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Friday, October 27, 2006

New Age Movie Rife for Writing

The movie "Conversations with God," based on the life and times of Neale Donald Walsch, is opening in theaters around the country, and it provides an excellent opportunity to talk about the real God of the Bible.

I looked through several movie reviews and found the one in The Seattle Times written by Jeff Shannon to treat the movie from a constructively critical perspective.

His moive review titled , "Conversations" to conversions: Messages from new-agey God," starts this way:
"Conversations with God" is a bad film about good things that many people will find enlightening. Its message is admirable, its filmmaking as bland as a communion wafer.

This should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the bestselling books by Neale Donald Walsch, who wrote "Conversations with God" after hitting rock-bottom and experiencing a life-altering epiphany. For better or worse, Walsch stripped away the strictures of organized religion and delivered a safe, secular, new-agey God who would appeal to the "spiritual but not religious" masses. Walsch created a talkative God in the image that best suited him, and made a profitable wager that a lot of people would want to hear those "conversations." ...
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While Jeff gives the movie two stars, I give the movie two thumbs up in terms of opportunity to debate the real character of the Living God. I suggest people see the movie/read the book before intelligently commenting, but don't miss this opportunity.

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Bruce Umpstead


At Sun Mar 09, 05:32:00 PM EDT, Anonymous patrick said...

watched Conversations with God recently... i appreciate the point that Neale Donald Walsch makes about having freedom to admit that he's not perfect so he can move on from where he is.


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