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Gordon T. Smith (PhD, Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University) is the president of Ambrose University and Seminary in Calgary, Alberta, where he also serves as professor of systematic and spiritual theology. He is an ordained minister with the Christian and Missionary Alliance and a teaching fellow at Regent College, Vancouver, BC. He is the author of many books, including Courage and Calling, Called to Be Saints and The Voice of Jesus.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 153 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books (April 21, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830813675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830813674
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #833,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found this, as well as another book by the author, Courage and Calling, practical and insightful help in discerning some heavy choices in my life over the last two years. Particularly helpful was the "Clearness Committee" concept. My husband and I recently implemented this, and received some (hard) but excellent input from discerning friends. A great book on a most critical issue--learning to discern God's best for your life.
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I read the first 96 pages in 4 days as I was trying to find something that would help me discern the meaning and purpose of a dream I had. I didn't want to be deaf to God's promptings because I want to do His will and I needed some answers. I prayed, meditated, thought, studied the word, consulted trusted believers, asked for prayer, and tried to listen for God to tell me what to do. This book supported these methods of trying to discern God's will, but more than that, it pointed out that discernment takes time. I felt 80% sure that I was interpreting the dream correctly and proceeded accordingly. This book also emphasized that discernment is hampered in times of spiritual desolation. Good point. It seems obvious when your brain and heart are not clouded, but I'm glad I read it first, so I'll know that in advance. I wish I had read the rest of the book before making my decision, because a really great section entitled 'Blocks to Discernment', really helped me. I still learned something valuable from the dream and the book. One thing that blew me away was what the author said about prayer and fasting. The purpose of fasting with prayer is not to prove to God that you are more serious in your commitment; the purpose of fasting with prayer is to focus on what God is trying to tell you ! WOW ! I hope to find this book on sale and buy it for as many friends as I can ! It's not like we get to ask questions during sermons at church you know !
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I benefited from reading this book, but when I subsequently read Bruce K. Waltke's "Finding the Will of God" I found the latter to cover the same ground much more systematically, comprehensively, and clearly - to the point that I feel the urge to write this short review to point prospective buyers to consider Prof Waltke's book instead.
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This book gave good insight and direction into how we can hear and know the voice of God. The author incorporates the traditions of Martin Luther, John Calvin, Ignatius Loyola, John Wesley, and some other contemporary authors in addition to his own voice in directing the reader. The first two chapters were somewhat difficult to push through. Smith gave the impression to the reader that communication with God is more of a guessing game or a matter of choice rather than the Lord distinctively giving us direction. However, after pushing through and getting to the heart of the book it flowed nicely and distinctively clarified God’s desire to have relationship with us and communicate his desires. The resounding heart of the book is discerning the voice of God. Smith understands that we often contend with our own desires and the difficulties we are facing in the midst of listening to God. Having heard Smith speak in person, one of his personal themes was evident; this being that God sets us in community to be a help to one another. When we are wrestling with a decision, the believers God has placed in our life are a good source to discern whether what we think God is telling us is in fact from Him. Smith doesn’t direct us to confirm God’s direction from others alone but also to look into His Word to corroborate. For we have the assurance that the voice of the Lord will never contradict His written word. Smith has chosen to tackle a very difficult subject. At times, I did not agree with what I thought he was conveying. As I persevered the realization came that there is no easy way to explain how we hear from God. It is a very experiential subject. Within the limits of our vocabulary, he was able to give great guidance.
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