Conversations With God

Conversations With God : An Uncommon Dialogue (Book #1) by Neale Donald Walsch (Introduction)n 1992, Neale Donald Walsch was nearing 50 and feeling less than happy with his life--his four marriages had failed, his relationships with his kids were spotty, his health was poor, and he'd just lost his job. In frustration he dashed off an angry letter to God. As Walsch describes in the two bestselling volumes of Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue, God answered back in a personable, colloquial voice. Their conversation continued for three years, as Walsch petitioned God with questions both basic (why do people suffer?) and personal (why couldn't he get ahead financially?). In 1995, Walsch published the first installment of his Q & A session with God, because he felt the material had something to offer whether readers believed the conversations took place, or not.
Walsch grew up in a Roman Catholic household in Milwaukee. He was an altar boy and considered entering the priesthood, but ultimately pursued a career in secular forms of communication. Walsch's official biography states that he was "a newspaper reporter and managing editor, a radio station program director, public information officer for one of the nation's largest public school systems, creator and owner of his own advertising and marketing firm, and a nationally syndicated radio talk show host" (he chooses not to give details). Retired from his former career, Walsch is now president of ReCreation, a non-profit foundation that hosts lectures, retreats, seminars, and workshops propounding the messages contained in Conversations with God. --Meredith Osborne

Conversations With God : An Uncommon
Dialogue (Book#2)

by Neale Donald Walsch

Conversations With God : An Uncommon Dialogue (Book#3)

by Neale Donald Walsch

Friendship With God: An Uncommon Dialogue
by Neale Donald Walsch

Neale ... grew up fearing God, especially after his mother, a neighborhood mystic, was caught reading cards for a friend. His mother was "trafficking with the devil," according to Walsch's deeply religious aunt, and as a result, "God will send her straight to hell."
That was the start of a relationship born of "fearship," as Walsch calls it. In Friendship with God, Walsh speaks to the struggles he's had learning to see God as a true friend rather than a punishing judge. Like his immensely popular Conversations with God series, Friendship with God is written mostly in dialogue format, modeling how anyone can converse with God. What makes the book especially accessible is Walsh's humble voice that gently addresses most people's confusion and doubts. For example, Walsh talks about feeling squeamish that God knows the shameful secrets of his life. In response, God points out that Walsh has shared his dark secrets with friends and lovers. So why not share these truths with God, who has never judged or punished him, and never will? These types of tender and reassuring conversations give readers the courage to begin their own private dialogues with the divine. --Gail Hudson

Communion With God
by Neale Donald Walsch

...moves beyond showing readers how to develop a friendship with God and instead offers a model for communion. Rather than using the dialog format, where Walsch shares personal conversations he has with God, he chose to write through the narrative voice of God--as if God were speaking directly to the reader. "I tell you this: You need nothing to survive," says God. "Your survival is guaranteed. I gave you everlasting life, and I never took it away from you." This format can feel a bit jarring, as if this was an attempt at channeling rather than Walsch's usual humble style of dialogue. Using a structure of top-10 illusions, Walsch has God speaking to illusions such as need, judgment, and superiority. At times God sounds scolding: "For I tell you this: Your idea of superiority could be the last mistake you ever make." Yet, the bottom-line message is that of unconditional love and the exhilarating promise of communion--a gift that is lavishly offered throughout the final chapters. --Gail Hudson

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