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Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God Paperback – Special Edition, April 20, 2012
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"The beauty of this book is the way it exposes the reader to hearing God through obedience to him. . . . You may need, as I did, to read and read it again, but it is well worth it."-- Skip Holman, Baptist Standard, September 3, 2012
"In this volume he lays out a needed and balanced view of a God who not only listens to his children but speaks to them as well. The problem is not that God is voiceless but that we simply do not listen to his voice and that is because we don't know how to listen."-- Jim Miller Book Review, January 23, 2008
"Few books have challenged me like this one. I would urge every serious-minded Christian to read it . . . at your own risk."-- Bill Hybels, author of Too Busy Not to Pray
"The best book on divine guidance I have ever read. I recommend it highly."-- Richard Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline
"Willard wonderfully encourages us to listen for God's voice, and then to respond and obey. This is a book of great encouragement and helpful insights into the arena of God's direction in our daily living."-- Ted W. Engstrom, president emeritus, World Vision
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Dallas Willard is professor of philosophy at the University of Southern California. He is the author of The Divine Conspiracy,The Spirit of the Disciplines and Renovation of the Heart.
- Publisher : IVP Books; Updated and Expanded edition (April 20, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0830835695
- ISBN-13 : 978-0830835690
- Item Weight : 12.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #22,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On the other hand, there are some who insist that God can only speak through His Word, the Bible. Anyone who believes otherwise is wrong.
Dallas Willard provides a good middle way in his book "Hearing God." While upholding Scripture as the ultimate authority and the standard by which all else must be tested, he acknowledges that God speaks to us today and gives guidelines for discerning His voice.
The first half of the book is mostly a defense of the idea that God continues to speak to His people. The second half of the book is a practical guide to hearing God.
I still have questions about how God speaks to us today and am still somewhat wary because of the many abuses of hearing God that happen in evangelicalism, but this book was a gentle guide that helped me crack open the door to what has already been a rewarding aspect of my life with God.
Dallas Willard, more than any other Christian author I have read, speaks powerful and insightful and sobering truths. Dallas Willard can convey more truth in one sentence than many writers do across pages of text, even entire books. Any Christian who wants to seriously deepen their walk with the Lord should read this book. And I do not say that lightly. It's a frightening proposition, because every page, nearly every sentence, gives you something to pause and wonder over how you're living your life. How you're *really* ... living.
Worthwhile passages fill every page. Here are just a few that impressed me enough to share them here:
"In seeking and receiving God's word to us, therefore, we must at the same time seek and receive the *grace of humility.* God will gladly give it to us if, trusting and waiting on him to act, we refrain from *pretending* we are what we know we are not, from *presuming* a favorable position for ourselves in any respect and from *pushing* or trying to override the will of others in our context." (p. 38)
"Those who wish to hear the word and know the truth are often not prompted by their desire to *do* it. The light that such people find frequently proves to be their own snare and condemnation." (p. 161)
"People left the presence of Jesus with heads and hearts full of thoughts and convictions that he had authored in them through the power of God's voice and word with which he spoke." (p. 176)
"Infallability, and especially infallability in discerning the mind of God, simply does not fit the human condition. It should not be desired, much less expected, from our relationship with God." (p. 183)
"You cannot believe a blur or a blank, and the blanks in our understanding can only be filled in by careful instruction and hard thinking. It will not be done on our behalf." (p. 193)
One more thing to like about Willard is how he weaves into his original work the best of previous Christian leaders, preachers, and teachers. The notes at the end of the book are filled with past masters of the Christian faith and will provide much additional reading material.No one can know everything, but looking at the bibliography of a Dallas Willard book, you think he comes pretty close.
If you want to be a disciple of Christ and learn how to deepen your relationship with God, read this book.
I loved it/It was amazing
He does make the case why we should hear from God, which will be a revelation to those seeking God and new believers, but obvious and redundant to mature believers. Mr. Willard is a college professor, and this book reads like a doctorate paper. The author is a philosophy professor, and the tone and temper of this book reads like it. He's happy to share experiences of others hearing from God, but not really his own, so it was not personal enough for me. But honestly, I give him one star for this single reason: he clearly does not revere the Word of God, but instead he puts in a his proverbial petrie dish and observes it, then patronizes it along the way. Calling Jesus' disciples "his little band of followers" is corny and disrespectful, and speaking to the idea that conservative Christianity and a liberal Christianity co-exist as normal and acceptable dogma was troubling.