As a writer, I know that words are important at the beginning of any creative process; they become the tools used to convey ideas—to paint a picture that holds relevance and meaning to the reader and hopefully finds a home in their heart. Between the covers of this book are many words which are intended to offer you encouragement, irrespective of who you are or where you are on this sometimes challenging, sometimes confusing, sometimes exhilarating journey we call life.
My personal vision is “Guiding People to Purpose.” It is my belief that we each have a purpose for being on this planet or we would not be here; we all matter. In this book you will find a compilation of articles I have been privileged to write for Science of Mind magazine, as well as a number of essays I have written as blogs over the years. As you read these articles and essays, may you be open to receiving the love and respect intended in each one. The content of this book is innately spiritual, and meant to be so, because that is what you are—a spiritual being having a human experience. When it is time for you to return to the place of your spiritual origin you will be asked two questions: Did you learn to love well . . . and, is the planet a better place today than it was the day you arrived because you were there? As you read this book, may the answer to these questions become a litmus test for the balance of your life that encourages you to live an exquisite, fulfilling life. Know that who you are and—equally important—what you do with who you are, matter.
“In this inspiring collection, Dennis reminds us that there lies within each of us an explorer who yearns for higher ground. One might think of these essays as a road map that doesn’t merely promise a glorious destination, but actually leads us there one page at a time. That the terrain is alternately ragged and serene only fortifies the realistic value of the journey which (spoiler alert!) ultimately leads where it begins — within the sacred heart of each of us.” --Dr. Barbara E. Fields, Executive Director, Association for Global New Thought
“Encouraging Words demonstrates Dennis Merritt Jones’s uncanny ability to use words and ideas as clarion symbols that touch the very foundation of the individual and awakens them to their authentic self. It is a must read for everyone who ponders their purpose and questions their ability to make a difference.” --Rev. Dr. Kenn Gordon, Spiritual Leader, Centers for Spiritual Living
“Who among us doesn’t need some encouragement from time to time? Whether it’s figuring out how to navigate our personal life with greater joy and ease, or learning how to see beyond the global challenges we face today, to the new world trying to emerge, Encouraging Words gives us the spiritual insight we need to find our way.” --Rev. Wendy Craig-Purcell, The Unity Center, Spiritual leader, Author and Speaker
Throughout his lifetime, Dennis Merritt Jones has been on a quest to inspire and lift people to a higher expression of life. His personal vision is to guide people to their purpose, knowing that when we fully awaken to who we are and why we are on the planet, we begin to naturally share our gift with humankind, and in the process, create an enriching life for ourselves and the world around us. Dennis has been a Science of Mind minister since 1985 and received his Doctorate of Divinity in 1996.
Dennis is the author of the award-winning books, The Art of Uncertainty: How to Live in the Mystery of Life and Love It and The Art of Being: 101 Ways to Practice Purpose in Your Life, as well as Your (Re)Defining Moments: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be, all released by Tarcher/Penguin publishing. In addition he is the author of How t