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Storm Before The Calm (2011)

by Neale Donald Walsch(Favorite Author)
4.23 of 5 Votes: 1
1848506899 (ISBN13: 9781848506893)
Hay House
review 1: My favorite books are Conversations with God. Storm before the Calm, calls us to take the teachings of the other books, and affect change in Humanity. What humanity has been doing has done nothing little for the human condition because of the way we view the world - through the physical and mental and not spiritual. Very deep book actually and one I will want to read again. Feeling personal responsibility for changing the world is scary but also exciting and adventurous. I'd like to become closer to participating more fully.
review 2: The critically acclaimed and controversial Conversations With God by Neale Donald Walsch single-handedly changed the fundamental attitude of many individuals around the world about God and religion. During a devastating time in h
... moreis life, Walsch reached rock bottom and turned inward, praying to God for answers. To his surprise and the surprise of his readers, he received responses to all of his questions, responses he believes arrived through direct communication with the Divine. Those answers, revolutionary and controversial, have been examined throughout the world, and they have shifted many preconditioned attitudes toward an entirely different meaning of life.In The Storm Before The Calm, Neale Donald Walsch reexamines many of the ideas originally presented in Conversations With God. Fundamentally, the concepts remain the same. The human race is here on Earth, experiencing a physical existence, in order to remember that we all originate from one source, God, so that we can co-create our existence with all of the other individual expressions of God. However, this new book calls humanity to action, stating that the world’s greatest problems are neither economic nor political, but rather spiritual in nature. Walsch is suggesting that a critical mass from around the globe must come together in the ultimate conversation to effect a paradigm shift that would ultimately eliminate poverty, reduce suffering, obliterate starvation, and ensure the most basic of rights to all of humanity: survival.Walsch is inspirational in his challenging of the status quo, explaining how and why humanity shares certain political, economical, and religious viewpoints. He blames the consolidation of wealth and the grasp for power and world domination as the root causes to the problem. He also waxes philosophical in suggesting that humanity must shift from seeing life’s circumstances as a dyad (black or white, fast or slow, light or dark) to a triad (black, white, and both; fast, slow, and both; light, dark, and both). He cites the religious teachings of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost as the three aspects of God and further demonstrates humanity’s triad of body, mind, and soul, suggesting that many issues would be solved if we re-established a connection with our soul’s purpose and better understood the continual evolution of our soul.Throughout the book, Walsch regularly cites Wikipedia as a reliable and trustworthy source of information. Critics of the online encyclopedia have been able to find examples of grossly inaccurate information. However, overall, the tool has been proven as accurate, or more so, than many existing information resources. Essentially, what the world has done in creating Wikipedia, is exactly what Walsch is calling for in The Storm Before The Calm, so citing the resource is appropriate for this work. Walsh suggests that when humanity comes together as a critical mass, the culture shifts and amazing things happen. Essentially, this is what Wikipedia has done, bringing the world’s resources together to create an online megasystem of information.Where Walsch lost my interest was in some of his radical ideas relating to the resolution of poverty, global warming, and starvation. Although he states his ideas are merely a launching pad for further discussion, he is clearly passionate in his views. Many times, he suggests that we are destroying the planet and that overpopulation will ultimately lead to even greater lack of resources. Yet one of his fundamental concepts is that nothing can be created or destroyed since everything has always existed. He also claims that everyone could have everything they’ve ever desired if only they would shift their perspective and thinking. This is contradictory to his claims that the Earth does not have enough resources to support the growth of the human race. He also fails to cite the looming population decline in many of the world’s largest cultures. All over Asia, Europe, and Latin America, fertility rates are on the decline. Walsch also suggests capping income and forcing any excess income over the cap into a global fund for redistribution. He states this is not socialism since the individual contributor would be able to designate 50% of the excess to the cause of his or her choice. I’m not sure the world is ready for such a radical concept, nor am I sure this is the right answer.However, one could argue that radical problems require radical solutions, and Neale Donald Walsch is certainly offering creative solutions. By bringing the world together in conversation, he is inspirational in his call to humanity to rewrite its current story and culture based on asking and answering seven basic questions, outlined the book. The result, he hopes, would be a humanity that understands its connection to Divinity, its soul’s purpose in being here on Earth, methods by which to end poverty and exploitation of the people and resources on the planet, and a culture shift from one of materialism to one of spirituality. less
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Ah, it explains so much. All the craziness in the world ... this is a start to making sense of it.
Neale Donald Walsch remains the best insightful inspirational writer of the age!
Nothing can beat Neale donald Walsch Conversation With God
One word: Awesome!
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