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Conversations with God for Teens Hardcover – October 1, 2001
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Now, I grew up in an area that was very much predominantly Christian, but the religion never hit a chord with me. In fact, most religions didn't because of the simple fact that I couldn't see myself being boxed in by the limited and set beliefs of religion. If I didn't agree with the entire religion, then why should I choose it for guidance? Why should I choose it as MY religion? This was how I rationalized it. I had my own ideas and feelings about God and life, so why should I just follow along blindly? Why shouldn't I question and decide for myself?
I went through an extremely rough point in my life during my teenage years. I began to become more curious about God and I searched for Him/Her during my senior year of high school and the beginning of college. I started to hear about a book, "Conversations with God". Honestly, the first time I heard it, the title turned me off. It made me think of all the overtly religious people I'd met throughout my life and I was thinking, "I don't know if I want anything to do with this...".
But the book stayed in the back of my mind and I continued to hear about it, so I finally took it as a sign and I bought "The Complete Conversations with God". It was the best thing I've ever done for myself.
Here was a book that put my feelings into words. Here was a book that made me feel loved.Read more ›
As this book itself says several times, you don't need to beleive that Neale had a conversation with God to trust in the contents. Why not read what the book has to offer and then conclude based on the contents? Personally, I found the contents very relevant, down-to-earth, honest and unpretentious.
Needless to say, it would contradict with the Bible on several occasions - but it never claimed otherwise anywhere. The basic premise of the book is to offer observations - and it says "what works" in today's scenario and "what doesn't" - given what we choose to experience as human beings.
I read several reviews that quoted the contents of this book out of context - which would make the statements sound absurd. To state a few examples
"Life has no purpose" - this was listed to illustrate that Life has no universal purpose (or no single purpose for the human race as a whole). You make your own purpose based on your preferences, values, experiences and so on. Don't you think this makes sense, and is a fact for all of us?
"Have sex with anyone..." - perhaps, it would have been helpful if this statement was quoted with the passages discussing the implications - STD, pregnancy and so on.
I wish I could quote every single bad review on this book and write my viewpoints on what the book actually discussed. At worst, it boils down to a disagreement, which is nowhere close to a blasphemy I think.
My request to you (if you haven't read the book already) is to read the book with an open-mind. Suspend all judgements and see what the book has to offer. If you find it relevant, use it. Otherwise discard it.Read more ›
I had two disappointments with this book. First, already understanding the basics from the CWG books, I don't feel this book covers some of the basics (or at least not early in the book) in a way that would overcome MY objections about the source of its inspiration like I had to overcome in the original books.
Second, it seems as though the author has interjected too much of his own summaries and understandings into some of the answers. For example, while "God" claims to have no vested interest in what the human race does or does not do, certain sections, especially the section on "School" seem to have very clear suggestions about changes that should be made and desirable outcomes. Also, there is lingo in this book which is very recognizable in some of today's new age workshops. This lingo wasn't used by "God" in the original books and it seems, (to use one of those words), "inauthentic" in this book.
I intend to give this to my child with the same advice the author gives: Believe all of it, believe none of it, or believe some of it, but think about it and what YOU feel is right and let's talk, if you want to. I hope that she will not discount the best parts of this book because she senses, as I do, a little too much human involvement in some of the advice offered.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would recommend the CwG books. They have changed my life and attitude. I am so happy that there is a wonderful book like this for my daughter to read.Published 16 months ago by Shari Chisonga
Straight talk to teens about God and life, done in question and answer format. I am happy to pass it on to a favorite teen to see her reaction.Published 21 months ago by Carole Z Warren
After I read a bit of this bologna I decided it wasn't fit for a confused teenager. So I resold it.Published on May 15, 2014 by CalicoKid