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Thursday, October 20, 2011 3:16 PM

I have been on a spiritual quest of sorts for some time now, and decided to read Conversations With God: An Uncommon Dialogue by Neale Donald Walsch at the recommendation of a student. I was admittedly skeptical upon hearing about the book, the first in a series by Walsch, which is exactly how it sounds. The author sat down one day with some tough and heavy questions in his heart – questions for God – and so he began writing. What happened next became his first book.

As Walsch wrote his questions down, something amazing began happening ... God began to answer. Now you, like I was, might be a bit incredulous about this whole situation. I know plenty of people who pray and talk to God, but not too many who claim to get actual responses, especially in paragraph form. Nevertheless, I attempted to suspend all disbelief when reading this book.

As “crazy” as it may seem that God decided to speak to this one man, and would provoke anyone to ask, “Why?” I suppose anything could be possible, and the answer could also be, “Why not?” The feedback God provides in this book are what some readers might find more unbelievable, as Walsch’s God is not necessarily the embodiment of what maybe the average person conceives Him to be. God in this book has a strong sense of humor, even an acerbic wit. His comebacks are honest and raw. This is actually what I like about the book, as this is how I’ve always thought of God. He has to have a sense of humor if he made me, right?

So basically this is a book that is not unequivocally in line with the standard Christian readings many people will be used to. It thinks outside the box, but that is why I like it. God answers many questions in this book, questions I have often wondered the answers to. One tidbit that stuck out to me in reading it is that God genuinely wants us to live our lives in such a way as to benefit others; reading the Bible or going to church is nice, but to embody a lifestyle of activities that really help to change the world is the ultimate goal. He says at one point, “There is only one reason to do anything: as a statement to the universe of Who You Are.”

As you might suspect, Walsch has attracted numerous fans upon his writing of this, while he’s also developed a host of critics and skeptics who have completely dismissed his claims. Overall I would recommend reading this book if you’re curious, but take it with a grain of salt. Formulate your own conclusions about God, if you believe. Some of the responses in here might jive with your beliefs currently, and some might not.

Sara Berelsman lives in Delphos with her husband and their two daughters. She has an MA in literature and leads the book club discussions at the Delphos Public Library.


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