"God talks to all of us, but we must be able to suspend disbelief and notice the subtle devices God uses -- whether it's song lyrics, movies, or the chance utterance of someone we meet on the street. We often write things off to coincidence that we should give God credit
Neale Donald Walsch, Author Interview, care of Penguin Putnam, Inc.
How do you know that God actually spoke to you?
The conversations contain concepts and information beyond anything that
I've ever thought of, beyond my own mental constructions. I first thought
that it wasn't possible -- that I could talk to God, but not with God. But as
the conversation progressed, I become convinced that God was talking directly and personally to me.
My instincts tell me that despite what others may think, and what I even thought myself at first -- that this is the result of an
overworked spiritual imagination or the work of a man seeking vindication -- God did speak to me. But I think the more crucial
question is "Would the world be a better place if people lived by the material in this book?" I believe the
material stands on its own, that it has something to offer everyone.
Can anyone have a conversation with God?
Yes, and I've heard from hundreds of people who have. It's not
as unusual as we might think; this experience is open to
everyone. God talks to all of us, but we must be able to suspend
disbelief and notice the subtle devices God uses -- whether it's song lyrics, movies, or the chance utterance of
someone we meet on the street. We often write things off to coincidence that
we should give God credit for.
What's the most surprising outcome of this whole experience?
My coming to know the many hundreds of other people who have had this same experience; seeing the letters and notes
these people have sent me about their own conversations with God. I'm collecting them all and they're fascinating. The
book seems to have cleared the way for others to speak out about their own
encounters with God.
It seems odd that God suddenly decided to become so
accessible through this conversation with you, addressing real issues like work and relationships in contemporary
I think now is the perfect time for God to speak colloquially.
The chaos in the world and the extreme and rapid changes we're experiencing -- in technology; in political, economic,
scientific systems; in sexual and social mores -- seems to have created a
deeper yearning for connection with deity. People seem ready to hear a spiritual message.
You were angry about your life when you first wrote to
God. How is your life working now?
I'm happier now than I ever thought I could be. After half a century of trying, I thought real happiness was only possible
in fairy tales. I'm involved in a wonderful relationship, the most meaningful and stable I've ever had, and my health is
better than ever. In every way, my life is complete and I'm doing what I
What is ReCreation?
A non-profit foundation we began that offers workshops, retreats and lectures to help people see that the purpose of
life is to recreate ourselves, in the greatest vision of the grandest vision
we have of ourselves. We try to make these workshops affordable to reach as many people as possible
and have set aside 20% of all spots for scholarships. Any fees that come from
speaking engagements and appearances go toward financing the work of
What's the one thing God would say to people of all
religions that they would all understand?
I am love and love does not discriminate. There's no right or
wrong way to love God or life.
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