Conversations with God

(19 Posts)
CosmicG Tue 21-May-13 10:52:14

Anyone read Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch? I am currently reading Book 1. I bought this book about 6 years ago but never really got round to reading it. Would be interesting to know what you make of it?

My friend, who is Muslim, absolutely adores this book and the rest of the series and reads them over and over again. I've never got round to reading them myself. I enjoyed Philip Yancey's "The Jesus I never Knew" and Wm Paul Young's "The Shack".

Panadbois Thu 23-May-13 19:12:19

I've started reading book 1, only a few pages in.

What do you think?

CosmicG Fri 24-May-13 22:06:04

cheapskate I haven't read the books you mentioned but this book has really got me thinking. I actually first bought this book, when I was very interested in christianity along with some other ones like "mere christianity" by CS Lewis. But this book really is amazing.

piratecat Fri 24-May-13 22:07:56

i read it many yrs ago, hmm i'd like to read it again. i remember being confused smile

CosmicG Fri 24-May-13 22:12:25

panad I've only read the first chapter myself but am hooked. Its so interesting and I find that i read certain paragraphs over again as i just really want to understand.

CosmicG Fri 24-May-13 22:13:35

piratecat i find it a bit confusing too.

Oopla Fri 24-May-13 22:37:12

Been on my wish list for a while. The reviews are amazing <trots off to amazon>

piratecat Sat 25-May-13 01:00:37

i think its fine to find is confusing. its very challenging. think i am going to buy another copy.

Panadbois Sat 25-May-13 07:12:22

I took my copy with me on holiday?

Panadbois Sat 25-May-13 07:14:27

blast, wrong button...

I took it with me thinking I'd get loads of time to read it, but it was only in short burst I got to pick it up.

The idea of it baffles me at the moment, but I'm just going to go for it grin

piratecat Sat 25-May-13 08:44:20

i read it at a time where i was going through a depressed crisis where i couldn't find me. from what remember it was basically talking to your 'self'
well that's my take. very moving.

Panadbois Tue 02-Jul-13 07:19:55

Ok, the book is now back in the library. I must admit to only scanning over some pages.

My feeling is this. I have thought of God as an all loving God all my life, and I've been quite smug in my belief. The God I've been introduce to in this book is cold and unfeeling, hard and often harsh.

I am uncomfortable with this. Any thoughts?

zulubump Tue 02-Jul-13 20:52:03

I read this book ages ago and am surprised by your impressions Panadbois. The only bit I really remember is the first few pages where God talks about how he communicates and how he wants to communicate with us. I remember really sitting up and taking notice of that. Can't remember much else, but that part left a lasting impression. Curious to know which parts made you think of God as cold, unfeeling, hard and harsh?

crescentmoon England Wed 03-Jul-13 01:09:50

watching with interest...

Panadbois Wed 03-Jul-13 08:33:14

I can't quote anything as the book's back in the library.

I felt that we were being blamed for everything. We're given the tools but don't use them to help others. 'I don't want your adoration/ praise'

I might have to read it again, or maybe even find 'an idiots guide to conversations with God'

By the way, anyone seen Cloud Atlas on film?? I have read about the book on here, and it gets mixed reviews, but the movie looks intriguing.

Peacocklady Wed 03-Jul-13 22:12:24

I've read it. I thought it was great. It helped me feel more confident about questioning supposedly 'divine rules' and feeling confident in my own relationship with God as a good person and with equal access to God as anyone, past or present. It makes you think about what we think of as right or wrong and how often these are cultural decisions and not from god. God is as modern as we can ever be, not some fuddy duddy judging everyone.

Scarletohello Thu 04-Jul-13 22:18:39

I don't believe in God so was a bit sceptical but after a recommendation from a friend I read them and found them wise warm and life affirming. Read them years ago and feel like I need to read them again.

CosmicG Mon 08-Jul-13 22:10:21

He talks about matter/energy/molecules- that wen you look down a microscope at molecules, there is a whole universe down there, and to that universe, the observer must feel like God....if you take the smallest part of the universe....tiny particle of matter...cut it in half...you get two smaller halves...if you cut those in half....you get even smaller halves....it never ceases to exist.In the same way, there is no end to bigness....the idea that even God could have a God or maybe there is no God or perhaps all of it is God!... I feel the book is telling us that we are all one and the same...that there is no judging God, there is no right or wrong to God. Humans are judgemental and create the world they live in...which starts from thought...thought is creative.

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