The Isaiah Effect

The Isaiah Effect
Gregg Braden
2000, Random House
4 out of 5

I didn’t know what to expect out of this book, but I ended up being very pleased with it within the first chapter. Braden writes with sincerity and from experience. His discussion is straight-forward, but often poetic in feel.

Writing style aside, the book itself is primarily about prayer and prophecy. The prophecies are the standard fare: 2012, Earth changes, consciousness changes, and so forth. Everything from Nostradamus to the Bible, Braden pretty well covers all the biggies. He treats them, however, as more of a thought experiment than inevitable doom. Braden is emphatic about the fact that the job of a prophet is not to tell people what will happen, but to tell them what could happen; they are to serve as human warning bells so that we can change our course before it’s too late.

The prayer section is both the practice and the shining gem of the book. Braden presents an approach to prayer rather than a system or specific technique. That approach is intended to be workable for anybody, of any religious system or mystical tradition. The only caveat is that the reader must be willing to accept the view that we are ourselves divine (or at least directly connected with the Divine) and are capable of choosing our own reality in a conscious fashion. In other words, Braden asserts that not only are we capable, through prayer, of unleashing our divine Right to Choice, but that choosing our physical reality is a spiritual act.

The greatest flaw of the book is Braden’s misinterpretation of quantum mechanics. While I doubt that it’s on purpose, it’s definitely done in such a way as to try to provide a scientific foundation for prophecy and prayer (as if they need one). I took off a full point for this because, frankly, I’m sick of seeing it in New Age and occult literature.

Beyond that one problem, I loved the book and would recommend it to anybody interested in the relevant subjects. Peppered with entertaining anecdotes and enlightening insight, Gregg Braden’s The Isaiah Effect is a great spiritual read for a quiet weekend.

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