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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite
Odete Martins Bigote is very learned and knows what she is writing about when she quotes from Stephen Hawking, William Shakespeare, and most especially, the Holy Bible. In "Before the World Began: The Point of the Encounter of Love and Science", she states that we, as mankind, are here to correct thoughts about ourselves, that indeed we have freedom of choice in this existence. We must try to learn that God is the eye behind all events. This world that we live in is made out of necessity for us to wake up from illusions and to choose the path of light where we can turn our lives around and for the good. On page 138, Bigote states that "miracles are nothing but our return to our original condition..." In the dance of life, the forces of darkness, of confusion, and of negativity, dance around the forces of light.
On page 279 of this well-written, well-formatted and powerful book, Odete Bigote writes: "There is always a limit as to how much we can do for others: there is a higher self in charge of helping everyone follow their own path." She offers well-written advice that the serious reader will ponder on such as this on page 186, "Some events we can change, some we cannot." There are areas for the reader to respond to questions, so this is not a book to be widely shared. The table of contents and bibliography are first-rate and the author's words of wisdom will stay with the reader forever. "If all of us were equal, this world would not exist. It was designed to represent differences." "Before the World Began" is not an easy read, but it certainly is a vital one for the thinking reader of religious bent as it moves step by step to its conclusion.