Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue, Book 1

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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 Time and What Dreams May Come) and distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films and Fox Home Entertainment, the theatrical release is set for October 27, 2006. The movie is the true account of ...

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Overview

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 Time and What Dreams May Come) and distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films and Fox Home Entertainment, the theatrical release is set for October 27, 2006. The movie is the true account of Walsch (played by Cierny), who went from an unemployed homeless man to an "accidental spiritual messenger" and author of the bestselling book

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  • ISBN-13: 9780399142789
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Series: Conversations with God Series , #1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 46,745
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Neale Donald Walsch is the author of the New York Times bestsellers: Conversations with God book 1, book 2, and book 3, as well as Meditations from Conversations with God book 1 and book 2, and the Conversations with God book 1 Guidebook. Walsch lectures and hosts workshops throughout the country, in addition to running his foundation, ReCreation. His books have been translated into twenty-two languages. He lives in Oregon.

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The Secret of Life

The deepest secret is that life is not a process of discovery, but a process of creation. You are not discovering yourself, but creating yourself anew. . . . Life (as you call it) is an opportunity for you to know experientially what you already know conceptually. You need learn nothing to do this. You merely need to remember what you already know, and act on it.

Work

Doing is a function of the body. Being is a function of the soul. The body is always doing something. . . . The soul is forever being. . . . Your soul doesn't care what you do for a living -- and when your life is over, neither will you. Your soul cares only what you're being while you're doing whatever you're doing.

Your life work is a statement of Who You Are. If it is not, then why are you doing it? . . . If "man who supports his family, at all costs, even his own happiness" is Who You Are, then love your work, because it is facilitating your creation of a living statement of Self. If "woman who works at job she hates in order to meet responsibilities as she sees them" is Who You Are, then love, love, love your job, for it totally supports your Self image, your Self concept.


Sex

. . . Sex is joy, and many of you have made sex everything else but. Sex is sacred, too - - yes. But joy and sacredness do mix (they are, in fact, the same thing), and many of you think they do not. Your attitudes about sex form a microcosm of your attitudes about life. Life should be a joy, a celebration, and it has become an experience of fear, anxiety, "not enough-ness," envy, rage, and tragedy. The same can be said about sex. You have repressed sex, even as you have repressed life . . . . You have shamed sex, even as you have shamed life, calling it evil and wicked, rather than the highest gift and the greatest pleasure.

Relationships

There is a way to be happy in relationships, and that is to use relationships for their intended purpose, not the purpose you have designed. . . . Most people enter into relationships with an eye toward what they can get out of them, rather than what they can put into them. The purpose of a relationship is to decide what part of yourself you'd like to see "show up," not what part of another you can capture and hold. . . . It is very romantic to say that now that your special other has entered your life, you feel complete. Yet the purpose of relationship is not to have another who might complete you; but to have another with whom you might share your completeness.
. . . you have no obligation. Neither in relationship, nor in all of life. . . . You have only opportunity. Opportunity, not obligation, is the cornerstone of religion, the basis of all spirituality. . . . Relationship -- your relationship to all things -- was created as your perfect tool in the work of the soul. That is why all human relationships are sacred ground. It is why every personal relationship is holy.

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  • Posted March 7, 2009

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    Sure these books are controversial...but so was Jesus.

    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.

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2008

    Just what I didn't know I was looking for.

    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.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2008

    The problem is not that he THINKS he talked to God

    There is nothing wrong with someone believing God spoke to them. He does speak to all of us in varous ways. The problem is that the god that this man spoke to is not the one and only true God that made and rules this universe! This man's god is a happy-go-lucky god who says we shouldn't feel guilty about anything we do. The problem is that he contradicts and misrepresents the Bible throughout his book. The problem is that a lot of desparate people will follow this man as he leads them away from God and down a path to some other god. The problem is that you can either believe in the Bible or you can believe Mr. Walsch but you cannot believe both!

    6 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2003

    A Must Read For Those That Want To Stay In The Dark!!!

    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.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2006

    PLEASE THINK AGAIN ABOUT READING THIS ONE!!!

    I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS BOOK, BASED ON WHAT I HAVE HEARD AS WELL AS READ THE AURTHOR HAS TAKEN HER PERSONAL VIEWS AND POSITIONS AND VERY CUNNINGLY WRAPPED GODS NAME AROUND IT. THE ONLY GOD THAT SPEAKS IS THE GOD OF ABRAHAM ISAAC AND JACOB. AND THE ANSWER IN WHICH SHE GIVES THROUGHOUT HER BOOK DOES NOT LINE UP WITH THE CHARACTER AS WELL AS NATURE OF GOD. I UNDERSTAND THAT PEOPLE DO HAVE QUESTIONS AND DUE TO THIS FACT I WOULD LIKE TO HIGHLY RECOMMEND A BOOK WHICH WAS WRITTEN IN TRUTH AND LOVE. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR ANSWERS THAN LOOK KNOW FURTHER THE BIBLE!!!! IS ALL YOU WILL EVER NEED. CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD SHOULD BE CALL CONVERSATIONS WITH AN AUTHOR WHO THINKS SHE IS GOD!!! JOHN 7:16-18

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2006

    Beware, This Book Is False Doctrine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You have got to be kidding me!!!! Read the Bible if you want to learn about what God has to say. This book is nothing more than what the author thinks, not God. This book is terrible. You don't need a book like this to tell you what God thinks, just read the Bible and ask him yourself, it's called PRAYER!

    4 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

    Thought Provoking and Life-changing

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2009

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    There is more than what the eye sees.

    A book that is beyond your imagination. Father God does speak with his children, and sometimes these children are encouraged to share his words with others. Time to open our minds and spirits and elevate ourselves much higher than the spiritual self we continue to practice.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2005

    Could YOU answer the questions as eloquently?

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2009

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    Another "angle" on God to say the least!

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2008

    Great book for everyone

    This is a great book for everyone. It helped me understand the God I believe in and have believed in from my youth. I am now well over 60 and I have studied with many different religions and several secret groups, but never found my home. This book explains why I never found home because it expresses for me my most inner beliefs. But this book is only the start of the beliefs. Book 2 and book 3 of this trilogy are also a needed read to complete the understanding of my belief system in the Almighty.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2008

    Simply The Truth

    Are you ready to know the truth about God, religion, the devil...ect? This book contains essential information for anyone who desires spiritual growth.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2007

    Finally, Truth and Understanding

    It seems that until I read this book, I was lost in all the doubts that religion had provoked in me. It seemed that Christianity was trying to teach me two things at once: to love everyone for who they are, and then, to stay away from everyone who doesn't do as the Bible tells them. This book had been sitting on a shelf in my house, staring me in the face, and one day I opened it. I've never had such an enlightening, spiritual experience in my life! I got chills, and butterflies. I cried, and rejoiced in the fact that I CAN LOVE GOD and NOT HAVE DOUBTS. The book reaffirmed much of what I had suspicions about in my heart. That God is Love, and is NOT a man waiting for you in a land of harps in clouds, to beat you down if you've been 'bad'. That it doesn't matter what choice you make as long as you know that every action has a reaction. That science and God can go hand in hand. And that religion and spirituality are not the same thing. This book changed my life, and finally made me content in my faith. Haters of this book live in fear, fear of accepting something new and different (something that Christianity spurns inside many people). I like when Neale says that people will believe just about anything because 'it eliminates the need to think' (p.153). This book allows you to make the decision of right and wrong on your own, and let your heart make your decisions. I loved every page of the book and reccommend it to anyone who is searching for the REAL GOD. THE GOD OF ALL RELIGIONS. LOVE.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2007

    Don't buy this book

    God told this man that Adolph Hitler went to Heaven? I don't think so. I'm not a church going person either but I do have spiritual faith and I am also a historian. There is no way that monster went to Heaven. I threw the book in the garbage. Read the Celestine Prophecy instead or the Da Vinci Codes

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2007

    Decide for yourself

    I was going through a rough time in my life, and was looking for a Bible that I was given as I had never read it. While searching I came across this book instead and read it through in a week which is unheard of for me. I got more out of this book in a week than I could have in months of trying to decipher that Bible. I have since begun reading parts of the Bible, but CWG always puts me at ease and makes me feel better. What's interesting about scanning through the reviews is that there are very few votes of 2 or 3, mostly 1 and 5. This seems to be a very polarizing book, and has caused quite a little debate here in the reviews. In this book is expressed the idea that every thought and action springs from one of two places: love or fear. In a few of the reviews rating the book low I get the feeling that the reviewers fear that their belief system is being attacked, that this book says the Bible is not to be heeded which they don't like. My interpretation is that in his conversations with God we are told that the Bible, the Koran, and many other texts are of great value, but should not be blindly followed. Words are open to misinterpretation and misunderstanding. Just look at how many different denominations have sprung up using the same book to define their faith! Neither should any one walking among us be blindly followed. We should question always, and come to our own decisions that are right for us. If we don't then tragedies like Jim Jones' The People's Temple, and Hitler's Nazi Germany are destined to be repeated. This book also spoke to me in profound ways, and confirmed thoughts that I had developed on my own from a very young age. for instance, this great debate on creationism versus the big bang. From a very young age I always wondered why on earth could the two not be the same thing, and the arguments stem from them being viewed from two different perspectives? Well, when that thought was fairly well backed up in the pages of this book I knew that it had an openness and completeness that I appreciated. You will also find the author questions many things, sometimes more than once, but the answers that come are very complete and thoughtful. To some they just feel right, and to others they might not. But decide for yourself.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2006

    WHAT????

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2006

    Conversations with the Subconscious: A common dialogue

    The Conversations With God trilogy and two related books I have read by the same author, are nothing but an example of automatic writing or a variety of it, and the philosophy contained therein is nothing but typical new age claptrap. And I'm not speaking as a fundie who finds the book's views blasphemous, but as a humanist, who finds the book to be nothing but a pipe dream. Admittedly the 'god' of the trilogy is far kinder than the JCM God, but so what? God makes a number of curious mistakes in grammar and usage that would signify to an intelligent person that the 'god' of CWG is nothing but the unconsious mind of Neal Walsh, it knows nothing Neal doesn't know, and reflects his own preconceived notions. As a divine revelation, this book is as much of a joke as Mary Baxter's Divine Revelation of Hell [from a fundie point of view]. One such bogus usage is the phrase '..become made manifest..'. I'm surprised the editor let that one by. A good writer would have put it '...become manifest...'. In another glaring mistake God uses 'lightyears' as a unit of time, instead of distance, a very common mistake among the uneducated but would be rather surprising from God almighty. Basically the philosphy is a univesalist/reincarnationist/new age synthesis. God's in His heaven and all's right with the World. Blah blah blah.. Nothing new about the series whatsoever. It may reflect how reality OUGHT to be, but hardly what reality actually IS. Rachel Carson's Silent Spring shows us that not all is right with the world and 'God' is doing nothing to help us. It's totally in our bag now. In fact reality is an absurd joke indeed if some intelligence created it! A joke in bad taste and we are the hapless victiims of that joke.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2006

    False prophet

    you can't tell me that Christians are accept this as truth. the verses are grossly misquoted and out of context. to say the author authentically had conversations with God i can't say he didn't but if he tryly did then he misquoted what God said

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2006

    Deceiving Book not for Christians

    This book supposes to be God's answers to our questions. But would God tell someone it's ok to be a lesbian? Or it's ok to live with your boyfriend? Clearly this is NOT the God of the Bible but maybe someone's 'enlightened' version of a god.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2006

    A Star for creativity

    Obviously, the folks who believe that the author actually had a conversation with God, have a very strange concept of who God really is. I think that the book should be retitled with a small g for god. If he really did have a conversation with God, His responses would have been much different. I don't know what god he talked to.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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