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The New Revelations: A Conversation with God
     

The New Revelations: A Conversation with God

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by Neale Donald Walsch
 

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This is a life-altering book. It contains New Revelations. It provides the tools with which to pull ourselves out of despair, lifting the whole human race to a new level of experience, to a new understanding of life itself, to a new expression of its grandest vision.
Neale Donald Walsch believes that the human race has reached a Time of Choosing. Our

Overview

This is a life-altering book. It contains New Revelations. It provides the tools with which to pull ourselves out of despair, lifting the whole human race to a new level of experience, to a new understanding of life itself, to a new expression of its grandest vision.
Neale Donald Walsch believes that the human race has reached a Time of Choosing. Our options are being placed before us by the tide of events — and by those whoa re creating them. We can either move forward, building together at last a new world of peace and harmony based on new beliefs about God and Life, or move backward, separately and continuously reconstructing the old world of conflict and discord.
In The New Revelations, bestselling author Walsch offers possible and powerful answers to the questions facing the world, and urges us to open our hearts and minds to what may be one of the most important spiritual statements of our time.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Like Walsch's earlier bestsellers, this New Age volume purports to be a record of a conversation with, and revelation from, God. The overarching argument is simple, indeed a bit tautological: humanity has reached a turning point. As evidenced by September 11, something about our world isn't working. We do not, however, need to tinker with our economics or politics; rather, we need to retool our beliefs about those systems that govern society. This is key, Walsch insists, because "beliefs create behaviors." Fond of numbered lists, Walsch gives us "Five Steps to Peace," which include our admitting that there is something we don't understand about "God and... Life, the understanding of which could change everything." Walsch also offers Nine New Revelations, some of which don't seem all that new, including the idea that God has always communicated directly with people, or that God would never punish us with eternal damnation. The Steps to Peace and the New Revelations all point toward the peaceful, humane spirituality that Walsch wants readers to cultivate, a spirituality that focuses not on morals but on "functionality." Because Walsch is ecumenical, drawing on Robert Schuller, Harold Kushner, the Bhagavad Gita and Shakespeare, seekers from many spiritual backgrounds will find his book inviting, and the dialogue format makes for easy reading. For those who are interested in a spiritual approach to global upheaval, these "New Revelations" will prove inspiring and companionable. (Oct.) Forecast: Walsch's first book in the Conversations with God series stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for 137 weeks, and he has more than three million books in print. Expect high interest for this title, which will be a selection of the One Spirit Book Club and has a first print run of 175,000 copies. Walsch will promote the book with a 12-city author tour and a TV satellite tour. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Best-selling inspirational writer Walsch has another "conversation with God," this time focusing on the aggression and dogma that plague the world. Addressing events such as Matthew Shepard's death, the deaths of 15 girls in Saudi Arabia who were forced to stay in a burning school because of "incorrect" dress, and the terrorist events of September 11, 2001, Walsch guides individuals to take an active role in changing the world by changing their beliefs. The text contains four lists, including "Five Steps to Peace" and "Nine New Revelations," which encourage readers to treat the cause of world problems instead of bandaging the symptoms. Walsch does not advocate replacing beliefs, such as those rooted in the Bible, Qu'ran, or Bhagavad-Gita but instead suggests that we become aware of how those beliefs can lead to dysfunctional behaviors. In advocating a change in current religious mindsets, Walsch will be considered blasphemous by some readers, but his ideas make practical sense and allow for an alternative take on creating world harmony. In-person workshops and online courses are offered at www.conversationswithgod.org. Libraries should expect heavy interest in this latest conversation from Walsch. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/02.]-Leo Kriz, West Des Moines P.L.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743463034
Publisher:
Atria Books
Publication date:
01/06/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
738,022
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.44(h) x 1.10(d)

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Chapter One

God, please be here. We need help.

I am here.

We need help.

I know.

Right now.

I understand.

The world is on the brink of disaster. And I'm not talking about natural disaster; I'm talking about man-made calamity.

I know. And you're right.

I mean, humans have had disagreements before, and serious ones, but now our divisions and disagreements can lead not simply to wars — which are bad enough — but to the end of civilization as we know it.

That is correct. You have assessed the situation correctly.

You understand the severity of the problem; you simply do not understand the nature of the problem. You do not know what is causing it. So you keep trying to solve it at every level except the level at which it exists.

Which is?

The level of belief.

The problem facing the world today is a spiritual problem.

Your ideas about spirituality are killing you.

You keep trying to solve the world's problem as if it were a political problem, or an economic problem, or even a military problem, and it is none of these. It is a spiritual problem. And that is the one problem human beings don't seem to know how to solve.

Then help us.

I am.

How?

In many ways.

Name one.

This book.

This book will help us?

It can.

What do we have to do?

Read it.

And then what?

Heed it.

That's what they all say. "It's all in The Book," they say. "Read it and heed it. That's all you have to do." The problem is, they all hold up a different book.

I know.

And every book says something else.

I know.

So now we should "read and heed" this book?

It's not a question of what you should do. It's a question of what you may do if you choose to. It is an invitation, not a requirement.

Why would I want to read this book when I've already been told by True Believers that all the answers are in the other books — the books that they are telling me to heed?

Because you have not heeded them.

Yes, we have. We believe that we have.

That's why you now need help. You believe that you have, but you have not.

You keep saying that your Holy Book (your cultures have many different ones) is what has given you the authority to treat each other the way you are treating each other, to do what you are doing.

You are able to say that only because you have not really listened to the deeper message of these books. You have read them, but you have not really listened to them.

But we have. We are doing what they say we should be doing!

No. You are doing what YOU say that they say you should be doing.

What does that mean?

It means that the basic message of all the sacred scriptures is the same. What is different is how human beings have been interpreting them.

There is nothing "wrong" with having different interpretations. What may not benefit you, however, is separating yourself over these differences, making each other wrong because of these differences, and killing each other as a result of these differences.

This is what you are now doing.

It is what you have been doing for quite some time.

You cannot agree even within a particular group of you, much less between groups, about what a particular book says and what it means, and you use these disagreements as justifications for slaughter.

You argue among yourselves about what the Qur'an says, and about what its words mean. You argue among yourselves about what the Bible says, and about what its words mean. You argue among yourselves about what the Veda says, what the Bhagavad-Gita says, what the Lun-yü says, what the Pali Canon says, what the Tao-te Ching says, what the Talmud says, what the Hadith says, what the Book of Mormon says...

And what of the Upanishad, the I Ching, the Adi Granth, the Mahabharata, the Yoga-sutras, the Mathnawi, the Kojiki?

Okay, we get the point.

No, actually, you don't. And that's the point. The point is, there are many holy writings and sacred scriptures, and you act as if there is only one.

It is your sacred scripture that is really sacred. All the rest are poor substitutes at best, and blasphemies at worst.

Not only is there only one Sacred Scripture, there is also only one way to interpret that Scripture: your way.

This spiritual arrogance is what has caused you your greatest sorrow as a species. You have suffered more — and caused other people to suffer more — over your ideas about God than over your ideas about anything else in the human experience.

You have turned the source of the greatest joy into the source of your greatest pain.

That's crazy. Why is that? Why have we done that?

Because there is one thing for which human beings seem willing to give up everything.

They will give up love, they will give up peace, they will give up health, harmony, and happiness, they will give up safety, security, and even their sanity, for this one thing.

What?

Being right.

You are willing to give up everything you've ever worked for, everything you've ever wanted, everything you've ever created, in order to be "right."

Indeed, for this you are willing to give up Life itself.

But isn't that how it should be? I mean, you have to stand up for something in life. And the Word of God IS what's right!

Which God?

Which God?

Yes, which God?

Adonai? Allah? Elohim? God? Hari? Jehovah? Krishna? Lord? Rama? Vishnu? Yahwey?

The God whose words were brought to us clearly by the
Master and the Prophets.

Which Master and which Prophets?

Which Master? Which Prophets?

Yes.

Adam? Noah? Abraham? Moses? Confucius? Siddhartha Gautama? Jesus? Patanjali? Muhammad? Baha'u'llah? Jalal al-Din Rumi? Martin Luther? Joseph Smith? Paramahansa Yogananda?

You're not equating all of those with each other, are you?

Why not? Is one greater than the other?

Certainly!

Which one?

The one in whom I believe!

Exactly. Now you get the point.

So what do you want me to do, give up my beliefs?

I don't "want" you to do anything. The question is, what do you want to do?

I want to find a way to get past all of these mixed-up beliefs that humans have.

There is a way.

Which is?

Transcend them.

What does that mean?

Transcending means to go beyond, to move past. It does not mean to completely reject or totally destroy. You do not have to destroy a thing in order to move past it.

You would not want to destroy your old belief system in any event, because there is too much of it that you will wish to retain.

"Transcending" does not mean always being "other than," it means always being "larger than." Your new, larger belief system will no doubt retain some of the old — that part of the old belief system that you experience as still serving you — and so it will be a combination of the new and the old, not a rejection of the old from top to bottom.

Can you see the difference?

I think so.

Good. Then you can stop your resistance.

The reason humans have hung so tenaciously to their old beliefs is that they do not want to dishonor those beliefs by rejecting them completely, out of hand. They think that this is the choice they have: Reject the old or accept the old, totally. Yet that is not the only choice you have. You can review the old and see what parts of the old no longer work. You can expand the old to make some parts of the old work better. You can add to the old to make some parts of your belief system new.

Rejecting completely your present beliefs would be to discredit so much of what has been taught, so much of what has been understood, so much of what has been done — and so much of what has been good.

It would make too much of the world feel "wrong." It would make ancestors "wrong," it would make entire scriptures "wrong," it would make present-day lives "wrong." People would have to admit that all of the spiritual aspects of the human experience have been a mistake, a misunderstanding.

This is more than most people can acknowledge. It is more than they should acknowledge, because it is not true.

In fact, you don't have to declare that you were "wrong" about anything, because you weren't. You simply didn't have a complete understanding. You needed more information.

Transcending current beliefs is not an outright rejection of them; it is an "adding to" them.

Now that you have more information that you can add to what you presently believe, you can enlarge your beliefs — not completely reject them, enlarge them — and move on with your lives in a new way.

A way that works.

But I don't have more information.

Yes, you do.

I do?

You have this book.

Copyright © 2002 by Millenium Legacies, Inc.

Meet the Author

Neale Donald Walsch devotes his
time to sharing the messages of his books through writing, lecturing, and facilitating spiritual renewal retreats. The creator of the School of the New Spirituality and founder of The Group of 1000, a nonprofit organization supporting global spiritual awakening, he lives in Ashland, Oregon, and may be contacted through www.nealedonaldwalsch.com.

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The New Revelations 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the conversations with god series and the further titles that neale has written, have profoundly affected my way of thinking. first, the power of choice and responsibility of actions and reactions is owned by each of us; how simple, yet putting this into daily living before neales books was a big question to me. further more, a knowing that peace becomes all of us in our own stillness, and that the stillness is our own choice is like a revalation. i could go on and on. i chose the most simplistic forms of being the book has shown me, and that i have put into practice in my own life. these books have shown me what i have always known. however, i wasn't sure and didn't quite know how. now i am sure. thanks to neale and god and deepak for pointing my ship in the direction i needed it to go. for finally the wind changed.
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to save humanity from extinction, Neale asks if we would find the courage to challenge the beliefs we have been using to define ourselves, and evaluate with honesty how effective or ineffective our theologies have been in producing the results we claim to want / using well-researched references to written scriptures of the most prominent world religions, he shows clear admonition in each which have provoked destructive behaviors throughout our history down to the present day / 'You've done the things you've been doing to each other in the name of religion because many of your present organized religions, all well-meant, all well-intended, and most grounded in some sound spiritual principles, are simply incomplete in their understandings. Religion has not been allowed to grow. Indeed you will not let it grow. You claim that any new insight that contradicts or modifies the old is blasphemous and heretical. You claim that new revelations are not possible. Your position is that everything there is to say has already been said, everything there is to know is already known, everything there is to understand is already understood. Yet your desperate struggle to keep your species alive, to stop it's members from killing each other, and from destroying all of life will not end, and it may wind up ending you if you are unable to make one simple statement. There is something I do not understand about God, and about life, the understanding of which will change everything.' / living in the question of what this new understanding would open up for us is primed with a set of concise 'Revelations', not to be accepted on faith or as fact, but offered in an invitation to consider deeply if there is any truth in them for us, and any value in them for the human race / a remarkable work, the revelations themselves useful to contemplate on a daily basis as supporting a refreshing orientation to our life and world events an orientation where hope displaces fear and our choices in each of life's moments yield self-realization and stand as encouragement to others / I strongly recommend this work / no explicit external references to other works were found. My journey along the Conversations path brings me next to Communion with God
mark pollack More than 1 year ago
Please do yourselves a favor and google this guy . Please do not be led downward by this person. It is a one way trip down