Note: This is a response I penned yesterday to a new reader of my blog. The idea of listening to one’s heart about this matter came sometime ago from Glenn Hovemann, Take Heart Publications, publisher of A Course of Love.
Thank you for writing to me. I appreciate that you enjoy the posts on my miracles blog.
I think you must listen to your heart in trying to discern which book to read first, and then the order of all the reading.
If you recognize that the Holy Spirit gives you guidance (as described in ACIM), then listen to what you have come to recognize as His promptings. If you recognize the inner Christ-Self (as described in ACOL), then listen to this deepest essence of yourself. If you simply realize that you have intuitive feelings, then listen to those. You will know. Prayer helps.
ACIM seeks to dislodge the ego, and ACOL is said within its pages to be a “continuation” of ACIM, meant to establish a new identity. But ACOL can stand on its own, separately, if that is your prompting. WOM may be the most approachable. You can read the Manual of ACIM first, if the Text or Workbook seem too daunting. All seek to bring us to Awakening, Christ-consciousness, enlightenment, the next step in our spiritual evolution. ACIM is my happiness book, ACOL warms my heart, and WOM gives me hope and comfort on my journey. That is my personal take on them.
You have a treat ahead of you! We are meant to enjoy our delving into spiritual matters, and I encourage you to read in an easy, reflective, meditative manner, whatever book first that you are the most drawn to. Whatever you choose will then be right for you. It would be wrong for anybody else to try to choose for you. I have just tried to give you something to think about as you mull over your options.
Thank you again for writing to me.
Love to you, Celia