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by John Fitzgerald Medina

eBook America's Sacred Calling: Building a New Spiritual Reality download ISBN: 1931847797
Author: John Fitzgerald Medina
Publisher: Baha'i Publishing (March 1, 2010)
Language: English
Pages: 241
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America's Sacred Calling describes a blueprint for creating a new society that uplifts and honors the spritual reality of the human soul while . Author John Medina examines the Western-dominated worldview that pervades so much of the modern world as we know it, and perceives a rampant materialism that is detrimental to the psychological and spiritual development of humankind.

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America's Sacred Calling describes a blueprint for creating a new society that uplifts and honors the spritual reality of the human soul while fostering the conditions for humankind to transcend the existential fears, anxieties, and petty concerns of this temporal physical world. Author John Medina examines the Western-dominated worldview that pervades so much of the modern world as we know it, and perceives a rampant materialism that is detrimental to the psychological and spiritual development of humankind. At the same time, Medina explores the writings of Baha'i Faith and uncovers prophecies that foreshadow a glorious destiny for the United States and its peoples. Focusing on the activities of the American Baha'i community and the mission given to its members, Medina finds a great source of hope for the future - a future in which the American nation "will lead all nations spiritually," and play a key role in the unification of the entire planet.
Comments: (7)
Dawncrusher
John Medina's work here is thorough, informative and compelling. He does an amazing job covering an incredibly complex subject - from explaining the essentials of the Baha'i Faith, it's perspective on both the physical and spiritual elements of human life. Next he examines America in light of the Baha'i perspective.

While Baha'is reject the extreme emphasis of material well-being and further the Materialistic view of life in general at the same time the unique place America holds in the world is recognized and the amazing positive elements of our nation are also recognized.

What's most amazing though is the incredibly future vision the Baha'is hold for America.

This book will change your perspective on the current state of America - which in so many ways seems grim and counterpoises it to a brilliant, wonderful future. A future that is real, that is even now emerging in the American People.
Jesmi
Simply Amazing; a Must read book for every individual who is seeking to understand the American Nation's destiny.
Dagdardana
I am a Bahá'í, let me make that clear. And that's why I don't recommend this book. While the "America" part is decent, I can't believe Bahá'í publishers would publish the first few pages of the book, where Medina basically rejects everything Abdu'l-Bahá said about Christ's *redemptive* sacrifice and everything Bahá'u'lláh said about the spiritual equality of the Prophets (as Medina says Bahá'u'lláh is *above* the other Manifestations).

If you're well-grounded in the Bahá'í Writings and realize his serious theological errors in the introduction, then you should be able to read the rest. He basically compiles various references to America's spiritual future and explains them in his own opinion. However, I regret spending money on this and supporting an author who clearly doesn't understand our Faith's understanding of Christ.
Dolid
This is an excellent book, without a doubt. It shows a profound analysis of the present time, it enlightens the readers in the understanding of the spiritual reality in the middle of the materialism we are all currently immersed in. The Western World analysis is excellent, accurate and real.
It is important to point out that when readers criticize, review and give an opinion about a book, they should think carefully before jumping into conclusions, which it is very easy to do. Specially Baha'i readers should give the example and focus on the positive, should make constructive criticism, convey good hearted comments, rather than flourishing negativism and sharpness in their remmarks. Even if the critical reader truly does not have anything good to say, he/she should learn to phrase the comments with love, understanding and suggestions for solutions. It is importat to keep in mind that it is not WHAT is said, rather HOW it is said.
The comment posted under the title "He doesn't understand Jesus", is unfounded and not supported with credible evidence. -There are no specific quotes or examples from the book that back up the claims. Without explanatory examples, the criticism falls into a mere reader's opinion, a judgemental quick conclusion. In order to make blank, general,absolute and final remmarks, such as " basically rejects EVERYTHING Abdul Bahá said... and EVERYTHING Bahá-ú-lláh said about..." one asks: What is EVERYTHING? -Explain and give examples that make you conclude that this totalitarian comment is valid. Absolute terms such as "everything,"nothing", "something", "anything", "never", or "always", lack meaning unless they are backed by compelling evidence. Furthermore, the term "ABOVE"... serious theological ERRORS", again they lack credibility not adding any value to the posting. What "ERRORS" are being analyzed here? Explain and give examples, instances from the passages IN THE BOOK. The term "ABOVE", for instance, is just a matter of spacial perception, it does not necessarily mean "on top of something"; it depends on the context and the general profile of the specific discussion, chapter or topic being presented. Has anyone thought about that "above" could easily mean "beyond", "further ahead", "continuation" "a continuation ahead"?, The Baha'i Faith is precisely that, a step further up in the ladder of the PROGRESSIVE revelation. Bahá'u'lláh is the continuation for our time of the past coming Manifestations of God. PROGRESSIVE, means one step further, in essence, with no misunderstandings of better or superiority whatsoever. A deep reflextion on these words is necessary. Besides, this accusation of "ABOVE" is, again, not supported with evidence from the text. It is not acceptable to grab on one word and judge an entire work by a general blank perception. The book reflects the intelligence, the careful thought and analysis from the author. This book is a true piece of jewerly for all of those who are lucky to have it in front of their eyes. It is a true gift and a blessing for the reader to be exposed to. It is full of wisdom, deep and careful analysis with much love for humanity, and comes from its author's heart. I could easily go in much further detail of each and every chapter, but this space is not intended to hold an entire literary criticism from books or open a forum for scholarly papers. God bless John Medina!!We are lucky to have John as a wonderful writer among us!
Taun
Medina does an excellent job of elucidating Baha'i prophecies regarding the destiny of the United States and its peoples. He also provides a compelling and insightful critique of our materialistic society. Moreover, contrary to the opinion of a previous reviewer, Medina 's careful and thorough explanation of theological concepts (including the station of Baha'u'llah, the Baha'i Prophet-Founder) is very well researched and in accord with the Baha'i Writings-- otherwise it would not have been published by Baha'i Publishing. I highly recommend this book to not only Baha'is but also to non-Baha'is who will likely find it to be a great source of hope for a future filled with peace, justice, and unity.
Flamekiller
This is a groundbreaking book in the field of Bahá'í Studies, meticulously researched, elegantly written and persuasively argued. With seemingly effortless skill, the author guides readers through most of the key texts in the rich Bahá'í corpus that address America's unique spiritual destiny. Of particular interest was Mr. Medina's critique of capitalism as one of the greatest barriers to achieving America's sacred calling. Readers will find this section of the book at once challenging, penetrating and deeply insightful.
Perdana
Very accessible and important book for American Baha'is. The author makes good use of up-to-date scholarly research, and the commentary on the cartesian-newtonian paradigm is fascinating.