Be careful. This book is dangerous. It explores with startling freshness the most important question you could ever ask, and offers with breathtaking courage the most extraordinary answer you could ever imagine. That answer is so theologically revolutionary and so spiritually empowering that it could change the course of human history. If embraced, it most certainly will change your life. There are people and institutions in the world, long in place and long in power, that want neither of these outcomes to occur. They would rather that you put this book down right now. It's up to you.
About the Author
Neale Donald Walsch is the author of fifteen books, the founder of the nonprofit Conversations with God Foundation, and the creator of Humanity's Team, a worldwide grassroots movement endeavoring to assist in causing a new form of spirituality to emerge upon the earth. Information on this global undertaking may be found at www.HumanitysTeam.com.
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1.Very few people will be able to believe what's in this book.At least, at first.That may make it one of the most unbelievable books of all time.Copyright (c) 2005 by Neale Donald Walsch2.This book answers the most important question in human history.What does God want?For many people that answer will be startling.Even for those who aren't completely surprised, the answer will be dramatically different. It will not even come close to the ideas that people usually hear about God.Humanity's ideas about God produce humanity's ideas about life and about people. Dramatically different ideas about God will produce dramatically different ideas about life and about people. If the world could use anything right now, that's it.We stand today on the brink of a global cultural war. The opening volleys have already been exchanged. The really major clashes, the unthinkable Future World battles, may be yet to come.Given the direction in which humanity appears to be moving, it may seem as though this larger conflict is inevitable. It isn't. There's something very powerful that can stop it: dramatically different ideas about God and dramatically different ideas about life and about people.Such ideas, if accepted and adopted, will produce dramatically different ways of living and being. Values will change. Priorities will change. Power structures and power holders will change.Some of those power holders do not want any of this to happen.That may make this not only one of the most unbelievable books of all time, but also one of the most dangerous.Copyright (c) 2005 by Neale Donald Walsch3.How long has it been since you've read a dangerous book?You'll be in and out of this one in very little time. It's a short book. So it's not only dangerous, it's fast.Fast and dangerous. That's often a fascinating combination. Maybe even a little exciting. Danger and excitement are two sides of the same coin. Which of the two you experience depends on whether you're racing toward something or away from it.Which way are you racing with regard to change? Do you want things to remain pretty much the same, or do you want things to be different?If you want things to stay the way they are, you could find this book dangerous. If you can't wait for things to change, you could find it exciting. Which do you want?"Well," you might say, "that depends on what we're talking about here. Are we talking about my life? My job? My marriage? My relationship? My health? Or are we talking about my country? The world at large? The international political scene? The global challenges being faced by humanity?"So let me help you with that. We're talking about all of it. Every bit of it. Not one thing or the other, but all of it. Because the information in this book could change all of it.Change can be a dangerous thing to suggest, not only around people of power (to whom change is the ultimate threat) but also around ordinary people (for whom change is threatening simply because it leads to the unknown).Former U.S. vice president Al Gore had it exactly right in a September 2004 interview in the New Yorker:"In a world of disconcerting change, when large and complex forces threaten familiar and comfortable guideposts, the natural impulse is to grab hold of the tree trunk that seems to have the deepest roots and hold on for dear life and never question the possibility that it's not going to be the source of your salvation."The final part of that sentence (italics mine) tells the tale of humanity's belief about God and life in fifteen words. Mr. Gore confirms this with his next statement. "And the deepest roots," he says, "are in philosophical and religious traditions that go way back."Al Gore's insight leaves us all facing a thunderous question: Is the way forward to be found by going way back?The answer is no.And while, as the former vice president notes, we never question the possibility that our philosophical and religious traditions are not going to be the source of our salvation--presumably because we feel threatened by such questioning--could there be times when not to question those traditions presents an even larger threat?The answer is yes. And this is one of those times.The biggest danger in the world today is not the asking of questions but the assumption that we have all the answers; not the invitation to change but the tendency to run from change; not dramatically new ideas about God and about Life but the same old ideas.If some of those old ideas continue to be embraced, life as the human race now knows it may not survive the first half of the twenty-first century. The way things are going, it may not even survive the first quarter.I know, I know, that sounds like an exaggeration.It's not.Pick up the morning paper. Turn on CNN.In the years immediately ahead the human race could make a dramatic upward jump in its evolutionary process, or it could fall back, staggering and stumbling and ultimately crumbling under the weight of its own past misunderstandings.It's happened before.It is what can occur when the technological advancement of a species races ahead of its moral, ethical, and spiritual development. Then what the universe has to deal with is children playing with matches.These days, that's us.The human race is in the childhood of its evolution. There's nothing wrong with that. Childhood can be a wonderful time. But it's also a time when great care must be taken.If we watch what we are doing during our childhood--if, as author Robert Fulghum suggests, we look both ways before crossing, if we learn to share, if we hold hands and keep track of each other, if we walk and don't run, if we quit pushing and say we're sorry when we do, if we clean up our messes, and if we stop fighting with our brothers and sisters--we'll get to grow up, and our future can be spectacular.I believe that's what will happen. I believe the future we're about to create is going to be so spectacular! But I also know it could turn out another way. And I know that if we don't start behaving, it very well might. Failure to acknowledge this is foolhardy. It's more than foolhardy. It's irresponsible. It's what a child would do.Most people want to believe that humanity is indestructible, that our species cannot be eradicated or eliminated or negatively impacted in any truly widespread or nonreversible way by anyone or anything.In view of recent world events, this seems to suggest that most people are willing to believe the unbelievable. And that brings up an interesting question. If people are willing to believe the unbelievable, why not believe what's in this book?Copyright (c) 2005 by Neale Donald Walsch4.Many people will simply be afraid to believe what's in this book.A dramatically different idea is going to be presented here just 12,108 words from now. So opposed to this idea is the established order that, in some countries, if you said aloud the things that are in this book, you could be killed.Not by an angry mob.By the government.You could be accused of committing a crime against the laws of the land, and sentenced to death. In other countries, while you might not be killed, you could be criticized, vilified, and ostracized. You could also be removed from any place of influence you might hold, and your views would almost certainly be marginalized.Yes, that's how dangerous what is written here is.Clearly, What God Wants is not unimportant information. It's so important, in fact, that the words are presented in initial caps and italic type wherever the term is used throughout this book. I wanted those words to stand out, so that they make a point in and of themselves.You see, millions of people all over the world have been living their lives based on the information they have been given about What God Wants, and if the world's prior information on this topic is inaccurate, the world could be in big trouble.Copyright (c) 2005 by Neale Donald Walsch5.The world's prior information on this topic is inaccurate.The world is in big trouble.Copyright (c) 2005 by Neale Donald Walsch6.The world does not have to be in big trouble. It is because it chooses to be. Its people could make a different choice.I think that very soon they will. I think people have had enough. They've had enough of the violence and the terror and the killing. They've had enough of the bickering and the quarreling and the fighting that leads to it.They've had enough of their own lives not working, of seeing their own relationships falling apart, of watching their own careers crumble, of having their own dreams dissolve and disappear.They've had enough of everything being such a struggle in our world, with every day filling itself with adversity and difficulty all over the globe. They've had enough of human society taking two steps forward and one step back, constantly, constantly, constantly trudging into the wind.The human race is losing patience with itself. I think people are saying, "There's got to be another way." We're becoming more and more clear that there is. We simply have to make that choice.Sometimes people think they must live the way they are living because they have no choice. The appearance of things can often make it look as though this is very, very real. But it is never real. Never.People do have a choice, and this book is going to prove that to you. People have a choice in the life they are creating, and they have a choice in how they are experiencing the life they are now living. Before you get to the final page here, you're going to be given the most powerful tool there is with which to make your choices real. For now, know this: People who make a different choice are people who make a different world.It is time now for the Choice Makers to step forward. If they do not, the world will continue moving in the direction in which it is moving. That is not a direction in which humanity says it wishes to go. Yet what is humanity willing to do about that? This is the question now before the world.If humanity's highest idea about the direction that it wishes to take is not asserted now, its lowest idea could be embraced by default. That is what is happening at this moment in some people's minds in many parts of the world.There are those who say that this is how it is because this is how it has to be. These are, they say, the End Times--and this is What God Wants.Yet people can be saved, they say. People do not have to be Left Behind. When the Tribulation is at hand, people can be saved. All they have to do is finally accept the Good News.Well, have I got good news for you.Humanity does not understand What God Wants.Copyright (c) 2005 by Neale Donald Walsch7.Consider this: If humanity does understand What God Wants, and if the present world situation is the best that humanity can do after all these years with that information, how much hope can there be for a brighter tomorrow?If we really know everything that it is truly important to know about God--and if all that has been revealed, all that has been taught, all that has been said and sung, about God has brought humanity to this, then what good has all of it been?Yet if there is something new for us to learn, something more for us to understand about God, then it's still possible for the human condition to change. Hope returns. Not hope for something better in the Hereafter, when life as we've known it on the earth has been destroyed, but hope for something better right here right now, before everything has been destroyed.That hope cannot be realized, however, until some very important questions are asked and answered.Is it true that humanity is utterly stubborn, completely unwilling and absolutely unable to overcome its most primitive instincts? Or is it possible that there is still some teaching left to be done, some data still missing, some important aspect of God and Life still not understood?Could it be that the problem is not with the receivers of the information, but with the information itself?Could it be that humanity's understanding of God and of Life is not so much "wrong" as it is simply incomplete?Finally, is it time for humanity to throw open the door of inquiry about God in a new way?For far too long the world's discussion about God has been moving in only one direction, led in the main by those who say that we understand all there is that's really important for us to understand about God, and who assert that humanity's problems are not caused by human beings who fail to understand, but by human beings who fail to act on their understanding.This is a popular notion, but it's a misconception. Just the opposite has been true. It has been people who did act on what they understood about God who have caused many of our biggest problems.These are people who thought they knew What God Wants.It's people who thought they knew What God Wants who created the 200 years of the Christian Crusades and the horrors of the Inquisition, seeking to win the world for Christianity.It's people who thought they knew What God Wants who told armies of Muslims to send marauders far and wide to conquer every land and culture and bring it under the Nation of Islam.It's people who thought they knew What God Wants who called themselves the Chosen People and reclaimed land they declared to be originally their own, ignoring the fact that history had caused it to be inhabited for thousands of years by others, and telling those others to now leave portions of that land, and to live where and how they are told to live, as second-class citizens without equal rights in their own home.It's people who thought they knew What God Wants who hanged men and women in town squares, and burned others at the stake, holding up the Good Book and declaring them to be witches.It's people who thought they knew What God Wants who passed laws making it illegal for humans of differing races to marry, or for consenting adults to engage in certain sexual practices.It's people who thought they knew What God Wants who created cultural prohibitions forbidding people to sing or dance, draw pictures of any person, or play music of any kind except sacred songs.It's people who thought they knew What God Wants who said that it was not okay to even utter or write the name of G-D--but that it was okay to kill in G-D's name.Is all of this really What God Wants?Are you sure?It is important to be sure, because we're not talking about a small thing here.There is much that we have been taught about What God Wants. Are these teachings accurate? Let's take a look.Copyright (c) 2005 by Neale Donald Walsch
What God Wants: A Compelling Answer to Humanity's Biggest Question
FROM THE PUBLISHER
Be careful. This book is dangerous. It explores with startling freshness the most important question you could ever ask, and offers with breathtaking courage the most extraordinary answer you could ever imagine.
That answer is so theologically revolutionary and so spiritually empowering that it could change the course of human history. If embraced, it most certainly will change your life.
There are people and institutions in the world, long in place and long in power, that want neither of these outcomes to occur. They would rather that you put this book down right now.
It's up to you.