Great book but...
I listened to each chapter before I read and studied it in hard copy. The reader was disappointedly uninspiring, but the audio helped me gain an overview of the chapter before I dug in to study and prepare to lead a class.
The journey continues!
Make sure that you don't try and listen to this too fast. Soak it in. I will need to come again to gain more of what God is saying to me through Dallas. We are never too old to continue to grow up and learn to dance with the Trinity.
Well researched book
The Author has looked at many different views and draws them together to give a comprehensive review of this topic. It shows that there are many ways God still uses to direct people and the importance of a close walk with him to recognise his voice.
A classic. Highly recommend.
A very helpful and down to earth book describing how the Christian can learn to listen to God.
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Listening To God
Hearing God by Dallas Willard is a comprehensive and informative guide to hearing from God. It is one of the most important elements of a Christian’s life and can often be one of the most difficult things as it requires a lot of patience and dedication.
The idea of the book is that Christians should be engaged in conversational prayer rather than a one-sided monologue of requests. Willard presents that God not only wants to talk to His children but He already is but they just aren’t listening. Willard provides some helpful suggestions and Biblically based examples of how to listen to God as well as debunking some myths about hearing from God.
The narration was a little too fast and due to the sometimes complex nature of the text it made it a bit hard but it wasn’t too bad.
This book is a very good resource for any Christian who is struggling to hear from God in general or about a particular pressing matter. It is Biblically based and contains some sound advice for hearing from God.
This audiobook was gifted as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. More information can be found about this and other Christian audiobooks at christianaudio.com.
Take your time and apply what this book teaches
I have spent a lot of time with this book. I first had the privilege of being asked to review the audiobook from Christianaudio.com back in April 2012.
I listened to the book once, and knew that I had to get more info, so I purchased the ebook as well. Over the last 8 months I have listened to this book twice and read it once, working through it slowly and applying what is says.
Dallas Willard goes into a lot of depth on this subject and gives lots of practicals as well as the theology behind what he is saying. Willard also shares his personal experiences in this area, and debunks many myths as to why people think they do not hear God. He also shows some false notions of how to hear God’s voice.
The crux of the book is about developing a “conversational relationship” with God, that is, a 2-way conversation, rather than us just making our prayer speeches at God.
The audiobook was easy to understand, a bit fast and difficult to follow purely because of the huge amount of information contained. Grover Gardiner was the reader and his voice was clear any easily understood.
I still have a long way to go in this area, however now I have some direction and a firm foundation on which to peruse my own conversational relationship with God.
Some of the concepts that Willard covered I disagree with, however if you can show enough grace to look past the things that you disagree with, I am sure you will, as I did, get a lot out of this book.
If you have every asked these questions:
1. How can I know God is speaking to me?
2. What about when we don’t hear from God? When God doesn’t seem to answer us?
3. How do I know I’m not hearing the voice of Satan?
4. Why do some people seem not to hear God’s voice? What are they to do?
5. What am I to think when someone tells me that God told them something about me? Can I count on that?
6. What do leaders need to think about in terms of hearing God?
7. What sort of Bible reading helps us become the kind of people who are better able to hear God?
8. What sort of use of the Bible does not help us hear God?
9. How does our view of God affect if and how we hear God speak?
10. Is it true to say that hearing God isn’t very scientific?
You will find answers to these any many more in this book.
This is a gold mine I'll definitely return to listen to over and over again!
Encouraging, clear, thoughtful and challenging
From the opening challenge to the end summary Willard's words draw the listener in and seek to cause us to respond. Willard has a way of putting his finger on the kind of questions many 'normal Christians' ask - highlighting our own sense of inadequacy and need for guidance and discernment.
'Hearing God' encourages us to have a Biblical, intelligent approach to our relationship with God and to learning to have a more relaxed and open attitude to our conversations with him. It inspires us to think in terms of 'walking with God' and listening as well as talking - of being Christian rather than just 'doing Christian things'. It's a view of transformation, of exciting possibilities, but offers sound and practical advice along with the hope that we will encounter God in a new new way.
The narration is clear, not too slow but not overly fast, a pleasure to listen to.
Communion with God
For every relationship to be successful, there has to be clear communication between all parties involved. This is also true for the relationship/fellowship between us and God.
For a long time, I have struggled to find time to pray and communicate with God. After listening to the book, my perception towards hearing God and the way God speaks to me have completely changed.
I have purposed to begin fellowship and finding time to commune with God. I believe He still speaks and my ears are open from now on.
Thank you for the book.