Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue, Book 1

Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue, Book 1

by Neale Donald Walsch

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399142789
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/29/1996
Series: Conversations with God Series Series , #1
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 65,640
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.65(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue, Book 2: Living in the World of Honesty, Courage, and Love 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 184 reviews.
kjm More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Come on, all intelligent people know that there is no such thing as god. just realize that you are alone in your world, and that you dont have any answers. clogging your mind with this babble is unproductive. god is just a pretend thing to make people feel better.
Stepmomcoach More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Author begins contradicting himself in the acknowlegements, and it gets worse from there. Aside from being non-Christian, his portrayal of God is illogical and disillusioned.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book naively, from the title I thought that it would be talking about Jesus and God. WRONG! It is nothing more than new age heresy - in fact it contradicts the Bible time and time again. Reading the book made me ill to my stomach. Oh, the author had a conversation with something, all right - but it wasn't Yhwh!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Warning: this book is filled with lies. It might sound like a pleasant ideology, but it's used for the purpose of mass deception. 2 Corinthians 11:14 "Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light". The author quotes in his second book; "Many have been christed, not just jesus of nazareth. You can be christed too." WRONG Matthew 24:3-5 Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. Don't be misled by this tomfoolery, if you want to know the Creator of this universe, the Living God that formed you in your mother's womb--than I highly suggest buying the Holy Bible and pray that the Spirit of God will show you the truth. John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. IS THIS BOOK BIBLICALLY ACCURATE? Article: https://www.gotquestions.org/conversations-with-God.html Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjvGYwU6Y6I
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Says man made up the devil. Inconsistant , out of context scripture references. Do not bother reading or buying. Let God talk to you. Through prayer and the bible. Not through this man.
Prinston7 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If this is God, no thanks. The 'God' in this book comes across as condescending and sarcastic. So does the author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not a religious fanatic, by any stretch of the imagination, but I have been looking for new ways to find God. This ain't it, folks. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that this guy tried to sell the Brooklyn Bridge to someone. A waste of time and money.
tiffwick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have always believed that books find us when we need them. That was the case with Conversations With God. This author said what what I needed to hear at that time so it was a powerful, thought provoking experience. I reread chapters from time to time and it still brings me comfort and something to ponder. I like how the author relates to God. I haven't decided which way I lean yet - but I like the idea of a collaborative, loving creator. I also liked the idea of us as creators.
TheyCallMeVarmit on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Conversation with God: If You Could Ask God Any Question, What Would It Be?, written by Alton Gansky, is a book containing questions and their answers that Christians/people may wish they could ask God. Each answer is drawn from the Bible and each topic comes with spiritual references so they can be read directly from the source.What I like about this book is that while it is great for solo readers, it is also suitable for groups. The book is split up into 55 questions, and each one is written as if answered by God, Jesus, and whomever else who could add any insight (such as Peter, Job, John, Simeon, etc.). The length of the answers to these questions, as well as the discussion that can be derived from them makes each question suitable for a weekly group reading/discussion. The topics range from talking about hell, heaven, the sexes, forgiveness, sin, the end of the world, and more. Each answer, while written in the first person, is taken from the Bible and I think the way they are written (not in verses, but as if the speaker were having a conversation with the reader) will appeal to nearly everyone. One thing that could prove to be a negative, however, is that because of the way it is written, this could be considered "Gansky's interpretation of what the Bible says" and there may be some out there who would disagree with any of the question and answer sessions. I know that for myself, while I did not disagree with the words he had written, I did disagree with the "tone impression" they were leaving me with. In my mind, the main speaker (God) should be a little more authoritive (yet loving), yet each speaker had the same voice. A Conversation with God would make a nice gift book, or a companion (not replacement) to the Bible
bookheaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thought provoking ideas about the universe and the meaning of life.
LadyBlossom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another book that all of humankind should read, it speaks for its self.
yjeva on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting, and thought provoking, but I had difficulty with accepting that the messages were from God.
TattooedMamaMeg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not good at writing reviews like this. This book changed my life. I call it my "bible". If that offends people, I apologize. But that's how strongly I feel about this book. Everything written in here is what I believe about love, life, and God.
rayski on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Neale claims God talks through his pen. If you get by that, then there is some interesting thoughts on how we¿re suppose to live and what life is about.
dianemb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this book a bit contrived. It was just a little too smooth for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love books. This is my favorite!
Smackey More than 1 year ago
Very interesting views. A book that really gets your mind pondering.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago