I am a real skeptic on the subject of automatic writing or channeling. I don't beliee God needs any channel other than His/Her direct link to my soul to communicate with me. So I began my experience with this book with a healthy dose of skepticism.
As I read, I encountered passage after passage where the message resonated with my life experiences and with long-held, unarticulated beliefs. The book literally transformed me at a fundamental level that I, at the age of 51, did not believe was possible. Or even desirable. Yet, I find I like myself better now and I am at peace in my center.
Whether God -- whatever you understand Him, Her or It to be -- actually spoke to and through Walsch to you or whether you conclude these are Waslch's studied ideas passed on to you in the form of a God dialog, you will find the content to be thought-provoking, challenging, and immensely spiritually insightful.
Ultimately, I think books such as this should be judged not on their claims but on their results. In my case, the result is a spiritual renewal that has my family, friends, coworkers and acquaintances staring in genuine shock. My life has been changed...and I can now make a real contribution to changing the world.
I just read a preview of Book 2 and I can't wait. Meanwhile, I'm re-reading this one and highlighting things that are particulary important to me.
If you're an open-minded person who believes that God never stops talking to us, then you really owe it to yourself to buy this book. It may not change your life as it has mine, but it will certainly challenge your thinking. And that, in the final analysis, is the best commentary I can offer on any book.