Conversations with God is Neale Donald Walsch's account of his direct conversations with God, beginning in 1992 while Walsch was immersed in a period of deep depression. He composed a letter to God in which he vented his frustrations, and much to his surprise, even shock, God answered him. Focusing on the universal truths that influences all life, Conversations with God offers a picture of the way life could be better.
Conversations with God challenges us to push past the imagined boundaries of what we believe ourselves capable and look instead to all than we can attain as co-creators with God.
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Loved Book 1, really believed that Mr. Walsch had that "conversation" with God, because many of his points and explanations for things unseen made perfect sense as "God" explained them. However, Book 2 is a little hard to swallow. God recommends a particular private school as the best one for our kids? God quotes government statistics to argue His points? Trust me, I really want to believe that a conversation with God is possible, but I found myself rolling my eyes and shaking my head far too much while listening to Book 2. There is a Book 3 but I am reluctant to buy it after listening to Book 2. Book 2 took away much of the hope and enlightenment I felt after listening to Book 1 and replaced it with more of the same old skepticism and doubt.
If Neale reads this, maybe he can find out why our forgetfulness is key? This was mentioned but not expanded upon as promised. I would sure like to be able to retain all skills and knowledge that we have learned but forgotten not only in this life but previous ones. It sure seems a shame to waste 20-30 years of every life to learn new skills and relearn old ones. It was consistently stated that our forgetfulness is key to the plan, and that we aren't here to learn, yet with our often failing memories we must learn and relearn. It was said that we are here to remember, and that we know all, future, past events and knowledge of everything. Maybe this is what is gained through meditation, but it doesn't allow one to necessarily practice medicine. It would be great to say I know all about any subject and it be true and socially accepted. It would have been more credible had Neale not mentioned "The Course in Miracles", as the subject matter is very similar. We are constantly evolving spiritually and mentally as a human race: This series seems similar to the difference theologically speaking between democracy and tribal headhunters. Looking back with 20 /20 vision we may say later, how did we ever have such a narrow mind on theology to assume that God is limited to our mental constructs. 400 years ago we thought we could fall off the edge of the earth. I'm in favor of widened beliefs. One thing has me puzzled. If we exist in all moments seperately, how does our consciousness seem so serially connected? What is the miniscule moment of time or awareness that each seperate one of us endures? When time seems to stand still, maybe it's because this moment is experienced by many of our imagined identities and held in awe by each.
This version is said to be "unabridged" but it clearly is not. It states right at the beginning that is "selections" from book 2. Disappointed.
Yes, because it is a book that has so much information. Must put it down, give it sometime and than come back to it when you have experienced yourself then you will be able to acknowledge other ideas & theories.
First of its kind that I have read.
The emotional character that the author would had perceived, although at times I would imagine god to be less frustrated or even angry sometimes, which does a bit go against the fact that God sees nothing as right nor wrong.
What is right? What is wrong? Think Again!
this book has made it so much easiler for me to read books, especially during transit and have enabled me to finish Book 1 and Book 2 already. As a slow reader, listener as well as I had to go back and listen again and again some parts. The additional interviews were really great and at better interviews than in book 1.
I do have to say of all three books this one was the slowest moving for me. However, that doesn't take away from how much I have enjoyed these books. I have said it on all three of my reviews for these books that these are not for those who are not open minded spiritually. I had a hard time at times trying to grasp what the author was trying to get across and I consider myself a very open minded person. SPOILER++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
For instance, in this book "God" states that Hitler is in heaven. At first I had a very hard time swallowing this. I about pulled over on the side of the road ( I usually listen while driving because I travel much for my job) because I was kind of irritated at first for the thought of saying that. I felt very mad that someone would even suggest someone like Hitler would be in heaven. I had to pull myself away from my preconcieved notions and start the chapter over again because I felt I was being close minded which was not what I wanted to do with the book. It definitely continues to build on the thoughts and ideas of book one. These books are very thought provoking and insightful. I really thought that these books are wonderful reads but this one is the slowest of all of them.
I loved it! Thank you Neil for "accepting" your assignment as God's Messenger.
There are three books in this series. I wont purchase the final audiobook. I could barely it make it through this one. The production value is poor. The author has a pleasant reading voice but chose to have the "God" parts read by Ed Asner and Ellen Burnstyn whose readings were, I suppose, to negate the concept that God is a man or a woman. I found this production technique distracting. In his style as an actor, Ed Asner really over-acted the part. I'm sure this distraction is minor and of course would be absent in the written forms. None-the-less, I think this work would have been better if this author presented it as a fiction. As his concept of what a conversation with God might be like... yet the author actually intends the reader to believe that the "God" parts of the dialogue were actually the dictations of the Deity. If this were true then the God of Creation is a half-wit narcissist that is unfamiliar with the modern discoveries in science and medicine. The theology the author is trying to create is just re-branded new-age mysticism that is a hodge-podge of Jewish Kabbalah, Buddhism, feel-good Universalism along with a healthy dose of the Edgar Cayce style enlightenment. Anyone wishing to broaden their spiritual studies will not likely find anything new in this book.
Definitely some great messages like the first one, but it seems like Mr. Walsch's personal beliefs tint a lot of the dialogue. Of course I would expect that as everything would be filtered through his life experiences, vocabulary, culture, and knowledge. If I had a similar dialogue, perhaps the solutions for our problems would come out as more libertarian. Perhaps not. Regardless, it's always interesting hearing different perspectives and challenging truths you hold. I understand people coming to this material are at all levels of spiritual growth, but personally I found the political and Christian stereotypes to be a little bit annoying. It seemed like he was still playing dumb (or Devil's advocate, if you will) for the benefit of those who grew up in strict religions. Which, admittedly, is probably a great need for many people. Some continued repetition about how God came to him. Good interviews. Overall, a good addition to the Conversations and a continued positive message of love!
"Re-define you thoughts"
The sense, integrity and truth emanates from every page. Book 3, as with the other two books, is a book that speaks, promotes and endorses unconditional love in a world full of human made conditions. For many years I was a child of a lesser god, but after reading the conversations trilogy, I have been able to dispel the outdated prejudices, bigotry and hatred (the fears) of ancient rhetoric from my life. I find it hard to express how much happier, content and fulfilled I feel since I have adopted the teaching from these books. They have answered all my questions about life and the universe and our relationship to everything including our purpose for existing. My vision about everything has changed dramatically for the better.
Some people may disbelieve that these books are a true conversation with God. But even if they are only the religious concepts and philosophical thoughts of a human mind expressed on paper, then they are wonderful thoughts with as much backbone as you could wish to experience.
I do recommend that you start with book 1 and listen your way through them objectively. When I first listened to them I felt overwhelmed. It?s not easy to let go of the negative religious indoctrinations that have been brainwashed into us over the decades of our life. In fact, letting go of some parts has been painful, but if you are yearning for a spiritual awakening, then you need look no further.
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