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  • Series: Conversations With Humanity
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Emnin Books; First Printing edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140193692X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401936921
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

With an early interest in religion and a deeply felt connection to spirituality, Neale Donald Walsch spent the majority of his life thriving professionally, yet searching for spiritual meaning before beginning his now-famous Conversation with God series. These books have been translated into 37 languages, touching millions and inspiring important changes in people’s day-to-day lives. Seven of his 27 books have reached the New York Times bestsellers list.

 


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NEALE DONALD WALSCH is the author of the 9-book Conversations with God series, as well as other volumes on contemporary spirituality, including The Only Thing That Matters, What God Said, and When Everything Changes Change Everything. His books have been translated into over 30 languages. He lives with his wife, the American poet Em Claire, in Oregon.

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He truly does give us the 'answer'.
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I found this book to be inspiring, informative, profoundly thought-provoking and motivating.
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95 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Richard Szponder on October 11, 2011
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The critically acclaimed and controversial Conversations With God by Neale Donald Walsch single-handedly changed the fundamental attitude of many individuals around the world about God and religion. During a devastating time in his life, Walsch reached rock bottom and turned inward, praying to God for answers. To his surprise and the surprise of his readers, he received responses to all of his questions, responses he believes arrived through direct communication with the Divine. Those answers, revolutionary and controversial, have been examined throughout the world, and they have shifted many preconditioned attitudes toward an entirely different meaning of life.

In The Storm Before The Calm, Neale Donald Walsch reexamines many of the ideas originally presented in Conversations With God. Fundamentally, the concepts remain the same. The human race is here on Earth, experiencing a physical existence, in order to remember that we all originate from one source, God, so that we can co-create our existence with all of the other individual expressions of God. However, this new book calls humanity to action, stating that the world's greatest problems are neither economic nor political, but rather spiritual in nature. Walsch is suggesting that a critical mass from around the globe must come together in the ultimate conversation to effect a paradigm shift that would ultimately eliminate poverty, reduce suffering, obliterate starvation, and ensure the most basic of rights to all of humanity: survival.

Walsch is inspirational in his challenging of the status quo, explaining how and why humanity shares certain political, economical, and religious viewpoints. He blames the consolidation of wealth and the grasp for power and world domination as the root causes to the problem.
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85 of 94 people found the following review helpful By lwalker on October 5, 2011
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I am a fan of Neale Donald Walsch's CWG books. I've stayed away from his subsequent offerings not only because they abandoned the "conversation format" that I really enjoyed but also because I felt that the books were just written to make money as opposed to offering any new ideas or information. I decided to give this new book a chance and I am torn between being a bit inspired and sorely disappointed. The message this time around seems supremely naive and to top it off Neale cites to Wikipedia as his source on numerous points. No offense, but Wikipedia? Not exactly the most reliable or respected source. There were also a lot of misspellings. I don't know if it is a failure of the Kindle version alone or not but it is really off putting. If he didn't care enough to spell words correctly why should I care enough to read it and take it seriously? Overall: an inspiring, if naive, message that is somewhat interesting and fun to read with tons of spelling errors.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By et on April 23, 2012
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The approach to this book had the potential to blossom into a really outstanding oevre. Unfortunately, Neale Donald Walsch's "The Storm Before the Calm" falls short of the great promise of the title.

As an avid reader of Walsch's books, starting with his Conversation...-series, I did not hesitate to pre-order this book even before the german translation was available. Getting it in my hands, I devoted 1/2 of my holidays to read it - and found myself rather disappointed.

A low rating of a book of a renowned author sure deserves a detailed explanation. So - find here my considerations:

(1) The title
A good title is half the message. "The storm.." has such a title. Understanding, that we (i.e. mankind) are in a transition is reassuring the disturbed and opens the horizon for the searching mind. Thumbs up. Well done. Congratulations!

(2) The approach
In short, NDW argues that we can not go on like we have done in the past. Everybody knows, feels or fears that. So he brings in his experience, his conversations with god and his personal opinions to sketch a way out of the mess. I wholly agree to the approach. I also agree that intensifying, enhancing and deepening the past "solutions" will only aggravate the situation. New solutions are indispensable. Agreed.

(3) The message
I agree with about 70% of the recommendations, NDW offers. Some are great, some are ok, some are disputable, some are just plain nonsense. The main problem I identify here is the many gaps. There is no clear picture, no overall understanding of where we are and where we did come from.

Knowing where you are is not sufficient to define your way forward. You also need to know, where you have come from and why you are, where you are.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tina Brescanu on January 12, 2012
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Editing culture stories and belief systems, what a great idea! Where can I apply?

I suggested this a few years back to the UN when they asked for help with how to reach the Millennium Goals. I said we needed a Department of Equality, a Department of Imagination and a Department of Deep Heart (an ancient language all humans used to speak) in order to find our true selves again, but it probably sounded too much like fiction, or fantasy.

Neale's book invites us to be a part of A New Human Manifesto, to engage with each other in a global conversation with humanity. I think it's a marvellous idea, so simple and, therefore, so powerful.

We all want the same things in life: happiness, joy, purpose, fun, health, spirit, connection, friendship, love but we are very bad at working together to achieve what we say we want.

We have done so much dividing that we can't see that we're all members of the human family.

I grew up with this change and editing skill. My mother's parent fled Karelia, the part of Finland they lost to Russia during the war. Then they fled Finland when the borders were closing, and Russia was searching for Karelians.

In fear of being found they kept their original culture stories quiet but became experts on editing and renewing in order to show themselves, rather than a whole country. They contained much more than Karelia than Finland than Sweden, they contained the possibilities of the universe and in their bold editing of their birth story they find a new reason for living. In their gratefulness to Sweden, I grew in awe of Finland.

My grandparent's love of their new country, and their editing of their birth culture story was a powerful inspiration to live my life according to my heart.
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