- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (March 25, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1414322267
- ISBN-13: 978-1414322261
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.2 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,949,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book is well written. It is anecdotal. It does not pretend to give a theology of God's speaking. It gives accounts of people who believe that they have heard the voice of God in various ways.
I tend to shy away from some of the more sensational seeming things that are said about God speaking to people. Does He speak in dreams? Does God use circumstances? I'm open to those possibilities.
The authors write and use experiences from their lives as well as the testimonies of others.
In the end, they seek to emphasize that all experiences in which one thinks he/she has heard from God must conform to the Scriptures. I like that.
A very interesting book. It is thought provoking. It is enjoyable. I may take it off the shelf and read it again.
It is clear that the authors mean that God does literally speak to those who are sensitive enough to detect his message through nine ways: our circumstances, other people, history, nature, dreams and visions, emotions, our conscience, and his word (the Bible). They suggest that if we fail to hear him speak, it is likely because we have not yet learned to listen. They provide little guidance, however, for us to distinguish between a genuine communiqué from God and a message originating in our own mind or imagination.
The writing style is breezy with many incomplete sentences and paragraphs of fewer than half a dozen words. My high school English teacher would have worn out her red pencil on this manuscript. The authors often use modern jargon, I suppose in an attempt to keep the mood casual. Some readers may be offended at the flippant rewriting of biblical stories and dialog. For example, when Jesus asks Peter if he loves him, the reply in this book "Yeah, you know I'm fond of you" is considerably more casual than any version of the Bible that I'm familiar with.
If you're looking for evidence that God truly speaks to people, either now or in biblical times, this book will disappoint. The case histories are merely a recitation of events that can be explained in many different ways. In fact, the authors raise thoughtful questions about the stories with a refreshing lack of dogmatism.Read more ›
I think I anticipated that this book would help me better recognize God speaking in my life. I am not sure anyone can actually help me in that area, and I think it was naive of me to think that this book would either. The book talks about ways people perceive God speaking in their lives, but it also does a fair share of casting doubt on the legitimacy of those claims. I kind of felt there was some double speak, since the book talks about ways God can speak, then seems to raise doubts as to whether those things actually are God speaking. Is God sending us a sign, or are we merely seeing what we want to see. I left the book feeling no more or less convinced about God speaking in anyone's life, let alone my own. A better title, to convey the message of the book, would be Nine Ways God May Speak.
The book has an anecdotal nature. In some ways this is good, and in some ways it is bad. It is good when relating actual anecdotes, stories of people who feel or perceive God at work in their lives. However, the anecdotal nature, when relating biblical stories, does not work for me, and instead comes across as irreverent. Some people may like this writing style, may feel better able to connect with the scripture that way, but for me, it was distracting.
I can see that this book could be very helpful and inspirational for those seeking books on spiritual growth. For me personally, however, it just did not connect.
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Making you think twice about spiritual mysteries without been too clever about it!!! Like the fact that nothing in the book make you feel inferior to the writer who obviously... Read morePublished on October 14, 2013 by Johan du Preez
This is a good reflexion book to be more alert to the signs (ways) God send us everyday. I would recommend this book.Published on January 16, 2013 by Julio De Alba
A refreshing, contemporary look at nine of the ways God always speaks. Much of the content was anecdotal. The personal accounts were touching and memorable. Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by D. Slonek
I have the Kindle edition of this book. Over the years I've learned to listen to God and this book is a marvelous affirmation of the ways that God speaks to each of us if we open... Read morePublished on August 21, 2010 by Madonna Flanders
I am really helped by this book - I have been kinda distant from God for a variety of reasons but reading this book really brings back realization that God cares and do speaks to... Read morePublished on July 16, 2010 by David Muliawan
I really enjoyed this book. It was a very fast read. The stories in this book made me think about all the things around us that we are not always able to explain away. Read morePublished on June 27, 2010 by Amazon Customer
Many of the topics discussed got me thinking more positive about even the worst situations in life.Published on June 1, 2010 by AS
Nine Ways God Always Speaks caught my attention immediately. I've pondered life's questions, big and small. I've pondered life's decisions, big and small. Read morePublished on May 3, 2010 by Gavin Adams