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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (March 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080105916X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801059162
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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How can I describe a book that brings us into the very presence of God? In Listening Prayer, Leanne Payne causes us to look up and see God in his beauty, love, and splendor. I finished with tears of gratitude for Gods indescribable gift. -- Rebecca Manley Pippert

I can imagine no more spiritually sensitive teacher than Leanne Payne to prompt us on a pathway toward a more prayerfully sensitive hearing and responding to Gods voice. -- Jack W. Hayford

I read Listening Prayer needing to learn. And I did richly, helpfully, gratefully. This books needs to be read slowly. It could help transform private worship for many. -- Os Guinness

Listening Prayer by Leanne Payne is an intensely practical book based on the authors rich experience of how to live now as a servant of Christ and His Word. There is nothing in print that surpasses it in this regard, and perhaps nothing that equals it. . . . You cannot categorize Leanne Payne. You simply have to come and see the intelligence, imagination and courage with which this seasoned and daily associate of Jesus opens doors to the Kingdom. -- Dallas Willard

This book will become a modern classic and will be read and used by generations to come. Readers should do themselves a favor and take this book home and take it to heart as soon as possible. -- John H. Rodgers Jr.

About the Author

Leanne Payne is the founder of Pastoral Care Ministries, which promotes the ministry of healing prayer. She earned her master's degrees from Wheaton College and the University of Arkansas and is the author of seven books.

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Leanne Payne is the founder of Pastoral Care Ministries, which promotes the ministry of healing prayer. She earned her masters degrees from Wheaton College and the University of Arkansas and is the author of seven books.

Customer Reviews

I am reading this one as I decided to start praying.
robarvid
Apparently, God is not powerful enough to send you the message contextuallized into your own particular language and use images familliar to you.
Seth Jones
This is an excellent resource for Christian's who want to practice listening prayer and keep a journal.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book was one of the most nurturing I have found on the subject of prayer. Leanne Payne, unlike many other authors coming coming from a Charismatic background, emphasizes the fact that prayer and a relationship with Christ is simple persistence, and work. While other authors say this with their words, I saw this "persistence and work" theme emphasized over, and over. Her book erased any thought of a "quick and easy" relationship; her emphasis centers on Christ, and Christ alone.
My only criticism is my desire, even need, to have more examples. I appreciated her narrative, and her use of Scriptural authority. However, real life examples, woven into the text, would have been helpful. She gave some examples (especially in her chapter in Chapter 12 on "How God Speaks to His Children"), but more would have been helpful to place her discussion into a context. Also, she was extremely circumspect in detailing one of her own experiences; after reading it, I did not know what she was trying to express, or what, precisely, occurred.
This criticism is the only reason for my four-star rating. If I could, I would give a "4.5" or a "4.6." This book is one to be read several times, and I highly recommend it.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have been using a prayer journal based on Payne's model for nearly a year and have seen her ideas move me towards greater intimacy with Christ. Other volumes she's written are more complex, but this is quite readable. Her emphasis is always to look straight to Christ, not to a method.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
In Listening Prayer, as in all of Leanne Payne's books, there is a central theme -- that as believers we need to practice the presence of God. Leanne continually points the reader to the cross and the necessity to rely more on Him and less on ourselves. One cannot read a book by Leanne and not have their life changed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Praying Engineer on November 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
I found Listening Prayer especially helpful in two ways.

My former attempts to keep a prayer journal have all come to naught -- perhaps because as an ordinary layman I seldom have enough time to really listen. Payne has given me a new way to organize my journaling and my prayer times as sections in a looseleaf binder. One section covers listening through Scripture, another praise, another confession, and so on. Contents of each section vary over time. Payne suggests sample materials to set the tone for each.

The second half of the book, a practical guide to listening to God in general, springs from Payne's own experiences, both from her initial involvement in the charismatic revival and from her extensive healing prayer ministry. Chapter 12 includes unusually detailed descriptions -- feelings, sights, sounds -- of how God communicates guidance, wisdom, or encouragement to us today (as distinct from the completed "special revelation" of the Scriptures). Since we are often mistaken in thinking we're hearing from God, Payne emphasizes the importance of having frank partners in accountability and the danger of focusing on our own feelings -- which she refers to in The Healing Presence: Curing the Soul Through Union with Christ as "the disease of introspection."

While Payne is sometimes called "cerebral," this volume is practically oriented.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Leanne Payne is able, as perhaps no other person today, to bring across to her readers the nature of God's (Jehovah) relationship with His redeemed people. Providing valuable practical advice concerning prayer habits the author reveals a depth of godly wisdom and insight which to my mind remains unparalled in this day. This book is well written yet it is no easy reading.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Seeking Disciple VINE VOICE on November 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
I enjoy the two themes that Payne sets out to write about in her book LISTENING PRAYER. For one, I am an avid journal keeper. I don't keep a diary but a spiritual journal (much like Jim Elliott's journal or that of John Wesley) and then I enjoy prayer. Payne has written this book to help believers enjoy prayer and then keeping a journal to help them see the hand of God in their lives. For this she is to be commended.

The positives of Payne's book are three fold. First, I appreciated Payne's desire to see the church seeking God in prayer. As the hymn says, "Oh what peace we often forfeit; oh what needless pains we bare all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer." Scripture teaches us to pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17), to pray and not give up (Luke 18:1) and "in everything by prayer" (Philippians 4:6). James 5:16 reminds us that "the effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much." Secondly, I appreciated Payne's desire to see believers responding to God's unseen hand in their lives by keeping a journal. Too often we pray but fail to see the providential hand of God in our lives. Thirdly, I enjoyed Payne's honesty and her heart to be a woman of prayer. And fourthly, I appreciated how Payne tried to keep the reader focused on being a person of balance (prayer and obedience).

The negatives of this book are two fold. First, I felt that Payne placed a bit too much emphasis on "hearing God's voice" without showing us how to do so. I believe that we need to heed God's voice in Scripture (Hebrews 1:1-3). I believe (as does Payne) that the Bible is God's final Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
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