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"Few books have challenged me like this one. I would urge every serious-minded Christian to read it . . . at your own risk." (Bill Hybels, author of Too Busy Not to Pray)

"The best book on divine guidance I have ever read. I recommend it highly." (Richard Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline)

"Willard wonderfully encourages us to listen for God's voice, and then to respond and obey. This is a book of great encouragement and helpful insights into the arena of God's direction in our daily living." (Ted W. Engstrom, president emeritus, World Vision)

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From a close associate of Richard Foster, here is a profound understanding of how to hear God in today's busy world. The Christian claim that it is possible to have a personal relationship with the creator of the universe is increasingly under threat in the modern world. With the sound of society and the speed of living increasing year by year, is it really possible to hear from God and be in communication with him? Dallas Willard says an emphatic "yes". In this ground breaking book, he reveals how "hearing God" is actually possible. He explains how to listen for God's voice in unexpected places, how to experience the "still small voice", and how to become a mature person of discernment. Richard Foster says this is "the best book on divine guidance I have read" Bill Hybels says "few books have challenged me like this one" This book will profoundly affect every reader --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books; Later edition dated 1999 edition (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830822267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830822263
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I first read In Search of Guidance because of the great experience I had with Willard's other book, The Spirit of the Disciplines. In Guidance we are presented with non-trivial explanations on how to align our lives in such a way as to be open to the direction of God. I was particularly impressed with the depth of the book. Before even stating how we are to hear God, Willard discusses the role our beliefs have in the matter. This seems so obvious, but it is so often overlooked. It is obvious because if we do not believe that God speaks through events and other happenings we will always be waiting for the quintissential lighting bolt of inspiration. Willard also discusses the role our very lives have in communion with God. He states that if we are not living lives in alignment with God's will it will be pretty hard to hear God, since in essence we are ignoring Him in our very being. Thus Willard elaborates on two themes that I have not found in other books. Only after this discussion does Willard launch into how we come to recognize God's voice - not normally in a thunderous clang but in the small whisper leading us to right action. This was especially important to me because I have had much contact with Christians who seem paralyzed if they get no momentous sign from God after a few prayers. But Willard tells us that sometimes - believe it or not - a person may not hear that big bang and make a decision and still be following the will of God since whatever choice they make will be in accordance with God's will, granted that they are living a life in close communion and alignment with God. I commend Willard for this penetrating book. At least for an engineering mind like mine it made great sense and certainly explained the totality of my interaction with God in asking for guidance.
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This is easily the best book on finding God's will I have ever read. It succeeds because Willard recognizes there are no formulas. The way to find God's will is to find God and learn how to converse with him. Willard argues that in seeking God's will, we generally are asking the wrong questions: "What job should I take?" "Whom should I marry?" Those questions are legitimate but should be secondary to desires to have a deep relationship with God. It is in that relationship with God that the questions of our lives get answered. Willard then explores what the Bible teaches regarding ways in which God communicates with us. Excellent.
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In "Hearing God," Dallas Willard runs through the prison stuffing keys in all the cell doors, inviting us to turn the key and be set free from our preconceived notions of when and how God speaks to us. Make no mistake, this is no light summer reading, and it will require a lot of time to digest everything he has to say. I recently finished reading this book, and I feel as if scales have fallen from my eyes. Willard is pointing us toward what life can be like if you would only have confidence in the fact that God wants to speak to you, if only you would know what frequency to tune your ears to (I know, that's a horrible analogy, but it's the best I can come up with while staring at a computer monitor).
Trust me, please, read this book prayerfully and with the full expectancy that God will open your eyes to all that is truly going on around you. It will forever change you...
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Dallas Willard's Hearing God, Updated and Expanded: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God is the most practical, straightforward, and helpful theological resource on communicating with God I have ever encountered. Communicating with God may very well be the most pressing and least understood aspect of the Christian spiritual life today, and too often, I have worked with people who do not expect to hear from God, or who believe hearing from God is a spiritual experience reserved only for select holy men and women. This is despite the fact they have been invited to enter a "personal relationship with God."

Moving methodically and with precision, Willard introduces the reader to the "paradox in the contemporary experience and understanding of hearing God." On the one hand, "we have massive testimony to and widespread faith in God's personal, guiding communicating with us," and on the other we "find a pervasive and often painful uncertainty about how hearing God's voice actually works." Willard then gives guidelines for hearing from God, assurance that God is with us, an examination of God's speaking in the created order, and the nature of God's voice as "still and small" amidst competing voices. Then, Willard examines God's Word and God's rule, the transformation that comes through hearing and believing the gospel about Jesus, the ongoing role of Scripture in furthering that transformation in the life of the disciple, wisdom in how we discern God's voice, and, lastly, how we listen for God in the everyday, beyond matters of simple guidance, growing in friendship with him. This book is narrowly focused but incredibly deep, laser-like but possessing a unique breadth. It is a treasure.
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