The Curious Mystical Text Behind Marianne Williamson’s Presidential Bid

"The book drew from older traditions like Christian Science and New Thought, a related 19th-century metaphysical movement. It also incorporated Freudian language. Reality, it taught, was illusory; conflicts dissolve when one realizes the power of love and forgiveness. This change in perception, the book’s narrator says, produces miracles.

It opens cryptically: “Nothing unreal exists. Nothing real can be threatened. Herein lies the peace of God.”"