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Books, talk, prayer will spur insight about God

Posted July 08, 2006

Q. How do I get my boyfriend to talk to me about God? -- C. S., Hollywood

A. To discover more about your boyfriend's relationship to God, inquire about his beliefs -- and expect them to differ from yours.

In the "post-denominational" age, there is an abundance of possibilities to bring God into your conversation. You may begin by sharing some insights from selected books.

Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue, Book 1, by Neale Donald Walsch is one man's experience relating with God. It is an excellent conversation booster.

Author Brad Gooch set out on a journey to explore traditional and non-traditional forms of spirituality that took him across America. His book GodTalk reveals the unexpected nature of contemporary spirituality today.

Rabbi David A. Cooper wrote God is a Verb to provide insight into the foundation of Western mysticism. The base is from a Jewish point of view, but the insights flow into Christian and Muslim traditions. It is also written for those who are drawn to Eastern practices.

The discussions cover topics that include reincarnation, meditation, visualizations, healing practices and exercises for individuals to have a direct encounter with the universal awareness that pervades everything. This guidebook may be the perfect opportunity to discuss God, religion, spirituality and mysticism. .

And then, there is always prayer. Larry King's book Powerful Prayers, written with Rabbi Irwin Katsof, offers conversations on faith, hope and the human spirit. It is a great read and the words of enlightenment will give you great insights to share.

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