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 Reader’s Comments/ Endorsements:

“The great Biblical stories are diamonds of consciousness with infinite facets of illumination. From Plagues to Miracles takes the story of Moses and gives it new light, deepening our understanding not only of Moses, but of ourselves. I highly recommend it.”
Marianne Williamson

“From Plagues to Miracles made the story of Exodus come to life for me in a way that it never had before. I’m not an Old Testament guy, but still I found Bob Rosenthal’s approach to Moses and Pharaoh to be most illuminating. I highly recommend this book, and I congratulate Bob for his unique contribution.”
Gary Renard, best-selling author of The Disappearance of the Universe

“For growing numbers of men and women today who are earnestly searching for a path to the Sacred which they can authentically relate to, Dr. Rosenthal’s From Plagues to Miracles, like manna, offers life-giving sustenance and support for their journey…. Dr. Rosenthal transforms the ancient history of a people into a modern day metaphor for the organic, dynamic process of becoming spiritually mature individuals—the “divine right” of each of us….  On a personal note, I have known Dr. Rosenthal for over three decades. He was a close friend of Dr. William Thetford (the co-scribe of A Course in Miracles) and a regular visitor in the home I shared with Dr. Thetford after his retirement. Although Dr. Thetford is no longer alive, I feel certain he would take a “fatherly” pride in what Dr. Rosenthal has achieved in From Plagues to Miracles.”
Patricia Hopkins, co-author with Sherry Ruth Anderson, Ph.D. of The Feminine Face of God:  The Unfolding of the Sacred in Women and with Drs. William Thetford and Gerald Jampolsky of Good-bye to Guilt.

“I received your wonderful book on Wednesday and finished it by early Thursday morning.  I will definitely recommend it to my students . . . .  We will order copies for our bookstore. . . . It was a pleasure to read your book. I do not always read something from cover to cover, but I certainly read and enjoyed every page of your book.  (I have about 2,000 books in my bedroom, most of which I have dipped into, here and there.) Thank you so very much.”
Rev. Joyce Liechenstein, Associate Director, One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, NY, NY

“I have never comprehended the meaning of this Bible story as I do now. The symbolism leaves no detail out of the description of our journey to transcend ego and enter the promised land. Manna, water from a rock, the magicians, what the wilderness represents after they are no longer slaves, the fond remembrance of their slavery once they are in the wilderness, their lack of preparation for entering the promised land…This book is so insightful and enriching that I think everyone needs it!”
Janeen Detrick

“Dr. Robert Rosenthal has a unique voice in that special territory shared by both psychiatry and spirituality. He writes with the wisdom gained from years of spiritual study as well as the discipline of listening to people’s suffering. His book translates the old Biblical story of Exodus in a way that informs and challenges us to integrate our spiritual insights into our daily lives.”
Rachel Harris, Ph.D., co-author of the best-selling Children Learn What They Live and Teenagers Learn What They Live and the author of Twenty Minute Retreats

“Dr. Rosenthal’s superb book offers a unique and powerful new interpretation of the book of Exodus from a spiritual vantage—seeing Exodus as a metaphor for the rocky path of personal (as well as societal) enlightenment. To my knowledge, in the thousands of years that Exodus has been around, no one else has offered such insights. Dr. Rosenthal’s extensive experience with clinical psychiatry and various schools of spirituality, as well as his gift for seeing well beyond the obvious, make him the ideal person to find new treasures within this ancient Biblical text.”
William W. Whitson Ph.D., Vice President, Foundation for Inner Peace (Publisher of A Course in Miracles)

“You’ve made the old text come to life as a paradigmatic map of the spiritual journey. This is what we need nowadays to make our tired old traditions come to life again so that we can hear wisdom not just from the exotic – like Buddhism – but from the familiar symbols and people we’ve grown up and lived with all along.”
Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D., author, Sustainable Happiness: The Mind Science of Well-Being, Altruism, and Inspiration;
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Center for Complementary & Integrative Medicine; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Religion, Columbia University Center for Buddhist Studies; Founder and Director, Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science

“Dr. Rosenthal’s From Plagues to Miracles recaptures the spirit of early Judaism by recasting the grand narrative of Judaism as a working mythology for spiritual awakening.”
Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author, Rabbi Rami’s Guide to God, Rabbi Rami’s Guide to Forgiveness

“Robert Rosenthal uses the book of Exodus as a metaphor to skillfully illuminate the functions and dysfunctions of our minds and the ways to heal them and ourselves.”
Roger Walsh, M.D., Ph.D., U.C. Irvine Medical School, author, Essential Spirituality, The Seven Central Practices to Awaken Heart and Mind

“This book provides a provocative and spiritually insightful reading that will enrich any Torah study you do in your own life.”
Tikkun Magazine Recommends, Winter, 2013

“A fabulous read! You were able to synthesize complex concepts (i.e. A Course in Miracles) and render them completely understandable, which is no easy task! I couldn’t put the book down yet hated to see it come to an end. I hope your future plans include more works of non-fiction like From Plagues to Miracles.”
Lin Doak, Sarasota Springs, NY

“I absolutely loved your book !! . . . I received it on Friday and finished reading the book over the weekend. It put things in a whole new perspective for me. I can honestly say the book changed me. I related to many things in the book and walked away from reading it with a greater sense of peace with myself and understanding of people as well. Thank you so much for the book. It was worth all the hard work that went into the making of it. I am sure it will touch many people.”
Deborah C., Tucson, AZ  

“I really enjoyed your book. I especially liked Chapter 12: The Wilderness (God, and Nothing But God). Your book heralds the need to be uncompromising in releasing images and self concepts in order to know the Truth. I enjoyed the patients’ stories sprinkled throughout the book, and Adyashanti’s accounts of releasing the athlete self-concept through the contrast experience of illness. I do think your book will reach a much different audience than the Course, and introduce more people to the Course. . . . I posted a link to your book on my Facebook page, to my 5000 friends.”
David Hoffmeister, Foundation for the Awakening Mind

“I love storytelling. I love when a story is more than just a story, when it’s actually saying so much more than what I may think it is. Such is the case with the Exodus, according to Dr. Rosenthal and I happen to agree. Using symbols like the Red Sea, manna, Moses and Pharaoh, the author uses this ancient parable to deepen our understanding of our own journeys. He also uses examples from his patients (he is a psychiatrist and a psycho-therapist) and these were often just as helpful in piecing together the conflict we play out everyday between ego and spirit. When this book came my way, I needed a new way of looking at things. I was feeling stagnant and needed reminding that I ALWAYS have a choice in how to look at my life. I am grateful for that. Miracles are on their way.”
Danielle Boonstra, MiracleShare, Ontario, Canada

“I just wanted to let you know that this week I read your book. I found it easy to read, very interesting, original, creative, and instructive. I liked the way you superimposed A Course in Miracles and the journey from ego to spirit throughout the book with stories from your clients. It was wisely done and an enjoyable read…. You did a great job!
Phil Friedman, Ph.D., Author,  Creating Well-Being