Hearing God in Conversation How to Recognize His Voice Everywhere

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[Note: This book was provided by Kregel Book Tours in exchange for an honest book review.]

Having previously read a book by the author [1], and finding it, somewhat ironically, to be a bit moralistic, I was not prepared for how good this book was going to be. In reading this book, it became increasingly obvious, in the best way, that this was an author who had, like me, read far too many books where people are attempting to promote Eastern transcendental meditation [2], and he decided to write a book promoting a biblical view of meditation, and it manages to be a stellar book on Christian mysticism, a recognition that we must remain humble about the communication we think we receive from God and check it against the clear and unambiguous divine revelation. Here is a book that manages the trick of encouraging people to listen to and be sensitive to the gentle nudge of God without going hog wild about supposed private revelations that contradict what the Bible says. It is remarkable there are not more books like this one about the subject of spiritual communication, but part of what makes this book so good is that its principles about communicating for God work also address matters of communication with other people.

There are eighteen chapters and two appendices to this book, which takes up about two-hundred pages. The author moves in a systematic fashion from the origins of his faith in his family background, the first time he heard God's voice, the importance of conversation with God [3], how to recognize the voice of God, the purpose of scriptures, Christian meditation, speaking to listen, brainstorming with God, hearing God's voice for others, hijacking conversations, asking questions as a way of connecting with God, cultivating a holy curiosity, knowing how to be sure one is listening to God's voice, developing a friendship with God, understanding the emotions and experiences of God, seeing how God speaks in the detours of our life, hearing God in the ordinary aspects of life, looking at how God shouts in silence, and appreciating the God who guides. The appendices deal with answers to arguments over whether we can expect direct communication with God in our contemporary age, and a sober look at questionable and excessive practices in contemporary Christian mysticism, a thoughtful place to look for those who have concerns about there being any role for God speaking to us here and now.

Although the author is a remarkably tough-minded person, who feels free to criticize certain aspects of contemporary culture, particularly the excesses of Pentecostal worship and the way that some people seem to get a high out of experiences without finding appreciation of God's ways in more settled aspects of life. What is a revelation about this book is the way that the author is able to discuss his own spiritual life, and the way that he sought the counsel of others in discerning God's voice rather than seeing spiritual communication as a way to go it alone, and how he sought to deal with what he perceived to be divine hints and nudges and gentle pokes in a spirit of humility, viewing it as a way of providing gracious comfort and encouragement to other people. This book is a deeply encouraging one for those who wish to read how to better communicate with God, and see how communication with God can lead us to be more sensitive and understanding with the people around us, which is a great part of the goal of any spiritual improvement in our lives.

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