Author: Walt Runkis
Title: Three Proofs That God Exists
Genre: Non-fiction / Narrative Non-fiction / Metaphysics / Philosophy of Religion
This very approachable book explores miracles and metaphysics through vignettes told from the author’s life. The author feels that anyone who seeks spiritual enlightenment will find it and offers his story as a means of demonstrating his belief in action, using his curiosity and scientific bent to share his experiences in a forthright manner.
The first part of the book shares the author’s personal experiences while the second half focuses on the components that make up the author’s own spiritual outlook, covering the three proofs that comprise his reasons for feeling there is ample evidence for a Consciousness existing behind the universe.
These proofs are not offered as something that will persuade all skeptics, though, as the author admits that those who want to doubt will do so. Rather, his proofs are strong reasons why a “critter like God” could exist. The tone is generally casual and thoughtful, though the sheer number of terms and experiences that come from Eastern mysticism could provide a bit of a learning curve for some readers, especially those who have had little exposure to those belief systems.
Folk tales and parables are included alongside a wide range of stories, from San Francisco in the 1960s to more recent events in the author’s life, adding to the relaxed feel of this work. Toward the end, the author offers a list of resources with commentary, providing a personal flavor to what could otherwise be a dry list. He also discusses subjects like meditation, UFOs, psychotropic drugs, and yoga, with an appendix at the end that covers “the essential sutras” that readers might need to help them get started on their own spiritual journey.
Rather than persuading on behalf of any particular religion, the author postulates that all religions share a core set of beliefs which, taken together, form a body of data to point those who are listening to God—who, he says, can be known as the Non-Mechanical Universe, Jehovah, Jesus, Krishna, Allah, the Great Spirit, or any other term that the reader feels fits. This inclusive attitude can make this work accessible to many readers, regardless of their spiritual background or beliefs.
There are some places where the book could use a little more editorial polish, as some grammar errors occur, and there are paragraphs of information that are repeated from one chapter to another, creating a bit of redundancy. Toward the very end of the book, there are additional chapters about his experience which feel like they could’ve been integrated into the earlier, more personal parts of the book.
This book will appeal to those looking for an honest biography that blends spiritual and professional growth, offering both for readers to discover and learn from. Rich in Hindu, Buddhist, and Christian terms, the book offers a valuable starting place for piquing readers’ curiosity and introducing them to the concept of God-realized spirituality. The author is very open about his own shortcomings, struggles, and doubts, providing a very personal legacy that encourages readers to seek something more than material fulfillment in their lives.
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