Monthly Archives: June 2010

March 2010, RubyBayan.com

Is it too much to ask? A heaven on earth? Not to the 101 contributors of this book, “how to achieve a heaven on earth”, edited by John E. Wade II. These writers come from all walks of life–politicians, world leaders, philosophers, scientists, authors, motivational speakers, artists, businessmen and visionaries–all humans, all citizens of the world.

Wade gathered insightful essays focusing on a simple concept: we can achieve heaven on earth if we really wanted to. The essays, however, reveal the painful fact that it’s not as simple as it sounds. There is no single, simple how-to formula to follow.

Because achieving a heaven state requires a major confluence of countless factors and variables, Wade defined the basic pre-requisites for mankind’s ideal world. He listed the ten elements that are essential to achieving heaven on earth and grouped the essays accordingly.

The ten essential elements are bordering on the nebulous. But when you delve into the thoughts of the contributors, you will note that despite the seemingly unfathomable mission of building a heaven on earth through world peace, democracies, racial harmony, or moral purpose and meaning, among others, simple solutions abound. Fortunately, these small and simple solutions have the capacity to proliferate and create a global impact.

More than a hundred minds poured wisdom and advice into this book. Many are saying the same things, looking at the same dilemmas, offering the same solutions. Many spout religion, while some trust in the intrinsic goodness of man. Their message is one: heaven on earth –can- be achieved. John E. Wade II published this book to inspire all of us to do our part.

March 2010, ConservativeMonitor.com

How to Achieve Heaven on Earth, by John E. Wade II
Review by W. J. Rayment / ConservativeBookstore — It should first be noted that “How to Achieve Heaven on Earth” is not a religious tome. Yes, it contains elements of religiosity, but what it really is about is making the world a better place. It is a collection of essays from a large variety of thinkers, writers, economists, and politicians. They include Barack Obama, George Bush, Thomas L. Friedman, Ted Turner, and a host of others. There are 101 essays.

The editor, John E. Wade II, appears to make an effort to be balanced in his choice of authors, but truthfully, he fails in this regard. Yes, there is an essay by George Bush, but it is mere fluff, as is the essay by Barack Obama, which it turns out is his Christmas letter to his daughters. It manages to be self-serving and devoted to the advancement of mankind at the same time. But some of this should be expected in a volume that is all about making life better for everyone on the planet. There is going to be some of the starry-eyed pollyanna stuff.

I was pleased to see that there were some essays with hard-headed viewpoints. For example, Paul Marek’s “A Look at Radical Islam”, was quite interesting, pointing out that though most people who are Muslim are peaceful, the leadership is violent. Unless the average Muslim does something about their leadership, the Mullahs are going to drag all of those of the Muslim faith into a war with civilized society, much the way that most German’s were not Nazi’s during WWII, but were dragged into brutal conflict willing or un-.

The editor proposes that there are ten areas that need to be addressed in achieving a Heaven on Earth: peace, security, freedom, democracies, prosperity, spiritual harmony, racial harmony, ecological harmony, health, and moral purpose. Each of these factors are addressed by five or ten authors. Luckily the margins on the pages are wide. It gave me plenty of room to make notes, and I tried to sum up many of the essays at the end in my review copy. There was plenty of scribbling by the time I got half way through the book, mostly on the impracticality of the implementation of the ideas being propounded because the ideas were based on a fundamental flaw in basic assumptions.

For example, human nature is left entirely out of many ivory tower essays. There is a presumption that global warming is a fact, when it certainly is not, as much recent evidence shows. I don’t think most of the writers have any concept of economics and the efficiencies induced by the market system. So many demand government dictation as a solution. They don’t seem to see government action as a root of many of the problems. Thomas Hohenleitner, in his essay entitled “Society’s True Wealth” whines about limited resources, when in point of fact resources in the universe are limited only by our imagination on how to get to them.

All this is not to say that the book is not thought-provoking. It certainly got my intellectual juices flowing. I even considered taking the book essay by essay and firing out a blog entry on the same subject. I may still do some of that. I found the essays on prosperity interesting, especially the one by Alice Schroeder on how Buffet made his billions and can be an example to other Americans. I was surprised that Friedman’s essay was eminently reasonable, and apropos.

The book plays to the spiritual crowd, whether that be one of the established religions, or “progressives”, or marxists. It is high on heaven and low on practical solutions. Pragmatists will find it useful as a reflection of what the “thinkers” are thinking.

Book Addiction Feb 24, 2010

What would we need to do to make the world we live in a happier place for everyone?  What can you do, today, to make a heaven right here on earth?  John Wade set out to find answers to these questions by collecting essays on the topic of heaven on earth from 101 great leaders, thinkers, and writers.  By reading these essays, we can all come to understand how the little things we choose to do in this world really have the potential to create a heaven on earth.

how to achieve a heaven on earth is a delightful, hopeful book that was a joy to read.  I personally have a tremendous amount of faith in humanity.  I believe that we each have the power to make changes in our own lives and the lives of others, creating a snowball effect that quite literally can change the world.  I don’t believe that I personally will make huge changes by myself, but as a society if every person makes one or two small changes, great results will occur.  So I was absolutely inspired by many of the essays I read in this book.

Some of the contributors to this essay collection will be very familiar to the reader:  Barack Obama, Nicholas Kristof, Al Gore, Tony Blair, Thomas Friedman, and Ted Turner, to name a few.  Others you may not be as familiar with, such as Alice Schroeder, Mike Farrell,  Anne Teachworth, and Levi Ben-Shumel.  But known or unknown, I guarantee you that every single author featured in this book has something worthwhile to say.  I have to admit that I did not agree with every person’s perspective on what a heaven on earth would look like.  Some of their political views were contrary to my own, some religious beliefs different from mine, etc., but each essay caused me to really think about the issues presented within.  And the book helped me to formulate my own thoughts on what I can do, today, to help create a heaven in my own life.

One other thing I’ll say about this one is that it is a great book to read in snippets.  The vast majority of the essays are only two or three pages in length, so I would just read a few essays each time I sat down with the book, stretching it out over a couple of weeks of reading.  It isn’t a book I would have wanted to rush, as I enjoyed taking the time to digest every essay I read.

If you are interested in social issues, care about making the world a better place, or just enjoy reading essays, I would definitely recommend how to achieve a heaven on earth.  It is a sweet book about the little ways that we can all make a difference.

Book Addiction Feb 24, 2010

What would we need to do to make the world we live in a happier place for everyone?  What can you do, today, to make a heaven right here on earth?  John Wade set out to find answers to these questions by collecting essays on the topic of heaven on earth from 101 great leaders, thinkers, and writers.  By reading these essays, we can all come to understand how the little things we choose to do in this world really have the potential to create a heaven on earth.

how to achieve a heaven on earth is a delightful, hopeful book that was a joy to read.  I personally have a tremendous amount of faith in humanity.  I believe that we each have the power to make changes in our own lives and the lives of others, creating a snowball effect that quite literally can change the world.  I don’t believe that I personally will make huge changes by myself, but as a society if every person makes one or two small changes, great results will occur.  So I was absolutely inspired by many of the essays I read in this book.

Some of the contributors to this essay collection will be very familiar to the reader:  Barack Obama, Nicholas Kristof, Al Gore, Tony Blair, Thomas Friedman, and Ted Turner, to name a few.  Others you may not be as familiar with, such as Alice Schroeder, Mike Farrell,  Anne Teachworth, and Levi Ben-Shumel.  But known or unknown, I guarantee you that every single author featured in this book has something worthwhile to say.  I have to admit that I did not agree with every person’s perspective on what a heaven on earth would look like.  Some of their political views were contrary to my own, some religious beliefs different from mine, etc., but each essay caused me to really think about the issues presented within.  And the book helped me to formulate my own thoughts on what I can do, today, to help create a heaven in my own life.

One other thing I’ll say about this one is that it is a great book to read in snippets.  The vast majority of the essays are only two or three pages in length, so I would just read a few essays each time I sat down with the book, stretching it out over a couple of weeks of reading.  It isn’t a book I would have wanted to rush, as I enjoyed taking the time to digest every essay I read.

If you are interested in social issues, care about making the world a better place, or just enjoy reading essays, I would definitely recommend how to achieve a heaven on earth.  It is a sweet book about the little ways that we can all make a difference.

Spirituality Growth Review of how to achieve a heaven on earth

101 Insightful Essays from the World’s Greatest, ed. John E. Wade II
Feb 17, 2010 Paym Bergson

Soldiers of Love founder John E. Wade II presents the reader with 101 essays which show how the human spirit continues to rise, no matter what.

There’s an old adage that says, “it takes a village to raise a child.” John E. Wade II, founder of Soldiers of Love (a charity whose mission is to guide the world to a heaven on earth), believes the world can take that adage one step further.

As a whole, some believe that a heaven on earth can be achieved by helping others – in effect, it takes the world to raise humankind to its full spiritual potential (not Mr. Wade’s words). how to achieve a heaven on earth: 101 Insightful Essays from the World’s Greatest Thinkers, Leaders and Writers does just that.

Soldiers of Love
The book was developed to get the word out and promote the mission of Soldiers of Love. But something happened along the way. Mr. Wade himself acknowledges that what he sought — a heaven on earth — actually has been achieved to a degree – “I was thinking in terms of each of us…the whole of humankind. Yet as the essays came in, I realized that is has been and is quite possible to achieve a heaven on earth individually…..This does not mean that we can reach perfection, but rather something spiritual and meaningful…full of purpose.” (p.17)

The Ten Elements of Soldiers of Love, and Creating a Heaven on Earth
The basic tenancy of both the book and Soldiers of Love revolves around ten elements: Peace, Security, Freedom, Democracies, Prosperity, Spiritual Harmony, Racial Harmony, Ecological Harmony, Health, and finally, Moral Purpose and Meaning (doing the right thing with regard to word and deed). (p. 13) The book also adds in a final section titled “Individual Paths to Heaven on Earth.”

The reader will note the contributing authors read like a heavyweight of winners. No surprises that President Obama and Past President George Bush both have contributions under Democracies, and of course Al Gore submitted under Ecological Harmony. Yet actor Mike Farrell contributes to Spiritual Harmony; and Chef Paul Prudhomme writes in the Freedom section (understandably with a title of “The Lost Art of Family Meals.” All of the articles are definitely uplifting.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 Beth’s Book Review Blog

Review: how to achieve a heaven on earth edited by John E. Wade II
This collection of inspirational essays from 100 of the world’s leading thinkers, statesmen, artists, and theologians addresses the question of how to make the world a better place. Contributors include Al Gore, David Brooks, Tony Blair, Thomas L. Friedman, George Bush, Nicholas D. Kristoff, Leonard Pitts Jr., James K. Glassman, Ted Turner, and many more.

The articles were divided into the following sections: Peace, Security, Freedom, Democracies, Racial Harmony, Ecological Harmony, Health, Moral Purpose and Meaning, and Individual Paths to Heaven on Earth.

This one gets three stars. While I did not agree with all the authors, the essays were intriguing to read. There was a nice selection of pieces, although many of the articles were not unique to the book (magazine reprints, etc.). The essays were the perfect length, each only a few pages, to read in one quick sitting. Overall this was quite well done and interesting and everyone should be able to find at least a few of the essays enlightening.

★★★☆☆= Liked It

Cuckleburr Times 3/5/10

This Be My Guest Author Article is by John E. Wade II, Editor of the book How to Achieve Heaven on Earth: 101 insightful essays from the world’s greatest thinkers, leaders and writers.

We are currently in the innovation age as demonstrated by the fact that humankind’s knowledge is doubling every ten years, and probably more so in technology.  America can thrive in an age like this. Why? Let me give you ten good reasons.

America is a nation of immigrants who came here for a better life for the most part. Therefore they have the genes to initiate changes in business, education, computers, the Internet and practically all the fields of human endeavor that require reason.

America has a wonderful system of secondary education which can hatch ideas of all sorts from biochemistry to ecological science to anthropology. You name it and somewhere in the country there is a secondary school or schools that can make you proud.

Social entrepreneurs are a new area catching on as demonstrated by Nicholas Kristof’s wonderful article, “The Age of Ambition.” Kristof writes about how the young people who are engaging in start-up enterprises like Teach America are revolutionizing whole industries, not just teaching people to fish.  He calls this phenomenon “the 21st-century answer to the student protesters of the 1960s.” He writes about colleges who are now offering classes in social entrepreneurship.  It is my ambition that Soldiers of Love, which will receive half my royalties from how to achieve a heaven on earth, will become a leading charity within the age of ambition.

While I hesitate to point to our government as a leader in innovation, our democracy does have a resilience and ability to change without violating our basic formula of capitalism tempered with democracy.

We are in tough economic times but we have the ability to innovate, worker by worker, company by company, and ultimately even within local, state and federal government. Thus, I believe we will prosper in this age of new ideas. If times were really good, we would not have to change careers or search for new jobs or endeavors. In my own case, I am much happier and fulfilled as a self-employed author, investor and philanthropist than the later part of my career as a certified public accountant with the government. During my 29-year career as a CPA in public accounting, private accounting and government accounting I lost my job a number of times and had to come up fighting for another job, at times within bad economic surroundings. Now I am in a life fulfilling career that only became my calling a few years ago. I am now 64. Life is a pursuit that requires continual growth, especially in the Innovation Age.

Wisdom is something that can be gained through reacting to negative life experiences in a positive manner. There are two essays in the book related to wisdom, “The Centrality of Wisdom” and “We Urgently Need an Academic Revolution.” These explain the nature of wisdom and how it can and should be taught.  Wisdom is the combination of knowledge, values, problem solving, imagination and resilience that can make a real difference in how one approaches adversity in times such as this.

While it might not come to mind right away, we are all made up of mind, body and spirit and it is important to change and innovate in all these areas over time as situations evolve slowly or overnight such as a job loss. Healthy diet and exercise are to a great degree within our own control. In almost everything we do, self discipline is a given for the optimum result. That’s a tough call when you loose your job, your spouse, anything or anybody that’s important to you. But we must cope regardless of the challenge. Story after story in this book tells of successes such as “With Sobriety Anything is Possible” by Todd Crandell who went from a thirteen year struggle with drugs and alcohol to founding a nonprofit foundation to cure or prevent addiction through a lifestyle of fitness and health.

We can even innovate in sex. Stella Resnick writes about how ” . . . lack of sex in marriage is a reliable measure of whether or not the relationship will last.” She says the lack of desire among both men and women in sex is the most important sexual problem in America. This is where couples can innovate on their own and improve their lives whether they are employed or not. It may be more difficult, or it may provide a diversion from the other difficult circumstances faced.

We can innovate with expanding our horizons in racial attitudes, both emotional and intellectual bias. Just look at Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech abstract dated August 16, 1967 (”Where Do We Go From Here?”) and you will be amazed how far America has traveled along the road to racial harmony. We have elected an African American president. But we must continue to innovate, and I’m speaking about racial attitudes in all directions from all sources.

We can innovate in our own personal fiscal habits. This means such things as knowing what you own and financial literacy in general. I prepare a brief net worth statement practically every day. Perhaps that’s obsessive, but my father, who was a superb investor, followed his stock, AFLAC, and a few other much smaller holdings on a daily basis. I find this distressing at times and sometimes I outsmart myself. But investing is a growing, lifelong pursuit which I would encourage in so many people who are not in poverty and have sufficient monetary assets (generally 4 to 6 months of expenses) and have maximized there tax deferred (401(k) or IRA) plans. I must explain that I am an independent investor, not a trader.

Follow your dreams, but don’t quit your day job until you can really plan a prudent way to navigate your way to fulfillment of your next niche, a niche that will probably evolve in fits and starts over time.

Copyright © 2010 John E. Wade II, Editor of How to Achieve Heaven on Earth: 101 insightful essays from the world’s greatest thinkers, leaders and writers

John E. Wade II, Editor of How to Achieve Heaven on Earth: 101 insightful essays from the world’s greatest thinkers, leaders and writers, 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.

March, 2010 www.NewOrleans.com

This spring, local philanthropist and investor, editor John Wade will appear throughout the New Orleans area to sign copies of his newly released HOW TO ACHIEVE A HEAVEN ON EARTH, as he is joined by other local contributors to talk about how to improve the world.

Even before the recession, it was clear that there was plenty of room to improve our world. Though many were living large, we still had more than our share of poverty, racism, religious persecution, disease, genocide, environmental deterioration, and international conflict.

Every single person can help make the world a better place. In HOW TO ACHIEVE A HEAVEN ON EARTH, 101 of our most prestigious thinkers, writers, artists, experts, and leaders consider their role and reflect on the ways they can make a difference.

As much a social mission as it is an inspirational anthology, how to achieve a heaven on earth tackles that momentous question by focusing on the large problems of the world and the little challenges people face every day.

Topics range from carbon emissions to homelessness to tax cuts –but every essay seamlessly captures how everyone can contribute to a better world.

Pieces from New Orleans area locals, including Chris Rose, Times-Picayune columnist Chris Bynum, slow food activist Poppy Tooker, artist George Rodrigue, pastor David Crosby, journalist Renée Peck, and dozens more appear alongside contributions from Barack Obama, Tony Blair, Nicholas Krisof, George W. Bush and Al Gore.

March, 2010 www.NewOrleans.com

This spring, local philanthropist and investor, editor John Wade will appear throughout the New Orleans area to sign copies of his newly released HOW TO ACHIEVE A HEAVEN ON EARTH, as he is joined by other local contributors to talk about how to improve the world.

Even before the recession, it was clear that there was plenty of room to improve our world. Though many were living large, we still had more than our share of poverty, racism, religious persecution, disease, genocide, environmental deterioration, and international conflict.

Every single person can help make the world a better place. In HOW TO ACHIEVE A HEAVEN ON EARTH, 101 of our most prestigious thinkers, writers, artists, experts, and leaders consider their role and reflect on the ways they can make a difference.

As much a social mission as it is an inspirational anthology, how to achieve a heaven on earth tackles that momentous question by focusing on the large problems of the world and the little challenges people face every day.

Topics range from carbon emissions to homelessness to tax cuts –but every essay seamlessly captures how everyone can contribute to a better world.

Pieces from New Orleans area locals, including Chris Rose, Times-Picayune columnist Chris Bynum, slow food activist Poppy Tooker, artist George Rodrigue, pastor David Crosby, journalist Renée Peck, and dozens more appear alongside contributions from Barack Obama, Tony Blair, Nicholas Krisof, George W. Bush and Al Gore.

TheMessenger.info How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth edited by John E. Wade II.

What would it take to make this world a paradise? Tackling the momentous question of how individuals can envision and enact positive change, this collection of 101 essays from some of today’s most notable thinkers, leaders, artists, and writers focuses on the large problems of society as well as the little challenges people face every day. Whether it is finding spiritual harmony, reducing carbon emissions, quelling hostilities among races, cutting taxes, or feeding the hungry, every single person has the capacity to change the world for the better. The essays explore variations on the themes of peace, security, freedom, democracy, prosperity, spiritual and racial harmony, ecology, health, and moral purpose and meaning, encouraging readers to find meaning in their own lives and share it with others for the betterment of humanity.

“Powerful, engaging, inspiring! This diverse collection of essays makes real the possibility of heaven on earth.” –Meagan O’Nan, author, Creating Your Heaven on Earth “How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth is an inspiring and uplifting book. It is a thoughtful compilation of essays and other works that address the key elements of life in today’s world.” –Peter Ashenden, president/CEO, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance “This book is a miscellany of experiences and ideas from well-known people such as Mother Teresa and Warren Buffett as well as ordinary people who have had extraordinary experiences. They will inform and inspire you . . . and perhaps lead you to become one of those people who creates solutions for others and for the world instead of just complaining about the problems.” –Michael Norton, author, 365 Ways to Change the World 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.

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