Friday, October 27, 2017
Whisper by Mark Batterson
"Chronic noise may be the greatest impediment to our spiritual growth". That got my attention. Schedules are busy. Our lives are filled with cell phones, televisions, and music. These things aren't necessarily bad, but they can be a distraction.
In 1 Kings 19:12 God speaks in a whisper. Why a whisper? Here is the author's take on it: "When someone speaks in a whisper, you have to get very close to hear. In fact, you have to put your ear near the person's mouth. We lean toward a whisper, and that's what God wants. The goal of hearing the heavenly Father's voice isn't just hearing His voice; it's intimacy with Him. That's why He speaks in a whisper. He wants to be as close to you as humanly possible! He loves us, likes us, that much."
So how does God speak? In this book Mark Batterson explores 7 love languages, providing examples of how we can hear from God. God can speak through Scripture, Desires, Doors, Dreams, People, Promptings, and Pain. As I was reading through the stories shared in these pages, I was reminded of times in my life and of other stories I've heard in which God spoke. Not audibly, but in a way that was clear. This book can help someone recognize and discern when God is whispering.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.