spiritual harmony, racial harmony, ecological harmony, and health, as well as moral purpose and meaning. In most, if not all, of these basic characteristics, positive results in one engender improvements in the others.

This information and more was taken from and is available on the book’s website. Please take a moment to check it out and read an excerpt of this tremendous book.

About the Author

John E. Wade II is an author, investor, philanthropist, and founder of the nonprofit organization Soldiers of Love. An active member of his church and civic organizations in his area, Wade holds an M.A. from the University of Georgia and has worked in a range of fields. His extensive travels, including visits to China, India, Egypt, Israel, Syria, Jordan, and Brazil, inspired him to collect the essays in this work. Wade lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

My Thoughts

I found this book to be very inspirational…I suppose that isn’t the exact word I want to use. The book IS inspirational but it is more than that to me. It is comforting and it is challenging. how to achieve a heaven on earth is comforting to me because, despite having despairing thoughts regarding what seem to be so many hopeless situtations in the world today, I was able to find such hope in the various essays. Hope for peace…hope for harmony between the people of the world…hope for prosperity. How easy it is,while reading the morning paper or listening to the evening news, to become so depressed or feel so hopeless and helpless. Yet, within the pages of this book are messages of hope…directions for achieving what would indeed be a heaven on earth. Therein lies the challenging part. The essays in how to achieve a heaven on earth do not, for me, offer up “pie in the sky” …”have a cup of tea and don’t worry” solutions for what ails us. Rather, they challenge us to THINK…and to take action to make the world a better place for all. I have a little saying …which I often say to myself..it is “Pray for a good harvest…but don’t put down your hoe”.  Reading the essays in this wonderful book reinforced that for me. Whenever I get disheartened now or feel like tossing my hoe in the ditch…I know that there will be a message for me in how to achieve a heaven on earth. I sincerely thank Mr. John E. Wade II for this marvelous work.

Take up your hoe…buy this book…read this book…keep it close by…once you have it you will pick it up again and again and always find a message of hope, comfort and challenge.

March 2010, LifeTwo.com

Look past the title. This book isn’t a cosmological manifesto. Nor is it a roadmap to a celestial earth populated by winged angels, humble saints and endless pitchers of cold lager. Instead, editor John Wade II cracks open an intellectual piñata and shares 101 easy-to-digest ruminations on physical and spiritual progress, each offering a way for the reader to make the planet a better place. Wade includes a diversity of world views, sharing works by, among others, George W. Bush, Al Gore, Thomas Friedman, David Brooks and Chef Paul Prudhomme.

Wade groups the essays into ten categories, representing what he calls the ten elements necessary for achieving a heaven on earth:

1. Peace 2. Security 3. Freedom 4. Democracies 5. Prosperity 6. Spiritual Harmony 7. Racial Harmony 8. Ecological Harmony 9. Health 10. Moral Purpose and Meaning

Whereas Maslow outlined the steps to individual self-actualization, Wade seeks to define a path to society’s self-actualization. It’s a bold undertaking, especially given the challenge of melding so many different voices. There is the occasional feeling of a landscape painted with water colors, acrylics and oils. The mixing of mediums can intrude on the vision. In this case one wonders and hopes to see how effectively Wade synthesizes these ideas into his own treatise.

In the meantime, “how to achieve a heaven on earth” merits praise for raising the question of how each of us can live purposefully. It’s one of those increasingly rare books that promotes introspection, and it’s the kind of book that you can gleam insight from whether you take it off of the shelf for a couple of minutes or a couple of hours.

March 2010, GeekGirlReview.com

This is a collection of essays from some of the most profound people on earth today.

  • Barack Obama
  • David Brooks
  • Ted Turner
  • Nicholas D. Kristof
  • Leonard Pitts, Jr.
  • Marianne Williamson
  • Chris Rose
  • Al Gore
  • George Bush
  • Dale Brown
  • Tony Blair
  • Thomas L. Friedman
  • George Rodrigue
  • Paul Prudhomme
  • Poppy Tooker
  • and more

As I was reading the essays, I was thinking this could easily be a textbook for some classes. I am working towards one of my many dreams of being a teacher. I will use this one in class for inspiration. I am the geeky type and I loved this one!

One of the ways we can achieve heaven on earth is by..

Freedom:Freedom is prized by all humans whether they currently possess it or not. Implicit in the democratic ideal is that free individuals will generally act in their own best interests. And the sum of a free society’s actions will allow a greater whole than with nations who repress its people.

March 2010, A Mom After God’s Own Heart

This was a wonderful compilation of many well known people, such as Barack Obama, George Bush, Al Gore and Ted Turner. Social issues of all kinds are discussed in such a way that the I could use the information to formulate my own opinions on the issues, and how best to make a difference in my little corner of the world! While I did not agree with all positions made, this was a wonderful read. Instead of reading right through, I broke it up over a week, which is not hard to do with essay style writing. If you are interested in social issues, and how you can make an impact in today’s world, this is the book for you! I highly recommend it!  If you check out the How To Acheive website, you will also find some great resources.

March 2010, RainbowAtlantis.com

how to achieve a heaven on earth
101 insightful essays from the world’s greatest thinkers, leaders, and writers.
by John E. Wade II

This 347 page creative collection was a pleasure to review. One focus with many voices, all straightforward and deeply concerned about Mother Earth and all that inhabit her. My heart just filled so full it felt like it was gonna burst as I read one blessed essay after another, kinda like spiritual candies. I loved the format, it was simple and broken down into topics like peace, security, spiritual harmony, freedom, health and many more.

It was so cool to go to the section on democracies and hear Marianne Williamson’s views on public office and our leaders. I then got whisked away to the prosperity section and have King Duncan tell me about child labor and focus on how we need to help our children. I learned through deep thoughts and personal experiences oh so much, and I got into this rhythm of reading and digesting a couple stories at a time. I feel asleep with precious ideas and imaginative ponders. I would recommend this magnificent and majestic masterpiece to anyone who wants some powerful words on some tough topics. Thanks John, for bringing us this major labor of love.