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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Atria; English Language edition (March 22, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743267133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743267137
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #973,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Neale Donald Walsch devotes his
time to sharing the messages of his books through writing, lecturing, and facilitating spiritual renewal retreats. The creator of the School of the New Spirituality and founder of The Group of 1000, a nonprofit organization supporting global spiritual awakening, he lives in Ashland, Oregon, and may be contacted through www.nealedonaldwalsch.com. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1.

Very few people will be able to believe what's in this book.

At least, at first.

That may make it one of the most unbelievable books of all time.

Copyright (c) 2005 by Neale Donald Walsch

2.

This book answers the most important question in human history.

What does God want?

For many people that answer will be startling.

Even for those who aren't completely surprised, the answer will be dramatically different. It will not even come close to the ideas that people usually hear about God.

Humanity's ideas about God produce humanity's ideas about life and about people. Dramatically different ideas about God will produce dramatically different ideas about life and about people. If the world could use anything right now, that's it.

We stand today on the brink of a global cultural war. The opening volleys have already been exchanged. The really major clashes, the unthinkable Future World battles, may be yet to come.

Given the direction in which humanity appears to be moving, it may seem as though this larger conflict is inevitable. It isn't. There's something very powerful that can stop it: dramatically different ideas about God and dramatically different ideas about life and about people.

Such ideas, if accepted and adopted, will produce dramatically different ways of living and being. Values will change. Priorities will change. Power structures and power holders will change.

Some of those power holders do not want any of this to happen.

That may make this not only one of the most unbelievable books of all time, but also one of the most dangerous.

Copyright (c) 2005 by Neale Donald Walsch

3.

How long has it been since you've read a dangerous book?

You'll be in and out of this one in very little time. It's a short book. So it's not only dangerous, it's fast.

Fast and dangerous. That's often a fascinating combination. Maybe even a little exciting. Danger and excitement are two sides of the same coin. Which of the two you experience depends on whether you're racing toward something or away from it.

Which way are you racing with regard to change? Do you want things to remain pretty much the same, or do you want things to be different?

If you want things to stay the way they are, you could find this book dangerous. If you can't wait for things to change, you could find it exciting. Which do you want?

"Well," you might say, "that depends on what we're talking about here. Are we talking about my life? My job? My marriage? My relationship? My health? Or are we talking about my country? The world at large? The international political scene? The global challenges being faced by humanity?"

So let me help you with that. We're talking about all of it. Every bit of it. Not one thing or the other, but all of it. Because the information in this book could change all of it.

Change can be a dangerous thing to suggest, not only around people of power (to whom change is the ultimate threat) but also around ordinary people (for whom change is threatening simply because it leads to the unknown).

Former U.S. vice president Al Gore had it exactly right in a September 2004 interview in the New Yorker:

"In a world of disconcerting change, when large and complex forces threaten familiar and comfortable guideposts, the natural impulse is to grab hold of the tree trunk that seems to have the deepest roots and hold on for dear life and never question the possibility that it's not going to be the source of your salvation."

The final part of that sentence (italics mine) tells the tale of humanity's belief about God and life in fifteen words. Mr. Gore confirms this with his next statement. "And the deepest roots," he says, "are in philosophical and religious traditions that go way back."

Al Gore's insight leaves us all facing a thunderous question: Is the way forward to be found by going way back?

The answer is no.

And while, as the former vice president notes, we never question the possibility that our philosophical and religious traditions are not going to be the source of our salvation--presumably because we feel threatened by such questioning--could there be times when not to question those traditions presents an even larger threat?

The answer is yes. And this is one of those times.

The biggest danger in the world today is not the asking of questions but the assumption that we have all the answers; not the invitation to change but the tendency to run from change; not dramatically new ideas about God and about Life but the same old ideas.

If some of those old ideas continue to be embraced, life as the human race now knows it may not survive the first half of the twenty-first century. The way things are going, it may not even survive the first quarter.

I know, I know, that sounds like an exaggeration.

It's not.

Pick up the morning paper. Turn on CNN.

In the years immediately ahead the human race could make a dramatic upward jump in its evolutionary process, or it could fall back, staggering and stumbling and ultimately crumbling under the weight of its own past misunderstandings.

It's happened before.

It is what can occur when the technological advancement of a species races ahead of its moral, ethical, and spiritual development. Then what the universe has to deal with is children playing with matches.

These days, that's us.

The human race is in the childhood of its evolution. There's nothing wrong with that. Childhood can be a wonderful time. But it's also a time when great care must be taken.

If we watch what we are doing during our childhood--if, as author Robert Fulghum suggests, we look both ways before crossing, if we learn to share, if we hold hands and keep track of each other, if we walk and don't run, if we quit pushing and say we're sorry when we do, if we clean up our messes, and if we stop fighting with our brothers and sisters--we'll get to grow up, and our future can be spectacular.

I believe that's what will happen. I believe the future we're about to create is going to be so spectacular! But I also know it could turn out another way. And I know that if we don't start behaving, it very well might. Failure to acknowledge this is foolhardy. It's more than foolhardy. It's irresponsible. It's what a child would do.

Most people want to believe that humanity is indestructible, that our species cannot be eradicated or eliminated or negatively impacted in any truly widespread or nonreversible way by anyone or anything.

In view of recent world events, this seems to suggest that most people are willing to believe the unbelievable. And that brings up an interesting question. If people are willing to believe the unbelievable, why not believe what's in this book?

Copyright (c) 2005 by Neale Donald Walsch

4.

Many people will simply be afraid to believe what's in this book.

A dramatically different idea is going to be presented here just 12,108 words from now. So opposed to this idea is the established order that, in some countries, if you said aloud the things that are in this book, you could be killed.

Not by an angry mob.

By the government.

You could be accused of committing a crime against the laws of the land, and sentenced to death. In other countries, while you might not be killed, you could be criticized, vilified, and ostracized. You could also be removed from any place of influence you might hold, and your views would almost certainly be marginalized.

Yes, that's how dangerous what is written here is.

Clearly, What God Wants is not unimportant information. It's so important, in fact, that the words are presented in initial caps and italic type wherever the term is used throughout this book. I wanted those words to stand out, so that they make a point in and of themselves.

You see, millions of people all over the world have been living their lives based on the information they have been given about What God Wants, and if the world's prior information on this topic is inaccurate, the world could be in big trouble.

Copyright (c) 2005 by Neale Donald Walsch

5.

The world's prior information on this topic is inaccurate.

The world is in big trouble.

Copyright (c) 2005 by Neale Donald Walsch

6.

The world does not have to be in big trouble. It is because it chooses to be. Its people could make a different choice.

I think that very soon they will. I think people have had enough. They've had enough of the violence and the terror and the killing. They've had enough of the bickering and the quarreling and the fighting that leads to it.

They've had enough of their own lives not working, of seeing their own relationships falling apart, of watching their own careers crumble, of having their own dreams dissolve and disappear.

They've had enough of everything being such a struggle in our world, with every day filling itself with adversity and difficulty all over the globe. They've had enough of human society taking two steps forward and one step back, constantly, constantly, constantly trudging into the wind.

The human race is losing patience with itself. I think people are saying, "There's got to be another way." We're becoming more and more clear that there is. We simply have to make that choice.

Sometimes people think they must live the way they are living because they have no choice. The appearance of things can often make it look as though this is very, very real. But it is never real. Never.

People do have a choice, and this book is going to prove that to you. People have a choice in the life they are creating, and they have a choice in how they are experiencing the life they are now living. Before you get to the final page here, you're going to be given the most powerful tool there is with which to make your choices real. For now, know this: People who make a different choice are people who make a different world.

It is time now for t... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

A life changing/World Changing Book.
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I highly recommend reading this book, as it is so apt to what is happening in the world today.
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In the end, this book really does make you think about what God wants.
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145 of 162 people found the following review helpful By Hewhodreams on March 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is what mankind/womankind needs. Following up on "Tomorrow's God", Walsch's previous book, it captures exactly the problems that religious beliefs cause in everyday life. God is not some being outside of our lives, but an integral part of all of us. As such, God has no needs except for us to be.

WHAT GOD WANTS truly expresses the core belief of all Christians and other religions; that God is a god of love. Walsch presents a God that is familiar to all of us in our souls. A God we all know exists, but tend to forget in our actions. What man/woman needs is to let go of fear and embrace this experience of a God of love.

Many of us who were brought up to see God as this "loving" yet punishing Father figure will have a hard time accepting a God who loves us no matter who or what we are. As the author points out, an omnipotent God, who is all loving, needs nothing from his/her creations. This is a very difficult idea for those who support fear based religions to hear.

This book is a must read for any true seeker of inner wisdom and spiritual insight! The ideas in here will change the world!!!
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Karsten S. Nicholson on March 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Or exciting... it all depends on how you look at it. This book really is the BEST book Neale has written. It's short, fast, and clear. It provides stunning answers to the biggest question humanity can formulate. What is it, that God, our maker and creator, wants from us? Do we really know? Does any one of our conflicting religions know? Yes and no. Our knowledge is simply incomplete. To understand the answer, we must zoom out from a piece of the puzzle (a religion, for example), to the broader picture. Wanna take a ride?!? Detach yourself from your belief systems (however inclusive you think they are), open yourself up, fasten your seat belts, and get your insurance papers out before reading this book... and then read it, listen to what it says.... at the very least CONSIDER the possibility that it is true. I guarantee you, that no matter who you are, how many similar books you have read, or how much you think you know about the answer, you will be shocked (or enlightened) by the answer. The answer to the title, in Chapter 13, may make you feel empty... or full of new life and understanding and energized to change the world for the better...
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A. David Colvin on March 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
After 10 years or so of the Conversations With God series, Neale Donald Walsch pulls it all together in a wonderful summary. Having read all the other books there was little here for me that was new but then again - I was reading it through the eyes of another "I am" (see the book)

It is not as harsh in tone as The New Revelations - more closely to the tone of Tomorrow's God.

I would give it 5 stars but I really think for someone new to the series, they might read "Communion With God" first. It is gentle and makes you realize that what youi've felt all along about God inside - is true.

But I do recommend this also!
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131 of 150 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
"The New Spirituality is a civil rights movement for the soul, freeing humanity at last from the oppression of its belief in a separate, angry, violent, and fearful God. Human beings have always been free. They simply have not known it." -Neale Donald Walsch

So, when was the last time you read a dangerous book?

Hang on to your seats, because author Neale Donald Walsch challenges the sacred cows of every major world religion by daring to examine what God (truly) wants. An equal opportunity offender, his singular, simple answer to the question "What does God want?" will surprise most, offend the inert close-minded, and thrill those who are already (all ready!) riding the wave of New Spirituality.

Walsch, the author of the New York Times Bestselling Conversations with God series, explores two basic questions in his book What God Wants - A Compelling Answer to Humanity's Biggest Question:

1. Who and What is God?
2. What does God want, and why?

Declaring that fear and guilt are the real enemies of humanity (and differentiating them from caution and remorse) Walsh traces war, world hunger, violence, sexism, racism and more directly to humanity's belief about God and what He wants.

On June 23, 2004, the fascinating results of a scientific survey conducted by Harris Interactive hit the wire services: 69% of adult Americans believe religious differences are the biggest hurdle to global peace. This overwhelming percentage is evidence that individuals are starting to wake up and realize that humanity's beliefs about God and what He wants is THE biggest problem in the world today.

For many nations, entire social and judicial structures are built upon beliefs about various interpretations of sacred scriptures.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By James Thomas on March 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The core message in this book is to reduce fear. Fear from religious dogma, and damnation if you don't obey and listen. I found it useful, and helpful in that respect. People need more courage to align with God, rather than cower away out of fear.

If you like this book, you would also like Friendship with God also By Neale Donald Walsh, and If God Was Like Man by Barbara Rose. They are both additional great reads.
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