Neale Donald Walsch devotes his time to sharing the messages of his books through writing, lecturing, and facilitating spiritual renewal retreats. The creator of the School of the New Spirituality and founder of The Group of 1000, a nonprofit organization supporting global spiritual awakening, he lives in Ashland, Oregon, and may be contacted through www.nealedonaldwalsch.com.
The author of the "Conversations with God" books focuses here on how the current God needs to be modified and how we should begin to believe in a different variation of Him that is less needy, less punishing to those who do not believe in Him, and is part of all of us. Walsch discusses the differences in this God from the one that is currently held in high regard. He tells how "tomorrow's God" will change the many institutions in our society, from government to schools and educational communities to marriage, and will help us deal with conflict, environmental concerns, discrimination, and the treatment of the world's children. Dialog is provided alternately by Edward Asner and Ellen Burstyn. Asner is perfect in the role of God; his voice is both grandfatherly and bombastic. Burstyn is less successful and doesn't provide the heft that Asner brings to the part. Walsch goes overboard in his reading, which can be quite annoying. He provides some very radical ideas, and listeners will have to review sections to make sure they understand the recommendations. Libraries where the "Conversations with God" series has been popular may wish to purchase this.-Danna Bell-Russel, Library of Congress Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.