Let me preface this review by saying I knew VERY little about the story of the Exodus before I read this book. I knew very little about the Old Testament, period. I had seen the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat when I was a teenager and had some vague recollection of brothers and deserts. That’s about it. I feel a little foolish admitting this, but really, it only helped to broaden my fascination with Dr. Rosenthal’s book because…
I love storytelling.
I love symbols and morals and strong characters. I love these things not only because they’re components of a good story, but because I believe that Truth beats within them. There is a poetry to learning the secrets of life this way. When we have to do a little digging of our own, a little uncovering, we are likely to deepen our understanding of what is being revealed. We feel as though we are a part of the mystery because we assisted in the solving with our own willingness to look further.
From Plagues to Miracles is very successful at uncovering deeper meaning in the symbols of the story of the Exodus in a truly helpful way. This is a story that has survived for nearly 3000 years, according to the author. Why? If it had no relevance to our human experience, surely it would have faded away by now. But it has not.
Without giving too much away, the premise is that in the Exodus parable, the Pharaoh represents ego and Moses represents Spirit. The conflict between the two in the story is applied to everyday life and how, at all times, we can choose between the two. We can choose to come from a mindset of fear and lack or from a mindset of love and abundance.
From the Burning Bush, to Manna, to the Red Sea and so on, Dr. Rosenthal calls us to look at our everyday struggles and miracles through aspects of this ancient story. He also uses equally fascinating modern-day examples from his own patients (he’s a psychiatrist and a psychotherapist) to illustrate his points. In particular, examples of the Tenth Plague, or “hitting bottom”, really hit home for me. My own Tenth Plague is what hastened my spiritual journey and brought me to my knees.
I happen to be a student of A Course in Miracles, but you don’t have to be in order to get something out of this book. Indeed, the most powerful part of From Plagues to Miracles is its ability to show us how our own lives are where the lessons are learned. We do not need to be anywhere but where we are in order to begin living a miraculous life. We have all the tools we need, all the necessary teachers.
I loved this book. I loved it because it was interesting, entertaining and it made me look at my own life and learning in a different way. I love knowing that a story as old as the Exodus was trying to wake us up to Truth even way back then! This book reminded me that until we remember our Truth, symbols are all we have and they are everywhere. And for that, I am truly grateful.
To learn more about From Plagues to Miracles and Dr. Robert Rosenthal, visit: http://fromplaguestomiracles.com