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What God Wants: A Compelling Answer to Humanity's Biggest Question
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What God Wants: A Compelling Answer to Humanity's Biggest Question

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by Neale Donald Walsch

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The biggest danger in the world today is not the asking of questions, but the assumption that we have all the answers.


This book, from the author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller Conversations with God, is dangerous. Why? Because it explores with startling freshness the most important question you could ever ask<


The biggest danger in the world today is not the asking of questions, but the assumption that we have all the answers.


This book, from the author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller Conversations with God, is dangerous. Why? Because it explores with startling freshness the most important question you could ever ask -- and offers with breathtaking courage the most extraordinary answer you could ever imagine.

That answer is so theologically revolutionary and spiritually empowering that it could change the course of human history. If embraced, it most certainly will change your life.

There are people and institutions in the world, long in place and long in power, that want neither of these outcomes to occur. They would rather that you put this book down right now.

When was the last time you read a dangerous book?

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Very few people will be able to believe what's in this book.

At least, at first.

That may make it one of the most unbelievable books of all time.

Copyright (c) 2005 by Neale Donald Walsch

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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What God Wants: A Compelling Answer to Humanity's Biggest Question 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an integral part of the 'all that is', I have the power to transcend the behaviors driven by the reptilian and mammalian brains to create my experience and resulting reality, consciously and by choice: 'Think only what you choose to experience. Say only what you choose to make real. Do only what you choose to demonstrate as your highest reality.' - one of many useful insights from 'What God Wants' which refresh material which may have been previously learned and integrated, but can never be heard enough. This book is particularly useful to disentangle the reader from polarized religious thinking by means of a heartfelt appeal to our rationality, while still honoring the value of faith traditions to our spiritual development. For these and all other audiences I highly recommend it! I encourage you to get the audio book as the option to simply listen with closed eyes in a meditative state can be a welcome alternative to reading, and Neale's expressive voice adds an emotional dimension to the work. Based on Neale's explicit references throughout this book, I've ordered related material from the following authors which will serve to deepen the hues of Neale Donald Walsch's painting, in our relationship to our experience of 'now', and our power to manifest reality through intent: * Jerry & Esther Hicks and Abraham * Eckhart Tolle * Byron Katie - Perhaps the most revered of Sufi mystics, Rumi, offered this advice: God has given us a dark wine so potent that, drinking it, we leave the two worlds / God has put into the form of hashish a power to deliver the taster from self-consciousness / God has made sleep so that it erases every thought / God made Majnun love Layla so much that just her dog would cause confusion in him / There are thousands of wines that can take over our minds / Don't think all ecstasies are the same! / Jesus was lost in his love for God / His donkey was drunk with barley / Drink from the presence of saints, not from those other jars / Every object, every being, is a jar full of delight / Be a conoisseur, and taste with caution / Any wine will get you high / Judge like a king, and choose the purest, the ones unadulterated with fear, or some urgency about 'what's needed.' / Drink the wine that moves you as a camel moves when it's been untied, and is just ambling about. --- Mathnawi IV, 2683-96 The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks - I think you'll find Neale's message fits the bill for quality
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again, I was reminded that humankind will never find peace as long as each religion defends THEIR definition of God as the right definition of GOD. We are all an a journey to a destination. Does it really matter which road we each take to get there? Or is the `route we take to get there¿ more important than the destination? Take a Religion Course in college and look at the world religions from the beginning of time until now and each seems to put our human ego on GOD and make God needy. How can that be? The God that is all powerful, loving, self contained, creative enough to have brought into existence all that is ¿ is powerless when it comes humans? Ahh, again Neale reminds us ¿ God doesn¿t want or need anything from us ¿ except our happiness. Too bad, we don¿t want to be happy ¿ we get more enjoyment out of the ego need to be right, to be powerful, to control others, because we find controlling others easier than controlling ourselves. If we want to make the world a better place, stop TALKING and start DOING. BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD. ¿ BE the greatest version of the grandest vision you ever had about who you are. That isn¿t as tough as people make it ¿ people just need to think better of themselves and their capabilities.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book that dispels the doomsday crazies!! This book will help you see why our world has been and is going in the wrong direction--perhaps it will help us rectify that and move us in a forward direction--I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even people of faith have sometimes wondered why God seems conspicuously absent during times of turbulence and strife, which unfortunately, is now the case for our planet continually. Why doesn't God intervene on behalf of suffering humans now rather than later--at the time of our death, or the second coming, or whatever the sectarian plan of salvation preached to the world? Perhaps people have never considered that this divine 'hands-off' approach is the method or process by which mankind evolves . . . by learning to solve his own problems. As Einstein correctly pointed out, 'The significant problems we face cannot be solved with the same thinking that created them.' Walsch's emphasis in What God Wants is that humans create their reality, and therefore must take responsibility for that reality. But in order to change things for the better, we must first gain a new understanding of the deity called 'God.' Walsch attempts to reach a wider audience with this book, his most recent. The message is urgent for a world on the brink of utter annihilation. Change your ideas about God and humanity or perish by your own hands. Seen in this light, biblical prophecies are nothing more than self-fulfilling prophecies. It is a timely message for inquiring minds open to new ideas about spirituality. Close-minded, dogmatic people of any stripe are not likely to appreciate this reassuring and comforting message; nor are they likely to want others to read it either.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the sort of book that could change the world if enough open-minded people get access to it. Without the controversial dialogue of the previous books in the series, I expected this to be less controversial, but once again, this latest edition challenges those to examine their own viewpoint on life and on themselves. A powerful book that cannot fail to have a huge affect on whoever reads it. Definitely recommended by me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What God wants is a most compelling book to read, and gives jaw-dropping answers to the most important questions about God, humanity, and what is happening in the world today.This book is so important, I wish I could purchase hundreds of copies and give them all away! I highly recommend you pick up this book today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Our world as we know it is in a state of crisis caused by our belief systems as well as human nature at it's worst. This book examines this, and has some very good solutions for our world in crisis, and hopefully in time to stop what we're doing to the environment, but more importantly what we're doing to one another in the name of 'god' or 'good vs evil' in a time where we can destroy humanity and our dear 'mother earth' with the touch of a button.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read enough of Neale's books to know that God wants nothing and that we are all one. This is a great small, quick read and yes it will upset the apple cart. Are you ready to let go and believe in a loving unconditional God? If you are still struggling with Good and Bad, Right and Wrong, get your hands on this author's books. Your life will never be the same and your heart does not lie!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Neale explores thought provoking questions and provides possible answers sorely needed in these troubled times. The subject matter explored in this book is what we must explore if we are to survive as a species. It illustrates the beliefs we hold about life and God upon which our societies have been constructed upon for thousands of years. It demonstrates we are building a 21st century world on 1st century theology. In every other field of knowledge, our sciences, medicine and technologies we have permitted exploration. Can you image where we would be today if we had not done so? The process through which we create our cultural stories and collective realities, as explained in the book is over a period of many years. Passed from generation to generation through a three-step process: First, our elders give us information about God and about What God Wants that we widely embrace as true. Second, this information sponsors beliefs about life and how it is, as well as how it should be. And third, these beliefs produce behaviors within the human family that creates humanity¿s life experiences. It all starts with this original information and impacts all of us. Few of us ever choose to question it and are often intolerant of exploration. We have all experienced what happens when one person tells a story to another and that individual passes it on. By the time the story reaches the twenty-first person it¿s content is dynamically different. With each telling of the story further personal embellishments and, depending its content, ego investment is inevitable. Just image the impact the centuries of our theology story telling has had on its original message? Factor in our compulsion to control and manipulate each other and a powerful, persuasive case exist for motivation in creating major distortions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book for our times! It is a message directly from GOD that makes eveything clear, when the BIBLE does not! It is a message from GOD that tells us who is his chosen and the answer might shock you! This is a book needed by every man and woman NOW!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is perfect! It is perfect because it asks a question that needs to be asked right here, right now. People have always professed to know what God wants--how arrogant! I love the way Neale has taken the largest question ever to be pondered, 'What God Wants,' and challenges us to think deeply about this question all the while war rages, poverty grows and freedom and liberty are no longer free. Religions from around the globe try to teach love yet for some reason only inspire what 'man wants.' I love sharing this book with my friends and my family. It has led to wonderful discussions about the important things in life. A college friend of my daughter wrote to me exclaiming that this book makes sense and is so very timely, exactly what he's been pondering himself! Once again, Neale, Thank you for encouraging us to 'journey well.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
NDW, with crystal clarity, shows how our beliefs in what God wants have led the world to the sorry state it is in today. His words will upset many people - in particular those whose calcified beliefs are exactly the reason we need the wisdom revealed in this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this to be very concise and thought provoking...even exciting in the possibilities it opens up if the reader is able to step away from their comfortable beliefs and consider the outstanding answer to the one question we all need to ask...What Does God Want? The current state of the world today is in need of brave souls who will do this. Are you one of them?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This books serves as confirmation for some deeply held truths that have been mine, for my entire life. I highly recommend this book for those seeking peace, comfort and a joy of living.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Christmas message, professed by Christians, is generally not practiced by Christians, Jews, Muslims or anyone. As Neale points out, the basic cause for most of the world's existing problems is that, through religion, we all use 'God' as the reason we can attack, kill and hurt anyone different than ourselves, whoever we may be. Each group sees itself as the 'right' or 'chosen' people. Anyone not from that group is 'them' and will be damned to eternal damnation. Well, if God can do that, then it's OK for us to do that too, right? The overall message of the book is that we are all ONE. One people intertwined with One God. There is no seperation between us or God. Neale does NOT put down religion; he is now adding to what we all know in our hearts to be true. For God's sake, we have no idea what's in our own oceans, how can we profess to know everything there is to know about God or Life? Maybe it is time we admitted we may not know everything there is to know about God. Maybe ... just maybe ... we are all equal brothers and sisters in His, Hers or It's eyes? Does it matter HOW you choose to honor God and Life? Does it matter which road you choose as long as it gets you there and you can assist others along the way? I know of a truly great Human Being who was put on a cross and killed because he said to love everyone as you want to be loved yourself. He also said that God's house should not be used as a place of business - he even upturned carts and created quite the scene. So ... He hit certain people in the wallet and up on a cross He went. Guess what? That is the reason religion today keeps us all seperate ... to keep the wallets as full as possible. Time to bring down the barriers while we celebrate our differences. God loves us all ... each and every one of us. Remember, He made us in His image, but we keep trying to do the reverse and turn Him into a selfish, temper-tantrum throwing, angry Human. God Bless and Love to All.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is not dangerous at all, except to those who fear the ability to think independently, ponder for themselves what it all means, stretch their souls to include new thoughts, decide for themselves what to think and how to live and love, question long established teachings that just might be extremely outdated, discuss what we might have missed along the way, listen to others and consider that they might have something of value to say also. But the saddest thing to me is that the thing that is feared most seems to be God (if you don't do it his way) and the point of the book is 'Which way would that be?' Thank you, God, for the freedom and joy of thinking and deciding for myself whether you even exist or not. That is real freedom. That is the true gift with no strings attached.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Or exciting... it all depends on how you look at it. This book really is the BEST book Neale has written. It's short, fast, and clear. It provides stunning answers to the biggest question humanity can formulate. What is it, that God, our maker and creator, wants from us? Do we really know? Does any one of our conflicting religions know? Yes and no. Our knowledge is simply incomplete. To understand the answer, we must zoom out from a piece of the puzzle (a religion, for example), to the broader picture. Wanna take a ride?!? Detach yourself from your belief systems (however inclusive you think they are), open yourself up, fasten your seat belts, and get your insurance papers out before reading this book... and then read it, listen to what it says.... at the very least CONSIDER the possibility that it is true. I guarantee you, that no matter who you are, how many similar books you have read, or how much you think you know about the answer, you will be shocked (or enlightened) by the answer. The answer to the title, in Chapter 13, may make you feel empty... or full of new life and understanding and energized to change the world for the better...
Ferro More than 1 year ago
So logical it does not seem spiritual... A convincing statement of what God IS.
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I REMEMBER. As a child, I remember when the Bible, pastors, or priests, or religious teachers misquoted him. I knew they spoke lies and myths used to create fear. Jesus Never codemned anyone and did not believe in Hell. Hell was made up long after his death / ressurection to control members of (whatever) religion. He said 'Every one of us is a child of God'. This was not just words, he meant it. No one is excluded, and never will be. In the Bible, God said that 'I am All that Is, All that Was , All that will Be. That means Everything in Creation is God. So people, when you remember what Jesus said, remember - to paraphrase - the person you love or despise is you, Because there is only God.
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PierrePT More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.It explores all of our beliefs and throws them back at you. I think we all share a common bond,we are all one and our belief systems need to change , in order to better represent our true inner feelings.What were your personal thoughts as you grew up? Neale Donald Wlasch shares  concur with many of them.The whole CWG series should be read.You will see yourselves.Try it.My wife and I are sold.Thanks for listening..
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mojo2005 More than 1 year ago
Well said, Mr. Walsch!! This message needs to get out to all.
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