What is faith? William R. Miller answers: "It is a way of looking at the world, at other people, and at ourselves. It is a vision not given so much as chosen. It is that by which we understand our past, live in the present, and create our future. It is Living as If, even and especially when we are not sure, and in so doing releasing a power that can transform ourselves and those we touch."
Miller's fresh understanding of the meaning of faith--Living as If--and how it works can lead to a new approach to life and the fashioning of a more positive and hope-filled future. In this book he takes into account pertinent psychological findings, case histories, personal stories, and profound religious thought. As he explores the role of "as if" processes, he looks at self-concept, change, influence on others, healing, religious belief, and social change. Writing sensitively and sensibly, Miller sets an undeniably optimistic tone, emphasizing that within certain limits each person can design a course for the present and future as well.