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Product Details

  • Paperback: 237 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (September 21, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578568420
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578568420
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #695,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Jan’s unique voice offers us a bold invitation to imagine what our lives would look like if we trusted in a God whose greatest gift to us is Love, not answers. With patient and wise insight, Jan takes the risk of letting us into her own life, and in the process helps us remove the obstacles that stand in the way of embracing the Love we’ve always longed for. This book is for anyone who hungers for more of God.”
–Kathy Troccoli, speaker, singer, and co-author of Falling in Love with Jesus

“God is speaking, always. He invites us to hear, but the noise around us and in us keeps his voice tuned low enough to ignore. I know I need to listen, but I need more than merely being told to do so. Jan Meyers tenderly invites us to consider what we fear we may hear and helps us enter the sweet hope even in hard words. From her own suffering, she speaks of the light of his fierce kindness. What I promise from this book is that God’s voice will not remain dim or slight but that in hearing his passion your joy will grow beyond measure. Thank you, Jan, for listening to God and speaking light and life for us.”
–Dan B. Allender, Ph.D., president, Mars Hill Graduate School, author of The Wounded Heart and The Healing Path

“Jan Meyers is a friend and colleague whose willingness to open her heart to the larger romance Christ has been telling since before the world’s foundation has wooed countless men and women closer to the heart of Christ–myself included.”
–The late Brent Curtis, co-author of The Sacred Romance

“Jan Meyers has written a realistic, earthy, and above all, practical, guide on how to recognize the voice of God in the midst of all the other voices clamoring for our attention. And she has done it in plain English, free from all the pious code-words that speak only to the initiate. She gently helps us discard the masks, blinders, and earplugs we commonly use to keep a loving God from entering deeply into our hearts.”
–William Frey, bishop, and author of The Dance of Hope

From the Inside Flap

Love Is Calling. How Will You Answer?

One of our greatest desires is to know we are loved by our Creator. Yet the depth of our apprehension is often equally strong: If I listen, we wonder, what will God say? If I open myself up to blessings, what will God require in return? As we trace this line of thinking, the God of all goodness becomes, in our minds, the God of our worst fears.

Embrace a Love That's Worth the Risk.

God is far greater than our most expectant dreams. While he does often ask everything of us, he actually wants everything for us. He doesn't want blind loyalty or bored religious compliance; he longs for nothing less than our entire passionate self - something most of us have yet to glimpse. God's desire is that people lean in, listen, and wrestle with him so that they can respond to him without fear.

Can this God be trusted? Absolutely. Will the journey be easy? Not a chance. But once you learn to listen to love, you'll find that there's only one way you can adore this unmanageable, unpredictable, wild, and unruly God: with your whole heart.

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Jan Meyers is a transparent, authentic and very refreshing author.
Corrie L. Reed
Every day, I eagerly awaited time in her book, or as I called it, "Coffee with Jan."
James Cole
As a Christian counselor, I have recommended this book over and over.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James Cole on November 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
Jan must have been reading my journal. Every day, I eagerly awaited time in her book, or as I called it, "Coffee with Jan." She seemingly knew my dilemma before I did. I was stuck trying to hear from God. I was fruitlessly trying to live with more passion. I wanted more of God's goodness, but the old places that I had found it were trickling it out in diminishing amounts. Jan eloquently drew me back to the heart of the story. She incorporated humorous and painfully true stories of Jesus moving through lives. In profound ways, Jan talks of how easy it is for us to go to completely good, holy things rather than to Jesus. How? Because we begin to make God in the image of those good things rather than allow him to be as big and mysterious as he truly is. I understood through the scripture references, music and movie references and the incorporation of the landscape scenes from the American west. Jan was also a close friend of Brent Curtis (co-author of The Sacred Romance), a man I have respected and loved from afar. Thank you, Jan, for telling about and giving me memories of a truly good and honorable man. And for helping me stand under the weight and beauty of Jesus, who can be both known intimately but not fully known. This one is right up there with Wild at Heart for me in number of jaw-dropping revelations.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brian Anderson on November 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
I was familiar with Jan Meyers' writing through my wife (who was impacted by Jan's other book 'The Allure of Hope'). I hoped that Listening to Love would also be thought provoking reading (it is for men and women), but I had no idea how important the book would be for me personally. This book has helped me with the tension I have felt for a very long time as a Christian, and has helped me to not be apologetic for that tension. The tension for me has been this: I want more freedom as a Christian, but I don't want to lose sight of what my freedom is all about. I want to fight for good things, but I know at some point I must hand over the outcome to God. My favorite chapter was "Listening to Reality - Losing our Religion" - it revealed how we all can make religions out of anything, even very precious, good things, instead of worshipping Jesus himself. I also appreciated the chapter "Recognizing His Touch - Relinquishing our Ideas about Healing" - full of examples of how God's beauty shows up in many situations that we, in our limited sight, would say are "unhealed." Take your time with this book. It will challenge you, and give you rest, even as you battle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Bals on December 24, 2004
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Jan explains, describes, and personifies a different sense of obeidance than I have read anywhere. After reading her book I not only have a better sense of what obeidance looks like I am finding myself listening and "leaning in" to Him better. It is one thing to read a book that helps you understand something like obediance but it it is another thing to read one that pulls out of your heart better desires. Jan's writing is captivating and comfortably compelling.
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