from the book Conversations With God
Introduction: Curious things happen when a book becomes very popular. Twice in recent times a metaphysical book appeared in print and became a highly acclaimed work and a big best-seller. This happened with The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield and with Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch.
But what is most interesting is the fact that these books, which were both initially published in paperback, were then bought by a big publisher and re-released in hardcover. I have a couple thoughts on this. Firstly, it is too bad that the higher-priced hardcover may make some people less likely to read these books. Secondly, if you have one of the original out-of-print paperback "first editions" of these two books, they may have collectable value. However, don't forget that the true value of any book lies in the wisdom contained within the book, and the message it has specifically for us. - Andy
from Conversations With God
"The Masters who have walked the planet are those who have discovered the secret of the relative world - and refused to acknowledge its reality. In short, masters are those who have chosen only love. In every instance. In every moment. In every circumstance. Even as they were being killed, they loved their murderers. Even as they were being persecuted, they loved their oppressors.
This example and this lesson has been laid out so clearly for you. Time and again, over and over has it been shown to you. Through all the ages and in every place. Through all lifetimes and in every moment. The universe has used every contrivance to place this Truth before you. In song and story, in poetry and dance, in words and in motion - in pictures of motion, which you call motion pictures, and in collections of words, which you call books.
From the highest mountain it has been shouted, in the lowest place its whisper has been heard. Through the corridors of all human experience has this Truth been echoed: Love is the answer. Yet you have not listened.…..
….. There are no coincidences in the universe.
I have heard the crying of your heart. I have seen the searching of your soul. I know how deeply you have desired the truth. In pain have you called out for it, and in joy. Unendingly you have beseeched me. Show Myself. Reveal Myself.
I am doing so here, in terms so plain, you cannot misunderstand. In language so simple, you cannot be confused. In vocabulary so common, you cannot get lost in the verbiage.
So go ahead now. Ask Me anything. Anything. I will contrive to bring you the answer. The whole universe will I use to do this. So be on the lookout. This book is far from My only tool. You may ask a question, then put this book down. But watch. Listen. The words to the next song you hear. The information in the next article you read. The story line in the next movie you watch. The chance utterance of the next person you meet. Or the whisper of the next river, the next ocean, the next breeze that caresses you ear - all these devices are Mine; all these avenues are open to Me. I will speak to you if you listen. I will come to you if you will invite me. I will show you then that I have always been there All ways.
From Conversations with God - An Uncommon Dialogue, by Neale Donald Walsch, pp57,58.