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Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship With God
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From a close associate of Richard Foster, here is a profound understanding of how to hear God in today's busy world

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  • Encouragement Ahead
    Excellent work by Dr. Willard once again. It encourages the reader to come to God in prayer in a fresh way and normalizes the Christian's experiences. Recommended!...more info
  • A Glimpse of What Can Be...
    In "Hearing God," Dallas Willard runs through the prison stuffing keys in all the cell doors, inviting us to turn the key and be set free from our preconceived notions of when and how God speaks to us. Make no mistake, this is no light summer reading, and it will require a lot of time to digest everything he has to say. I recently finished reading this book, and I feel as if scales have fallen from my eyes. Willard is pointing us toward what life can be like if you would only have confidence in the fact that God wants to speak to you, if only you would know what frequency to tune your ears to (I know, that's a horrible analogy, but it's the best I can come up with while staring at a computer monitor).

    Trust me, please, read this book prayerfully and with the full expectancy that God will open your eyes to all that is truly going on around you. It will forever change you......more info

  • Make this the companion to Willard's other xlnt books
    Dallas Willard's consistency over many years of writing becomes incredibly clear as you read this re-release. Contrasting this earliest book to The Divine Conspiracy (1998) and The Spirit of the Disciplines (1988), one sees how well Dr Willard's work holds together. Each book emphasizes a theme and each stands strongly on its own (you'll note he is not your "book a year" kind of author--lot's of quality here). I am on my 3rd read of this in about a year and continue to chew it thoroughly. Hats off to IVP for re-releasing it (though I like the original title better). I commend it to readers tired and frustrated with much of what is taught about prayer and where they are and God is in all of it. Dr Willard has been given a great gift and he shares it freely here....more info
  • A Conversational Relationship with God
    This is not a book on figuring out the will of God, though knowing and doing what God requires is discussed as an essential aspect of having a relationship with Him. This is not a book on prayer, though prayer is discussed as the essential medium for a personal relationship with God. It is about living with God as a shaping force in our lives. The genius of this book is found in that it describes a relationship with God. It tells us what life in relation with God looks like. Willard suggests that it is our difficulty in hearing the voice of God (the word of God) that hinders our relationship with Him. The book answers the question of whether or not we actually can hear the voice of God, how God speaks to us, how we can know it is really God, and how we are to respond when God speaks.

    Having a conversational relationship with God is grounded first and foremost in faith. We must trust in the One who holds the future, who reveals His will, and who wants to take up residence in our hearts. We must believe that God wants all of this for us. A conversational relationship with God means that we cultivate a heart that is able to hear God speak. We are able to know and sense God's presence with us. We are aware of God's presence in our circumstances, we are able to hear the Still Small Voice of the Spirit, and we are able to read the Bible in such a way that it shapes the manner in which we live. Like any relationship or any form of communication, this takes time, maturity, practice, and skills. Willard provides insight into all these areas.

    There are no quick roads to blessing in this book. Willard provides no shortcuts because God offers none. He merely asks us, "Do you trust God enough to care about what He says, listen for what He says, and then live according to what He tells you?" May it be so....more info
  • Willard and Hearing God
    This is the most thoughtful and thorough treatment available of the idea of how God communicates with and guides humans. Willard writes from a distinctly Christian, and Bible-based perspective....more info
  • Tremendous BOOK!
    Willard offers a of view of depth in the word that is tremendous. This book is one of my top 10 favorites of all time. Get it....more info
  • Learn to hear God
    This is an outstanding book! Dr. Willard presents the Word of God in a way that any layman can understand, and any scholar can appreciate. If you've ever wondered what it would be like to hear the Lord speak directly to you, then Dr. Willard can help you listen. I highly recommend this book for anyone seeking the Will of God. I plan on reading this one again and again. ...more info
  • Prayer that works in both directions.
    Dallas Willard's book, Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God, has the most practical, wise and biblically sound reading I have ever done on the subject of divine guidance. It's a book worth reading over and again for those who wrestle with the problems of how God communicates with us personally: Is it presumptuous to think that God would want to communicate with us directly? Isn't the Bible an entirely sufficient revelation of God's will for any and all Christians? What is the relationship between the Bible and more personal forms of communication from God? How do we reliably distinguish the voice of God from our own thoughts and desires? What if something which I believe God is telling me later proves to be mistaken? Willard deals with these issues in very perceptive and insightful ways, not with pat answers and formulas. (Though he does provide one formula at the end of the book, it's for "living with God's voice", not for getting God to speak with us on matters that may concern us.)

    It seems reasonable to assume that God's speaking with us must be a matter which is entirely up to him and is independent of our own condition. If God wants to tell us something he should have no trouble in getting our attention and getting his point across to us, like he did with Saul of Tarsus (who later became Paul the Apostle) on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-9). This is certainly true in principle, but I think Willard would argue that these are exceptional means which would be out of God's character and intent for normal use. Rather, God wants to speak to those who honestly and earnestly desire to hear his voice. He speaks mainly to those who are humble in character, receptive and responsive in spirit. That God speaks to us isn't a matter of reward or privilege for being righteous or devout. It doesn't put what God says to us personally on the same level of authority with Scripture or give us license to neglect careful and rigorous study of the Bible. God's speaking to us doesn't make us infallible hearers of what is said any more than we are infallible in our understanding of what anyone else says to us. Nor can we rely on God to speak to us about any matter that we wish him to in order to escape all responsibility for what he wants to be our own decisions or because we are "obsessed with being right as a strategy for being safe." Hearing from God is not a means toward risk free living. Certain risks are necessary to produce character in us. Though there is certainly some benefit to living wisely in God's counsel, what God says to us may take us out of our comfort zone. It's important to understand that, "God doesn't speak to us to amuse or entertain us but to make some real difference in our lives." Hearing God has as much to do with who God wants us to be as it does with what he wants us to do.

    Willard puts divine guidance in it's proper context. It is not an end in itself but a vital part of living a "life greater than our own-that of the kingdom of God." This life is not only for "super spiritual" people but is accessible to anyone who would enter it. For all the correctives that Willard gives on matters of divine guidance for Christians, the book's main purpose is to show that God strongly desires to communicate with us on a personal, conversational level. Willard shows us how this desire can be met with our own desires as part of a whole life lived in the will of God. This is not without its challenges in the modern world. "Nearly all areas of life in which we could become spiritually competent (hearing God and receiving divine guidance among them) confront us with the same type of challenge. The all require of us a choice to be a spiritual person, to live a spiritual life. We are required to "bet our life" that the visible world, while real, is not reality itself" (p. 219).

    "Spiritual people," Willard says, "are not those who engage in certain spiritual practices; they are those who draw their life from a conversational relationship with God. They do not live their lives merely in term of the human order in the visible world; they have "a life beyond" (p. 222). This book offers tremendous encouragement that not only is such a life possible, it is available to any who desire it. Indeed, if "God has created us for intimate friendship with himself-both now and forever", our desire to hear God has its source in him and trying to live our lives without hearing God would be more presumptuous and dangerous than otherwise (p. 9-10)....more info