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Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue, Book 1

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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  32,769 ratings  ·  1,656 reviews
Suppose you could ask God the most puzzling questions about existence - questions about love and faith, life and death, good and evil. Suppose God provided clear, understandable answers. It happened to Neale Donald Walsch. It can happen to you. You are about to have a conversation...

I have heard the crying of your heart. I have seen the searching of your soul. I know how
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 29th 1996 by Berkley (first published 1995)
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Domhnall You have written a meaningless sentence. Even a strong Christian could disagree on the basis that you are limiting "God's" capacity to speak to humans…moreYou have written a meaningless sentence. Even a strong Christian could disagree on the basis that you are limiting "God's" capacity to speak to humans in a blasphemous manner. Perhaps it works for you as a coded recital of your own closed thinking and appeals to others as a signal of belonging to a shared tribe. However it seems ultimately to throw out a challenge and a such it is disagreeable if not actually bigotry. Consider this idea - someone who is not Christian has a view about "God" and you have a choice - to listen with interest, or to refuse to listen and throw up a barrier that is not penetrable (unless you foolishly imagine your crass intervention will convert the unbeliever?). (less)

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Chuck Smoot
Jan 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
When I was going through the roughest spiritual time in my life, this book not only restored my faith in myself as a minister and my ministry in general, but restored my faith in God.

It also showed me the God I always wanted to believe in, but was afraid to. I will forever be grateful for this book.
Oct 04, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horrible
This book really makes me sad. There are a lot of false things written in it. For example : this book tries to make us think that we're god ourselves. At this point, I was assured that it wasn't GOD who spoke with Neale, the writer.

The key to life and understanding : we have to believe first, then comes the understanding. But if we think that faith to God is stale...we'll never get the true understanding. Just like relationships won't work when we have no trust.

This book uses many terms and ref
Aug 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This is definitely a book for people with an open mind. Many people, I imagine would be put off with the way Neale presented himself. But then within the early section of the book, he wrote something that God communicate with us all the time. And we have to listen to Him firstly through our feelings and our experience, then, through text.

I agree about many misconceptions about God, which was brought about our religious beliefs. So this is a book that could made us understand ourselves better, e
Dr. Appu Sasidharan
Feb 26, 2021 rated it liked it

(Throwback Review) This book will act as a lifeline for some people who are having an open mind and are struggling to find the meaning of life, while it can also act as something that is trying to hurt your feelings if you are a strictly religious person.

You may like this book mainly because it tells us, as the title suggests, how God converses with us through our intuitions and feelings. But more important than discovering God, this book is about finding ourselves. The author uses wisdom fr
Apr 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone open to experiencing new ideas about God
Recommended to Jlhawse by: Tori Cox
I think I've found my new bible...

Conversations with God is a book I will refer to time and time again for inspiration, a lift higher and a reality check. I plan on carrying it in my purse until I loan it out to anyone willing to read it.

The only one reason to do anything: as a statement to the universe of Who You Are.

You and I, we are God's, the world around us is a spiritual machine, an expression of God's creative thought inspired by our collective consciousness.

Next time you do something as
Aug 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those questioning their role in life; those seeking answers
I think the reason most people even pick up this book in a store is because they're searching for something. Something missing from their lives, something they've lost and are unable to find, a piece of their soul that's broken away -- whatever the case may be. I firmly believe that there is a reason each and every person who picks up this book ends up reading it. Some might feel that Walsch is being blasphemous. Some might feel he's creating God to be something others don't believe He is. Every ...more
Jun 27, 2007 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
Mar 16, 2012 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 ...more
Nov 24, 2007 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.
2. Discard binding.
3. 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.
Jim Razinha
Nov 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
Read out of curiosity...and it's tragically funny. Reminds me of a line said by Matthew Broderick's character Phillipe Gaston in the 1985 film "Ladyhawke": "Sir, the truth is, I talk to God all the time, and, no offense, but He never mentioned you."

Anyway, accounting for the rating: three stars for making me laugh plus three stars for an imaginative tale. 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."
[Strike one
Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Absolutely everyone
Recommended to Loussin by: My mama <3
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 ...more
Dec 25, 2007 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. ...more
May 04, 2008 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. In fact, I feel that organized religion breeds hatred & ignorance. That last statement will likely upset a lot of people, including ones that I love respect. But... it's my opinion and I'm sticking to it. 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 have a
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
I am not a religious person whatsoever, but I was recommended this book by a close friend of mine & I relish the opportunity to change my mind.

Upon finishing this, I've decided to leave my rating blank. Will discuss why in my RTC!
Jul 27, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
"You are about to have an extraordinary experience. You are about to have a conversation with God." So begins Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue (Book 1) which was a best-seller, a publishing phenomenon. 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 ...more
Tom the Mesa Engineer Haws
Sep 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Conversations With God. Indeed. 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
Melanie Porter
Jun 26, 2008 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 don't believe EVERYTHING the book has to say, and I don't HAVE TO! I take the words
Nov 03, 2010 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). I read it loaded with skepticism but eventually, it did help me realize that maybe if there is a God, he/she/it can talk to us however we choose to hear him (free association writing, musical inspiration etc.). In that regard, I let my guard down and read it with a somewhat open mind. He has a whole series of ...more
Jun 30, 2008 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: ...more
Dec 04, 2012 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?" Great question especially considering the author's intro and all that stuff about automatic writing. 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 ...more
Oct 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone open to a new way of thinking
(Reading for the second time...with a highlighter!)

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." The religious questions I've had, wondering why certain pieces just didn't fit or make sense...they get answered! These books don't promote any religion, but rather encourage a new belief system.
Oct 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
Fanciful fluff by a deluded con-man.

People comment that his book has provided them with comfort, to which I would reply that like hard liquor, it may make you feel warm and fuzzy, but ultimately it's going to mess you up.

What we want to believe must always bow to what actually is. There is very little truth espoused in this book, and hence by adhering to it's dictates, we are entertaining delusion and falsity. This is an equation which always leads to tears.

For the gullible only.
Jan 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Diane and Therese
Shelves: non-fiction
Whew ! What to say here ...never have I been more stumped about a review !
Let me start by saying that I have been blessed with a wondeful , life-long friend . " Lisa " has always been like a sister to me . We have a million and one things in common . ONE thing we do NOT have in common is our taste in books . ( see my review of Women Food and God - keep in mind that it was good ol' Lisa that insisted I read it because she totally LOVED the darn thing ) Let me clarify - we enjoy the same genres
Sep 05, 2007 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 ...more
Sabrinel Houadef
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Some truly groundbreaking insight into religion and humanity. I would highly recommend this fascinating piece of literature.
Aug 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Melisa by: Barbara McNally of "A Real Life" Magazine
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 grateful for what you have now and what you will continue to receive in your life. Don't live in a state of wanting. I found his message profound. This was written before "The Secret" and "The Last Lecture" which I hav ...more
Heidi The Reader
What an extraordinary way to view the world and our place in it. I would rank this book right up there with Tolle's The Power of Now as potentially life changing, spiritual literature. ...more
Aug 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: The open minded and curious.
Recommended to Amanda by: High school BFF :)
When I was 15 my best friend let me borrow this book and read it. As a young religious skeptic in conservative small town Texas, I was awestruck by it. I believed it for a long time, it just made so much more sense than any other book on religion I'd ever read or attempted to read *coughbible*.

Now I'm almost 21 and even though I doubt that Neale Donald Walsch talks to god (since I'm now an atheist) I will always remember this book as the one that opened my mind to new possibilities and gave me t
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So many lessons learnt and relearnt. A great recommendation that is helping me on my journey into remembering the truth of who I am and tapping into the power within.
Sara Jovanovic
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was an extremely weird book, to say it bluntly, but it's definitely for open-minded people who are not religiously restricted in their beliefs. The way Neal approached this topic and the overall conversation is actually really interesting and gives a lot to think about. I'm not sure how to further explain my thoughts because they are quite divided on some issues, but I can say without a doubt that I really liked it and that I'm interested in reading the sequels. ...more
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Neale Donald Walsch is a modern day spiritual messenger whose words continue to touch the world in profound ways. With an early interest in religion and a deeply felt connection to spirituality, Neale spent the majority of his life thriving professionally, yet searching for spiritual meaning before beginning his now famous conversation with God. His With God series of books has been translated int ...more

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