Book description (from amazon.com):
Conversations with God Book 1 began a series that has been changing millions of lives for more than ten years. Finally, the bestselling series is now a movie, starring Henry Czerny (The Pink Panther and Clear and Present Danger) and Ingrid Boulting (The Last Tycoon). Produced and directed by Stephen Simon (producer of Somewhere in Time and What Dreams May Come) and distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films and Fox Home Entertainment, the theatrical release is set for October 27, 2006. The movie is the true account of Walsch (played by Cierny), who went from an unemployed homeless man to an “accidental spiritual messenger” and author of the bestselling book.
My Aunt had nothing but praise for this book, and reccommended that my mom read it. As usually happens, my mom didn’t have much time for reading, so she asked if I would read it for her and give her the essential bits.
I started to notice strange things right off the bat, little phrases and notions from the author that seemed anything but congruent with the Judeo/Christian God from the Bible. Never the less, I shrugged it off and continued through the book, but the further in I got, the bolder the author became in stating his blasphemous beliefs- and claiming they were direct from God.
Never the one to shrink from a challenge, I thought I could take some notes, and mark the passages in the book which were incorrect- but after my highlighter died, I realised how pointless the task really was. I quickly came to the conclusion that there simply wasn’t enough highlighter ink in the world to bring light to the anti-christic principles in the book.
The author clearly embraces Pantheistic and New-Age beliefs, which are entirely at odds with Christianity. For example, the belief that we are all god, is an incredibly stupid and egocentric idea which is very popular among new-agers, but how does it fit in with what the Bible tells us?
“Hear, o Israel, The LORD our God is one LORD.” Deuteronomy 6:4
“Unto thee it was shown, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside Him.” Deuteronomy 4:35
“That all the people of the earth may know that the LORD is God, and that there is none else.” 1 Kings 8:60
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 2:5
Another common Idea in the book is the thought that we will all go to heaven when we die, regardless of religion or works. Does the author sincerely believe that people like Stalin and Hitler are in heaven? That statement freaked me out as much as the first one, and I’ll tell you why. Hidden in the innocent wishful thinking of that idea (who wants to think that people go to hell, it’s a terrible place!), is a notion that spits in the very face of Jesus Christ. Let me explain.
Christianity is based upon these simple principles:
1) We are all sinners. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
2) As a consequence of sin, we are separated from God. Christ’s sacrifice at the cross re-unites us with the Father. “Jesus answered, ‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME. ” John 14:6
3) Because of God’s infinite love for us, He gave His only son to die for us, so that we could be with Him in heaven. “For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. ”
So, if we all are saved, why did God send Jesus to die for us? There would be no reason, and could a God who kills his only Son for no reason be called a God of love? No, of course not. The god that this man worships is anything but the Judeo-Christian God of the Bible.
There is so much wrong in this book that I want to point out, that I suppose I could write my own book with my notes alone, but I’ll try to keep this as short as I can (all ready too late for that one).
The single thing that upsets me the most about this book is how it distorts the truth, and misleads many people who are simply looking for answers about God, unfortunately leading them away from Him.
The author believes he was speaking to the spirit of God. I leave it to you to decide what kind of spirit he was really speaking to, but here is a sage word from the Bible on just such a topic- “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but test the spirits whether they are of God, because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1
I only hope that people approach this book cautiously, not blindly accepting what it has to say, but testing it against the word of God. “Prove all things; hold fast to that which is good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21
Rating: 1 star