How the Bible became the Bible by Donald L. Odell
How the Bible became the Bible by Donald L. Odell
  • "....provides excellent historical background as well as the author's personal history, which enhances his message by providing a glimpse of how the Holy Scripture can really be used." Lee Carroll, author of "Indigo Children" and many "Kyron" books
  • "I just forwarded to friends Balboa's Introduction to your 2nd Edition. Actually Don, I really think this 2nd Edition could not be more timely. I sincerely think there are more people receptive to opening their minds about their programming of religion or the Bible than ever before...." Pat W., (North Carolina)
  • ".... a refreshing synthesis of scholarship and deep personal reflection. Don O’Dell invites us to enter the experience of biblical personalities and groups, and to feel their struggles to find elusive spiritual coherence within their perception of events...." Dr. Jim Nourse, Ph.D., psychologist, acupuncturist and author of Simple Spirituality: Finding Your Own Way, and Opening the Aloha Mind: Healing Self, Healing the World with Ho’oponopono
  • "This highly readable book takes a conversational tone when, for instance, in Chapter 6 (The Time of Jesus), the author gently transitions us from the Old to the New Testament." New Age Retailer
  • "This book is of much value to the serious student of Holy Scripture. It will enable the reader to view the Holy Scriptures in the context in which the books were written and arranged." James J. DeFrancisco, PhD. Miltha Ministries, Mishawaka, Indiana
  • "....provides excellent historical background as well as the author's personal history, which enhances his message by providing a glimpse of how the Holy Scripture can really be used." Lee Carroll, author of "Indigo Children" and many "Kyron" books

2nd Edition, Revised Material

Christmas is one of the two holidays the Course actually addresses (the other being Easter). The Course tells us that:

“The sign of Christmas is a star, a light in darkness. See it not outside yourself, but shining in the Heaven within, and accept it as the sign the time of Christ has come.” (T-15.XI.2)

This is a beautiful thought, but have any of us truly accepted the time of Christ that God is holding out to us? Perhaps we don’t understand the conditions. According to the Course, the time of Christ means there is no sacrifice asked of us; there is no loss. Love must be total in our hearts. We must see our fears for what they are and release them because they are illusions that hold no value to us and actually cost us the awareness of Christ. We must invite Christ in (and truly want Him there) and thereby see He is there already, for He never could have left.

You may say, “Well, I think I’ve done this.” But the question is: Have you done this for all of God’s children? Is there anyone you have left out of your circle of love? For if you have, you have left yourself out and thereby missed the meaning of Christmas.

Now, as we search our minds for those who provide our greatest challenges (be they personal relationships or global ones), let us not feel overwhelmed by all the areas that still need healing. Remember, our Higher Power is not limited by our limits or limited thinking, nor has He ever left us alone. The moment we ask for His Help, it is there. It is time we become aware of His Help by being willing to allow the Prince of Peace to be born to us this Christmas. Let us bring to mind those with whom we have even the slightest irritation and invite the Christ to be born in these relationships. Here is how the Course invites us to awaken to the Christ in our lives:

“This is the time in which a new year will soon be born from the time of Christ. I have perfect faith in you to do all that you would accomplish. Nothing will be lacking, and you will make complete and not destroy. Say, then, to your brother [any relationship that challenges you]:

I give you to the Holy Spirit as part of myself. I know that you will be released, unless I want to use you to imprison myself. In the name of my freedom I choose your release, because I recognize that we will be released together.

So will the year begin in joy and freedom. There is much to do, and we have been long delayed. Accept the holy instant as this year is born, and take your place, so long left unfulfilled, in the Great Awakening. Make this year different by making it all the same. And let all your relationships be made holy for you. This is our will. Amen.” (T-15.XI.10)

No matter the holiday or season, may we take assurance in knowing that we are always cared for and supported in even our smallest attempts for healing and joining. As we are told in A Course in Miracles.

Blessings, Don

Christmas is one of the two holidays the Course actually addresses (the other being Easter). The Course tells us that:

“The sign of Christmas is a star, a light in darkness. See it not outside yourself, but shining in the Heaven within, and accept it as the sign the time of Christ has come.” (T-15.XI.2)

This is a beautiful thought, but have any of us truly accepted the time of Christ that God is holding out to us? Perhaps we don’t understand the conditions. According to the Course, the time of Christ means there is no sacrifice asked of us; there is no loss. Love must be total in our hearts. We must see our fears for what they are and release them because they are illusions that hold no value to us and actually cost us the awareness of Christ. We must invite Christ in (and truly want Him there) and thereby see He is there already, for He never could have left.

You may say, “Well, I think I’ve done this.” But the question is: Have you done this for all of God’s children? Is there anyone you have left out of your circle of love? For if you have, you have left yourself out and thereby missed the meaning of Christmas.

Now, as we search our minds for those who provide our greatest challenges (be they personal relationships or global ones), let us not feel overwhelmed by all the areas that still need healing. Remember, our Higher Power is not limited by our limits or limited thinking, nor has He ever left us alone. The moment we ask for His Help, it is there. It is time we become aware of His Help by being willing to allow the Prince of Peace to be born to us this Christmas. Let us bring to mind those with whom we have even the slightest irritation and invite the Christ to be born in these relationships. Here is how the Course invites us to awaken to the Christ in our lives:

“This is the time in which a new year will soon be born from the time of Christ. I have perfect faith in you to do all that you would accomplish. Nothing will be lacking, and you will make complete and not destroy. Say, then, to your brother [any relationship that challenges you]:

I give you to the Holy Spirit as part of myself. I know that you will be released, unless I want to use you to imprison myself. In the name of my freedom I choose your release, because I recognize that we will be released together.

So will the year begin in joy and freedom. There is much to do, and we have been long delayed. Accept the holy instant as this year is born, and take your place, so long left unfulfilled, in the Great Awakening. Make this year different by making it all the same. And let all your relationships be made holy for you. This is our will. Amen.” (T-15.XI.10)

No matter the holiday or season, may we take assurance in knowing that we are always cared for and supported in even our smallest attempts for healing and joining. As we are told in A Course in Miracles.

Blessings, Don