Once every generation comes a book so revelatory and lucid, it reconnects us to our very souls. Stephen G. Post’s God and Love on Route 80 is such a book. Post, lead author of the bestselling When Good Things Happen to Good People, was the perfect child and A-student until he took off in the family car, compelled by a persistent vision, his “blue angel dream.” Crossing America on Route 80, his unlikely adventure culminates in a shocking encounter that sets the stage for the rest of his life, a path connected by synchronicities which Post perceived as guidance from God and proof of humanity’s fundamental oneness, Infinite Mind. Truly a story for the ages, God and Love on Route 80 touches on the essential meaning of life and the messages we may all miss unless we begin paying close attention.
There are no coincidences in this world. God and Love on Route 80 is the highly entertaining true story of a cross-country road trip and a spiritual journey that led one young man to the discovery that a powerful force carries us toward our destinies. Many scriptures teach of an eternal, Infinite Mind beyond space and time that creates and sustains the universe. The divine Mind whispers and winks at us as we move through our everyday lives to reassure us that the journey is meaningful after all, even when we stumble.
The goodness of the universe is greater than ourselves. This book is for dreamers and questers of any spirituality who are looking for positive meaning and purpose in life. On the road, we can find God, redemption, forgiveness, and the understanding that we are all connected.
Readers inspired by modern classics such as Peace Like a River, Becoming Supernatural and When God Winks at You will love God and Love on Route 80.
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About the Author
An opinion leader and public speaker, Stephen G. Post, Ph.D. is the best-selling author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People: How to Live a Longer, Happier, Healthier Life by the Simple Act of Giving (Random House Broadway Books).
He has taught at the University of Chicago Medical School, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (1988-2008), and the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University (2008-Present), where he is founding director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics. He is an elected member of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the New York Academy of Medicine, and the Royal Society of Medicine, London.
In 2001 he founded the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, named by Sir John Templeton, who selected Post as president (www.unlimitedloveinstitute.com). The Institute is a non-profit 501(c) 3 public charity that investigates kindness, giving, and spirituality.
Larry Dossey, MD, is the author of One Mind: Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why it Matters. A distinguished physician, Dr. Dossey is among the most influential and creative leaders worldwide in bringing scientific understanding to spirituality. He is the author of a number of profound books on spirituality in healing, including the New York Times bestseller Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine, and The Power of Premonitions. In One Mind, considered one the most innovative books of our time, Dr. Dossey draws on spiritual wisdom traditions, great philosophers, personal experiences, and the sciences to make the case for a universal consciousness or One Mind that connects us all.
Table of ContentsTable of Contents
Foreword: Prelude to a Journey
Synchronicity, Not Luck
The Dream and the Car: How the Journey Began
The Youth and the Ledge: “If You Save Him”
The Biker and the Premonition: “You Too Shall Live”
The Patients and the Rice Balls: Route 80 in New York
The Synchronicity Whispers and Chagall’s Blue Angel: Finally a Fellow Traveler
The Great Healer and the Deeply Forgetful Prophet: Premonition on the Highway
The Big Bold Prayer and Two Miracles: The Inner Road
The Road to Milesburg and the Mystical Walking Stick: A Bus Ride on Route 80
The Limo Driver and the Cross in the Sky: A Highway Revelation
The Golden Rule and the Cheerful Giver: A New Jersey Trip
The Blue Angel and the ISIS Web Attack: Things Happen for a Reason
The Young Writers and The United Nations: Expanding Route 80 Worldwide
To Give and Glow: Ten Route 80 Ways of Love
The Route 80 Philosophy
The Route 80 Youth Essay Contest
Love All Means All (Lama): How I Live by the Deep Golden Rule & Flourish
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What People are Saying About This
“Part autobiography and part guide book of collected wisdom, Stephen witnesses in deed and word to the transformative power of love in the world.”
William Grassie, PhD, founding president of The Metanexus Institute and author of The New Sciences of Religion and Applied Big History
“Stephen G. Post explains the connectivity between mind, life, and living, beautifully in God and Love on Rt. 80.”
Sangeetha Menon, PhD, programme head of Consciousness Studies at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Indian Institute of Science Campus
“This may be the most astonishing spiritual journey book in decades.… If any journey can help reclaim your soul, this is the one.”
Rev. Gregory L. Johnson, president and CEO of the International Center for Family Caregiving, interfaith minister for family caregiving of the Marble Collegiate Church, and NYC senior advisor for Family Caregiving, EmblemHealth
God and Love on Route 80 is an astonishing true story of faith, love, and destiny for everyone who suspects that our universe and encounters are infinitely more enchanting and meaning-filled than dry old materialism allows, or than our narrow little goals embrace. Spiritual awakening often begins with the sense of the hidden mystery of human connectedness. Most of us, even if we don’t like to admit it, have had powerful moments when we encountered the perfect person in the perfect place at the perfect time as if in answer to a prayer, especially in our more desperate moments. We pause because it felt so uncanny, as though some encounters are guided by a cherishing and unifying presence in this universe in which we somehow participate and that sets these encounters up. This connectedness might even begin with a dream, a premonition, or a deep intuition that brings us to the right place at the right time in this huge world of ours.
In this true story of God and Love on Route 80 awakening begins for a boy at St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire with a recurring dream of a youth dangling off the ledge of a bridge somewhere in the unknown west and who was about to leap into the sea below. At home that summer, having nothing more meaningful to do after a family quarrel, the boy followed the dreamy premonition across the United States, hitching along Route 80 from New York leaving behind a broken down family Mercedes 190 in the middle of Pennsylvania. Curiously, he would encounter what seemed to be exactly that same dangling youth on a bridge ledge in San Francisco one early morning late in the summer, and the boy was able to save his life with the right words and a gift. The boy in that moment realized that he and the youth had been brought together for a reason―to save each other. Their meeting was not luck, but graceful synchronicity―one of an uncanny series of events that could only be the work of an infinite loving connecting Mind (a.k.a. “God”).
God and Love on Route 80 is a different kind of road trip. Follow the often mirthful but always deepening Route 80 episodes that reveal just how incredibly cherished and connected each of us is. Follow the boy’s faith in a dream from which many miraculous encounters followed. Consider that there may really be an infinite Mind in which we all move beyond the boundaries of self into Oneness. Too many of us are unable to speak of the spiritual side of our lives because we are told that Matter is all there is, and that our minds derive from nothing but cells and tissue. But we are more than matter. The boy’s dream and the experiences that ensued proved for him that materialism can never explain the depths of Mind, and that the spiritual philosophers reaching back to the ancients had it right. God and Love on Route 80 is a mix of uplifting encounters and reflection on infinite Mind, resonating with the newfound respectability of these ideas as recently captured in the writings of such distinguished thinkers as Larry Dossey MD with his book One Mind, or philosopher Owen J. Flanagan with his The Oneness Hypothesis. Many scriptures state that “in the beginning” was the divine Mind, from which comes the universe of time and space in a Big Bang, and it is always there underlying all that is, including our own consciousness, but we have to mindfully notice its loving whispers and winks as we move through our lives. Everyone’s journey is meaningful after all, even when we stumble on some desperate detour.