- Series: Conversations with God (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 223 pages
- Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons; 1st edition (October 29, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399142789
- ISBN-13: 978-0399142789
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2,403 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Blasphemy! Heresy! Who does this man think he is, claiming to speak directly to God?! Jesus did it, Muhammad did it, the Jewish prophets did it, but none of their Gods had the sardonic wit or raw verve of Prophet Walsch's God. Neale Donald Walsch isn't claiming to be the Messiah of a new religion, just a frustrated man who sat down one day with pen in his hand and some tough questions in his heart. As he wrote his questions to God, he realized that God was answering them... directly... through Walsch's pen. The result, far from the apocalyptic predictions or cultic eccentricities you might expect, turns out to be matter-fact, in-your-face wisdom on how to get by in life while remaining true to yourself and your spirituality.
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Suppose you could ask God the most puzzling questions about existence - questions about love and faith, life and death, good and evil. Suppose God provided clear, understandable answers. It happened to Neale Donald Walsch. It can happen to you. You are about to have a conversation... I have heard the crying of your heart. I have seen the searching of your soul. I know how deeply you have desired the Truth. In pain have you called out for it, and in joy. Unendingly have you beseeched Me. Show Myself. Explain Myself. Reveal Myself. I am doing so here, in terms so plain, you cannot misunderstand. In language so simple, you cannot be confused. In vocabulary so common, you cannot get lost in the verbiage. So go ahead now. Ask Me anything. Anything. I will contrive to bring you the answer. The whole universe will I use to do this. So be on the lookout; this book is far from My only tool. You may ask a question, then put this book down. But watch. Listen. The words to the next song you hear. The information in the next article you read. The story line of the next movie you watch. The chance utterance of the next person you meet. Or the whisper of the next river, the next ocean, the next breeze that caresses your ear - all these devices are Mine; all these avenues are open to Me. I will speak to you if you will listen. I will come to you if you will invite Me. I will show you then that I have always been there. All ways.
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The first section is a bit slow going... but... if you stick with it, you will be so pleased. I wish I had read this book 20 years ago. I give it to everyone I know. I bought 3 copies. One to keep, One as a gift & One as a lender to anyone open to a wonderfully new and fresh perspective. Put your preconceived notions aside. This is one of the BEST books I have ever read.
It is an uncommon dialogue the author has with God but just may be what is needed at times in life when it seems there is no answer when the opposite is true.
The ending is very well worded and lets you know God is always with you. I recommend this book to anyone.
What I think is that Neale meditated on questions that he'd love to ask God, then after days of thought and relaxation, wrote down what he imagined God might have said.
Perhaps he was influenced by dreams. I know that God has spoken to me in dreams. One time, I dreamt that I was dreaming, and in the inner dream, I met God (he was the engineer of a multicolor train getting ready to give people tours and rides during a city park celebration), and he had all these wonderful things to say to me, but when I woke up in the outer dream, I said to the people in the multi-ethnic multi-religion commune where they were letting me stay, "I just had the most wonderful dream. I dreamt that I met God and that he had all these wonderful things to say to me, but now I can't remember a single thing he said." A voice came to me in the outer dream, "Maybe you can't remember them now because what He said was for you, and not for other people.
So, I can easily believe that God inspired this book, just like I believe God inspired many other books, including some of my favorite fiction that was written by an agnostic.