Monday, January 29, 2018
Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God- Mark Batterson
Description: The voice that spoke the cosmos into existence is the same voice that parted the Red sea, and made the sun stand still in the midday sky. One day, this voice will make all things new, but it's also speaking to you now!
That voice is God's voice, and what we've learned from Scripture is that He often speaks in a whisper. Not to make it difficult to hear Him, but to draw us close.
Many people have a tough time believing God still speaks. Sure, in ancient times and in mysterious ways, God spoke to His people, but is He still speaking now?
Mark Batterson certainly believes so. And he wants to introduce you to the seven love languages of God; each of them unique and entirely divine. Some of them you might suspect but others will surprise you.
By learning to tune in to and decipher each language, you'll be able to hear His guidance in simple as well as life-altering choices. God is actively speaking through: Scripture, Desires, Doors, Dreams, People, Promptings, and Pain. Batterson gives you the tools you need to unlock each of these languages.
God's whisper can answer your most burning questions, calm your deepest fears, and fulfill your loftiest dreams.
Discover how simple it is to hear God's voice in every aspect of your life!
He's speaking, make sure you know how to listen!
My Thoughts: When I first saw the email letting me know that Whisper was up for review, I had already been praying and searching for information on hearing the voice of God. Seeing that email was an "of course I want to review that" moment, were I actually pushed around my schedule to get to it sooner.
Whisper is the first book of Batterson's that I have read, and I can already say that I like the way he references history and other topics to reinforce each assertion on how God speaks. As someone who likes to eclectically gather knowledge, it fit very well into the way that I already think and process information. And each chapter held nuggets that forced me to really think about how I might be hearing, and also ignoring, the voice of God in my own life.
As with most nonfiction works like this, I do wish that there had been more scriptural references and examples. It would have been helpful to have the author point to passages where we can read about the languages God uses to speak. Though most people can easily think of an example of God using dreams, I think that others might be harder to find and that the discussion of those passages might have better equipped the reader to understand how scripture teaches us to hear and recognize the voice of God.
I still recommend this book and suggest it as a conversation starter, as well as simply a challenge to ourselves to actually take the time to slow down and listen.
I have provided an honest review after having received a copy of the book through the publisher.