The New Revelations: A Conversation with God

The New Revelations: A Conversation with God

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by Neale Donald Walsch, Ellen Burstyn

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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 options


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.

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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 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.

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Chapter 2

Let me see if I understand. You're saying that this book is on a par with the Torah, the whole Bible, the Bhagavad-Gita?

I did not say that. But, for the sake of discussion, were not those books written by mortals, guided by Divine revelation?

Well, yes, but surely you're not equating the words here with the words of Confucius, the teachings of The Buddha, the revelations of Muhammad...

Again I say...these were mere human beings, were they not?

I wouldn't call them "mere" human beings. They were very special human beings. Human beings who understood enormous truths. Human beings who were deeply inspired.

You, too, can understand enormous truths. You, too, can be deeply inspired. Do you think these experiences are reserved for the very few?

I tell you, they are meant for the very many.

Divine inspiration is the birthright of every human being.

You are all very special. You simply do not know that. You do not believe it.

Why not?

Because your religions have told you that you are not. They have told you that you are sinners, that you are unworthy, that only a very few among you have achieved a level of worthiness to be inspired directly by God -- and that all of those people are dead.

They have convinced you that no one living today could possibly achieve that level of worthiness, and, hence, no book written today could possibly contain sacred truths or the Word of God.

Why have they done so? Why have they told us this?

Because to tell you otherwise would be to leave open the possibility that another master, another prophet, another messenger of God could come along, bringing new revelations and opening you to new understandings -- and that is something that already established organized religions could not abide.

And so, while your world's religions may not be able to agree on which book contains the highest truth and the deepest wisdom and the True Word of God, there is one thing on which they are able to agree.

What's that?

Whatever book it is, it's an old one.


It's an old book.

It could not be a new book. It could not be a book written today.

God's direct revelations ended long ago, your religions agree. Only old sacred books can contain divine revelation.

Most people can accept that God's great truths have come to humans through humans. They simply cannot accept that this could be true of humans living today.

This is how you think. This is how you have it constructed.

If it's old, it's worthy; if it's new, it's unworthy.

If it's old, it's true; if it's new, it's false.

If it's old, it's right; if it's new, it's wrong.

If it's old, it's good; if it's new, it's bad.

This peculiar mindset is what makes progress on your planet so difficult, and evolution so time-consuming.

What complicates all this is that, as you have constructed it, this mindset applies only to things -- that is, inanimate objects -- and to ideas. Ironically, when it comes to people you have it constructed the other way around.

If it's new, it's worthy; if it's old, it's unworthy.

Thus, your society dismisses out of hand some of the brightest new ideas and some of the wisest older people.

Ask Hermann Kümmell.

Hermann Kümmell?

A medical doctor in Hamburg in the late 1800s who had a terrible time convincing other physicians that it was a good idea to wash their hands before surgery.

The idea of "scrubbing up" was summarily dismissed by "those who knew better," with Kümmell turned into a laughing-stock and practically driven out of his beloved medical profession for even suggesting that such a practice could save lives.

This stubborn tendency of human beings to cling to their past, to refuse innovation or new thinking until they are forced to do so by an ultimately embarrassing weight of evidence, has been slowing your evolutionary process for millennia.

Yet now it does not seem as if we can afford to have that process drag on. It feels as though, now, time is of the essence. We have reached a crossroad here.

Yes. You are facing now a new and startling danger -- a danger posed to your entire species. A threat to your very survival posed by the combination of a split in ideology and an advance in technology, which makes it possible for you to seek to resolve your differences with tools of human destruction unlike anything you may have heretofore dreamed of in your worst nightmare.

My God, what can we do?

There are five things you can choose now if changing your world, and the self-destructive direction in which it is moving, is what you wish to achieve.

1. You can choose to acknowledge that some of your old beliefs about God and about Life are no longer working.

2. You can choose to acknowledge that there is something you do not understand about God and about Life, the understanding of which will change everything.

3. You can choose to be willing for a new understanding of God and Life to now be brought forth, an understanding that could produce a new way of life on your planet.

4. You can choose to be courageous enough to explore and examine this new understanding, and, if it aligns with your inner truth and knowing, to enlarge your belief system to include it.

5. You can choose to live your lives as demonstrations of your highest and grandest beliefs, rather than as denials of them.

These are the Five Steps to Peace, and if you take them, you can shift everything on your planet.

Why all this emphasis on God and our beliefs? Why are you not telling us to change our worldwide political or economic systems? Why are you not telling us to change our laws and stop our violence and share our resources and discontinue our discrimination and halt our oppression and redistribute our abundance and end our wars and live in peace?

Because those are all changes in behavior.

Aren't our behaviors exactly what we need to change right now?

Yes. If what you decide you now desire is a world living in peace and harmony, the answer is yes.

Okay, you've got me. I don't understand. Why are you talking about beliefs when what we need to do is change behaviors?

Because beliefs create behaviors.

Copyright © 2002 by Millennium 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

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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