Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and mine is that this book literally changed my life and the relationship that I have with God. Because of this book, I've opened my heart and my mind. And it's really made me re-evaluate why I'm here and the role I play in God's life and vice versa.
Nov 24, Kate rated it did not like it Recommends it for: soup lovers! Shelves: horrid. Recipe for Conversations with God Alphabet Soup 1. Carefully rip out all pages of Conversations with God close to the binding. Attempt to make the rips as clean as possible. If this is difficult, use scissors. Can be done five or six pages at a time. Set aside in neat stack. Discard binding. In very large stockpot, add equal parts water and saccharine. Bring to a boil. Maybe the saccharine will melt, maybe it won't, I've never tried this recipe, but, trust me, saccharine is a key ingredient.
Turn off heat. Plug in and turn on paper shredder. In small batches, carefully shred Conversations with God according to manufacturer's directions. Cross shredding works best. Set aside in six small artistically arranged piles. Locate yellow pages. Look up butcher who carries specialty meats. Dial number. Ask butcher to reserve six pounds of tripe. Retrieve reserved tripe from butcher 9.
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Rinse and pat dry. Over medium flame, alternate pound of tripe with one pile of cross shredded Conversations with God in the saccharine water. Boil the hell out of it. Bon apetit! View all 14 comments. Jun 27, Amy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: People in crisis. Shelves: lifechangers. OK - I know. You can laugh, but this book was my life-line during one of the most difficult periods I've ever been through. The message that love of the self is the key to happiness was something I really need to hear at that point in my life, and it made me realize that we all manifest the events of our life, consciously or not.
You don't have to believe in God to appreciate the message of this book: Choices based on love will bring good things in to your life; choices based on fear will not. It OK - I know. It's pretty simple, really. Jun 03, Loussin rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Absolutely everyone. Shelves: favorites. Where many find it difficult to believe in this book I find it more difficult not to believe in.
From studying philosophy A-level - great minds and masters such as Plato, Augustine, Irenaeus and Descartes already had exactly the right idea about life as we know it and as we don't know it. Where many, humanly, see it as completely controversial and totally blasphemous, the truth of this philosophy absolutely cemented my beliefs in the Highest thought of Love - the ultimate and absolute of all tha Where many find it difficult to believe in this book I find it more difficult not to believe in.
Where many, humanly, see it as completely controversial and totally blasphemous, the truth of this philosophy absolutely cemented my beliefs in the Highest thought of Love - the ultimate and absolute of all that we are; freedom- the Divine Creator that which we are has provided us with the beauty of choice; and experience - the ability to distinguish between 'good' and 'bad' and to decide who we are and who we want to be in the world of relative. Neale Donald Walsch is a great representation for the ordinary human being who feels as though he's done everything right in his life but can't understand why it's all falling apart - a horrible reality that most of us have subconsciously shaped and created for ourselves.
WHY ME, why is this happening?! God is a pretty cool character - unexpected and this is where some find the blasphemy. I personally love it. This I believe is the way God is supposed to be. He is the all-loving and we are his children. I can't myself express his awesomeness - you must read it for yourself. Plato was concerned with concepts of the Forms - higher versions of ourselves or God our souls seek to be. Even in the most Ancient times of Greece the Stoics believed God to be present in everything and everyone.
Conversations with God expresses how the Bible and Christian teaching was severely manipulated and warped to change societies views and to establish higher and lower beings. This book reminds us that we are all of equal being and we are all deserving of experiencing the highest concept of love. It is only in recent periods - s where fundamentalist Christians stopped interpreting and analysing and took up a literal view of its teachings. This book is what it is. It doesn't force you into anything; it doesn't promote a new religion or following.
It is not the right way. It is not the wrong way. It simply is. Only by fear are people offended - but to me the logic is sound and pure and the truth really is a beautiful thing. Favourite quote: "Yet your teachers have told you of an angry God, a jealous God, a God who needs to be needed. And that is not a God at all but a neurotic substitute for that which would be a diety. View 1 comment. Mar 16, Natasha rated it it was amazing. I found myself distracted by the reviews here that claim this book presents falsehoods and the message is poorly constructed. Then, I immediately felt bad and had a desire to defend this material because it has provided me with something I never thought I could have - a better understanding of who I want to be.
I quickly realized I don't need to feel bad that other people here don't seem to get what this book has to offer because of what I've learned in reading the book, which is that the constr I found myself distracted by the reviews here that claim this book presents falsehoods and the message is poorly constructed. I quickly realized I don't need to feel bad that other people here don't seem to get what this book has to offer because of what I've learned in reading the book, which is that the construct of bad is something I create. I can choose to feel bad about the way I receive other's conditional opinions here where the need to formulate black and white statements is mandatory and argue my point.
Or, I can choose to accept that I have no place to judge what is good or what is bad for other people - only that I need to accept and understand who I am at this moment. Who I am at this moment is someone who adores this book because it gives me insight into the type of person I want to be right now. I do not need to pass judgment on others for not being able to see what beauty is being offered here. But most important, I do not need to pass judgment on my self for adoring it in spite of the negative comments here.
Love is a gift from God, and so this book is God's gift to me. As the book suggests, we are all on a journey to Who We Are and not all people will be able to accept the message that is present here because not everyone's soul is prepared for it. I don't see that as a failing, but that certain things are right for certain people at a certain place and time.
For those that are ready, this book can help you put water under the bridge between you and God. May 04, Clair rated it it was amazing Shelves: i-own , faves. Another book that my dad gave me. I am personally not supportive of organized religion in any way. That last statement will likely upset a lot of people, including ones that I love respect. I believe that Neale Donald Walsh's "Conversations with God" books can likely offend in the same sense, which is probably why I agree with so much of what is written about in these books.
I ha Another book that my dad gave me. I have always considered myself to be a very spiritual person, but have struggled with the fact that I cannot bring myself to be a part of any religious organization. I have always felt trapped and closed off when I've gone to church. These books made me so much more comfortable with who I feel that I am and really made me think about why I believe what I believe.
View all 3 comments. Dec 25, Ka rated it it was ok. Whether or not you believe that this book is divinely inspired, it still presents an interesting viewpoint: that the world is what we make it, that we are responsible for everything from the success of our love life to the ravages of world hunger, on both a personal level and through mass consciousness.
This book's greatest recommendation is that we each must take responsibility for our lives, and that by changing our basic judgments and perceptions, we can become our own God.
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View 2 comments. Upon finishing this, I've decided to leave my rating blank. Will discuss why in my RTC! Nov 17, Jim Razinha rated it did not like it. Read out of curiosity Reminds me of a line said by Matthew Broderick's character Phillipe Gaston in the film "Ladyhawke": "Sir, the truth is, I talk to God all the time, and, no offense, but He never mentioned you. Subtract four stars for trying to pawn off things like these as words of his God: "Your job on Earth, therefore, is not to learn. No discussion. The mistake is not in choosing them, but in calling them bad. For in calling them bad, you call your Self bad, since you created them.
Did we read the same bible, Mr. I have put an end to it. You simply refuse to use the tools I have given you with which to realize that. Oh, also subtract two stars because Walsch wrote two more books on the same subject that I can't muster the will to read. Add one because zero stars implies no opinion and I certainly have an opinion on his fiction. Jul 27, Jim rated it did not like it Recommends it for: no one. You are about to have a conversation with God. Truly, this book is less a conversation than a tiresome monologue by Neale Donald Walsch , who in the process of instructing the reader to liberate himself by recognizing his own Self as God, paints an image of a God as small as Walsch himself, and filled with Walsch's own parochialisms "You are about to have an extraordinary experience.
Truly, this book is less a conversation than a tiresome monologue by Neale Donald Walsch , who in the process of instructing the reader to liberate himself by recognizing his own Self as God, paints an image of a God as small as Walsch himself, and filled with Walsch's own parochialisms and scars. Walsch's God is intolerant of any consumption of wine, but tolerant of mass murder as being merely "different". He also shares Walsch's love of bad prose. View all 5 comments. Jun 26, Melanie Porter rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Anyone with an open mind who wants to change their lives.
This book has changed my life and has made me see things in a whole new light. Because of this book, I have changed my thought process and it has made all the difference in the world. I grew up with deep religious roots, but I have discovered that I enjoy having an open mind and discovering what others believe and just because it differs from the teachings I was raised with, doesn't mean it's not enlightening. I take the words This book has changed my life and has made me see things in a whole new light.
I take the words in this book with a grain of salt and an open mind and decide what and what not to believe. It is my choice and I have a right to it It's not a book for everyone, but I enjoyed it because it spoke to me and the life I have currently decided to experience. Sep 28, Tom the Mesa Engineer Haws rated it it was amazing. Conversations With God. What do I say? This book is heavy enough to inspire me day after day, with only a half page or several pages. Neal's God is playful but gentle. He is fresh, but reverent.
She is startling, but reassuring. It is liberating, but unyielding. They are modern, but timeless. I Am plain, but obscure. Neal's God is not like a politician who answers the question you didn't ask, but instead like a grandparent who tells you you the scary answer, then backs it up with the comforting Conversations With God. Neal's God is not like a politician who answers the question you didn't ask, but instead like a grandparent who tells you you the scary answer, then backs it up with the comforting answer, showing you in the process that answers are not all that they seem, and maybe you knew inside all along.
Since there is really only one Message, perhaps a reasonable question might be, how true is Neal in writing for God? My honest answer is this: Neal is true enough to the voice of God within him to be saying things you likely will want to read when the time is right. But when you do, listen to the voice of God within yourself, and let Neal be nothing more than your fellow messenger.
Believe it all and believe it none. Nov 03, Steve rated it it was amazing Shelves: changed-my-life. This book changed the way I look at everything. It's a read, then re-reread. He starts it by "writing an angry letter to God" and says he heard God reply to his questions hence the name. In that regard, I let my guard down and read it with a somewhat open mind.
He has a whole series of This book changed the way I look at everything. He has a whole series of these books now but as far as i'm concerned, it's only book one that is worth buying. It seemed that the others were mostly recycled material or a political agenda inside of a spiritual wrapper. Since book one became such a hit, it looks like Neale goes to great efforts to fulfill his role as the spiritual guru, tainting the authenticity that made book one so meaningful for me.
Regardless of who he is or what he's doing now, it's a great read for anyone who's ever thought about the concept of God or no-God. Jun 30, Jeffrey rated it liked it Shelves: spiritual. OK, I confess; I didn't finish this book. I didn't even buy it. Got it for free somehow. Actually, I forgot how I got hold of a copy. Anyway, nice sentiment. I do know this happens, but I'm not sure Walsch recorded his actual conversations. They seem staged.
Nevertheless, I know that people do speak with God in this manor. About ten years ago, I had a friend die in a car accident at the age of 28, and part of the celebration of this woman's life consisted of the mother reading from her journal: OK, I confess; I didn't finish this book.
About ten years ago, I had a friend die in a car accident at the age of 28, and part of the celebration of this woman's life consisted of the mother reading from her journal: actual conversations with God. I could not speak for the depth of power and import these words held in my heart. When God speaks to you it is as spirit to spirit and will overcome the lesser, materialistic and jaded voice of the world. The day after the memorial, I sat for hours, four to five hours, just writing, writing, writing, feeling the power, majesty, depth, mystery, and eternal secrets therein.
The power was unmistakable. I did not feel this power coming from Walsch's conversations. Nevertheless, this is not to pooh-pooh the process, but to advocate authentic conversations that can inform of the mysteries of the eternities, those which I have been privy too on many, many an occasion. Dec 04, Urs rated it it was amazing. Once someone asked while I was reading this series, "How do you know if what this guy is saying is true? Well, I said, I decided to disregard the messenger and pay attention to the message.
No disrespect here to Mr Walsch at all but concentrating on the message allowed me to feel it the way it was meant to be felt. And boy did I feel it! Everything rings very true in my soul. I do believe that w Once someone asked while I was reading this series, "How do you know if what this guy is saying is true?
I do believe that we retain residual soul memory from our lives on the Other Side and from our past lives. Before you make a decision whether to discount the messages in these books, ask yourself, "Does it ring true in my soul?
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Oct 29, Justin rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: anyone open to a new way of thinking. Reading for the second time These books have changed my life. And they're not what you'd think from the title. They give a swift kick in the ass to a great many accepted religious "norms. These books don't promote any religion, but rather encourage a new belief system. I first came to this book in my mid to late twenties. Having seemingly lost all faith in everything around me. I was at a period in my life asking all the big questions but never seeming to get the answers. Then this book suddenly appeared out of nowhere.
I read it, took on board the messages within and then life happened again, lessons learned were soon less important than what was going on externally around me. Fast forward 20 years or so later and life had come full circle and still, the same I first came to this book in my mid to late twenties. Fast forward 20 years or so later and life had come full circle and still, the same things were dragging me now more than ever. No surprise up popped this book again. This re-read for me was more of an easing of my soul than a revelation.
There comes a point in everyone's life when certain things just do not seem to sit well with you anymore and you need to find another way of looking at things. The lessons relearnt will hopefully stay with me and help me see things from a different perspective than what I do now about the world around me and ultimately myself.
I do honestly with all my heart and soul believe the dialogue between Neale and GOD to be genuine. Of course, there will be many that say this is just the workings of a great imagination to make a profit, like all those who have gone before him. That in itself may be true but if you read this book you get a sense of self and you know yourself what is true and what is false if you feel it within yourself.
People may think you have to be religious to read this and the other books in the series but that is not the case. I had lost my belief in GOD the first time I read the book, for me it was a case of GOD saying to me through the book, you may have lost your faith but I am right here I am far from a religious person as you can ever get but I believe in something bigger than myself.
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If you have ever questioned what life is about and you have an open mind to the possibilities of what all this that we call life could possibly mean, then you may just enjoy and even learn something. If you check the book out after reading this review then I am glad, if you read this review and think it is a load of hogwash then I am also glad.
We are all individuals and we all have to travel our own paths, either choice is the right one for you. Jan 25, Angie rated it liked it Recommends it for: Diane and Therese. Shelves: non-fiction. What to say here Let me start by saying that I have been blessed with a wondeful , life-long friend. We have a million and one things in common. It was my buddy Lisa that recommended CWG to me This would not have been on my to-read shelf by my own doing and I really expected to throw it gently of course since it was on loan across the room at the fireplace after 10 pages.
We're talking Lisa here and she loves CWG I had no desire to throw it and I hung in there till the end! However , for me the jury is still out. Yeah I know , I gave it three stars , but I had to give it something , didn't I? I will say this much despite my hating Lisa's books While I found parts of it confusing , almost childish at times - repetitive at others , and different than what most of us have been taught all our lives , large parts it made perfectly good sense see the chapter on relationships and tell me what you think.
I am not even going to touch whether it was divinely scripted or not - that is between God and Mr. As I said , the jury is still out for me on this one. Didn't hate it , didn't love it , but I have a 20 minute trip across town now to return it ;- Please pray for me that it doesn't snow! Sep 05, Retna rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: anybody who is searching with an open mind. Shelves: spiritual. Some books touch us some don't. This one speaks for me. I cried, laughed, twitched my eyebrow reading it, hence, I found myself reading another sequel and another and got the whole trilogy.
It left me with a feeling of liberation and some things that I thought complicated before became sensibly simple for me. But again, that's for me. So for everyone who is not only searching for the essence about themselves, the Creator, life, world, and relationships with other people to name few, but also are Some books touch us some don't.
So for everyone who is not only searching for the essence about themselves, the Creator, life, world, and relationships with other people to name few, but also are willing to open their minds and heart about it, I recommend this one. Oct 02, Sabrinel Houadef rated it really liked it. Some truly groundbreaking insight into religion and humanity. I would highly recommend this fascinating piece of literature.
Shelves: all-time-favorites. This is such a bizarre book and I kept thinking I would stop reading it. But then something would hook me to read on and though I can't say I believed the author who believes that he is channeling G-d through his pen I do believe in the message he writes.
Which is basically Don't live in a state of wanting. I found his message profound. Those of you who are familiar with those latest works may not be so moved by this earlier one. Dec 06, Preetam Kumar rated it it was ok. I picked this book for one sole reasonIt promised to talk about extraterrestrial life. I kept looking for it until the end of the book and in the end, I found this-- Que. Is there life on other planets? Have we been visited by it? Will we see evidence--irrevocable and indisputable--of extraterrestrial life in our lifetime? Does each form of life have its own God?
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Yes to the first part. Yes to the second. Yes to the third. I can't answer the fourth part since that I picked this book for one sole reasonIt promised to talk about extraterrestrial life. I can't answer the fourth part since that would require me to predict the future--something I am not going to do. We will, however, talk a great deal more about this thing called future in Book Two--we'll talk about extraterrestrial life in Book Three. I mean wow This book answers or at least promises to answer the very questions germane to life as we know it, love and relationships, faith, good and evil and so on.
There are answers of course but in a language that is esoteric, abstruse, and arcane. You may be surprised by how naturally it opens doors for further discussion. What is the primary religion of your country back home? Do you have any religious beliefs? We passed the Indiana welcome sign. We were traveling with our team of Bright Lights leaders after running some conferences. Traveling with that many girls means rest stops take much longer [smile].
During one of these stops, I noticed a Muslim lady with her little son, and I wondered if there would be an opportunity to talk with her. As we were getting ready to leave the travel station, I noticed her again—standing by the door. I wanted to say something , so I smiled and greeted her. Ramadan is the month when Muslims fast. Christians globally make a special effort to pray for Muslims during this time, and our team of Bright Lights leaders had chosen to make Muslims a prayer focus on the trip.
What she said next totally took me by surprise. She was the Muslim girl I had talked to at Walmart with all the baby food in her cart—six months earlier! She explained that she had only been overseas for a few months. Her husband was standing outside, so I introduced them both to my dad. I briefly told them about the Bright Lights ministry, explaining that we had been traveling with a team of young ladies leading conferences for girls— teaching about purity and being strong for the Lord in your youth. First we met in an aisle in Walmart in Iowa.
Then, six months later, we met at a gas station seven hours from home in Indiana. We were only there for a few minutes, and Izza and her husband were only there for a few minutes, but God had it timed perfectly. Do you live here in the neighborhood? I read her the corresponding verse for the name Rachel: Isaiah Rachel and I talked for awhile about God and what will happen when we die. Eventually, her mom came to the park looking for her.
I asked where they lived, and learned that their family had recently moved in right across the street from us! I had already been planning to go over and meet them. Rachel, her mom, and her sister agreed to come over for a weekly Bible study, and my mom and I have been studying the book of John with them ever since. While walking home from the park one afternoon, I was feeling very encouraged by the opportunity the Lord had just given me.
I had talked with four teens who were sitting at a picnic table, and one of the boys seemed extremely close to putting his faith in Christ. As I walked up our street to come home, I saw our neighbor, an elderly man, sweeping his driveway. I stopped to talk and told him what had just happened at the park.
He seemed very interested in my story. I recounted the conversation in as much detail as I could remember—emphasizing the main points about the gospel. I had been wanting to witness to this neighbor and was grateful for this opportunity. By telling an unbeliever about a recent witnessing conversation you had, you are teaching him the gospel in an indirect way. He will be learning from you without a barrier of pride being put up.
Then you have an open door to explain the solution. Sometimes it is wise to gently teach concepts one by one, as they can receive them. The guy listened with interest, and Ryan was surprised to receive a phone call from him a few days later—at a. He appreciated having a new friend who would answer them. People appreciate it when we are honest about who we are and what we are doing. We are not ashamed of this message! One time a friend and I walked up to a group of teens sitting at a table.
But they responded with interest, and we ended up having a great two hour conversation with them. People respect it when you are willing to be upfront with them. That short encounter alone will be a testimony to them.
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My friend and I live here in the neighborhood and we are doing a little project. My brother and I decided to take on the summer project of sharing the gospel with everyone on 36th and 37th Street. Have you heard the gospel before? My sister and I are making an effort to pray for our neighborhood. Is there anything you would like us to pray about?
Have you seen the rope trick? Would you like a color bracelet? Let me explain what it means. Little objects make it easier to generate discussions. It illustrates that no matter who we are, each one of us is a sinner needing salvation. It seemed more like the type of thing an older man at church would do. Recently, however, I have come to realize what a great tool this little illusion can be.
It is a natural and appealing way to suddenly gain a captive audience! Do you think peace with God is a free gift or something you have to earn? Do you have any spiritual beliefs? Hearing this story emboldened me to try harder to initiate conversations with waitresses. Five days later, six girls and I were sitting at a table at Cracker Barrel after a conference.
I had prayed in advance that I would be able to witness to our server. Everyone seemed to like that idea. She said she believed that one gets reincarnated several times and then eventually ends up in Heaven. She was really friendly and willing to talk, so I asked some questions about her beliefs. She definitely agreed with that point. I mentioned that God has to punish evil because He is just and good. What she did not yet understand is that it is actually in Christianity that we truly have the chance to start over with a clean slate, having been cleansed by the blood of Christ.
He punished His Son so He could show mercy to us. I gave her a book that clearly explains the gospel and answers many of the questions unbelievers have. I know it can be difficult to witness to waiters or waitresses. Is there anything we could pray for you about? Include a Bible verse on the note, and tip well in order to be a good Christian testimony. It speaks louder than a thousand words. And, very often, it opens doors for the gospel. God is creative, and we should be too! This article is excerpted with permission from Will Our Generation Speak.
A Call to Be Bold with the Gospel, and its companion study guide and handbook for witnessing. She blogs ministry updates and thoughts at MallyJournal. Her website is WillOurGenerationSpeak. Receive weekly updates about fresh articles, videos, and audios, as well as new resources, special discounts, and upcoming events. Accept Terms? About Donate. Seventeen Ways to Start Conversations. November 29, Grace Mally Author. If only I could think of a way to start a conversation.
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