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Urantia Book Reviews Reading The Urantia Book can have a profound effect on a person's life, representing a classic and even total paradigm shift for most people.

The book provides new and loving perspectives on the human condition and allows the reader to look upon themselves, and humanity as a whole, with sympathetic understanding and even forgiveness, in much the way a loving parent looks upon a little child. This new and higher point of reference is often healing, calming and revivifying. The message of the book acts as a balm for the chaos and confusion of modern life, restoring to the reader sublime hope and sincere faith.

We hope you enjoy these stories, written by people from many walks of life, as a tribute of how this extraordinary book has made a difference for them.

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Confessions of a Thrill Seeker

Submitted by Paul Herrick

My ultimate thrill fantasy: A UFO occupant, or angel, shows up in my back yard, or bedroom ... in the middle of the night and gives me a book. Then they leave, or disappear. After recovering my composure, I read this book, to discover that it contains not only the secrets of the universe, but how someone can live forever and explore it all.... I'm overwhelmed with desire to tell the world!...Click here to read more

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The Book has Transformed My Life

Submitted by Bill Kelly

Converted to Christianity at age 19, I held strong evangelical beliefs for many years. I trained at Fuller Theological Seminary and San Francisco Theological Seminary, and served as a Presbyterian minister for eleven years before returning to psychology. My leaving the ministry had nothing to do with God, The Bible, or The Urantia Book ; it was just a matter of preferring a different sort of ministry. My introduction to The Urantia Book was through a fellow science teacher who was a Methodist...Click here to read more

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I Am Forever Grateful

(Anonymous)

My wide reading of Edgar Cayce books and assorted New Age materials reawakened me to the fact that God is real and Jesus was and is who he said he was. And yet I knew that there was more, much more. I knew that I was missing the really big picture. I used to spend much time poking around in a certain New Age bookstore, where I had discovered Alan Watts, the Seth books and many others that piqued my curiosity. I well remember first seeing The Urantia Book lying face-up on a shelf in the same corner where I had found so many books that fed my interests...Click here to read more

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I Began Reading as a Skeptic

(Anonymous)

Born and raised in an Anglican home, I was the stereotypical altar boy/choirboy - with a guardian angel working overtime to keep me from accidentally killing myself. Homemade model rockets (three-stage with a mouse payload), pipe cannons and fireworks tested the angel's ability to move shrapnel or place me where the exploding bits would least likely hit. I matured to young manhood with a career in engineering, a family, wealth, and an ego that left little room for God...Click here to read more

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It Held What I Needed

(Anonymous)

Raised in a small town by loving parents, I spent the first thirty years of my life as a member of a Baptist church. After becoming disillusioned by the authoritarian approach to theology, I began searching for a broader, more open approach to religion. A friend gave me a book by Leslie Weatherhead (a liberals liberal), who had written a number of books - mostly after retiring from the Methodist ministry in England - which questioned traditional Christian beliefs. Many of his questions were ones that had plagued me. I read everything of his I could find. His most affirming book for me was The Christian Agnostic. I am convinced his thinking opened my mind to The Urantia Book ...Click here to read more

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My Brain Caught Fire

(Anonymous)

One day at work, after a discussion of UFOs and the possibilities of extraterrestrial life, my co-worker suggested that I read The Urantia Book , saying I would find it "interesting." I bought a copy, opened it and read just a little. My eyes grew big and my brain caught fire, and I couldn't put it down until I had read the whole thing... Click here to read more

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I Belong at Last!

Submitted by Helen Markellos

The Urantia Book came to me in answer to a prayer I had made twenty years before. It hadn't come earlier as I probably wasn't ready for it. I had grown up in an orphanage in England. By I960, when I was 20, I was living alone in London in a bed-sitter flat. It was Christmas day and people all around me were celebrating. As I lay alone in my cheap room, feeling very sorry for myself, I began to pray. "Why am I alone? Why don't I have a family like other people? Give me someone to love me, please, because I am so lonely!"...Click here to read more

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The Exquisite Beauty of the Language

(Anonymous)

The Urantia Book found me in April of 1980, in Southwest Oregon. Unlike many other readers, I had not been a spiritual seeker. In fact, I had never even looked at a book about spirituality. If anything, I was a seeker of pleasure and ease, self-centered and self-willed, and moving in a downward spiral in many ways. It seemed to me at age 27 that I was a cosmic orphan, just trying to muddle through life with no particular connection to God and no thought that there might be any spiritual source of help or guidance...Click here to read more

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I Felt Tears Come into My Eyes

(Anonymous)

God killed his own son? Even as a young child I couldn't believe that. When I was about 16, my best friend Shelly and I would walk aimlessly around Julia Davis Park in Boise, Idaho, where Jesus freaks with their happy faces would approach us. "Have you been saved?" they'd ask us. "Huh? Does it look like we need to be saved?" we'd reply. "Do you see us hanging off the side of a cliff by our fingernails? No? Then I guess we don't need to be saved." "Jesus loves you!" they'd call after us...Click here to read more

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I Wept With Joy

Submitted by Steve Shinall

One night, back in the late 70s, I found myself at a party surrounded by swirling smoke and the din of loud music, laughter and voices. Not really knowing anyone except the person I had come with, and being somewhat shy in those days, I eventually found myself sitting alone on a couch. As I sat there my eye was drawn to a big blue book resting on the middle of the coffee table. I reached over, picked it up, opened it at random, read a couple of paragraphs, and then put the book back. I remember thinking, "What did that book just say? 'Thought Adjusters'?" So I picked it back up, read a little more and put it back down. "Is this supposed to be a novel?" I wondered...Click here to read more

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I Was Blown Away

Submitted by Luann Harney

In 1977, at the age of 23, I was working for the government, going to the university in Lincoln, Nebraska, attending my favorite church, and hanging with all of my Christian buddies in my spare time. Prior to this, at the age of 17, I had attended Nebraska Christian College. My goal was to be a missionary, but I realized after a year and a half of Bible college that the only degree most women sought there was the MRS degree - to become the wife of a minister or missionary! In February of 1977 I had a sudden attack of "I have to get out of Nebraska!" One of my friends suggested I move to Boulder, Colorado...Click here to read more

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I Bought That Big Blue Book

Submitted by Karen Pike

When I was a little girl I would have high fevers accompanied by a fantastic dream. The dream was always the same: I would find myself high above the planet looking out into space, knowing that there was an abundance of life out there and that even if life ended on the planet below me, life would still go on. I was supported from behind, being held high above the earth by a strong, light force. I never saw the face of the being who held me up there, but she emanated a powerful feeling of peace...Click here to read more

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An Integral Part of My Life

Submitted by Brad Wortendyke

In 1977 I was living in Bend, Oregon. I was in my twenties and had moved there from Portland. On the day I left Portland to move east, I ran into a severe snowstorm as I was approaching the Mt. Hood wilderness area. Driving was hazardous and, since I was in no hurry, I pulled off the main highway and stopped at a small grocery store. Inside I struck up a conversation with a young man named Brian, about my age, who was also moving to Bend. When he invited me to spend the night at his family's cabin to wait out the storm, I politely declined - wanting to, but somewhat suspicious of his friendly and hospitable demeanor. We exchanged pleasantries and said that wed probably run into each other again. Brian was moving to Bend to attend community college, but was also an avid skier and intended to frequent Mt. Bachelor, the local ski area...Click here to read more

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The Course of My Life Began to Change

Submitted by Kathleen Vinson

In the late 70s I was a manager for Pizza Hut. The area office secretary, a woman named Paula, was readingThe Urantia Book on her lunch break one day when I came into the office to turn in some reports. I have always been an omnivorous reader, and always ask people what they're reading. When she said it was a book about God and spiritual things I became really interested. "Who's it by?" I asked her. "Uh ... uh ... angels, sort of," she stammered...Click here to read more

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The Most Important Book in My Life

Submitted by Mark Greer

For years I felt that my mom's spirit was watching over me. My mom - a very intuitive, artistic woman - had died of stomach cancer when I was ten. Nine years later, my dad - a brilliant, humorous illustrator and ladies man - became very ill with lymphatic cancer. As the only child of two successful New York City artists, I knew my world would change dramatically if I lost my dad. Cannabis opened my teenage mind to possibilities and paths as well as providing relief from the mounting pressures of being an only child caring for an ill father...Click here to read more

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The Book Made a Tremendous Impact On Me

Submitted by David Weber

I was living in the dormitory at Seton Hall University and spending most of my time hobnobbing with the musicians on campus. It was the early 70s and the scene was quite lively for someone who could sing and play an instrument. One of the people I met was a bass player named John Hynes, who has remained a friend ever since those fragile years. It was from him that I first heard of the Urantia Book. He hadn't read it, but he'd heard about it from a mystical kind of guy and mentioned it to me. It came up in conversation several times during the next few years, but neither of us had a copy and I had no idea where to get one...Click here to read more

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All Doubts Fade Away

Submitted by M (Sek) Seklemian

Those who seek shall find. There are millions who are searching, some desperately, to find meaning in this life, to learn why we are here and where we are going. I was one of those desperate seekers. When my wife of forty-eight years passed on, I suddenly began to search. What happened to her? Is there a soul or something that lives on? I had given up on standard churches when I was 25. My wife and I had gone happily on, not giving much thought to life and death. Then came the shocking experience - the departure of my loved one into the unknown...Click here to read more

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All My Attitudes and Values Were Changed

Submitted by Saskia Praamsma

Religion was an unpleasant topic in my family when I was growing up. My mother regarded all religionists as either hypocrites or fanatics, so when my father joined the Jehovah's Witnesses and began preaching door to door, there was trouble. A truce was called, and from then on my dad rarely mentioned his beliefs. When the taboo topic did crop up once in a while, it would lead to shouting and bitterness. What I heard about religion and God from my friends sounded like a fantasy...Click here to read more

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This Was Mental Heaven

Submitted by Jon Detoy

Early 1977 found me floundering in search of eternal truth. My journey took me down many paths, from Catholic Bible study to Ram Dass. I found company with my friends Howard and Charlotte King, whose house was known as a haven for earnest seekers to discuss theory and philosophy. We would sit around their table exploring our minds while enjoying various gifts of the earth and playing endless games of Risk. I believed that through concentrated thought and worshipful meditation the doors of knowledge and wisdom would be opened. Many times the light would shine through, but mostly it was like digging through a ton of dogma for each pearl of truth...Click here to read more

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It Answered The Right Questions

Submitted by Charlotte Wellen

I made it a habit, throughout my adolescence, to walk around a bookstore or library and wait until I felt an urging to take a particular book from a shelf. Invariably, the book I'd choose would turn out to be important for my spiritual growth. One evening in 1977, over winter break from college, I was at the wonderful library at the A.R.E. (Association for Research and Enlightenment) - the Edgar Cayce Foundation. I picked a huge blue book off the shelf, took it over to a table, and flipped it open to a section which described, in great detail, the structure of the universe. The narrator's tone, absolutely sure and not at all speculative, filled me with awe. I continued to leaf through the pages. The tone was the same throughout, authoritative and utterly intriguing...Click here to read more

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In Possession of Great Knowledge

Submitted by Charlie Beyer

In the beginning weeks of 1976 my friend Joe and I decided to take an extended vacation to Colombia. A few days before we left New Jersey, another friend had given me a copy of Seth Speaks, by Jane Roberts. This book claimed to be the true story of Jane Roberts's contact with a spirit being named Seth, who was revealing information about the spirit world through her. Although I was skeptical, I skimmed a few pages. I liked how quickly the dialogue moved along and decided to take the book with me to South America...Click here to read more

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A Sense of Soul Security

Submitted by Mary Ebben

In 1976 I was living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with my first husband. A close friend of ours, George Cheshire, had been to Colombia on business, and while there he met a nice American couple named Archie and Rustic When this couple needed to come to the United States to get supplies for their ranch, George suggested they stay with us. Archie and Rustie were wonderful houseguests. They even cleaned my house the first day while I was at work and spent a lot of time visiting with me. I was 25 years old and these were the first people I'd ever had great philosophical discussions with - in fact, they were the only people I'd had deep, meaningful talks with up till that time. One night I asked them, "What is that big blue book that you read, that five-pound book that you carry everywhere with you?"...Click here to read more

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This Was What I Had Been Looking For

Submitted by Paula Sutton

I was about six years old when I knew for sure that God existed, because that year he answered a prayer of mine immediately. I believe that event is what kept him alive in my heart through my teenage years of doubt and wondering, and even pretended agnosticism. I had doubts because what I believed God to be and what I saw in this world did not fit together. The Bible lessons I'd received during my many years in our town's non-denominational community church only served to raise more questions. So one night when I was about 16, I told God that I was going to quit bothering him with the rote prayer I had been reciting at bedtime for as long as I could remember. I told him the next time he heard from me, I would be sincere and it would come from my heart...Click here to read more

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It Has Opened My Eyes

Submitted by Jean Ascher

I was born in 1945 to a Jewish mother and most likely an Arabic father. I never knew my father. My mother was an attractive woman, concerned mostly with her own life, so most of my basic upbringing came from the streets of the Copenhagen suburb where I grew up. Since the time I became conscious of the world, I wondered about the questions of life. I asked myself why people seemed to be split into two groups: one group believers of all kinds, and the other all non-believers of one kind. I simply could not accept that there wasn't a universal, cosmic truth which could somehow combine people's views into a harmonious, global whole...Click here to read more

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God Has Answered My Prayers

Submitted by Dolores Nice

I found The Urantia Book in 1975 in the public library. Although I was raised Catholic and attended Catholic schools for sixteen years, I was searching for "more." I wasn't sure what that "more" was, but I started researching parapsychology and other esoteric practices such as astrology and numerology. It was in the section of the library dealing with these subjects that I found The Urantia Book . As I flipped through the pages, I was particularly drawn to the papers on life after death and the Jesus papers...Click here to read more

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This Marvelous Book

Submitted by Joe Feller

I came home from Vietnam in 1970 feeling like little more than a wild animal. Addicted to heroin and with no direction in life, I didn't even have a clue what the questions were. I had been raised in Seattle, and when I got home, Boeing was laying off five thousand workers per week, people with Ph.D.'s were pumping gas, and the job market was virtually nonexistent. I kicked the heroin, but not drugs entirely. Later that year, while under a massive dose of LSD in Long Beach, California, I was approached on the street by a man named Brother Jack, who looked me right in the eyes and said, "Jesus loves you." I immediately knew this to be unequivocally true. Nothing inside of me had any argument. Several days later, I looked this man up and my spiritual journey began...Click here to read more

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One Brave Stretch of Faith

Submitted by Lorrie Krasny

It was 1975. I was 23 years old and just out of UCLA. I had spent the previous five years as an activist in the anti-war movement and the women's movement. I truly believed in the brotherhood of man. And my political struggles had just been vindicated. The war I had fought so strongly against was almost over. The President I despised was also almost out of office. I was an activist without a cause...Click here to read more

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At Last I Was at Home

Submitted by Beth Bartley

It all began one day, three years earlier, when I came to the realization that the void I had been feeling in my life was the lack of God. I didn't know how or when my path had strayed from Gods, for our relationship had started when I was a young child. I have always known that God came into my life between the ages of five and six. Now, however, there was an inner hunger, an emptiness within me, and I was at a loss as to how to find God again. My prayer that day was simple: "Father, if you are still there, please help me find you." I presume it was my Thought Adjuster that had been causing this inner hunger, and my prayer testified that communication still existed...Click here to read more

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The One Pearl of Great Price

Submitted by Mario Caoile

The Philippines is where I was born and Paradise is where I am bound - that is, if I remember to do God's will. I have all the time and opportunity to say No to life eternal, but how can I possibly reject this potential future after catching a glimpse of it, the grandeur and adventure of it all, in The Urantia Book ? Just say Yes. I want to see the great, infinite face of eternity...Click here to read more

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I Felt a Void

Submitted by Robert Burns

Raised in a Catholic family, the oldest of six children and the first-born grandchild on both sides, I learned about responsibility and duty at a young age. I went to Catholic schools, served as an altar boy, and faithfully attended church. I believed in God and prayed the Lord's Prayer and Hail Marys as I had been taught. I studied catechism and wondered about things like Abrahams willingness to kill his son for God (and even more, God's desire to test Abraham that way); the great flood and the ark; people turning to salt due to God's anger; plus many other things about God's nature and the universe. Oddly, I never questioned Jesus' dying for our sins or God's reason for requiring him to do so...Click here to read more

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Loneliness Banished

Submitted by Terry Galvin

I was raised in the Irish Catholic tradition. Good, loving parents nestled us, their seven kids, close to the Church and Roman Catholic values. I attended Catholic schools right through college. I was devout and active in the Church and even had thoughts of becoming a priest - until love for a pretty girl and the '60s got hold of me. One night in 1974 a bunch of us mellow hippie types were gathered in E.K. and Beth's apartment. E.K. was a house painter and Beth an elementary school teacher. She was also a serious astrologer and had many New Age books on her shelves. We were playing guitars and singing soft harmonies, drinking beer and wine and passing joints, talking about Man, God and the Law...Click here to read more

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It Opened a Clear Path For Me

Submitted by Roger Abdo

Finding The Urantia Book was the culmination of forty years of searching for truth, reality and God. During those years, as I read hundreds of books on various philosophies and religions, I kept an open mind and stayed true to my focus. But I still had many questions about Jesus and the Trinity doctrine. I found Clyde Bedell's Concordex first...Click here to read more

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I Wanted the Magic of the Spirit

Submitted by Mike Kubick

I first had an opportunity to discover The Urantia Book in 1966. I was working in the warehouse of a department store while going to college. Working with me was a peculiar, introverted guy, a Urantia Book reader named Mike. After listening to him talk about Adam and Eve being "purple giants," I more or less tuned him out from then on. Now I'm sorry that I didn't get to know him better and pay more attention to what he was saying. Shortly after that I joined the Navy. I would have looked at the historical places I visited with a keener eye if I had been reading The Urantia Book back then...Click here to read more

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The Truth Spoke Deeply to Me

Submitted by Jane Roper

The year was 1969 and my first husband and I had just graduated from college in Iowa. We had both been accepted to law school in San Francisco, so together with our two- year-old daughter, Samantha, we moved to that glorious city the day after graduation. The Summer of Love, Haight-Ashbury, hippies, and anti- war sentiments were all very appealing after living in the Midwest. We rented an apartment in Sausalito and eventually became resident-managers of a magnificent Victorian mansion that had been converted into apartments. As managers it was our responsibility to screen tenants and rent out the apartments...Click here to read more

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This Is The Road I Choose To Walk

Submitted by Joy Brandt

I was on vacation out West, traveling and camping with two girlfriends from Michigan. One day we picked up three hitchhikers who, it turned out, belonged to a group of hippies who called themselves The Traveling Light Circus. Their "guru" was a cocky gay guy named Jamail McKinney who had read The Urantia Book seven times and was now claiming to have fused with his Thought Adjuster. I must admit that it wasn't the message of God's love they shared as much as the fact that there were so many men in the group, which first interested Karen, Peggy and me...Click here to read more

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I Had To Get This Book

Submitted by Michael Mann

When I was 13 I got through my Bar Mitzvah by faking it. I had been thrown out of Sunday school when I was 11 for asking questions like, "Wasn't John the Baptist Jewish? Wasn't Jesus Jewish?" Even my Reform temple couldn't handle that. So, in order to make my parents happy, I took a crash course in Hebrew phonetics, to learn my Haftorah and the song I had to sing. When the big day finally came, I didn't understand a word of the Hebrew I was reciting. I felt nothing inside. I was hungry, maybe, but otherwise, zippo...Click here to read more

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The Perspective Of Cosmic Citizenship

Submitted by Lynn Goodwin

Ever since I was a little child I realized that truth was slippery, that it meant different things to different people. An event in kindergarten Catechism stands out to this day as a turning point in my life. The good sister was teaching us about Jesus and she said that people living in deepest, darkest Africa wouldn't go to heaven if they didn't know about Jesus. This was very alarming to my child mind because I already knew that our heavenly Father would not punish us for our ignorance. I sensed that the nuns were trying to tell me something really important, but that they had somehow gotten it wrong...Click here to read more

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God Spoke To Me Through Every Page

Submitted by Duane Faw

I grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, with my mother and two sisters. I was the sister in the middle. My mom was a wonderfully humorous and upright woman whom I greatly admired, but she did little to nurture her spirituality or that of her children. I had never gone to church, nor had I read The Bible or had a religion. Even so, as a young child I felt God's presence hovering nearby, and wherever I went I knew he followed. I came to depend on his watchcare, his guidance and training, his patience and sense of humor. We developed an unceasing, informal dialogue...Click here to read more

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The Big Blue Marvel

Submitted by Janet Nilsen

In the early 70s I was a young mother with two small sons. My husband and I were building our own home in a tiny, rural neighborhood, with very little experience or money. Times were often challenging, and I found myself in dire need of some sort of spiritual transfusion plus straight information on how best to deal with the difficulties of life. Around this time a nice young man who was interested in UFOs was staying with a neighbor. This fellow mentioned to me that his sister had told him about a book written by aliens - that it was very thick and had little, teeny printing...Click here to read more

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I Felt My Mind Opening

Submitted by Lee Armstrong

My father being a military man, I was raised in military chapel. My idea of religion was "God bless Lyndon Johnson and the Vietnam War." But personally I decided that I believed in God because I needed to, although I was certain that much of what I was hearing in church was not really related to the God I felt inside. So one afternoon, as a junior in high school, while considering all of this, I prayed, "Father, I don't really know what is true. But I don't care how far I have to go or what I have to do, I want to find what is true. Please help me...Click here to read more

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Something Inside Me Knew

Submitted by Martha Groh

My father was an avid reader, a self- taught man, and a seeker of truth. I don't think he believed in a personal God, but my mother was Catholic and raised us as such. The Catholic Church meant little to me other than rituals and dangerous nuns, and after twelve years I decided that I never really believed in God at all. My father had always been interested in science, ancient pyramids, and UFOs, and in my later years these interests became a common bond between us. I read many books on those subjects and was convinced of the existence of extra- terrestrial life...Click here to read more

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The Journey Has Only Just Begun!

Submitted by Angus Bowen

I was led to The Urantia Book in 1973 by a comment from my cousin. I was living in Wichita, he in Los Angeles. My cousin and I had shared many religious experiences since our days in grade school. He and I would get together, draw pictures and talk about God from the time we were about seven until we graduated from high school. In 1958, in my sophomore year in high school, I became a born-again Christian. My born-again experience happened in this way: I was scheduled to see the minister in order to "get saved." That date was days away and I was concerned that something might happen to me - I might get run over by a truck, for instance - before I actually got saved. I was lying in bed discussing this problem with myself - and with God, if he was listening - and I remember saying, "If I can be saved, right here, by myself, instead of waiting for my appointment with the minister, I want to be saved right now."...Click here to read more

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Nothing But The Truth

Submitted by Glenn Bell

I was a devout follower of the Bible, convinced that it was the inspired Word of God, when a friend, Early Spires, began telling me things about Adam and Eve that were not in the Bible. After he had said enough to show me he didn't know what he was talking about, I asked him where he was getting his information. He said it came from The Urantia Book , which was written by angelic hosts to reveal God to man...Click here to read more

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A Blueprint For Living

Submitted by Stella Religa

Coming from an atheistic/agnostic background, with no religious instruction from my parents, I nevertheless was a lifetime searcher for spiritual truths. Even as a child it would turn me off when I'd hear preachers on the radio saying I was a sinner. I hadn't had a chance to sin or even to know what sinning was. Jesus died for me? That was a foolish thing to do, according to my childish mind. Who and what was he anyway? Had he even existed? But with all these questions I somehow knew that something greater must have created this awesome world and cosmos...Click here to read more

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I'm Already Living In Eternity

Submitted by Ardell Faul

Born in 1947, I grew up in a Mennonite Brethren Church environment in North Dakota. When I was around seven years old, my older brother Edward and I were playing with our toy trucks one day when Edward asked me if I was "saved." I didn't know what he was talking about. He told me that when it was time to go to bed that night, I should tell Mom and Dad that I wanted to be saved...Click here to read more

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Now I Knew With Assurance

Submitted by Al Lockett

For as long as I can remember I have been spiritually curious. I used to listen to Bible stories, wondering what was behind them and what they meant. Growing up I questioned things that did not make sense to me. I would pray for hours at a time, asking God for answers. As I got older I began to study other beliefs, although I never officially joined any organization. I was always interested in different religious practices, and I began creating my own religious viewpoint. I did not think my spiritual longings strange, however, until I recalled a story told to me by my great aunt Lula and my mother...Click here to read more

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What I Had Been Unconsciously Seeking All My Life

Submitted by Peggy Johnson

The time was June 1972. My world was closing in on me. I was grasping to hang on to life, but I didn't know why. I was emotionally, mentally and spiritually bankrupt. I contemplated murder, but ruled that out as I would probably get caught. I then contemplated suicide, and after some thinking ruled that out as I might be missing something really beautiful that life had to offer. You see, I had become an alcoholic - me, the perfect mother, wife, and hostess. At least, I had tried to be all these things, but I couldn't, so I drank...Click here to read more

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An Inspired Recipe for Transformation

Submitted by James Woodward

It was 1972 and I had quit college to travel, play music and search for a larger glimpse of the big picture. I was visiting a high school friend named David who was attending a university in the Northwest. David had this big blue book sitting on a hall stand and I asked him, "What's this? What's in here?" His answer caught me off guard: "Everything, man." We had never discussed the book before; he told me his mother was into it more than he was...Click here to read more

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A Firm Foundation for Growth

Submitted by Cheryl Zents

As a young wife and mother-to-be, I left the University of California at Santa Barbara and, together with my husband Richard and all our belongings in a pickup truck, we headed for Denver, Colorado, where Richard had grown up. We rented a small apartment in Northglen, Richard took a job at a grocery store, and we settled in to prepare for family life. In January 1971 the first of our three children was born, and with not much money, we frequented the public libraries for entertainment...Click here to read more

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I Would Never Be Alone Anymore

Submitted by Kelly Elstrott

I was living in a college dorm. It was a Saturday morning, and there was no weekend cafeteria service. My brother had invited me to his house for a breakfast of apple pancakes. His girlfriends big blue book was lying on the coffee table. I opened it and fell right in. It is now more than thirty years later and I am still exploring the universe of facts, ideas, and challenges presented in The Urantia Book ...Click here to read more

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It Became My Friend

Submitted by Denie Schach

I was raised in a very Catholic Dutch family that immigrated to the United States when I was six. We were sponsored by Saint Peter's Catholic Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. My father loved religious philosophy and we would often discuss religion at length. In 1968 my husband, John Schach, took a philosophy class at Indiana Tech from Dr. Meredith Sprunger. Dr. Sprunger often used The Urantia Book in his courses. John brought the book home and, although he never developed an interest in it himself, he left it out in plain view...Click here to read more

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I Just Knew This Book Had the Answers

Submitted by Lyn Lear

After graduating from college, I got married, found a job, and the realities of life set in. I worked long days, and my husband and I had almost no social life. It was at the end of the '60s and we were all caught up in the spirit of the times. All my life I had been searching, but filling out my silhouette of God now became an all-consuming obsession. For two years I read everything I could find on religion, the occult, New Age and Eastern philosophies. I read Edgar Cayce at lunch and Teilhard de Chardin after dinner. Eventually I had pieced together a meaningful, somewhat coherent world view, but something was missing...Click here to read more

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I Couldn't Read Fast Enough

Submitted by Ed Owen

I was born in 1934, in Spokane, Washington. Raised Catholic, I early learned the value of prayer and used it to my advantage to get what I needed to survive a less-than-average childhood. In 1952 I joined the army. From 1952 to 1955 I was stationed in Germany where I encountered the aftermath of World War II. I then bounced around the planet, experiencing various addictions, divorce, and other assorted failures. To be fair I must also admit that I usually carried a joyful outlook on life in general...Click here to read more

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I Was Searching for Meaning

Submitted by Thea Hardy

My earliest memories are of lights moving across the ceiling of my room at night as I lay in my crib under the window. They were only passing cars, but they were magical to me. When I found out about stars, I knew I wanted to be an astronomer. I didn't realize I was looking for God. I grew up mainstream Methodist, but the ideas of God and Jesus promoted by my family and church, while warm and fuzzy, didn't make a huge impression. To me, the feeling of God was mostly found singing Bach in the church choir, with the huge pipe organ thundering joy, and light streaming through the tall stained-glass windows. I ran for sheer joy on the hillsides above Boise, drinking in the sun and sky, but I didn't know that I knew God...Click here to read more

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I Am Forever Changed

Submitted by John Roper

My family was not the kind that openly talked about religion. We went to church on Sunday, but not much was said after that. It was expected that you believed in God, so no discussion was necessary. When I was about seven years old we moved from Portsmouth, Virginia, to Richmond, Virginia, and with the connections to our church gone, we were free to find a new church association. I began going to Sunday school at a little Episcopal church with my best friend. Eventually all the family, my parents and brother, went there. This was the first place I remember hearing about Jesus...Click here to read more

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The Greatest Privilege I Can Imagine

Submitted by Marty Greenhut

I began searching for a revelation of God in my childhood, after finding out that the world was not exactly as it was presented in the Dick and Jane readers or in Sunday school lessons. I was very unhappy with the hypocrisy and jungle- like, survival-of-the-fittest society in which I found myself growing up during World War II and the subsequent Cold War years. I went to high school and college at Yeshiva University where I also attended the Hebrew Teachers Institute for six years as a practicing and believing Orthodox Jew. By the time I got out of Yeshiva I was ready to spread my wings and try to change the world...Click here to read more

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It Seemed to Have a Radiance of its Own

Submitted by George Coutis

I was born and raised in a small Wyoming farm town at the foot of the magnificent Big Horn mountains. My parents came from Greek and English backgrounds. A rather shy, Catholic boy, I was definitely being groomed for the priesthood as I performed my altar-boy duties. Right from the get-go I felt a deep personal relationship with Jesus. But by age 15, having endured much family turmoil and dysfunction, I said goodbye to Catholicism and began my search for personal identity and truth. I could not buy into that particular brand of religion, because I knew somehow, somewhere deep in my soul, that there was more to it than "We're the best and the one and only true religion." Besides, my nuclear family began to disintegrate and I became very confused. How could God allow so much pain in my life and in the lives of those I loved?...Click here to read more

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My Plea was for Answers

Submitted by Jim Downs

I first came into contact with The Urantia Book in November, 1970, when I was 21 years old and living in a little town near Vail, Colorado. I had recently befriended a local grade- school teacher. One day he told me he was going to Colorado Springs to visit his family and pick up a book that had been described to him as "amazing." Other than this vague but enthusiastic recommendation, he knew nothing about the book. I gave him $15 and asked him to buy a copy for me, too. To this day I do not know why I did that. He and I weren't close buddies, and I had no particular reason to trust his taste in literature...Click here to read more

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The Urantia Book has Changed My Thinking

Submitted by Robert Bruyn

To tell you the truth, I don't feel that I found The Urantia Book . Rather, it feels as if the book found me through a conspiracy of circumstances that I believe was the work of angels and midwayers. It was January 1970, a time of turmoil, risk, decisions, and changes. I was in my third year of graduate study in clinical psychology at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. I had just decided to separate from my wife of seven years. I was so unhappy in this relationship that I was willing to give up everything material and even live apart from my precious six-year-old daughter...Click here to read more

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I Had To Read the Whole Thing

Submitted by Steven Hecht

In the winter of 1969-1970, I left my home in Binghamton, New York, and set out on a solo hitchhiking trip across the United States. I had just dropped out of the state university there, in my first year. My explorations in religion up to that time had been Alan Watts's The Book, Ram Dass's Be Here Now, and the writings of Madame Blavatsky. While in Berkeley, California, I wandered into Shambala, a metaphysical bookstore, and picked up The Urantia Book ...Click here to read more

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An Exciting New Perception of Reality

Submitted by Susan Sarfaty

From earliest childhood memory, I loved and admired Jesus. I hadn't a clue about who God was, but Jesus was made very real to me by stories I heard that showed the beauty and symmetry of his character. These stories helped set my standards for idealistic living and inspired me to want to be just like him. Since Jesus traveled and mingled among all sorts of people, learning, teaching, sharing, and loving, this became my dream also. As I grew, I questioned more, and a fuzzy notion of God as primal force, the uncaused cause, began to form in my mind. How this related to Jesus was still a mystery, but I knew Jesus' way was the right way, the way I must live if I wanted to be real...Click here to read more

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Deep and Sustaining Nourishment

Submitted by Francyl Gawryn

My religious upbringing was a rather sketchy business at best. Our family went to the local community church in Carlsbad, in Southern California, and I vaguely remember hearing my brothers memorizing their Bible verses. My only direct memories of the experience are of the nursery school Bible class, coloring pictures of Jesus holding a lamb in his arms. The feeling of comfort which accompanies these memories has never gone away...Click here to read more

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A Great Tidal Wave of Gratitude

Submitted by Chick Montgomery

I was born Charles Monten Montgomery in 1938, to attorney parents. At 13 I was confirmed Episcopalian; I never believed much, but liked the singing. I went to Harvard where atheism was fashionable: man is an accident, evolved from the mud, and consciousness an illusionary adjunct. That philosophy suited me fine. I had no morals, no faith, and a rip-roaring good time. I dropped out of graduate school in 1963 and hitchhiked around Europe, smoking dope and playing guitar. In a state of open freedom, strolling by St. Peter's in Rome, the thought occurred to me: "Something loves me and, when I find out what it is, I will call it God." I began reading the New Testament, and Jesus became important to me for the first time...Click here to read more

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My Own Epiphany

Submitted by Kermit Anderson

Much of our world view with respect to the great questions of life are "inherited" from our early moral, religious, and philosophical environment. My early environment conveyed to me the moral view that we are all members of the great family of man. Spiritually, however, I had no teaching or direction to follow. My father had suffered at the hands of Roman Catholic nuns in an orphanage for a short time. His experience and the stories he told shaped my early view of religion in a most negative way. My father always asserted his agnostic position regarding the existence of God and felt passionately that one's religion was too important to be left to the choice of another...Click here to read more

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I Was in a Philosophic Crisis

Submitted by Mo Siegel

The time was the late '60s and the Vietnam war was tearing America apart. Like many young people, I was in a philosophic crisis, searching for life's meaning. After six years of journeying through various religions, philosophies, and scientific theories, I was strongly encouraged by three friends to read The Urantia Book . They promised that this book blended religion and science into a transforming yet realistic vision of life...Click here to read more

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This Book is Written by Angels!

Submitted by Dorothy Elder

The year was 1968 and I was 37 years old. My life was the picture of tranquillity. I was married with two children ages 12 and 10, lived in a nice home surrounded by camellias, and had lots of family and good friends nearby. But the serene nature of my life was about to change. All of a sudden I was faced with material instability, concern for my children, anxiety, sadness, and an overpowering sense of uncertainty. I had big problems to solve and I was filled with fear. At about this same time, my mother started telling me about a wonderful book that she had received from a friend. She said that it was written by the angels and told the whole story about Jesus...Click here to read more

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I Had No Idea What Lay in Store For Me

Submitted by Larry Mullins

Clyde Bedell, a man who I consider to be "great in the invisible kingdom," handed me a copy of The Urantia Book in California back in 1968. He was 72 years old at the time and had been acquainted with the Urantia Papers since 1924. I knew Clyde as a pragmatic, tough, brilliant advertising expert, author and businessman, so he shocked me when he said he believed the text had been produced and materialized by celestial beings. This put me off. However, he added a mitigating comment which I recalled later: "But forget all of that. Judge the Urantia Papers by their content. If I told you that I knew for sure they were written by angels, it would be the worst reason of all for you to believe them. There is a part of God in you that will tell you whether they are true or not." I was impressed to some degree by the material, but I was sure I did not need it. I had already settled all of these questions in my mind, or so I believed...Click here to read more

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My View of Jesus was Forever Changed

Submitted by Doc Livingston

Funny that I should remember that night over thirty years ago in 1968 so clearly. I was at a gathering of friends at the Topanga Canyon, California, home of my business associate. He was my partner in an herbal sales and distribution group. (Remember, this was the '60s, folks!) All who were there had been sampling our firm's product for several hours. At that stage in the evening, we were unanimously agreed that our new product would do well in the marketplace. We were singing its praises. It was a jolly, festive moment. My friend then took me aside and asked me if I would like to check out a book written by Venusians...Click here to read more

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I Need this Beautiful Blue Star-Book

Submitted by Pat Fearey

To one who has been many, the gathering of every multicolored thread of experience to make a tapestry seemed only natural. To one who had peeled layers of insight from many a spiritual onion, a bouillabaisse of many flavors was the obvious next course. To one who had wondered about a music not-quite- heard in the silence of a starry night, a universe-as-symphony seemed not only glorious but logical. I was ready for The Urantia Book to find me. It was 1968. A metaphysical bookshop in Berkeley had a copy on its top shelf, way up high. I promptly bought it, knowing nothing about it. And, despite good intentions, I read the Jesus papers and little else...Click here to read more

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It Has Become a Living Reality

Submitted by Sara Blackstock

In the late '60s, I was in my mid- twenties and living an alternative lifestyle - to put it mildly. My life was a chaotic mixture of The Urantia Book , LSD, the Beatles' music, and suicidal depression. The book had been given to me by a good friend, Jim Roland, a former nuclear physicist who had "dropped out" because of negative feelings about how that energy was being used. (Jim has long since graduated to the mansion worlds.) My finding of The Urantia Book wasn't so exciting or unusual, but after I found it my life turned upside down. I knew the revelation was what it said it was as soon as I'd read the first few pages, yet I proceeded to go downhill for the next three years...Click here to read more

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I Was Ready for Something New

Submitted by Hal Kettell

Sometime in the early '60s I was working on a fine elderly gentleman in my dental chair. His name was Fred Squires. We talked about philosophy and religion. I was searching even then. In my youth my mother had exposed me to Christian Science; I had been a Sunday school teacher, superintendent, Christian Education chair, elder and trustee of a large Presbyterian church; I had looked into reincarnation, Edgar Cayce, pyramids, and UFOs, but something was always missing and I was ready for something new. At one point I made the "mistake" of taking my hands out of Freds mouth long enough for him to say, "I have a book that I think you might be interested in." He then told me a little about it. It sounded quite interesting, so I asked if I could borrow it. "No way!" he replied, "But you can buy one at the bookstore."...Click here to read more

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A Persistent Hunger for Truth

Submitted by Eldred Cocking

In the fall of 1959, I picked up a copy of The Urantia Book while browsing in a Chicago bookstore. Over the next five or ten minutes I perused the table of contents and read a few random passages of the text. I concluded that the book was probably just another occult-metaphysical production. I set the book down on the display table and briefly wondered if it would be worthwhile to start reading this weighty volume. The next day I returned to the bookstore with no doubt in my mind. I had definitely decided to buy and read The Urantia Book . It was a decision which was to deeply influence my thinking and actions in the years ahead...Click here to read more

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Such a Blessing in my Life

Submitted by Bill Bryan

On hot Kansas summer nights, back in the 1930s, my family sometimes slept outside on the hay rack to escape the heat. We would count meteors, study the stars and speculate on whether there were other worlds and, if so, whether they worshipped the same God we did. My parents tried hard to answer our questions but sometimes I dropped off to sleep hearing Mother or Dad saying, "Willie, that's a great mystery. If God wanted us to know, he would tell us."...Click here to read more

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Come and See this Crazy Book!

Submitted by Gene Joyce

In the spring of 1956 my husband and I stopped by to pick up our friends Agnes and Bob so we could all attend a performance of the Theater in the Round at Fair Park in Dallas. I don't remember the play we saw, but I can still recall Agnes's exact words as we entered their house: "Gene, come and see this crazy book a friend of Bobs sent him from Australia!" It was accompanied by a note that read, "This book has meant so much to me and my family that I wanted you to have a copy "and it was signed, "Clyde Bedell...Click here to read more

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Hungry For Truth

(Anonymous)

I would say that for about a good 10 years I had drifted away from God, drifted away from spirituality. I felt lost and didn't know why. Suddenly I had this leading... kind of a push, if you will, out of nowhere that made me hunger for truth. All I could do was think and read as much as I could...I prayed, I meditated, tried hallucinogens, tried lucid dreaming (which only happened once) tried to astral project... which never worked LOL.... read the Bible, any website I could, etc. This went on for a while. I felt better.... but still like something huge was just out of my reach. My partner was like "whoa... you need to read The Urantia Book ." I'm like "what???"...Click here to read more

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How I Became Indwelt

(Anonymous)

I was born to two newly born-again Christians in 1987. My parents both came from broken families and they fatefully became Christians together and they got married two years later...so of course I was raised Christian as I grew up. I even went to Christian private school for eight years! When I was five years- old, my father told me about Jesus Christ and what he did here on earth. I was so impressed by this story I decided to accept Jesus into my heart as my close friend and personal savior etc etc... Little did I know that for the last 30 years The Urantia Book has an exact section (not sure where it is, some where in the discussion of seriphim) where it teaches that mortal children are most likely to become indwelt by Though Adjusters at age five when they make their very first moral and conscious decision. So it was only a matter of time before I would discover The Urantia Book !...Click here to read more

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Life, Death, Redemption, and The Urantia Book

Submitted by Mary Jo Garascia

I recently experienced the loss of a loved person in my life. It was my Aunt Mary Bracke, a lady of sterling character who sacrificed much to raise me and my sister Kathy - two homeless orphans - from little toddlers to adulthood. Over the years, she and I had not gotten along very well, and were essentially estranged for many years. This was largely due to a problem with pride - mine. When I found The Urantia Book 20+ years ago, it was the beginning of a remaking of my character, and a true spiritual awakening - a feast for this famished soul...Click here to read more

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Closer to Jesus

(Anonymous)

I am soo glad that I found out about this book, it has been the best purchase I've ever made. I've always believed in Jesus but, I always have had questions that were never answered. I'm sure there are a lot of people out there that feel the same...Click here to read more

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The Adventure Has Begun

Submitted by Paul Herrick

When I first considered the column heading "The Urantia Book and Spiritual Renewal", I felt like I couldn't respond to that directly because there must be a "newal" before there can be a "renewal." But as I thought more about it, I realized that there was indeed a "newal." When I was very young I actually did have some spiritual leanings. The problem was that my intellectual development overtook them very quickly. My fascination with both science and adventure, combined with a rapid realization of the fallacies of "Christianity," tended to undermine these leanings and relegate them to the bottom of my priority list. When I returned to college in 1960, after three years in the army, I was well on my way from "believer"--to agnostic--to atheist...Click here to read more

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25 Ways The Urantia Book Changed My Life

(Anonymous)

The Urantia Book has changed and influenced my life in the following 25 ways:

  • Confident about what happens to me and loved ones after death;
  • Firm belief in Jesus as a Son of God;
  • Firm belief in God the Father;
  • Unwaivering confidence in my future as an ascending spirit;
  • Uncontainable excitement about the future and all the wonderful experiences that are in store;...
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    Fell Into My Hands

    (Anonymous)

    About 20 years ago, I was in a major search for truth mode. I had started my study of ACIM and my life was gaining more realization of peace. One evening I found myself in the spiritual section of a book store just looking around when as I reached for a book on a rather high shelf another book fell. It landed in my hands. It just was handed to me by some power greater than me. Of course the book was The Urantia Book ...Click here to read more

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    Infinity is Within Us

    Submitted by Joy Ferrer

    I have been reading The Urantia Book for a few years now. I keep reading it because I do not comprehend the difficult part of it especially all the things that explains about God The Father. The more I read it, my mind expands with it. Until I firmly believe in every thing it is revealing...Click here to read more

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    I Was Overwhelmed...

    Submitted by Rajan Mathew

    I am a technical manager in one of the largest govt companies in India with nearly three decades of professional work experience in this company in various capacities. By education and training, I am chemical engineer, with work experience and interest in water and waste water engineering. I have been born and brought up in a Syrian Christian family of Kerala and have always been maintaining the relationship as a member of my church. During my youth days some atheistic view points had entered in my mind, but later my intelligent mind discarded those thoughts and I have been a firm believer of a super intelligent God behind everything. I had got the opportunity to understand the religious concepts of Hinduism, Islam and others, though not very deeply...Click here to read more

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    A Story Told, Many Lives Changed

    (Anonymous)

    I was a Commander in the Army going to lunch with my Sergeant Major on December 13, 1997. We happened onto an accident where a guy was killed in an intersection. Afterwards, during lunch, we discussed where the dead man's soul went to after death. At the end of the discussion I was told to "go buy a book" (by a significant voice or thought projection in my head) by what now I figure was an angel. As I had the thousand mile stare, my S.M. asked what was wrong and I told him someone I can't see is telling me to buy a book. My S.M. then took me to a B&Nobles...Click here to read more

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    Out of Darkness into Light

    (Anonymous)

    In 1942 on Sullivans Island, a barrier island eight miles east of Charleston South Carolina I was born into a family of modest means, and set about living life as a Catholic at a time when religious tolerance was pretty much non-existent. Those were scary times. Nuns in secretive conversations with priests dressed in black. A bar set so unbelievably high that salivation was never an option. Controlled behavior and a promise of purgatory or hell fires at the end of life were offered as a best possible scenario. Sixty six years later, I am living in Texas, married to one of the most caring and compassionate women on the planet, a gift to me from God, to be sure. We have two sons, three grandchildren and have weathered good times and bad...Click here to read more

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    I Stand in Amazement

    Submitted by Marjorie Leone

    I have been reading and listening to The Urantia Book for a few years. Some unknown person sent me the book, (thank You), then found it online. It opened my mind, was and still am amazed at the spiritual process of enlightenment...Click here to read more

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    Dark Night of My Soul is Ending

    (Anonymous)

    Although steeped in an ultra- conservative protestant religion from childhood at home, parochial school and church, in later life, thanks to The Urantia Book , I have become a "recovering fundamentalist." Reared the son of a minister of music and education, I was saturated with church doctrines, creeds and rigid beliefs, such as six-day creation, original sin, judgment, punishment, hell, etc. Sadly, I learned debilitating fear, guilt and shame at an early age. The dominant emphasis was to believe, not think. Questioning was equated with doubt. However military service and earning university degrees through a doctorate exposed me to a variety of alternate views and concepts...Click here to read more

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    Gas Saver, Life Saver

    (Anonymous)

    As a child, I decided when I was old enough to drive, I would take myself to many different churches and decide which I liked best. I would join the church and follow the teachings. It was 1972, right about the time I got my first wheels - when I was introduced to The Urantia Book ...Click here to read more

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    Be COUL

    Submitted by Bob Moyers

    On Nov. 1, 1983, I made the life- changing decision to do God's will. When I entered the Kingdom of God, I knew I was to read, study, and take action on the words that Jesus said as reported in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. I read them again and again and again for three years. In 1990, a friend took me to Chicago and we went to the home of The Urantia Book . I was given a free copy of the book. I started reading the words that Jesus said in Section 4 again and again and again. The words lined up perfectly with the words that Jesus said in the Gospels. I was convinced that the book was written to bring honor and glory to God...Click here to read more

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    Transformed me and many Malawians

    (Anonymous)

    The Urantia Book tranformed me greatly, after finished reading the book I introduce it to many of my fellow Malawians; after reading the book they were also tranformed & spiritually they have benefited much from the teachings of The Urantia Book ...Click here to read more

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    Colorado Country Boy Finds A Revelation

    Submitted by Mo Siegel

    I am a Colorado country boy, chiseled out of the snow and rock of these mountains. The year I was born, my father, who was raised in Chicago , moved our family to a dairy ranch on the side of a 9,000-foot-mountain pass in Colorado . The stormy weather at the ranch proved too harsh for the cattle, so that spring my father moved to us to Palmer Lake, a little mountain town at an elevation of just over 7000 feet— still high by most standards—where I spent my childhood. When I was two years old, my mother was killed by a drunk driver, leaving my traumatized father to raise three young children alone. Although my father, a self-styled Jewish John Wayne, was deeply religious, he had always led an unconventional spiritual life...Click here to read more

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    Ask and it Shall be Given!

    (Anonymous)

    I searched for the Truth and I pondered on Truth. Eventually I asked for the Truth to be revealed. I found The Urantia Book in a nearby Barnes and Noble bookstore and started examining it. It seemed quite far fetched at first but I kept going back to the store until I got convinced that this was THE book.! Now we all know that Truth is much more than can be found in The Urantia Book but it sure did change my life..Click here to read more

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    The Urantia Book - the Book of Truth

    (Anonymous)

    The Urantia Book - the book of truth - enhanced my mind and added knowledge to what I knew. It gave accountable history to the Bible and Biblical characters. It caused me to accept my faith and not question so much and I began to see miracles in my life. I understand better why I do so many of the things I do. It became easier to teach the children I keep. I understand the government and outer space and science - not so much that I can teach it, but the book just put it in order...Click here to read more

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    A Wake-Up Call to the Light!!!

    Submitted by Jewell Flynn

    I was raised in a very strict protestant religion, so, for years I could not understand how God's true followers were so hypocritical and still ok. I continued to reach out for other religions and study their beliefs and various factors. I received The Urantia Book at a holistic healing expo in Spokane, when a wonderful gentlemean appeared out of nowhere at my booth. I did a demo on him with my new healing machine from Japan and asked him what he was doing there. He briefly explained his book...Click here to read more

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    How the Urantia Revelation Changed My Name

    (Anonymous)

    Since my initial exposure to the Fifth Epochal Revelation just 20 years ago, I have experienced many momentous changes in my life and outlook on almost everything. Among them are the following: I have changed my name, my address, my whole philosophy of living, my mind, my choices, direction, and attitudes. Here's how my name change happened: Around the time of my birth, I inherited my surname which, according to the customs of the time was the same as my father's. My identity was all wrapped up in that name for many years. In that town, the name was well known and generally highly respected. Used by public figures, it sometimes got us places socially. Like most names however, it carried with it certain racial biases and prejudice among those of other nationalities. All in all, I recently found it better to just drop the last name. My first name is another story, I hated it!...Click here to read more

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    Have Courage

    Submitted by Tommy Outerbridge

    Once the initial feeling of joyous awe and wonder had subsided enough to allow contemplation of how The Urantia Book would affect any personal dreams, aspirations or plans, the most definite 'quality' imparted to a young and impressionable lad just starting off at university, was... courage. Reading about the Master's unswerving faith in tackling experiences on this planet when life was much tougher than today, and learning accurate details of his 'walkabouts' with Ganid and then his disciples, gave me the courage to face a future without fear...Click here to read more

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    A Cosmic Parenting Manual

    Submitted by Michelle Klimesh

    It was the story of the Lucifer rebellion that saved my life. When I found The Urantia Book in 1974, I was deeply depressed, and didn't want to live here any more. I couldn't understand how to believe in a God that could create such a mess as I saw our world to be. I didn't understand the rules of being human, couldn't understand why people valued things I thought were useless, and why they ignored what was obviously precious. I was in a lot of pain and I just wanted out. Learning that our planet was screwed up, that we had gone astray, that this wasn't God's plan for us made perfect sense to me, and helped me believe that God hadn't abandoned me...Click here to read more

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    From Hippy to Mormon by way of The Urantia Book

    (Anonymous)

    "Here, this book is for you" was my introduction to The Revelation from a true San Francisco hippy-type gal that had never read a word of it! She said she bought it from a book store (at a sizable expense for her) 'because it had a heavy vibe.'. That was 1968, and I'm even more enthusiastic today. It validates (for me, at least) Mormonism and after joining the Morman Church in 1978, has made all the difference in the world. I wouldn't trade any of it for anything...Click here to read more

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    From Yahweh to ALLWAY

    (Anonymous)

    I grew up as an outcast in my hometown, as my father converted our entire family to a doomsday-cult religion based on the name Yahweh and believing in his son, Yahoshua, who was the reincarnating son of the father spreading his message through the ages. But try as I might, I could never see the 'good' in it, as it spoke of everyone else living in the world as 'lost' and of babylon. I could never believe that our Spiritual Father could abandon anyone if we are all made of the same stuff. I had been out of high school only about a year or so when I went to work at a metal building factory and worked in the sheet line dept. with only one other person, and he had The Urantia Book . ..Click here to read more

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    First Year in College

    (Anonymous)

    It was my first year of college, 17 years of age at CSUF, 1971. Prof. Gard of the religious studies department was in the hallway rounding up "anyone" to sign up for a senior class in rituals and symbols taught by a Servite priest. I was an avid truth seeker. In class a raggedy military veteran incessantly talked about a book called The Urantia Book , and strayed off-topic often. I went to Mass at the Newman Center and met the faculty advisors for the center, who happened to be his parents. That event made him more credible...Click here to read more

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    I Almost Missed It!

    (Anonymous)

    During my childhood I went to church every week with my family. I was baptized 3 times through 2 different denominations. I found the information I was given in church to be good in many respects but in my opinion inconsistent. In some very important areas it was detrimental to my ability to have a sincere trust and faith in God. I could not have faith and trust in a God that could be characterized with words like vengeful, wrathful and jealous. I really took issue with a God that would require the painful death of His Son to balance the bad choices of my forefathers. In the late 70's I started becoming interested in religious information outside the mainstrean religion that I had been exposed to...Click here to read more

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    The Book in my Dreams

    (Anonymous)

    My family is not religious, but I did learn about Jesus when I was a child and I was christened in the Church of England. The pure beautiful message I received was of love, friendship, encouragement and healing. I had a dream many times about an open book with thousands of open books behind it and I would be viewing the map of the world from out in Space somewhere! In 2002 I met a beautiful, spiritual lady who introduced me to The Urantia Book . We were neighbours for a few months and shared and read together. The Urantia Book is the book in my dreams!...Click here to read more

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    We are Family

    Submitted by Brendi Poppel

    I was 23 years old in 1971, when my 22 year old husband of less than 5 months committed suicide. We had both graduated from Cornell and that is where he jumped off a bridge on the campus. I was in a complete state of shock and disbelief. A couple of months later, I found myself living on the island of Jamaica with two friends. I had first seen The Urantia Book a few months before Allen's sudden death. We both learned of it when we were living in Colorado for a short time, and a mutual friend would read passages from it to us. I didn't understand what he was talking about, but I recall having a notion that this was a holy book...Click here to read more

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    Thank You Father

    Submitted by Chris Watts

    As a child, I was always really spiritual. I prayed all the time, when ever and where ever I could. When I was about 5, I always asked my dad about things I didn't understand. I remember watching a news story about a little girl about my age dieing in a flood that happened. The moment I saw this, I turned to my dad and asked him why God let her die. He thought for a moment, eating some peanuts like he does, and said "Because God decided it was her time." This affected me a lot, considering this was the first time I ever knew about death. I started to pray like I always did...Click here to read more

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    At First it Seemed Too Weird

    Submitted by Joseph Reza

    My Father died around 1982. I was depressed for a while after his death. I felt sad at the loss of his company on this earth. I was happy for the foundation of love he left me to build on. Both feelings made me cry tears of sadness and tears of joy. I was emotional at the time. My wife at the time became disturbed at the amount of time it was taking me to get over my dad's death. About six months after his death, I had a healing dream about him. When I awoke I felt a pressure or tightness had lifted off of my chest area that I wasn't even aware was there. Almost immediately after that I became interested in researching spiritual things that interested or bothered me in my life. One was the fact that I wanted to know what happened to the missing years in Jesus' life. What happened between 13 and 30?...Click here to read more

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    I'm Impressed

    Submitted by Ulrich Stachel

    Even as a child in my native Germany, I was not impressed with the "religious" introductions I was offered in either the public school system or by well meaning persons who were trying to save me from some unknown, undefined infraction, or some "sin" about which I knew nothing. These actions caused a life long personal search for the truth about God, religion and how I fit in? Well, years of searching formal and casual studies of Christianity and most major and minor beliefs, piles of research papers, notes and collections of philosophical books, pamphlets and other data, and numerous discussions with friends, religionists and philosophical persons lead me to an individual, who, after hours and hours of listening to me, handed me The Urantia Book with an admonition to, "read, study and return this book."...Click here to read more

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    Infinite Spirit

    Submitted by Claudia Wallace

    It seems that I have always had a direct communication with the Infinite. This was hard for me to explain to myself and others. Yet, somehow out of nowhere appeared this blue book of truth with a page opened to my eyes explaining exactly what it was I had been experiencing. God's words were unfolding before me and offering me an understanding that I had known all of my life but could not explain...Click here to read more

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    When I Was Five

    (Anonymous)

    As the first daughter and third child of a minister of God's word, my single dad would study The Urantia Book on a daily basis. It was 1974, when I was 5 years old, that he invited me to read with him. My first instruction was to read aloud the authors of what he called, "not just any book!" I loved and respected my single "preacher" dad, and I asked him if this book had anything to do with the fact that my middle name was SUNSHINE? He just chuckled and steadily studied his "bible companion." Which he did faithfully, whenever he was not tending to his four young children, who had been left by their mother a few years earlier...Click here to read more

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    I Found a Reason for Being

    (Anonymous)

    I was born into the home of a dysfunctional family, went through the pains and sorrows of childhood, adolescence, and adult life. There were moments while alone, confusion overcame me and in my pains and sorrows I asked myself what is it all for? What is this that we call consciousness? I found myself pondering on what I felt then was chaos and madness. For many years my soul has like that of many others, contemplated the complexity of the reason for being. My search has led me into a mental maze of concepts and ideas...Click here to read more

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    A Quaker's Story

    Submitted by John Frazier

    Nine generations ago my Quaker ancestors moved to North Carolina. We still reside here and practice the faith of The Religious Society of Friends. A key article of faith is the belief in the presence of "the light" of God in each individual. Fifteen years ago I was browsing the stacks in the public library and the unusual title of this book seemed to leap out at me. This was my discovery of The Urantia Book . My spiritual life has not been the same since that momentous day...Click here to read more

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    The Great Integrator

    Submitted by Gideon Davidson

    I'd like to share how I found The Urantia Book and how it changed my life. I had been very interested in the theme of advanced, extraterrestrial intelligences for some time now, and in learning about the universe as a whole. This was giving me a new understanding of The Bible, but The Bible itself wasn't following my line of enquiry very far, at least as far as I could understand it. In other words, I was drifting away from 'revealed' religion, with it's heirarchy of angels and talk of a Divine Kingdom as embodied in The Bible, and towards fan sites which talk about extraterrestrials. Searching for interesting sites on the Internet, I chanced upon The Urantia Book and got far more than I had bargained for...Click here to read more

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    Being In The Divine Light

    (Anonymous)

    I found The Urantia Book when I was sixteen years old; I am 46 now, so that was 30 years ago, in 1975! I read it alone for many years, and eventually started a study group so I could share it with others. I did not have a stable family life when I was younger. It was the cause of much tribulation. As a result of a near death experience, I realized there was no such thing as death, and that there was something out there, but what that "something" was I did not know. So, at around the age of fifteen, I began an intense spiritual search. I started my search studying Buddhism. I thought that esoteric practices were the way to enlightenment, and set out to find this experience for myself or perish trying...Click here to read more

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    Center Embraced

    Submitted by Allison Howard

    Below details the final chapter in an uncertain life and the first chapter in a certain life: I was raised in a strict Christian household, and as early as age 10 I think I fostered doubts about my religion. Since in my home, there was no such thing as other divine truth aside from the Bible, I felt as though I was a prisoner in my own skin. And since I stored these unspoken doubts concerning the only religion I was allowed to practice, I felt all the more alone and isolated. I perceived that my inability to form a relationship with Jesus was rooted in my inherent evilness which I feared I was perpetuating with my uncertain thoughts about the Bible and God. It was a vicious cycle, and I was basically just putting on a good show for my Mom until about age 17...Click here to read more

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    Basic Training

    (Anonymous)

    It all began when I enlisted in the US Army. I went to basic training, just like every one else, and about a month in, I noticed a friend of mine reading The Urantia Book . At the time, I had had no prior knowledge of the book, and I asked my friend about it. He told me he really did not know, that his dad had given it to him, and so I asked if I could read it. Instantly I was hooked...Click here to read more

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    Glory to The Tool Maker

    (Anonymous)

    I had little or no upbringing in a traditional church, but studied Edgar Cayce and other New Age concepts as a much younger man. I lived so many years of my life in the mode of self- destruction. But one very special evening after yet another weekend spent drinking and drugging, I also reached out in desperation for help and the Master came into my life, and with His help, I've remained clean & sober for about two and a half years now. God has allowed me to start over with a new life and a new sense of purpose. About three months after finding God and Jesus, The Urantia Book came into my hands, quite unexpectedly...Click here to read more

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    What's it all about?

    Submitted by Noel Marchiandi

    Book about 2 years ago and flicked through it. I found it difficult to understand –I guess because I only "flicked" through it. So, I put it into the "too hard" basket...I have now started to read the book, quietly, deeply, and slowly, and although I still think it is not the easiest book to comprehend, I am beginning to discover some really meaningful truths in its text...Click here to read more

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    The First Day of the Rest of My Life

    Submitted by Jere Hough

    I consider my discovery of The Urantia Book to be the most significant positive event in my life of 65 years. Most of my 41 years up to that point could be summed up as "preparatory experience." I learned a lot about the misery and pain spiritual misdirection can cause. I made costly mistakes, of commission and omission, affecting not only my life, but others I dearly loved.I am the quintessential example of a "Prodigal Son". Had I taken the time to obtain The Urantia Book when I was supposed to have done so, I would not have gone to prison on drug charges in 1977, forever lost my license to teach children or juveniles, or to teach in the public schools, or pursue my other primary interests in the fields of medicine, nursing, or pharmacy...Click here to read more

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    A Jewish Girl Finds Jesus

    Submitted by Bobbie Dreier

    Every year as far back as I can remember I went to the synagogue for the whole day with my dad on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. I sat in the back in the women's gallery with my grandmother. Like Jews all over the world we went to pray for forgiveness from God for all our sins against him, to repent and be released from some unknown punishment. We prayed and we fasted all day long. If God was merciful we were inscribed in the Book of Life for another year. I never knew exactly what would happen if we weren't inscribed, but I guessed that the people who died that year had not been forgiven...Click here to read more

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    Seek and You Will Find

    Submitted by Jeff Maki

    As someone who received a degree in Geological Engineering, I knew first hand that the geologic history of the earth certainly didn't match the Creationist's theory of the earth. I also knew that evolution was a fact of life on this planet. Yet, I also knew in my heart of the existence of God, and through my Catholic upbringing I believed in Christ. So many times I told others that I believed that evolution and geologic history were part of God's process, although I never really had any texts to back me up. Then I went and saw the movie The Passion of the Christ with my neighbor. I left the theater with a sense of peace and a confirmed knowledge that we are all here on a Godly Mission to expand His love...Click here to read more

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    A Death on the Street

    Submitted by James Patten

    I commanded the 9th Support Group at Ft. Douglas in Salt Lake City in Dec., 1998. My Sergeant Major and I decided to eat lunch at the Training Table and on the way passed an accident where a pedestrian was killed. We went on to eat and a discussion ensued concerning what happened to the man's spirit after he died. We discussed the matter for a few moments and out of the blue a thought/voice came into my head. I was just sitting there staring at my Sergeant Major when he asked, "Is everything okay, sir!" I replied, "A voice in my head is telling me to go buy a book! Is there a book store around here?"...Click here to read more

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    A Baha'i and Student of The Urantia Book

    Submitted by Jim Scott

    As I began to read The Urantia Book , I sensed truth and an awesome explanation of everything! The subjects of God, creation, time, the beginning of man, Adam and Eve, and the centralizing focus on Jesus (Michael) were put forth. As a member of the Baha'i Faith, I have found my "way to worship."...Click here to read more

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    I Found The Urantia Book In My Dreams

    (Anonymous)

    One day my husband and I decided to go to a Goodwill store on the north side of Chicago. I walked in the bookroom and I knew this was the room in my dream. I started looking through the books and the third book I picked up was The Urantia Book . I looked at the contents and told my husband "This is the book I've been looking for. This is why this room was coming to me in dreams." I bought The Urantia Book for $2.50...Click here to read more

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    I Heard it on the Radio

    (Anonymous)

    The year was 1977. I was working construction, as a painter. My crew was painting out a new tract of homes that was just going up. I was standing in a bathtub, slapping paint on the bare walls of a bathroom, listening to my radio. Most of the time, I liked to listen to Rock and Roll, as this is my music of choice. But for some reason, that day I was listening to a talk show. This guy was talking about this strange book that had to do with God, the universe, and our place in it. Then, I was into Alan Watts, Zen, "Be Here Now," and the usual counter- culture stuff, having left my Christian upbringing and my short stint with Fundamentalism, (read Jesus Freak) and a one year tour as a gung-ho Mormon...Click here to read more

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    God Told Me To Read It

    Submitted by Jim George

    Because I had been raised in an atheistic family where religion was a subject that was expressly forbidden I was ignorant about Jesus. I was 23 in 1970 and just out of the service. I was on my way toward studying to become an MD. I knew something was amiss. I realized that I needed to find out what the meaning of life was all about before I could be an effective doctor so I spent the summer in search of truth. I decided that to make it real I had to abandon all preconceived thoughts of anything and be totally open to the truth, with a capital T. If God existed he was quite capable of informing me regarding his nature. At the end of my search (to make a long story short) was Jesus, face to face as it were...Click here to read more

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    It Was Always There, Waiting For Me

    (Anonymous)

    I think my nature to question things I saw in the outside world started around age 12. I was constructing my own philosophy of the world and was constantly asking my dad questions on the meaning of life. Little did I know that my dad and my Thought Adjuster (the part of God that dwells in each human being) were placing me on the path! On my 18th birthday, I got an extra package from dad. It was of course, a copy of The Urantia Book . My friends were perplexed and I was nonplussed to be given a gift like this at my party. I didn't even think I needed it and it lay around in my room for a year...Click here to read more

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    How Does One Recognize What's True?

    Submitted by David Tibbets

    Raised in a fundamentalist Lutheran environment, I took catechism classes. The minister's questions and written answers were supposed to lead to "inescapable conclusions" that we Lutherans were the truly anointed and enlightened ones, but it had exactly the opposite effect on me. It generated questions such as, "How come God played favorites and picked me over the less fortunate?" This line of thinking inevitably caused me to reject literally everything I'd been told. I later became agnostic with atheistic leanings. I joined the Air Force, and flexed my newfound philosophical and religious freedoms in a search for bottom line truth. This lasted several years, and on exiting the service, I was still looking...Click here to read more

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    A Girl Named Fonta

    Submitted by Fonta Molyneaux

    I just wanted to offer my story, which is a little different then most! I was born 25 years ago and given the name Fonta. During my childhood I struggled with non-acceptance due to the originality of my name, which comes from the story of Andon and Fonta in The Urantia Book . It was hard for me to deal with other's questions and assumptions about my family's spiritual practices. My dad had imparted much spirituality to me from all portions of the book but I had a hard time reading anything. However, when I look back upon my birth name I now feel blessed...Click here to read more

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    The Story of a Woman

    (Anonymous)

    I am a woman of 55 years of age, and have been reading The Urantia Book for many years. For many years though, it was put on hold, as life took me by its adversities, and journeys, and stole my soul. My life had become fettered with disillusionment and abandonment. I felt isolated, and non-spiritually guided. I felt hopeless, and found that mankind could not stand up to the values and integrity or "truth, beauty, and goodness" that I so strongly craved. For many years the book had been put away, and I did not pick it up until I had an epiphany...Click here to read more

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    The Gift Of Revelation

    Submitted by Rick Warren

    It is utterly humbling to think of the dimensions of the revelation that has been dropped into my lap. If all books were to be weighed according to their significance, then The Urantia Book would command such gravity as an equally sized chunk of black hole. When I first began reading there was excitement at having found the truth. Truth is a living breathing entity and The Urantia Book is a statement about truth, taken in snapshot fashion and reported by beings with a partial grasp of reality, that was modified by the time and location of its appearance. But, to me, it is the Truth by Urantian (Earthly) standards...Click here to read more

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    And It Was Then And There!

    Submitted by Jason Mendenhall

    1974 was the most important year in my life. It was the year that I was introduced to The Urantia Book and the cover has not closed since. Working for NATO in Izmir, Turkey, I found myself in a religious discussion with other NATO members at the conclusion of work one night. Each person (11 of us) brought to the discussion their personal religious beliefs of which I offered the Southern Baptist view. The group was split 50/50 in Christian and Non Christian viewpoints. At approximately 4:00 AM, a stranger to our group entered into the office where we were discussing our religious beliefs, and stood quietly against the wall listening to what we all had to say. At around 5:00, he asked if he might join the conversations offering his personal opinion on religion...Click here to read more

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    An Atheist No More

    Submitted by Roxanne Andrews

    I was raised in a secular household. All holidays were celebrated without religious connotations—Santa and the Easter Bunny, not the birth and death of Christ, Thanksgiving with food, but without the prayer of Thanks. It was not because my parents did not believe in God, it was because they were uncomfortable talking about concepts that they had not examined. I doubt that they had given themselves permission to question the dogmas of mainstream Christianity as presented in the Old Testament and had ceased inquiring about spiritual matters before getting into the "good stuff" of the New Testament. After living through the depression and the horrors of the Second World War, I am sure that the concept of a Loving Father was hard for them to imagine...Click here to read more

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    A Phenomenal Perspective

    (Anonymous)

    How did The Urantia Book change my life? I've pondered this question for quite some time now and have really had to delve into the depths of my being to even begin to answer such a profound question. On the surface it may appear as though The Urantia Book hasn't effected my life much at all. I may or may not be better off in a material sense; intellectually I'm certain I've improved. Emotionally I've come to realize depths of awe, wonder, joy, and sorrow, much more fully than before. Physically I've grown through my challenges with what the "world" offers. Yet no where has The Urantia Book changed my life more profoundly than in my spirituality...Click here to read more

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    Questions Answered

    Submitted by Karen Larson

    All my life I have questioned everything! My curiosity for how and why things work the way they do, kept my teachers, parents and priests busy. Yet, many of my questions went unanswered. The ones that perplexed me the most were about religion. Many of the theological explanations I was given did not satisfy my inquisitive mind. I knew in my heart and soul that something was missing. To accept religious teachings with blind faith made no sense to me. I reasoned that if God were truly all that they said he was, then explanations about him would make sense, or at least be somewhat logical to my limited point of view. I never doubted the existence of God or the workings of a master plan, but I just didn't have a clue how to reconcile the diverse thoughts and ideas of the various religions on our world...Click here to read more

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    No Longer An Orphan

    Submitted by Rob Crickett

    The Urantia papers afforded me a rational map of spiritual excellence whose starting point was beyond both the Eastern obsession with reincarnation and helplessness and the Western bondage to materiality, competitiveness and Satan. Both are orphans in a dreadful spiritual plight. From my youngest days I was attracted to God and his willing, personal, good and magnificent presence. We were friends from the first; and it was in a sense inevitable that as I grew in his ways we would meet in The Urantia Papers at a place, which resides beyond these confounding burdens that so stifle man's abilities to live a complete and true spiritual life...Click here to read more

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    Born In Faith One Night

    Submitted by Lorrie Shapiro

    It was 1975. I was twenty-three years old and just out of UCLA. I had spent the previous five years as an activist in the anti-war movement and the women's movement. I truly believed in the brotherhood of man. And my political struggles had just been vindicated. The war I had fought so strongly against was almost over. The President I despised was also almost out of office. I was an activist without a cause. I found myself working to pay off years of college debt in the front office of Erewhon, a natural-foods distribution and retail business. A lot of young people worked there. Some were into EST and some were into the fifteen- year-old "perfect master," a chubby Indian boy with some serious lineage. I was into neither...Click here to read more

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    End Of A Long Search

    Submitted by Joseph Hunneman

    When I discovered The Urantia Book I was on what I thought to be the tail end of my search for truth on Earth. I had already read many of the sacred texts of the world, including different translations of the Bible; the one from the Eastern Christian Church was the most interesting. I had gone to every type of church that I could get into. I slept on the floor and meditated my self to sleep every night. I studied my dreams and practiced a few yoga positions. I tried self-hypnosis, which seemed to work pretty well for minor wish fulfillment, but I simply was not getting it. Then when I got The Urantia Book I knew it was knowledge from beyond this world...Click here to read more

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    A Blessing In A World Gone Mad

    Submitted by Morris Jacobs

    I am a twenty seven year old black South African. I am the youngest in a family of six (five brothers and one sister). I was raised in a quiet, religious and political family home, which was reasonably comfortable, in the only way families could be during apartheid in a black township. However, my family home life was never a bed of roses. As the youngest member of the family I have had my own share of hardship and sorrow. Circumstances had from an early age forced me to grow up too quickly; misguided and confused. I have made mistakes…sometimes very serious mistakes in my life. But I am glad and grateful that God has given me a chance to become a better person before I go to the grave...Click here to read more

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    These Beings Are Real

    Submitted by Doug Huntzinger

    My question during the early 1990's was, "What is a human being?" I couldn't help but wonder, "Why are all these people on this planet? What is their purpose? God only knows!" I searched in a lot of places for the answer, trying everything from different religions to extraterrestrial literature. No real or satisfying answer was forthcoming. Then in 1993 my mother handed me a big blue book that had been sitting on her shelf since 1955, mostly unread. I must have passed by that book thousands of times. It was The Urantia Book ...Click here to read more

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    The Universe Creator Is My Dad

    Submitted by Christopher Lepine

    Twenty years ago, a next-door neighbor lent me The Urantia Book . At that time, I had a worldview marred by misconceptions, fears, and an ignorance of life's spiritual essentials. After spending some time with the book, I found that I was not only beginning to see the world differently, but also myself, and thus, was becoming a new person. It gave me a way to remake my life and actually become a bit more alive each day. My real life began based on several core truths I found in the book. When I allowed myself to believe and contemplate them, everything changed and kept changing. To this day, when I actively think and live these truths, I am thrilled and instantly empowered to do anything...Click here to read more

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    The Truth Will Make You Free

    Submitted by Paula Thompson

    It may be easier for me to say how The Urantia Book hasn't changed my life, because it has virtually had an effect on how I view everything. One thing the book has not done for me is take away life's challenges. I am sure my life is just as challenging as it would have been had I never found and read the book. Having said that, I can say with absolute certainty that the truth, wisdom and philosophy of The Urantia Book has helped me get through every difficulty, even tragedy, with calm assurance, grace and dignity. Jesus said, "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." I always wondered what he meant by that. What would the truth free you from?...Click here to read more

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    Something Grand To Work Towards

    Submitted by Saskia Raevouri

    Before I was able to become a believer in God and have a purposeful life, I needed the answer to one question: What will happen to me when I die? Will I disappear? Will I be reborn as someone else, with no memory of this life? Or will I still be ME, with my personality, my consciousness and my memories intact? Until I had a satisfactory answer, my life was a meaningless round of eating, sleeping (mostly insomnia), shopping for clothes, working to earn money, and stress-filled relationships. In 1977, aged 31, I discovered through reading The Urantia Book that I would continue to be ME after I died. When I KNEW that to be true deep inside my soul everything changed...Click here to read more

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    Engaged On Every Level

    Submitted by Charlotte Wellen

    My youth was one long search – through every religion on earth – for anything that could speak to my soul about Truth and God. I found many such truths, but many questions were left unanswered. I especially was dissatisfied with the Christian religion as my family and the culture of the South practiced it. The condemnation to an eternity in Hell of all who seek outside Christianity was disgusting to me. Finally, I came to the study of The Urantia Book . It engaged me on every level. I was fascinated, at first, by who in the world could have written such a phenomenal work. Soon, I realized that whoever wrote it, it was going to be important to my development as a spiritual being...Click here to read more

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    It Just Made Sense

    Submitted by Geoff Taylor

    I grew up in an Anglican environment, my father was the leader of the church alter guild, and I was your stereotypical choirboy and alter boy. God was good and times were great. With a silver spoon in my mouth as a compass and an ego that had wings big enough to fly solo, I needed nothing to take on the big world. As successes piled up I questioned the need for, and the very existence of, God. The Bible became illogical. This biblical anthropomorphic God was irrational and inconsistent. I now had enough science to know that the purported miracles were probably misunderstandings of natural events. As far as creation/evolution went I could explain all but the preexistent energy of the big bang...Click here to read more

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    I Found My Flippers

    Submitted by Larry Gwynn

    All seekers of who they are within the universe come to a nexus wherein they feel like a ball in a pinball machine that is getting bounced around pell-mell and they have no idea where the flippers are to guide the ball. The Urantia Book gave me a context, a framework in which I could understand the search for the relationships that bind the universe together...Click here to read more

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