Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Power of a Whisper (book review)

Happy September! Here's that book review I promised a few posts ago. I might need a bit of practice...
Ah, well. Hopefully it'll make at least a little bit of sense. ☺
The thing that stuck out the most to me (regarding this book by Bill Hybels) was the fact that God speaks to everyone and anyone. I don't have to be a pastor or work in Sunday school or pray in a certain way or fulfil a list of criteria in order to hear His voice, all I have to do is be still.

Be still and know that I am God...
Psalm 46:10

All I have to do is slow down and shut out all of the world-noise, because God is speaking all the time. I just keep missing it because my ears are so cluttered with worldly noises.

It's kind of a thrilling idea for me. It's not that God isn't speaking, it's that I can't hear Him. So what, then, do I have to do in order to make sure that I'm listening for what He has to say?

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The Power of a Whisper helped me a lot. Bill Hybels writes with an easy tone, much like he's writing a journal entry or a letter to a friend. Unlike many other books of this genre, the writing isn't stiff and text-book like; Hybels sucked me in and I was as into his book as I would've been if it were a novel. Through many examples of his own life, he drove his point home and really made me think.

I get discouraged easily when it comes to talking to God - I rely too much on "feeling," deciding that if I don't "feel" like God's listening, then he probably isn't. Hybels' book encouraged me and helped me to understand that conversation with God is and has always been within my reach, something that at times I find hard to believe.

I really enjoyed reading this book and I hope to read it again, sometime in the not-too-distant future. Books like this (so chock full of mind-blowing ideas) require a few readings in order to really drive the point home. At least for me, anyways.

I'll sum everything up real quick, because it makes me feel more professional that way.

I'll give this book 5/5 stars for being interesting, relevant, and easy to understand. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.

(also, maybe I'll start doing book reviews more often. What do you guys think?)


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