Beware of “Conversations with God”

I got an email about the book Conversations with God just today. Beware of this book! This is the link to the email I got. Emails nowadays can not always be trusted and even Christians are often bad about saying things and forwarding things that they can not back up with facts. After a couple of hours research here is what I found. A different version of this email went around for a while and it was signed “by James Dobson”. That was a fake email although the content of the book was accurately portrayed. Dr. Dobson has discussed this book several times on his radio show.

Dr. Dobson has expressed strong feelings regarding the book Conversations with God for Teens, which Scholastic, Inc. marketed to unsuspecting students at Christian schools and their parents in 2002. […] To ensure that his audience knew what to expect from this marketing ploy, Dr. Dobson taped a broadcast which included information about Scholastic, Inc. and Conversations with God for Teens. The broadcast cassette, titled “Pulling Kids from Public Schools” (CT464) is available for a suggested donation of $7.00 in our online Resource Center. The e-mail message you may have seen did not originate from Focus on the Family, but represents someone else’s synopsis of Dr. Dobson’s comments.” (I didn’t find the tape.)

Because of protests by Dobson and some families, Scholastic no longer sells these books to Christian Schools, nothing was said about public schools that I could find.

From http://www.apologeticsindex.org/370-conversations-with-god-neale-donald-walsch-2

Q. In reading the first “Conversations with God,” I recognized much from James Redfield, Marianne Williamson, Wayne Dyer and other authors. I could imagine some people saying you simply adapted their materials, then added your own.

A. They’re right. Marianne and James Redfield got it from God, too. It’s not unusual that we say the same thing. And I wouldn’t be surprised if some priest said, “Hell, that’s what I told him in a sermon as a boy.” God made it clear that he has been teaching me all along.

Marianne Williamson is the author teaching The Course in Miracles for Oprah Wynfrey.

From the author Neale Donald Walsch’s own website: http://www.cwg.org/main.php?p=About&sub=Vision

Vision – …we envision a planet where world peace and global sustainability is a reality. We believe that this can be attained through the embodiment of the Conversations with God material,…

Mission – The mission of the ReCreation Foundation, Inc. is to create an environment in which a new form of spirituality can emerge upon the planet.

Neale Donald Walsch was deeply inspired by the message that “the purpose of life is to recreate ourselves anew in the highest version of the grandest vision we ever had about ourselves.”


If the author is Neale Donald Walsch stay away from his New Age false teaching.

Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue (Book 1) (October 1, 1996)

Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue (Book 2) (May 1, 1997)

Meditations from Conversations With God, Book 2: A Personal Journal (December 1, 1997)

The Little Soul and the Sun: A Children’s Parable Adapted from Conversations With God (April 1, 1998)  

Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue (Book 3) (October 1, 1998)

Neale Donald Walsch on Relationships (September 30, 1999)

Neale Donald Walsch on Holistic Living (September 30, 1999)

Neale Donald Walsch on Abundance and Right Livelihood (October 1, 1999)

Friendship with God: An Uncommon Dialogue (October 1, 1999)

Questions and Answers on Conversations With God (October 1, 1999)

The Wedding Vows from Conversations With God (April 1, 2000)

Recreating Your Self (June 1, 2000)

Signals: An Inspiring Story of Life After Life (April 9, 2001) (by Joel Rothschild, foreword by Neale Donald Walsh)

Moments of Grace (July 2001)

Conversations With God for Teens (November 1, 2001)

The New Revelations: A Conversation with God (September 30, 2002)

Communion With God (October 1, 2002)

Tomorrow’s God: Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge (March 2, 2004)

What God Wants: A Compelling Answer to Humanity’s Biggest Question (March 22, 2005)

The Little Soul And The Earth: A Children’s Parable Adapted From Conversations With God(August 1, 2005) (with Frank Riccio)

The Complete Conversations with God (October 20, 2005)

Home with God: In a Life That Never Ends (March 29, 2006)

Happier Than God: Turn Ordinary Life into an Extraordinary Experience (February 29, 2008)

Listing from Wikipedia

In October, the movie Conversations with God came out. Quotes from the movie: http://www.cwgthemovie.com/main.html

There is no judgement in what you call the afterlife… there is no accounting, no one giving ‘thumbs up’ or ‘thumbs down.’ Only humans are judgemental, and because you are, you assume I AM. I cannot tell you MY truth until you stop telling ME yours.”

“Neale, you’ve got me all wrong… and you’ve got YOU all wrong too. I don’t want anything from you to be happy. But, you think you are below ME, when in truth… we are all one. There is no separation.”

“To say that something — a thought, a word, an action — is ‘wrong’ would be as much as to tell you not to do it. To tell you not to do it would be to prohibit you. To prohibit you would be to restrict you. To restrict you would be to deny the reality of WHO YOU REALLY ARE, as well as the opportunity for you to create and experience the truth.

Many “Christians” who would go see it just because it says God. We must encourage everyone to be Berean and compare everything to the Scriptures.

See also:

Neale Donald Walsch Caught In Plagiarism

“Conversations with God” – response to a comment

What if you don’t like the Bible?

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5 thoughts on “Beware of “Conversations with God”

  1. I believe the main point of the books is to look inside for your own truth, and to not take anything any one or any book says as utter fact. To have the courage to question everything, even what might be considered your holiest scriptures. Blind faith can be self destructive in a way because you only see life through the things you blindly believe in. Thus the statement, “I cant tell you my truth until you stop telling me yours” means much more than it might at first glance.

  2. Cody,

    If you examine the Bible, you will find that it reveals more to you about yourself than you can knew or even than you would want to admit. The Bible isn’t accepted on “blind” Faith – test it, try it and see if it is true. Those who believe in the Truth of the Bible also have the Holy Spirit to guide them. The Bible can hold up to all the scrutiny you can give it.

    Your comment sounds good at a glance but since you are still existing then you have proven you don’t believe what you said. Where did you get the idea that electricity was dangerous? Where did you get the idea that something is poisonous? You didn’t test each one out did you? See you trusted another source. You had blind faith that, yes, sticking a fork in the outlet would shock you.

    Be honest, do you think you could honestly trust your heart? What if every thought that was ever in your heart was displayed for the world to see. Would you still claim you are able to determine right from wrong? Or would you have to admit that your heart is desperately wicked and not trust worthy.

    Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? ESV

    Psalms 36:1-4
    1 Transgression speaks to the wicked deep in his heart; there is no fear of God before his eyes.
    2 For he flatters himself in his own eyes that his iniquity cannot be found out and hated.
    3 The words of his mouth are trouble and deceit; he has ceased to act wisely and do good.
    4 He plots trouble while on his bed; he sets himself in a way that is not good; he does not reject evil.
    ESV

    You are no different from every other person in the world. We would cringe if everyone knew the evil in our hearts. But God does know and in His Bible He tells you. I pray He chooses to convict you of your wickedness before it is too late. Because we all sin and there is a price to pay for our sin. If you have broken any of God’s commands than you will be judged. Look at some of these and see what the Bible says about your condition.

    Lordship Salvation

    Lawless Gospel

    If you think you are a Christian, examine yourself:

    Are You Saved?

    Are You Born Again?

    Hell’s Best Kept Secret

    Ten Tests of True Christianity

    How are You Serving God

    Ten “Christians” God Will Not Allow Into Heaven

    Berean Wife

  3. Just came across this blog in my attempt to research Conversations with God. I am a christian and LOVE your response above about blind faith. Very good point. I have never read this book, but someone told me about it a few days ago. I had no idea what the book was about. I have no desire to read it.

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