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  • Conversations with God · an uncommon dialogue ·

  • book 1

  • You are about to have an extraordinary experience.

  • You are about to have a conversation with God.

  • Yes, yes.

  • I know.. .that's not possible.

  • You probably think (or have been taught) that's not possible.

  • One can talk to God, sure, but not with God.

  • I mean, God is not going to talk back, right?

  • At least not in the form of a regular, everyday kind of conversation!

  • That's what I thought, too.

  • Then this book happened to me.

  • And I mean that literally.

  • This book was not written by me, it happened to

  • me.

  • And in your reading of it, it will happen to

  • you, for we are all led to the truth for which we are ready.

  • My life would probably be much easier if I had kept all of this quiet.

  • Yet that wasn't the reason it happened to me.

  • And whatever inconveniences the book may cause me (such as being

  • called a blasphemer, a fraud, a hypocrite for not having lived these truths in the past,

  • orperhaps worse—a holy man), it is not possible

  • for me to stop the process now.

  • Nor do I wish to.

  • I have had my chances to step away from this whole thing, and I haven't taken them.

  • I've decided to stick with what my instincts are

  • telling me, rather than what much of the world will

  • tell me, about the material here.

  • Those instincts say this book is not nonsense, the overworking of a frustrated spiritual

  • imagination, or simply the self-justification of a man seeking vindication from a life misled.

  • Oh, I've thought of all of those thingsevery one of them.

  • So I gave this material to a few people to read while it was still in manuscript

  • form.

  • They were moved.

  • And they cried.

  • And they laughed for the joy and the humor in

  • it.

  • And their lives, they said, changed.

  • They were transfixed.

  • They were empowered.

  • Many said they were transformed.

  • That's when I knew this book was for everyone, and that it had to be published; for it is

  • a wonderful gift to all those who truly want

  • answers and who truly care about the questions; for

  • all those who have embarked upon quests for truth with sincerity of heart, longing of

  • soul, and openness of mind.

  • And that's pretty much all of us.

  • This book addresses most, if not all, of the questions we have ever asked about life and

  • love, purpose and function, people and relationships,

  • good and evil, guilt and sin, forgiveness and

  • redemption, the path to God and the road to hell ...everything.

  • It directly discusses sex, power, money, children, marriage, divorce,

  • life work, health, the hereafter, the beforenow... everything.

  • It explores war and peace, knowing and not knowing, giving and taking, joy and

  • sorrow.

  • It looks at the concrete and the abstract, the visible and the invisible, the truth and

  • the untruth.

  • You could say that this book isGod's latest word on things,” although some people

  • might have a little trouble with that, particularly

  • if they think that God stopped talking 2,000 years

  • ago or that, if God has continued communicating, it's been only with holy men, medicine

  • women, or someone who has been meditating for 30 years, or good for 20, or at least

  • halfdecent for 10 (none of which categories includes

  • me).

  • The truth is, God talks to everybody.

  • The good and the bad.

  • The saint and the scoundrel.

  • And certainly all of us in between.

  • Take you, for instance.

  • God has come to you many ways in your life, and this is another of them.

  • How many times have you heard the old axiom: When the student is ready, the teacher will

  • appear?

  • This book is our teacher.

  • Shortly after this material began happening to me, I knew that I was talking with God.

  • Directly, personally.

  • Irrefutably.

  • And that God was responding to my questions in direct proportion

  • to my ability to comprehend.

  • That is, I was being answered in ways, and with

  • 5 language, that God knew I would understand.

  • This accounts for much of the colloquial style of the writing and the occasional references

  • to material I'd gathered from other sources and

  • prior experiences in my life.

  • I know now that everything that has ever come to me in my life

  • has come to me from God, and it was now being drawn together, pulled together, in a

  • magnificent, complete response to every question I ever had.

  • And somewhere along the way I realized a book was being produced—a book intended for

  • publication.

  • Indeed, I was told specifically during the latter part of the dialogue (in February

  • 1993) that three books would actually be produced, and that:

  • 1.

  • The first would deal mainly with personal topics, focusing on an individual's life

  • challenges and opportunities.

  • 2.

  • The second would deal with more global topics of geopolitical and metaphysical life on the

  • planet, and the challenges now facing the world.

  • 3.

  • The third would deal with universal truths of the highest order, and the challenges and

  • opportunities of the soul.

  • This is the first of those books, completed in February 1993.

  • For clarity I should explain that, as I transcribed this dialogue by hand, I

  • underlined or circled words and sentences which

  • came to me with particular emphasisas if God were booming them outand these were

  • later placed in italics by the typesetter.

  • I need now to say that I amhaving read and reread the wisdom contained heredeeply

  • embarrassed by my own life, which has been marked by continued mistakes and misdeeds,

  • some very shameful behaviors, and some choices and decisions which I'm certain others

  • consider hurtful and unforgivable.

  • Though I have profound remorse that it was through

  • others' pain, I am unspeakably grateful for all that I have learned, and found that

  • I have still yet to learn, because of the people in my

  • life.

  • I apologize to everybody for the slowness of

  • that learning.

  • Yet I am encouraged by God to grant myself forgiveness for my failings and not

  • to live in fear and guilt but to always keep tryingkeep on tryingto live a grander

  • vision.

  • I know that's what God wants for all of us.

  • Neale Donald Walsch Christmas 1994

  • 6 Conversations with God

  • an uncommon dialogue 1

  • In the spring of 1992—it was around Easter as I recallan extraordinary phenomenon

  • occurred in my life.

  • God began talking with you.

  • Through me.

  • Let me explain.

  • I was very unhappy during that period, personally, professionally, and emotionally, and my

  • life was feeling like a failure on all levels.

  • As I'd been in the habit for years of writing my

  • thoughts down in letters (which I usually never delivered), I picked up my trusty yellow

  • legal pad and began pouring out my feelings.

  • This time, rather than another letter to another person I imagined to be victimizing me, I

  • thought I'd go straight to the source; straight to the greatest victimizer of them all.

  • I decided to write a letter to God.

  • It was a spiteful, passionate letter, full of confusions, contortions, and condemnations.

  • And a pile of angry questions.

  • Why wasn't my life working?

  • What would it take to get it to work?

  • Why could I not find happiness in relationships?

  • Was the experience of adequate money going to elude me

  • forever?

  • Finallyand most emphaticallyWhat had I done to deserve a life of such

  • continuing struggle?

  • To my surprise, as I scribbled out the last of my bitter, unanswerable questions and prepared

  • to toss my pen aside, my hand remained poised over the paper, as if held there by some

  • invisible force.

  • Abruptly, the pen began moving on its own.

  • I had no idea what I was about to write, but an idea seemed to be coming, so

  • I decided to flow with it.Out came...

  • Do you really want an answer to all these questions, or are you just venting?

  • I blinked... and then my mind came up with a reply.

  • I wrote that down, too.

  • Both.

  • I'm venting, sure, but if these questions have answers, I'd sure as hell like to hear

  • them!

  • You aresure as hell”. . .about a lot of things.

  • But wouldn't it be nice to besure as Heaven”?

  • And I wrote: What is that supposed to mean?

  • Before I knew it, I had begun a conversation.. .and I was not writing so much as taking

  • dictation.

  • That dictation went on for three years, and at the time, I had no idea where it was going.

  • The answers to the questions I was putting on

  • paper never came to me until the question was

  • completely written and I'd put my own thoughts away.

  • Often the answers came faster than I could write, and I found myself scribbling

  • to keep up.