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​Review: All These Things Added by James Allen

What does it mean to enter Heaven while we still walk the Earth? And what exactly does one have to do in order to enter it? These questions and so much more are examined and introspected upon in James Allen's All These Things Added.


The title, a guiding theme of the book, is borrowed from Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” As this Bible verse suggests, Allen's short book expresses priority of attaining the kingdom of God and personal righteousness in life and claims that all other aspects of one’s well being will fall into place after attaining this ideal state of spiritual renunciation and purity first. The book is written from the perspective of an author who has already undertaken the quest to relinquish selfishness and become entirely loving. The journey starts in hellish states of being and progressively enlightens readers as to the various stumbling blocks of human nature as one attempts to overcome their inner shortcomings.

What’s good:

The book is overflowing with wisdom and sage advice from a deeply spiritual and compassionate man. The suggestions come from Allen's personal experiences with overcoming his baser nature and of selfishness, attaining peace and joy as a loving being who identifies and lives as spirit.

Spring Cleaning

On Casual Friday in Serioustown

[caption id="attachment_453" align="aligncenter" width="470"] Because I'm sick of looking at snow.[/caption]

It's snowing. Again. It's always fucking snowing in the state of Iowa. At least, that's how it feels this year.

So in order to vent my cabin fever, today's post is about Spring. Spring cleaning to be specific. You see, as of late I have spent a good deal of time trying to get organized, scheduling and rescheduling perceived obligations, and looking for holes in my personality that have led to such a challenging few months.

But the truth is, as I've mentioned before, sometimes the problem is not as simple as it appears.

One approach, featured on the Happiness Project blog, approaches the organization problem with a simple strategy: don't get organized. Don't keep things around that you don't need and be honest with yourself. I mean, what are the odds that you're going to use that five-year-old coupon to El Pollo Loco?

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