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Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue, Book 1

Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue, Book 1

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by Neale Donald Walsch

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Conversations with God Book 1 began a series that has been changing millions of lives for more than ten years. Finally, the bestselling series is now a movie, starring Henry Czerny (The Pink Panther and Clear and Present Danger) and Ingrid Boulting (The Last Tycoon). Produced and directed by Stephen Simon (producer of Somewhere in

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Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue, Book 2: Living in the World of Honesty, Courage, and Love 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 174 reviews.
kjm More than 1 year ago
I have been studying these books alongside of the Bible ever since I started reading them. Honestly, a part of me wanted to disprove them. But as I got deeper into the Word and compared them side-by-side, I realized it could not be done. The main message of Conversations with God is that "We are all One" - meaning one Spirit. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prays to the Father, "I pray...that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us...May they be brought to complete unity..." (John 17: 21-23, NIV). To name a few more examples: - "Remain in me, and I will remain in you" (John 15:4) - "On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you" (John 14:20) - "Do to others what you would have them do to you" (Luke 6:29-31) Humans have been asking how to have "world peace" and to solve "world hunger" and to "prevent war" for centuries. I tell you the truth; these books have the answers! They answer them just as Jesus did 2000 years ago. Jesus understood these truths and came here to teach them to us. Why can't God be the One speaking in these books? Do you think that God only inspired people in biblical times and decided that was enough to answer everyone's questions for all eternity? Think about when Jesus came to the earth. He was from God, and spoke God's words - but consider how difficult it would have been to believe him back then. Indeed, it was difficult for many people! He was crucified because of their disbelief! The same is true today. Anytime something new and different and seemingly crazy comes along, we dismiss it and even go as far as to say it's "from the devil." What if everyone had dismissed Jesus?? You have to wonder - if this really is God, and you don't believe it, what are you saying about Him? I was a Christian for a long time. As you can imagine, it has been difficult sharing my renewed beliefs to my Christian friends. They wonder what I did "wrong" and how I allowed the devil to capture me. My own sister has shown judgment against me because of it. Do you believe God would really inspire a religion that TEACHES how to be judgmental and to know nothing else? If you have ever felt true judgment, you can easily say that an all-loving God would never make you feel that way. The God in these books IS ALL-LOVING, He is non-judgemental, He is patient, and by the way, He does not give anything but loving advice! I know because I have put a lot of His words into practice, and it has changed my life and the lives of many around me. The most important message you could receive from this review is this: If you read these books and decide to believe God is speaking, you have strengthened your faith. If you read these books and decide to believe God is not speaking, you have strengthened your faith. THEY WILL LEAD YOU TO YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING EITHER WAY. Therefore, do not condemn them; thank God for leading you to them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I chose not to read this for a long time because, having been raised Christian, I saw the outcomes of the religion founded in contradiction and 'better than the rest' opinions, which never sat well with me. 'Look at any of the negative reviews of this book, as examples.' This book is not about 'religion' and certainly not about 'christianity' - instead it offers the simple line 'GOD IS LOVE'. I have never heard something so simple and so profound. Love is kindness, goodness, respect for people and the earth 'even those people who think differently', compassion, etc... If it helps to personify that idea and call it 'God', so be it. I am literally shocked that anyone could have a bad thing to say about this book. It's full of optimism and positivity. Different doesn't mean wrong - and this 'I'm right you're wrong' conundrum seems to fuel the fires we are always trying to resolve with love. Step away from restrictions and guidelines of religion and seek a more intimate, personal relationship with god and love and humanity.
Stepmomcoach More than 1 year ago
I read Conversation with God in 1998 when a fellow bookclub member said she would love to discuss this book but our group wouldn't go for it. So I told her that I would be interested in reading it and talking about it. Our discussion lasted for 10 years. Later, other people joined our discussion. We learned about our own spiritual path and growth. Although we did not agree with everything the book said, it did open doors to discussions about God and our faith in ways that we would never have done before. Six months after I had joined my friend in this discussion, my husband joined me and it has helped us in many aspects of our lives. When we were faced with a life threatening illness, we saw this as an opportunity to put into practice what we said we believed in. This book is not for everyone but it is a good place to start if you wish to start a dialogue on spirituality and God.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow, you have got to be kidding. This book is a joke. I would not recommend it to anyone who really wants to have a conversation with God. I think the title should read, Conversations with Walsh.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I personally find it difficult to side with those who say that Mr. Walsch 'made up' his conversations with God. As someone who has studied philosophy extensively, I marveled at 'God's answers' because they are so eloquently stated, yet simply understood. I cannot imagine an individual with the ability to answer Mr. Walsch's questions with the intelligence and breath-taking synergy from one question to the next. Yes, I was skeptical at first. But, the 'answers' absolutely convince me that Mr. Walsch did indeed have a series of conversations with God. I defy any human being to make up something as full of wisdom as is this book WITHOUT input from God. You just can't make this stuff up. The source is clearly a Higher Being, i.e., God. This is one of the most incredible books ever written and must be read slowly in order to absorb its contents. As so many have said, it is a life-changing experience to have read this book and then, more importantly, to apply it to your own life. Furthermore, the 'answers' expose the fallicies inherent in the rules perpetuated by organized religion, be it Presbyterianism, Catholicism, Buddhism, or whatever. Where did these 'rules' come from? Not God, that's for sure - they came from free will imposed on the masses by virtue of their fear and ignorance and/or the strength of the messenger. Read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My only advice is to read God's book first so that you will know what God thinks and says. The book's title is misleading because you think it will compliment God's 'original', but instead it contradicts it. If you're looking for God's truth, go to the source. If not, this book will make you feel good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Come on, all intelligent people know that there is no such thing as god. just realize that you are alone in your world, and that you dont have any answers. clogging your mind with this babble is unproductive. god is just a pretend thing to make people feel better.
Prinston7 More than 1 year ago
I have read through this book and have watched the movie. I have one thing to mention as to why this book does not get 5 stars....the message of the Messiah is not made clear? The author wishes to smooth over many issues and make God more approachable; good for him. I really admire that quality. God should be very approachable! The author has every right to use the talents bestowed upon him to write a book to help people just talk to God. Another book would help seal the effort though, "The Missing Message" by G Michael Price; this book was also written in God first person, but keeps to the core issues and maps out a clear course as to how staying part of God's plans is possible for everyone. I recommend "Conversations with God" after one has a firm grounding in the knowledge of Christ.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Author begins contradicting himself in the acknowlegements, and it gets worse from there. Aside from being non-Christian, his portrayal of God is illogical and disillusioned.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book naively, from the title I thought that it would be talking about Jesus and God. WRONG! It is nothing more than new age heresy - in fact it contradicts the Bible time and time again. Reading the book made me ill to my stomach. Oh, the author had a conversation with something, all right - but it wasn't Yhwh!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If this is God, no thanks. The 'God' in this book comes across as condescending and sarcastic. So does the author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not a religious fanatic, by any stretch of the imagination, but I have been looking for new ways to find God. This ain't it, folks. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that this guy tried to sell the Brooklyn Bridge to someone. A waste of time and money.
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davep More than 1 year ago
When i first read this book around 2000,I had come to a realization that much of what I had been taught about God did not fit my experience. The words found in this book firmed up what I had been led towards, and clarified many more thoughts that were somewhat fuzzy at that point. Great Book for those on the Spiritual Journey.
HJTRINITY More than 1 year ago
I read all 3 books and have never in my life read any books that affected me the way CWG series did. I read the Bible many times and did not understand it. I found EVERY answer to EVERY question I ever had in these books. To the person who wrote the comments in BOLD letters on October 13, 2006, the author is a man, not a SHE!!! This proves you never read the book and judging it by its cover. Books find us, we don't find them!!! I want to thank Mr. Walsch for sharing this beautiful story with the rest of the world because the exact same thing happened to me. My anger with God turned into a conversation with Him. I did not find answers to all the questions I had in life in the Bible, but I did find it in Conversations With God, especially Book 1. God wanted me to read these books because the books found me. I had not idea such books existed until I demanded answers from God to help me understand life in general. I highly recommend these books. This book helped opened my eyes to my own relationship with God. Again Mr. Walsch, thank you for this beautiful gift. I never realized how easy it is to love God until I read your books. You are an angel sent from heaven. You certainly changed my life. I have all 3 CWG books and your biopic DVD. With love. A BIG FAN!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Says man made up the devil. Inconsistant , out of context scripture references. Do not bother reading or buying. Let God talk to you. Through prayer and the bible. Not through this man.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love books. This is my favorite!
Smackey More than 1 year ago
Very interesting views. A book that really gets your mind pondering.
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BluePier More than 1 year ago
I recently listened to this book, and its interesting to hear it from an audio perspective, with three seperate voices. What I enjoyed most is the idea that it gives you a new way to process and think about the world. Thinking positively, focusing on manifesting goodness and happiness in your life...these are not new ideas. We have heard them from other sources as well, and I know for a fact that it works. This book just provides a more comprehensive way to know the best way to do that, and how to follow the path that is closest to God's in an effort to create the person you want to be. I felt it was a lot like The Secret, but more focused on being "Godly" and less about just getting whatever you want. As for the negative reviews of this book, I had to chuckle. While I deny no one the right to their own opinion, it is laughable to me that most complains about CWG are that it doesn't follow the bible. Because it was written by a person. Are you serious? You realized that God Himself did not come down and strike the words of the bible into a printing press and start the machine. The Bible was not only written by man, it was REWRITTEN by man as well. And if you actually paid attention to the book, or the subsequent books, you would see that there are direct quotes from the Bible. Walsch makes no claim that this is like the Bible or any such nonsense. That's the point! And for the thinking that God would never support being gay or cohabitation or whatever other no-no's you think are written in stone because you're church told you so, maybe you're right. Maybe He is much more impressed by ignorant bigotry against people you consider different. How very spiritual of you.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Two things, in response to what I read in the comments here: First, saying that humanity is responsible for the way the world is now, and will have to be the ones to change, if we want it changed, is the opposite of escapism, which, in different words, is what some reviewers here seem to think. Also, as the the grammar mistakes, keep in mind that this book's audience is the everyday person, not some hypothetical English Professor. As to the given example of "become made manifest", the "Song of Thankfullness an Praise"(135 in the hymnal I read it from), uses the phrase "God in Man made Manifest" as its' refrain.
Richard_Szponder More than 1 year ago
Having been raised Catholic, I approached Conversations With God with trepidation. First, I had to get past my concerns and doubts about the idea that Neale Donald Walsch actually believed he was speaking with God. Next, I knew the ideas and concepts found within the pages would challenge everything I had ever been taught for the first 30 years of my life, and I wasn't sure I was ready for that. Within just a few pages, I realized that what I was reading answered so many questions and clarified why so many traditional, orthodox religious ideas create so many contradictions and so much confusion. Conversations With God explains a great deal about creation. In the beginning, there was only God, pure spiritual light, no opposing forces. In order for God to know Himself, He had to create the physical realm, for to understand one concept, you must understand its opposite. The purpose of life, according to Walsch (and God), is to understand ourselves as physical beings in order to remember who we are as one individual extension of a universal consciousness. If Walsch himself is an extension of God, it no longer becomes such a stretch to think that he could actually be conversing with his Higher Self, or God. Conversations With God teaches that there is no devil, no hell, at least not in the sense that traditional religion teaches. Hell is a complete separation from God, but that separation is man-made, and the separatist can return to God at any time. God does not care so much what we do as long as we learn from having had the experience and grow to understand the difference between right and wrong. There are no "commandments," so to speak, as traditional religion teaches. Rather, there are "commitments," ideals put forth into the world by guide to demonstrate how to live a love-based life. For why would God give us free will and then demand we behave in a certain way? Why do people get sick? Why do natural disasters and terrorist attacks occur? These complex questions and more are dealt with from the perspective of the law of attraction. Walsch (and God) explains that illness, calamity, and even natural disaster are the result of individual or collective consciousness and can be controlled. How you think is as important as what you think about in creating the life you want to live. God explains that you do not exist with some predetermined soul purpose, but, rather, your purpose in this life is to create the life you want to live and to remember who you are, a spiritual being having a physical experience. Certain concepts within Conversations With God are difficult to absorb. God explains that the human body was not designed to age. Those who find reincarnation an impossibility will certainly struggle with this book. God explains to Walsch that he has lived over 600 lives, some as murderers and some as saints. Many of life's grandest questions are answered within the pages of the first book of Conversations With God. This review has barely scratched the surface. If traditional orthodox religion has left you confused, confounded, with unanswered questions, take a look at Conversations With God, Book 1. Be prepared to open your mind to new concepts. Then, make your own determination and look inside yourself for the answers to your questions.
EponaGirl More than 1 year ago
I first heard this on cassette tape - and I am so glad it's available now on CD so I can give it to friends and family. What a wonderful, uplifting explanation of where we come from, who we are, what we are here to do, and how God cares for and loves us. If you are a person who has to have your beliefs spoon-fed to you, this beautifully told and amazingly simplified set of questions and answers may not be for you, because it is not going to merely regurgitate sermons out of a preacher's handbook. However, if you want your own lifetime of questions answered, this may be it. BTW, The Shack is a very good book about extremely difficult situations, but Walsch's book paved the way for a new relationship with God.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago