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The Power of a Whisper: Hearing God, Having the Guts to Respond Hardcover – January 1, 2010

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Zondervan; DVD edition (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310329477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310329473
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #891,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

God still speaks, is anyone listening? Join bestselling author and pastor Bill Hybels in this four-session video-based study where your group will learn to navigate life through whispers from God. Through this dynamic teaching and group study, you will learn to practice hearing from God, surrender to the voice of God, obey his promptings and become a more effective kingdom-builder. Use with the Wide Open Participant's Guide to help facilitate group discussion and further study.

More About the Author

Bill Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., and chairman of the board for the Willow Creek Association. The bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Axiom, Holy Discontent, Just Walk Across the Room, The Volunteer Revolution, Courageous Leadership, and classics such as Too Busy Not to Pray and Becoming a Contagious Christian, Hybels is known worldwide as an expert in training Christian leaders to transform individuals and their communities through the local church. Hybels received a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies and an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Trinity College in Deerfield, Ill. He and his wife, Lynne, have two adult children and one grandson, Henry.

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It is very easy, enjoyable reading.
Cynthia Warrington
In general I really like authors to read their own books because I get a better sense of passion from them.
Adam Shields
Bill Hybels tells some great stories from his own life on learning to hear God's whispers.
Marcia M. Stone

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69 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Greg A. Wilson on July 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Without a doubt, one of the most misunderstood aspects of the Christian life is what we mean when we say that we "heard from the Lord", "received a prompting from God", or otherwise received specific divine direction. The Power of a Whisper: Hearing God. Having the Guts to Respond. is a decent, basic, easily readable explanation of what it means to hear God's voice, but I felt that it lacked depth. I should point out that I received an advance reading copy of the book, so perhaps some of my problems with the book will be corrected in the final publication copy. Chapter 4, "How to Know When You're Hearing from God," is probably the most important chapter in a book like this. Hybels shared 5 filters that he uses to "test every whisper" he hears - to make sure they are from God. But, here I was a little confused, because the first filter was "Is the Prompting Truly from God?". I think his point here was simply to emphasize that not every "prompting" or "whisper" is from God - but that was the point of the whole chapter anyway. The other four filters he listed were: "Is it Scriptural?", "Is it wise?", "Is it in tune with your own character?" (another one I had a problem with) and "What do the people you most trust think about it?" Hybels referred to the "Is it in tune with your own character?" test as the "wiring test," and while I understand his point that God typically does not ask us to do something that is out of character with the way he wired us - that is not always necessarily the case. The Scriptures are full of examples of the most unlikely people being asked to do things that could be considered completely out of character for them. The Lord sometimes uses such unlikely assignments to shape and mold our character to be more like His. The Power of a Whisper isn't a bad book.Read more ›
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60 of 67 people found the following review helpful By C. Stephans VINE VOICE on August 3, 2010
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Hybels encourages readers by asserting Scripturally and anecdotally that God speaks to people, and if they are willing to respond, they will be blessed and led by the Creator of all things. This is one of several books by Hybels that I have read, they have all been encouraging, practical and for the most part Scripturally based. This book follows suit; however, I found the self-aggrandizing of the author somewhat unbearable in this book. For me the constant insertion of Hybels himself obstructed the message of hearing God.

The positive value of the book leads readers to know that the Bible teaches that God speaks to us for our good, as he leads us, teaches us, disciplines us and loves us. He speaks to us by whispers in our spirit, through others, through our observations, and by his Word. Hybels shares a plethora of stories of how people have been blessed, inspired, convicted to repent, warned, led in decisions, etc by God's whispers. He also offers some relevant guidelines for people to follow to learn to hear God and to discern whether a whisper is from God.

The negative feedback for me has to do with the unnecessary, more-than-typical aggrandizing writing by Hybels. Some examples are how he credits one man's hearing of God's whispers not to God's grace or the man's sensitivity but to the author's own preaching; another example comes from his teaching on humility. Hybel's solution to pride is to condescend to having conversations with and tipping "cab drivers, bell hops and room cleaners in baggers, lawn mowing teams or others employed in service oriented jobs." I honestly couldn't believe I had just read that. Obviously, he assumes such people would not be reading his book or he would have offered some instruction for people in such "humble" positions.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Vanderpool on July 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Shhh, did you hear it? Can you feel it? The nudge or whisper you just heard could be from God. If your like me it can be a challenge to know if the voice you heard was from God or just your imagination gone wild. In Bill Hybels newest book, The Power of a Whisper: Hearing God. Having the Guts to Respond, Pastor Hybel shares story's of God whispers in people's lives.

This was the first book I have read by Bill Hybels and I was pleasantly surprised. For a non-fiction, religious book, it was a easy read, yet there was a great many pondering thoughts that could challenge a person. (if you take the time to ponder.) One of the things I appreciated about the book was the authentic nature it was written. The examples and story's are very real and believable.

Throughout the book, Pastor Hybels takes the reader on a journey of how he responded to God nudges and hearing God whisper in his life. He leads through example on how we, too, can hear God whisper.

In my opinion, one of the greatest resources Pastor Hybel gives us is short list of five filters that can help us test every whisper we receive. Below is the filter list, you should read the book to get more details.

Filter 1: Is the prompting truly from God?

Filter 2: The Scripture Filter

Filter 3: The General-Wisdom Filter

Filter 4: The Wiring Test

Filter 5: The godly Counsel Test

This is definitely a book I would recommend to anyone who needs encouragement that God is active and alive in our daily life or if someone is searching for the next step in their life journey.

I was given a copy of The Power of a Whisper as an advanced reader copy by Zondervan in exchange for my reading it and writing an honest review of the book. No other compensation was received and all views are mine and mine alone.
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