To mark the tenth anniversary of the publication of Conversations with God, Book 1, all three of the most essential books in Neale Donald Walsch's seminal trilogy are brought together in one beautiful volume just in time for the gift-giving season.
Conversations with God, Book 1 was the start of Neale Donald Walsch's ongoing dialogue with God. The trilogy contains the most essential truths and lessons for spiritual seekers, and these books are the bestselling of all the author's works. Featuring a new foreword by the author, printed throughout in two colors, and inserted in a fully enclosed full-color box, this remarkable book will be a Christmas gift to treasure.
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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.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
Conversations with God
an uncommon dialogue
ALSO BY NEALE DONALD WALSCH
Conversations with God, Book 1
Conversations with God, Book 1 Guidebook
Conversations with God, Book 2
Meditations from Conversations with God, Book 2
Conversations with God, Book 3
Questions and Answers on Conversations with God
Friendship with God
Communion with God
The Little Soul and the Sun
The Little Soul and the Earth
Conversations with God Re-MINDer Cards
Moments of Grace
Neale Donald Walsch on Abundance and Right Livelihood
Neale Donald Walsch on Holistic Living
Neale Donald Walsch on Relationships
Bringers of the Light
ReCreating Your Self
Conversations with God for Teens
The New Revelations: A Conversation with God
with Nancy Fleming-Walsch:
The Wedding Vows from Conversations with God
Conversations with God
an uncommon dialogue
Table of Contents
TO THE NEW EDITION
It was ten years ago that Conversations with God, Book 1 first made its way to bookstores. Within weeks of its appearance, thousands of copies had been sold. Rapidly, it became a publishing phenomenon, resting on the New York Times bestseller list for 137 weeks. That’s more than two and a half years. Conversations with God, Book 2 and Book 3 also made the bestseller list.
Since then, the books have been translated into 34 languages and can now be found on the shelves of bookstores almost anywhere in the world, placing them among the most widely read contemporary spiritual books of modern times, selling in the multimillions. In many of the world’s countries it is difficult to find a person who has not at least heard about these extraordinary texts.
How is it that this has come to pass? Why has this occurred?
This has occurred not because I am a good writer, nor even because some consider my source to be unimpeachable. It has occurred because humanity has begun to lose patience with itself. To people everywhere, it is becoming very clear that human beings cannot continue living the way they have been living.
We cannot continue holding the opinions we have been holding, embracing the beliefs we have been embracing, saying the things we have been saying, and exhibiting the behaviors we have been exhibiting. Something’s got to change, or everything’s going to change, irrevocably, and not for the better. Something’s got to stop before everything stops.
People know this, and so, they are looking for answers. Conversations with God came along at precisely the right time.
Now comes this 10th Anniversary Collector’s Edition, with all three books in one, and it, too, is perfectly timed. The world has become more aware than ever, not only of the problems facing us, but of the nature of those problems.
On June 23, 2004, a most interesting press release hit the wire services. The story indicated that a scientific survey conducted by Harris Interactive the previous month had determined that 69 percent of adult Americans believe religious differences are the biggest hurdle to achieving global peace.
Nothing could be closer to the truth—and most people know it. And that is why books like Conversations with God shoot to the bestseller lists in every country in which they are published. People may not know the answer to life’s biggest questions, but they know that the answers we have been giving ourselves up until now are not working.
So now that we have finally come to understand what’s going wrong (and been able to admit it), we can take a look at some alternative ideas about God and Life and Each Other (they all fall like dominos once the first belief is changed), and we can at last seek a newer world.
This trilogy is full of such ideas. As I have said many times before, it is not necessary for you to believe that I had an actual conversation with God to find value here. I have never asked people to believe in my experience, merely to review the material and, irrespective of its source, explore the ideas offered here with an open mind and an open heart.
More than 100,000 people have written me personal notes, letters, and e-mails since these books have been published, telling me that their lives have been impacted in very positive ways by this material. Outlooks have brightened, attitudes have changed, guilt has fallen away, relationships have been spectacularly enhanced, sexuality has been un-shamed, marriages have been saved, right livelihood has been created, parenting has been elevated, self-esteem has been reclaimed, physical, mental and spiritual health has been improved, and faith in God has been restored.
Did you hear that? Faith in God has been restored.
That’s been the purpose and the aim of all of this. Not to create a belief system that confounds religion, and rejects it. Not to put forth ideas that contradict religion, and replace it. But to reopen the discussion about God in a way that refreshes and reinvigorates our relationship with the Divine.
I can’t tell you how many of those thousands of letters have contained comments like, “For the first time in 25 years my heart is open to God again,” or, “My husband says, ‘At last! Now this is a God I can believe in.’” The most memorable of these letters came from Rita Curtis, of Portland, Oregon, who put in her note, given to me ten years ago, fourteen words that I will never forget:
“Thank you for introducing me to a God I can fall in love with.”
That pretty much sums it up. “A God I can fall in love with” is the only God that can save our world. That is the God you will find here.
If you have read part or all of this material before, this revisiting of the wonderful message that has touched your soul was meant to occur right now. It is time for you to get back in touch with the magic and the wonder of your friendship with God.
If this is the first time you have come across this material and you think that you have come across it by accident or happenstance, think again. This material came to you at exactly the right time, in exactly the right way, in answer to your mind’s search and your heart’s prayer and your soul’s invitation.
Nothing happens by chance.
Neale Donald Walsch
May 2005 – Ten Years Later
ANNE M. WALSCH
Who not only taught me that God exists,
but opened my mind to the wondrous truth
that God is my best friend;
and who was far more than a mother to me,
but gave birth in me
to a longing for and a love of God,
and all that is good.
my first meeting
with an angel.
ALEX M. WALSCH
Who told me repeatedly throughout my life,
“There’s nothing to it,”
“You don’t have to take No for an answer,”
“You make your own luck,”
“There’s more where that came from.”
my first experience
First, last, and always, I want to acknowledge the Source of everything that is in this book, everything that is life—and of life itself.
Second, I want to thank my spiritual teachers, who include the saints and sages of all religions.
Third, it is clear to me that all of us could produce a list of people who have touched our lives in ways so meaningful and so profoundly as to defy categorization or description; people who have shared with us their wisdom, told us their truth, suffered us our faults and our foibles in their infinite patience, and who have seen us through all of it; seeing the best in us there was to see. People who, in their acceptance of us, as well as their refusal to accept the parts of us they knew we really didn’t choose, caused us to grow; to get bigger somehow.
The people, in addition to my parents, who have been there for me in that way include Samantha Gorski, Tara-Jenelle Walsch, Wayne Davis, Bryan Walsch, Martha Wright, the late Ben Wills Jr., Roland Chambers, Dan Higgs, C. Berry Carter II, Ellen Moyer, Anne Blackwell, Dawn Dancing Free, Ed Keller, Lyman W. (Bill) Griswold, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, and dear, dear Terry Cole-Whittaker.
I want to include in this group my former mates, whose privacy I wish to respect by not naming them here, but whose contributions to my life are deeply grasped and appreciated.
And as gratitude for the gifts I have received from all these wonderful people swells my heart, I am especially warmed by the thought of my helpmate, spouse, and partner, Nancy Fleming Walsch, a woman of extraordinary wisdom, compassion and love, who has shown me that my highest thoughts about human relationships do not have to remain fantasies, but can be dreams come true.
Fourth and finally, I want to recognize some people I have never met, but whose lives and work have impacted me with such force that I cannot let this moment pass without thanking them from the depth of my being for the moments of exquisite pleasure, insight into the human condition, and pure, simple Lifegefeelkin (I made up that word!) they have given me.
You know what it is when someone has given you a taste, a glorious moment, of what is really true about life? For me, most of these have been creative or performing artists, because it is from art that I receive inspiration, to which I retreat in moments of reflection, and in which I find that which we call God most beautifully expressed.
And so I want to thank…John Denver, whose songs touch my soul and fill it with new hope about how life could be; Richard Bach, whose writings reach into my life as if they were my own, describing so much of what has been my experience; Barbra Streisand, whose directing, acting, and musical artistry grips my heart time and time again, causing it to feel what is true, not merely know it; and the late Robert Heinlein, whose visionary literature has raised questions and posed answers in ways no one else has dared even approach.
TO THE 1995 EDITION
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, or—perhaps 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 things—every 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 before-now…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 is “God’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 half-decent 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 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:
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