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Finding God’s will is a common desire. Often people can be paralized because they are afraid of not finding God’s will. Hearing God is a classic. This is the third copy of the book I have owned (one given and two purchased) over the years but the first time I am actually reading it.
I like that Willard starts by moving the pressure down a notch. He has a good illustration of the fact that no parent wants to tell their children everything that they should do. Parents want to teach their children how to do something, and expect that they will do it. If they are supposed to make their bed in the morning, they should make it every morning. Children complaining that the parent did not tell them this morning to make their bed will only incur the parent’s wrath. So Willard starts telling us we should listen to what scripture says and do that.
Another good point that I have never really thought of, is that we should always read scripture assuming that the people of scripture were much like us. They were not particularly special people, they were sinful, afraid, made bad decisions, etc. If we see them as much like us, then we can assume that we to should be hearing from God and seeking to follow God’s will in relatively similar ways as the biblical characters. Since reading that section, I have been more aware of the large number of Christians that actively resist thinking of biblical characters as ‘like us’. I think it shows one area that we have far to go to move Evangelicals into historical Christian Orthodoxy.
Overall what I am most impressed by, is the biblical balance that Willard attempts to strike. When you discuss hearing from God there are lots of places to veer into shaky ground. And I know that some are of the opinion that even discussing hearing from God goes too far. But Willard attempts to keep the desire to hear from God, the ways we hear from God, the reality of the power of God, and the limitations of our own understanding.
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I came across this book about five years ago and it was a treasure, a feather in my cap, it introduced me to a whole new way to understand how to commune with God. Recently I downloaded the audio and gave it a listen and found it to be even more valuable the second time around. Upon its conclusion, "Audio has hoped you've enjoyed this program...." I restarted the book all over again. A must and most important read for any serious person who wishes to deepen their conversational relationship with the Lord. SIX STARS no joke
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Out of all the Christian books I have read over 28 years in the Ministry it is no exaggeration to say that this is the most important. It is a book I have read, and now heard, several times, and which I will read and hear again and again. The text is beautifully, meaningfully and flawlessly read. I cannot recommend it too strongly.
This book opens the eyes on hearing from God which .osteoporosis Christians do but don't realise that God speaks to us in various ways. A must read for Christians