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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.

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.