What does God want?
Are we judged by God after we die?
Is there an absolute right and wrong?
Why is there both good and evil in the world?
Co-producer Neale Donald Walsch is a modern-day spiritual messenger whose work has touched the lives of millions. He has written twenty-nine books on contemporary spirituality in the twenty years since he reported having an experience in which he felt the presence of the Divine, began writing questions to God on a yellow legal pad, and received answers in a process that he describes as exactly like taking dictation. What emerged from that encounter was the nine-part Conversations with God series, which has been published in every major language of the world.
Mr. Walsch has told his readers and the media—which has brought global attention to his experience—that everyone is having conversations with God all the time, and that the question is not: To whom does God talk? The question is: Who listens?
He says his whole life has been changed as a result of his own decision to listen. He took notes on the questions in his heart and the answers he was receiving, so that he would always remember his exchanges with Deity. It wasn't until later that he realized he was being invited to place these words into the world, as one of many throughout history who have made their very best effort to hear and to articulate God's messages. He knows that everyone is receiving these messages, and invites all people everywhere to both share them and live them as best they can, for Neale believes the world would change overnight if only a fraction of its people embraced God’s most important message of all: You’ve got me all wrong.
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Co-producer Robert S. Friedman, the founder of Rainbow Ridge Books, LLC, grew up in Portsmouth, Virginia, attended Woodrow Wilson High School and the University of Virginia, where he earned a B.A. in English. He has an M.F.A. in Writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and two years graduate study at the University College of Swansea of the University of Wales.
He founded The Donning Company/ Publishers, in 1974, and was president and publisher until 1989. The company published a variety of books, including over 400 pictorial histories of counties, cities, and states. He started the first illustrated trade paperback line of science fiction and fantasy in 1978 (Starblaze Editions) with ten-time Hugo award winner, Kelly Freas. He published and marketed the first four-color graphic novel, the bestselling Elfquest series, and pioneered the first chain store distribution of the genre.
He and Frank DeMarco founded Hampton Roads Publishing Company in 1989, publishing over 800 books in eighteen years, including the trilogy of Conversations with God books by Neale Donald Walsch, all of which became New York Times bestselling books. He acquired bestselling books such as Lynn Grabhorn's Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting, The Cosmic Ordering Service series, and Richard Bach’s Messiah’s Handbook and Hypnotizing Maria.
He is the co-author, with Eckhart Tolle, of a children’s book entitled Milton’s Secret: An Adventure of Discovery Through Then, When, and The Power of Now, now in film development with Hulo Films of Vancouver, Canada.
Retired from Hampton Roads in 2009, he has recently begun a new publishing venture called Rainbow Ridge Books, LLC, distributed by Square One Publishers in New York.
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Co-producer Rashmi Khilnani was born in Chandigarh, India and spent the first six years of her life in Cairo, Egypt. She went on to study and teach with world-renowned avatars, gurus, and teachers and became a specialist in energy medicine. She is on the forefront in bringing the ancient Mystery School teachings of Egypt, India, Tibet, and China, as well as the teachings of the Essenes, into current time and making these wisdoms simple and accessible to people at all levels of soul journeying.
Rashmi teaches and practices several healing modalities and has taught Reiki Masters, doctors, scientists, and others from many walks of life the secrets of the Mystery School teachings. She is a global metaphysical teacher, urban shaman, international lecturer, artist, seminar leader, and TV personality. Rashmi is the host of 2013 and Beyond with Jeremy McDonald, heard monthly on Blogtalkradio.com. She is also a radio show host for Goddess Transmission with Hillary Raimo on Achieve Radio. Rashmi is a co-host with Raven Wadeson on the radio show, The Cosmic Heart, on Radio Station 113. She is the author of The Divine Mother Speaks: The Healing of the Human Heart (Rainbow Ridge Books, 2011), Buddha Speaks: To the Buddha Nature Within (Rainbow ridge Books, 2012), and Shiva Speaks: Conversations with Maha Avatar Babaji (Rainbow Ridge Books, 2013).
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Director Jonathan Friedman attended James Madison University, graduating with a degree in Mass Communications. Over the years he has made use of his talents as a musician, writer, graphic designer, and filmmaker. In the graphics world, he is best known for his co-design of the best-selling Conversations with God books, which have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.
In 2002, Jonathan co-wrote, produced, directed, and edited the independent feature film Moving, an irreverent comedy that has drawn great critical praise for its craftsmanship and ingenuity on a budget of under $9000. It was called “one of the funniest independent films of the year” by FilmThreat Magazine, won “Best Screenplay” at the Digital Visions Film Festival, and was picked up for national distribution.
Jonathan was recently awarded one million dollars in the Doritos “Crash the Super Bowl” commercial competition, winning out against over 6,000 other submissions. His commercial, “Man's Best Friend,” was aired during the game and placed #1 on the USA Today ad meter.
Jonathan currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and is working on several creative projects, including an independent feature film with his brother Matthew (who was his assistant director on “Man's Best Friend.”)
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Assistant Director Matthew Friedman is a filmmaker, screenwriter, film teacher, and web/graphic designer in Virginia. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and has been a volunteer EMT with the Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad for over a decade. He assistant directed the Doritos Superbowl commercial “Man's Best Friend,” the #1 ad on the 2012 Ad-Meter, and his screenplay “All of Creation” was accepted to the January 2003 Sundance Screenwriters Lab as its first Sloan Fellowship recipient. Over the years, he has taken on a variety of jobs and hobbies, ranging from theater director and producer, theater artistic director, book editor, songwriter, actor, recording engineer, concert crewman, a Teamster, and a panelist at the Virginia Festival of the Book. He and his brother run Frame25 Productions, a boutique design firm where they are also developing their second independent feature film project.