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Close Enough to Hear God Breathe: The Great Story of Divine Intimacy

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

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    Greg Paul is a pastor and member of Sanctuary in Toronto, Canada, a ministry where the wealthy and poor share their experiences and resources daily and care for the most excluded people in the city, including addicts, prostitutes, the homeless, and gay, lesbian, and transgendered people. Greg is a former carpenter, a father of four and married to Maggie. He is also an author of two other books: The Twenty-Piece Shuffle and God in the Alley.

    Close Enough To Hear God Breathe by Greg Paul points out how our God should be viewed as our Father, a parent himself, as we are His Children. Greg breaks down the verses from the Bible and also tells of stories that have happened in his life, which allowed him to get closer to God intimately; but not in a sexually way but with a deep feeling that we should all be with God.

    Greg also helps us understand how God is here for us when we need him, through good and bad. He also provides Notes and a Reader's Guide at the end of the book.

    Would I recommend this book? Sure. Everybody reads a book and takes it in differently. I personally enjoyed the book and I hope you do to, if you decide to read Close Enough To Hear God Breathe by Greg Paul.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

    Books Teaches "God is Just Like Human Parents"/Similar to THE SHACK book

    Close Enough to Hear God Breathe: The Greatest Story of Divine Intimacy is a book that focuses on stories from the author's life. He tells a story about a human parent and their child and then relates that story to how God looks at us, His own children.

    I found this book quite touching and beautiful. At first, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it, because the author was relating stories about his own father and himself as the son and I didn't find that story very deep or touching. But as the book goes on, the author begins telling sad and tragic stories about other parents and their children. These stories are touching and may even bring a tear to your eye - especially one about a mother losing her son to drugs, alcohol, then homelessness and a young death at age 40. I'm not certain God relates to us quite like a human parent will relate to their son, but the stories are touching and the analogies are throught-provoking.

    This book reminds me of the message in the fictional novel The Shack by William P. Young - in that it relates the God-human relationship to human parents and their kids. This book also mentions that God is father and the Holy Spirit is mother and Jesus is like their son. So again, that reminds me of The Shack book. Those who like the Shack will like this book. If you didn't like The Shack, you probably won't agree with this author's analogies.

    My disclaimer - I received this book from the publisher Thomas Nelson free of charge but I always give honest reviews. I want you to be able to choose the best book based on stars because I know you have limited time and energy to read.

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  • Posted September 21, 2011

    Beautiful Devotional Book

    I just finished reading "Close Enough to Hear God Breathe", a new book by author Greg Paul and the first book I've read by him.

    The book is quite well written, as he recounts and retells stories throughout, Bible stories as well as his own personal life stories and from his family. I felt the age old Bible stories I know by heart and am familiar with were not only brought to life, but I felt I was able to see and apply them in new and different ways than I have before. Through the stories, Bible verses and accounts, one of the main messages Greg Paul is bringing out is the great love God has for each of us personally and individually and how He longs for that close communion with us, for us to be close enough to hear His whispers. I deeply appreciate this in this day and age when there is so much going on around us and it can be easy for me to "forget" and to get caught up in the day to day.

    I have enjoyed this book as an addition to my times of daily devotional and have been strengthen and encouraged by it.

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