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On the heels of his tremendous success with Conversations with God, author Neale Donald Walsch tackles teens with his latest inspirational book. Written in a conversational tone that makes it feel as if one is conversing directly with God, Conversations with God for Teens attempts to teach teens how to talk with God, how to take control of their lives, and how to find peace and understanding in the world around them. Walsch does this by answering some of the most difficult and challenging questions posed to him by teens from around the world.
The questions raised in the book touch on a variety of ticklish topics, such as sexuality (Why can't I just have sex with everybody?), divorce (Why can't my parents stay in love and stay married?), cruelty and inhumanity (Why do you let children get abused sexually and physically?), the generation gap (Why is there so much pressure -- from parents, from school, from everyone?), and death (Why can't we live forever?).
At the heart of Walsch's responses, gleaned from his own conversations with God, are the concepts of free will and self-empowerment. While some of Walsch's answers initially come across as trite or flippant, he eventually gets down to his real message. The God he portrays is a very benevolent and tolerant one -- there are no judgments passed here. But Walsch also challenges teens to work toward changing the status quo, pointing out how such change can be effected through one's behaviors, beliefs, and actions. Plus, he encourages responsibility and accountability, both in the way one thinks and in the actions one takes.
Walsch carefully avoids sounding preachy or advocating specific beliefs and religions. Instead, he calls for tolerance, open-mindedness, and a never-ending inquisitiveness while embracing one's current beliefs. His language is hip enough to appeal to the adolescent crowd, and a foreword by Alanis Morissette will likely heighten that appeal. And given the tough subject matter, the book can also serve as a valuable tool for parents struggling to engage in a dialogue with their teenage children. (Beth Amos)