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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; First Edition, First Printing edition (April 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031020397X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310203971
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Within our hearts is a longing--a profound cry of the soul for something our theologies can only point us to, never replace.

Intimacy with God.

Something that has no human or earthly substitute.

Yet, if we pause to listen, we will discover how often God speaks to us through human and earthly means. He stands at the windows of the easily overlooked and the unlikely, tapping at the pane. He beckons us to places of encounter where we learn how well he understands the language of our hearts.

At unexpected windows of the soul, we hear the voice of God.

Windows of the Soul is a rare book, resounding with the cry for communion that is both ours and God’s. With passion, honesty, and beauty, Ken Gire calls us to a fresh sensitivity to God’s voice speaking through the unexpected parables that surround us: a child’s need for significance . . . the misunderstood sadness of a van Gogh masterpiece . . . the eloquence of sunlight dancing on water . . .

Gire points to a world infused with the voice of the One who can transform our backyard shrubs into burning bushes lit by his presence. His voice penetrates the raw material of our daily lives, speaking through Scripture and prayer, a painting or a poem, the remark of a friend or a night sky filled with stars.

Windows of the Soul will open your eyes to a fresh way of seeing, hearing, and enjoying the presence of God in your life.

About the Author

Ken Gire is the author of more than 20 books including the bestsellers, The Divine Embrace and Intimate Moments with the Savior. A graduate of Texas Christian University and Dallas Theological Seminary, he lives in Texas.

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I continue to read this book and find it as refreshing as the first time.
Angela Hamm
In "Windows of the Soul" Mr. Gire Takes you to places where you have always known God was, but opens your eyes to realy "see" God.
Kimberly A. Hake
A very personally written, easy to read, thought provoking book that I have started reading again.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By "montci" on March 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book off the shelf as its artistic references in the description attracted me to it. I soon discovered the value of Mr. Gire's wisdom, compassion, and his own personal knowledge of an intimate relationship with God that evolved through his own personal experiences. This book came at a time in my own life when, a few months earlier, I had suffered a sudden tragedy that resulted in the death of my husband of 11 years. This book, and its quiet reflective nature, brought me peace during many sleepless nights. I found the thoughtful wisdom inspiring, and appreciated his knowledge of literature and history. I have purchased several of his books since, and have been blessed by each one.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Lyrical-Linocut on February 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Christ came to give us life, not religion, and Ken Gire expounds on this concept. He offers reflective "windows" in his own life that he has observed and encourages us to look for our own. Since we all don't share an audible Moses experience, learning to hear, see, and experience God comes in all shapes, sizes and colors of our lives. Gire points to these practical areas, such as art, movies, stories and more. Learning to reflect and ask questions helps us to see God and experience Him in new ways. This book was a treat that spoke to my soul. I hope Gire follows it up with another!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Ken Gire challenges us all to slow down the busy-ness of our hearts and stop and look when God gives us a window. With beauty and grace, Ken shows us the moments God has given him. Moments when God gives a glance of the spiritual side of life. Buy this book. It's a must read and a must read again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Butler on December 9, 1997
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This is the best book I have read on communication with God in years. The author writes compassionately and openly about our relationship with God and how he can communicate with us through the arts, nature, etc. Compassion for others should be an outproduct for the reader after finishing this book. Looking at a Van Gogh painting, watching the movie "To Kill A Mockingbird", listening to a song from "Camelot", all these can be entry ways for us to see the Lord. I have already given copies of this book to fifteen friends. Their reaction has been the same, the applause continues for "Windows of the Soul".
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Angela Hamm on February 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
In 1998 I reveiwed this book by writing the following:
Ken Gire is one of the most expressive writers of our day. His words paint a picture of our soul. Words that are simple, yet profound. Gire shows us how we can experience God through different avenues that intersect our daily lives. Don't be surprised by the tears that come to your eyes, they are tears from God showing you an area of your life that may need to be explored, understood or enjoyed. This is a book that you will continually want to come back to again and again.
I continue to read this book and find it as refreshing as the first time.
I disagree with the review from Hooterville. Ken Gire is very sound theologically and his work reflects this. Ken encourages us to look for new ways in which we can discover God. There is nothing mystical about discovering new ways for one to grow in their love for God and in their love for people.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Windows of the Soul is a challenging book on the little things our God uses to show us His will and way. Ken uses great imagery and illustration to keep the reader involved through every page. As one reads this book, he sees an entirely new perspective emerge from his imagination, and is challenged to look at life in a complegely new way. Ken unfolds a world of wonder right before the reader's eyes, and tells how the reader can make that world remain just by looking at the "Windows of the Soul" that God brings into our lives. This book is definitely one of the top 5 I have ever read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. I would like every one I know to read it. It's like art. Never have I read an author with such an incredible ability to touch my inner soul with words . . . pictures . . . vivid images.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Eric Shieh on July 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book really changed my way of viewing EVERYTHING in the world. The things that seemed so trivial before, now have a meaning, and reflect Christ's glory. A must read for Christians who want to grow more and who want to experience God more in their lives.
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More About the Author

Ken Gire attended Texas Christian University where he earned a degree in History and Speech. In 1978 he graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with his Masters in Old Testament Literature and Exegisis. From there he embarked on a career of fulltime writing which has resulted in the publication of more than twenty books, several of which have won prestigious awards. He has worked with well known names such as Chuck Swindoll and Eugene Peterson. As well, Ken serves as a speaker in a variety of settings such as the Billy Graham Training Center, Young Life and Bill and Gloria Gaither's Praise Gathering.

Ken has a heart for helping individuals create space for reflection so as to develop their personal relationships with others and God. While his books speak to the deep seated need of individuals to slow down and live more reflective lives, Ken has also founded a nonprofit ministry to address this issue. Reflective Living works with individuals, helping them to develop a more reflective lifestyle in order that they might experience radical change, authentic relationships and most importantly: a deeper walk with God. You can reach Ken on his Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/kengire.


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