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06 March 2010

A Book Review: How to Achieve Heaven on Earth edited by John E. Wade II

Title: How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth: 101 Insightful Essays from the World's Greatest Thinkers, Leaders, and Writers
Edited by: John E. Wade II
Publisher: Pelican Publishing
Publication Date: January 11, 2010
Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN: 978-1589805972
Genre: Social Science/Sociology


About the book:

* Barack Obama
* David Brooks
* Ted Turner
* Nicholas D. Kristof
* Leonard Pitts, Jr.
* Marianne Williamson
* Chris Rose
* Al Gore
* George Bush
* Dale Brown
* Tony Blair
* Thomas L. Friedman
* George Rodrigue
* Paul Prudhomme
* Poppy Tooker
* and more

Contributions from 101 of the most prestigious thinkers, writers, public figures, and other luminaries on a wide range of topics fill the pages of this meditation on how to make the world a better place. Focusing on the large problems of the world as well as the little challenges people face, How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth tackles the momentous question of what each of us can do to improve our community, our country, and our world, one step at a time.

My review:

John E. Wade II has edited a fantastic booked filled with 101 brilliant, insightful and inspirational essays from some of the world's greatest minds. In his book, How To Achieve Heaven On Earth, Wade II has compiled essays from the greatest minds from around the world to help tackle some of societies toughest issues. The book is divided into eleven sections; Peace, Security, Freedom, Democracies, Prosperity, Spiritual Harmony. Racial Harmony. Ecological Harmony, Health, Moral Purpose and Meaning, and finally Individual Paths to Heaven on Earth. In the preface, each of the ten main sections definitions is described in detail and as the book unfolds one reads essays from deep personal lessons, personal growth, as well as philosophical essays. Each one of the 101 essays is not only well written but also intriguing and insightful. I highly recommend How to Achieve Heaven on Earth to anyone looking for an insightful look at many of the major issues facing society today or merely to read some rather brilliant essays.

About the Editor:

John E. Wade II is an author, investor, philanthropist, and founder of the nonprofit organization Soldiers of Love. An active member of his church and civic organizations in his area, Wade holds an M.A. from the University of Georgia and has worked in a range of fields. His extensive travels, including visits to China, India, Egypt, Israel, Syria, Jordan, and Brazil, inspired him to collect the essays in this work. Wade lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. For more information, please visit

I received a complimentary copy of How To Achieve Heaven On Earth Edited by John E. Wade II from FSB Media. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.



Becky said...

This sounds really interesting, but I can't help but worry that when I was reading the essays by the politicians that I would be worrying that they were writing with a political agenda. Did you get this sense?

Then again, if they were clever politicians, they could probably easily write with a political agenda and not give any inclining that they were doing that.

Do I seem to cynical!?

Jennifer said...


You brought up an excellent point and I did not even think of it when writing my review. To answer your question, there did not appear to be any overt political posturing in this book and no you did not sound cynical. The book is comprised of 101 essays, none longer and a page and a half and most were rather personal stories about the author of the essay. It was a lovely and moving compilation of essays.