This is my newest book! Fearlessness meets Fear!
It is ready to order now https://www.peterlang.com/view/title/73363 and will be released in the next week, if all goes well; also available from diverse book sellers (e.g., Brookline, Amazon). To introduce you to a bit of the inside of the book, here is one of the endorsements by Dr. Randall Auxier and the Table of Contents. I'll share bits more in the weeks ahead. THE BOOK is divided into three PARTS: (1) THE PHENOMENON, (2) THE CRITIQUE, and (3) THE LESSONS; a total of 358 pp. [to talk with me: r.michaelfisher52 [at] gmail.com] also full brochure on book is MWPP Book Brochure.pdf
Also just created first video Intro on the book (focus on meaning behind the cover design): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4sYleZOf5g
Marianne Williamson reached hundreds of thousands of people with her books, lectures, and workshops since her rise to prominence in the 1990s. Since declaring her bid for the Presidency of the US she has reached millions. Not all were eager listeners but many heard her enduring message. Dr. Fisher has made a case study of her "transformational" leadership, arguing (critically at times) that the key to her success was an ability to meet fear fearlessly. Why does her message resonate now in just the way it does? Why is there such tension between those who want to push her away, call her a flake, avoid the obvious and real spiritual implications of our present politics?
And how can Williamson balance her other-worldly discipline with her transformational leadership? Dr. Fisher is probably the world's leading expert on the effects of fear and its antidotes, and here he takes an unflinching look at how fear has warped and twisted us, and how we can be transformed by such figures as Williamson. As he indicates, it is very important, at this moment, not only to understand what is happening, but to remember and document for the future what this moment was for those who lived it. Yet, there is more than memory in these pages. This is also about what kind of future we can hope for, in contrast to what we will get if we do not learn to face our fears, and face them down.
Randall Auxier, Ph.D., author of Time, Will, and Purpose: Living Ideas from the Philosophy of Josiah Royce, Professor of Philosophy and Communication Studies, S. Illinois University Carbondale
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreword by Rob Asghar
Transformer for President(?): A Shocking Possibility
Politician or Not?
PART I- THE PHENOMENON
Chapter One: The Donald Trump Phenomenon
Trump and Talking About Fear: Coronavirus Epidemic
The Donald Trump Phenomenon
The New Age of Trumpism
Chapter Two: The Marianne Williamson Phenomenon
Contexts of Sensemaking
Williamson and Talking About Fear: Coronavirus Epidemic
Corona-Time: Do We Need an Epidemic of Williamson-style Love?
Four Major Aspects of the Marianne Williamson Phenomenon
A. Inner Life and Mysticism
B. Leadership (Theory/Style)
C. Philosophy (and Theology)
D. Therapy (and Metaphysician)
Chapter Three: A Spiritual (R)Evolution Enters Politics
Move On: Your History Needs You!
More Than 'Spiritual But Not Religious': A Course in Miracles
New Age/New Thought Movement
Marianne Williamson and New Social Movements: 50+ Branches
PART II- THE CRITIQUE
Chapter Four: Donald Trump as Bad or as Evil?
Entering Fragilization as Discovery
Mirroring: Introduction of the Arch-Rivals
"You're Letting Evil In..."
Williamson's Theological View on "Evil"
'You're Letting In the Donald Trump Phenomenon'
The Twin Phenomenon: Shadow Projections
Chapter Five: Systems Thinking Correction: Transformation of I and We
Introduction: From Political Sphere to Entering Politics
Self-Correcting Systems: Mind/Nation
Paradise is Nice But There's More Story to Tell
PART III- THE LESSONS
Chapter Six: She's Missing 'The Right' Six Words
Never Short on Words
'I Want To Be President Of The United States'
Reflections: The Primaries Election Discontent
Chapter Seven: Some Lessons
Lesson Six: 'Waking Up'
Lesson Five: Tweet Mindfully or Not At All
Lesson Four: Boomeritis Handicap
Lesson Three: Love vs. Fear Thing
Lesson Two: "Faux Spirituality"
Lesson One: Playing Psychiatrist