Conversations with God Book


#1

Has anyone else heard about these books? I got an e-mail the other day about it and did a little research. These books are pretty scary, and not at all biblically based. I thought I’d pass the e-mail on for others to see.

**"If you have children or grandchildren, work with children at church, or you have neighborhood children whose parents you know, please take note of the information below and pass it along to others. Schools are distributing this book to children through the Scholastic Book Club.

The name of the book is “Conversations with God”. James Dobson talked about this book twice this week. It is devastating . Parents, churches and Christian schools need to be aware of it. Please pass this information on to Church/e-mail addresses, Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, friends.

Please pay special attention not only to what your kids watch on TV, in movie theaters, on the internet, and the music they listen to, but also be alert regarding the books they read.

Two particular books are “Conversations with God” and “Conversations with God for Teens”, written by Neale D. Walsch. They sound harmless enough by their titles alone. The books have been on the New York Times best sellers list for a number of weeks, and they make truth of the statement, “Don’t judge a book by its cover or title.”

The author purports to answer various questions asked by kids using the “voice of God”. However, the “answers” that he gives are not Bible-based and go against the very infallible word of God. For instance (and I paraphrase), When a girl asks the question “Why am I a lesbian?” His answer is that she was ‘born that way’ because of genetics (just as you were born right-handed, with brown eyes, etc.). Then he tells her to go out and “celebrate” her differences.

Another girls poses the question "I am living with my boyfriend. My parents say that I should marry him because I am living in sin. Should I marry him?"
His reply is, “Who are you sinning against? Not me, because you have done nothing wrong.”

Another question asks about God’s forgiveness of sin. His reply "I do not forgive anyone because there is nothing to forgive. There is no such thing as right or wrong and that is what I have been trying to tell everyone, do not judge people . People have chosen to judge one another and this is wrong , because the rule is “'judge not lest ye be judged.”

Not only are these books the false doctrine of the devil, but in some instances quote (in error) the Word of God.

And the list goes on. These books, and others like it, are being sold to schoolchildren through The Scholastic Book Club, and we need to be aware of what is being fed to our children.

The children of our nation are under attack. So I pray that you be sober and vigilant about teaching your children the Word of God, and guarding their exposure to worldly mediums, because our adversary, the devil, roams about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8)… We know that lions usually hunt for the slowest, weakest and YOUNGEST of its prey.

Pass this on to every Believer you know. And, if you are in doubt, check out the books yourself. **

BTW for the boycott happy people please don’t take this as a call to boycott Scholastic Books. If they refused to sell any and all books that someone found offensive they wouldn’t be able to sell any books at all. I bought lots of great books from them as a child, but my mom always checked my order and approved it before letting me spend my money on a books she wouldn’t let me read. I think of this more of a call or a reminder for us to be responsible parents and Christians and be vigilant about what our children read and watch.


#2

I think this has come up before on this forum - and what makes me believe that is that I remember posting this exact response:

What bothers me most about the book is that it has nearly the same title as a wonderful prayer book set called “In Conversation With God” by Francis Fernandez.

Don’t get them mixed up!


#3

That’s exactly what I was going to say. :wink: It’s like the whole “National Catholic Register” vs. “National Catholic Reporter.” Sometimes similarly named things can be vastly different in terms of quality of content!


#4

Thanks for pointing that out. I have read the In Conversation With God prayer books and I thought that is what the article was talking about lol. Glad to hear I wasn’t lead astray.


#5

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