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Ask and It Is Given Book Review

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Ask But You Might Be Taken

By the time Jerry and Esther Hicks agreed to let Hay House publish Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires, it was 2005, and they were well into what has since gone full cycle as Abraham-Hicks and evolved into a lukewarm sideshow.

Jerry and Esther Hicks had been touring since the 1980s, audience sizes increasing, becoming more widely known with the support of high profile advocates like Wayne Dyer and Oprah Winfrey. But what really blew the cork out of the bottle was Rhonda Byrne's The Secret (Extended Edition), a huge indy hit that leaned on Esther Hicks' Teachings of Abraham, especially the Law of Attraction for inspiration.

A caveat about authorship: Jerry and Esther Hicks list themselves as authors, but according to them, the entire book was channeled, word for word, through Esther from a "nonphysical entity" known as Abraham. Jerry has said that part of their deal with Hay House was that not a single world could be changed. So all the "teachings" belong completely to Esther and Jerry, her editor, as far as anyone who walks the earth and cashes checks is concerned.

Like many who read The Secret as well as this book, I like the message of positive thinking and personal responsibility enough that I shrugged past what, now, seem to be glaring errors and, ultimately, an amalgam of other peoples' ideas, many of them more than a century old. Nothing is new in these pages, except the marketing hooks.

I decided to read Jerry and Esther Hicks' Ask and It Is Given again and see if the fit still felt good. Here's what I found.

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Ask And It Is Given: The Teachings of Abraham - Jerry and Esther Hicks

Ask And It Is Given, Learning To Manifest Your Desires by Jerry and Esther Hicks is a title full of promise for a book with little if anything original to deliver.

Whatever credibility Jerry and Esther Hicks and Abraham might once have had as it helped them win over audiences, driving around the country on their "Monster Bus" with the legend, "Life is supposed to be fun," attached to the back, now seems a mystery, having reread this book.

Ask And It Is Given might be better titled, Seth For Narcissists or some play on the other versions of New Age thought from which all of their ideas seem to have been... let's say, "acquired," for lack of a nicer word.

Trouble is that when you take Jane Roberts' Seth Books, L. Ron Hubbard's Scientology, Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich, some aspects of modern Christian thought and the ideas of several other authors from the New Thought Movement of the early Twentieth Century and you toss them all in a sauce together, you're as likely to get the worst of each as you are the best.

Esther and Jerry Hicks got the worst. No contest.

Alternatives To Ask and It Is Given - If You're Looking For Real Spiritual Answers

Esther Hicks teaches that life is supposed to be easy, that all you need to do is change over to happier, healthier thoughts (or is it vibrations?) to become both happier and healthier. No proof is given, and the inspirational teacher never appears in public except under controlled conditions.

The following teachers offer alternatives with more depth and complexity. None of them tell you that fulfillment is supposed to be easy. Value requires effort.

What's your opinion on this book? - Give it a number...

So, what do you say? - Let's get your take on this review.

Esther Hicks still has adherents and followers, five years after the publication of this book. Are they onto something I missed?

What did you think of the ideas in this book?

For the record: Jerry and Esther Hicks on Death

For others, that is.

And death itself:

"'...death' is a matter of closing one's eyes in this dimension and literally opening one's eyes in the other dimension. And that, truly, is how all death is, no matter how it looks, up to that point.. The re-emergence into Source Energy is always a delightful thing."

--- Abraham

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Excerpted from the workshop in Buffalo, NY on Tuesday, September 25th, 2001

Note: This claim, that death is always "delightful" was dished out two weeks after the World Trade Center Disaster. For pregnant women jumping to their deaths from eighty floors in the sky, for professionals supporting families, for the captured passengers on commercial flights, a few with infants in their laps, death was a "delightful" experience

© 2011 David Stone

So, what do you think about Jerry and Esther Hicks...? - Review the reviewer.

David Stone (author) from New York City on March 25, 2018:

I've got older ones that get steady traffic. More likely, there's a lot of competition, people don't care about reviews and mine came years after the release.

Wayne Williams from Young Harris, GA on March 25, 2018:

Dave: I doubt it was the spelling. Could have been the lack of visibility. After I posted my comment yesterday, I realized it was not a new Hub. I mistakenly saw where the date of 3-25-18 meant you edited the article, Then later I realized this was a much older Hub. And I have never seen this article linked to you during a google search. It could be the readers were not at all familiar with the book and it's relation to Abraham HIcks. It might have been better to put the picture of the book at the top of your Hub near the title of your Hub.

David Stone (author) from New York City on March 25, 2018:

Thanks for the editorial eye, Wayne. I wrote that review, years ago, thought it would be popular, but it never went anywhere. Maybe it was the misspelling...

Wayne Williams from Young Harris, GA on March 24, 2018:

I love the title of this Hub. "Ask And It Is Given" is where my journey began with Abraham-Hicks. I had only heard of AH maybe a year before in 2005 from Alan Cohen, a new age teacher in Hawaii, author of "The Dragon Doesn't Live Here Anymore".

In October 2006 I was in a Books A Million store in Brunswick, GA and saw Ask And It is Given and decided to purchase it. Truthfully, for about a month I devoured it thinking I had finally found some great tools that would work in helping me create and get the things I wanted in my life, mainly a loving relationship with a woman This joy was short lived however. I received nothing from this book but disappointment and heart break.

Now there were a couple of practical processes in the book that I thought were helpful, one being the "Place mat Process" where each day you write a list of goals to be accomplished. I mean not rocket science for sure, but practical. And the other process was called "Segment Intending" where you break each day into chunks and give your full attention and energy to one task at a time, such as setting the intention "to carry in the groceries" after having gone shopping. But the rest were useless. I was pretty much already doing segment intending on my own anyway without calling it that.

What turned me against the book, and yes I still ended up going to two workshops later in 2006 even after reading "Ask". I finally lost my patience with the book when at the end of almost every process, it told the reader to "just get themselves in a happy place first by whatever means" because in order for this particular process to work, you have to be Happy, Happy, Happy. And since I was not a happy person, I was screwed. There was only one process I remember that allowed you to be depressed and sad and that one had to do with "reaching for the better thought" process. Of course that did not work for me either. So after about a month, I realized this book is useless in helping people who are not happy, For example,, if you are person suffering with depression and suicidal tendencies or unhealed trauma and abuse, then you are not going to benefit from this book, or any Abraham Hicks teachings. The purpose of all Abraham Hicks teachings only has one goal and purpose in mind: To draw money into the bank accounts of the Abraham Hicks organization, mainly Esther.

Thanks to Dave Stone for writing this review. I don't know how I missed this Hub. Just saw it today.

Note to Dave: You may want to delete this. I noticed a small punctuation error you may want to correct in the following paragraph of your Hub. The word New Though needs to have a "T" at the end doesn't it? Just thought you might have missed it.

rouble is that when you take Jane Roberts' Seth Books, L. Ron Hubbard's Scientology, Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich, some aspects of modern Christian thought and the ideas of several other authors from the New Though Movement of the early Twentieth Century and you toss them all in a sauce together, you're as likely to get the worst of each as you are the best.

anonymous on June 16, 2013:

@gypsyman27 lm: ( Wish that Robert was still with us, some people I miss when they are gone. )You share do put a lot of work into your book reviews, Dave. That is admirable.

anonymous on June 16, 2013:

@gypsyman27 lm: ( Wish that Robert was still with us, some people I miss when they are gone. )You share do put a lot of work into your book reviews, Dave. That is admirable.

David Stone (author) from New York City on January 06, 2013:

@anonymous: Bea, the persistance of New Age rationalizations baffle me. Your thinking is sophomoric, at best. It's been said and re-said a million times without getting any closer to the truth and lacks any rational basis. This won't bother you, of course, nor do all the contradictions and obvious falsehoods in the A-H material.On a personal note, only an idiot buys that trash about the World Trade Center. That's the kind of cruel crap clinging like crazy to a precious belief system gets you. It's an easy out for the likes of Esther Hicks and you, people who prefer magical reasoning to get themselves off the hook for lacking decency and compassion.

anonymous on January 06, 2013:

The fact that Jerry Hicks died of cancer just proves that he was living in a physical body and Jerry and Esther never claimed to be able to beat death. Nor did the Buddha, Krishna, or Jesus Christ.The idea that our souls choose this life, choose our specific situation, our parents etc, is not a new idea with the Hicks - it is as old as the Buddha. Most of your arguments about their teachings display the typical reactions of a person still experiencing life via the ego. To the ego and the five-sensory mind the fact that all the people in the World Trade Center who died on 9/11 chose on the soul level to be in that place at that time seems preposterous. But you simply are living in a different paradigm than that of the soul. You probably don't accept the premise of a soul. or intuition even though intuitive knowing (esp/clairavoyance) has been well demonstrated and documented. That seems pretty preposterous to me (and any truly any rational person) - to ignore, refute/refuse to investigate the workings of clairavoyants and others with similar gifts.

gypsyman27 lm on July 28, 2011:

Really, a very good book review. I love your insight into the character of these people. You made me smile, several times. See you around the galaxy...

David Stone (author) from New York City on July 28, 2011:

@anonymous: Thanks, Raphaelo. Appreciated.

anonymous on July 28, 2011:

Wow, 2 big thumbs up and 5 stars for your great book review here.. Dave. Many thanks for your hard work by introducing another interesting new thought book. Tweeted to all my fans. Have a wonderful time.. always .. my friend :)

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