The God Who Speaks / Edition 1

The God Who Speaks / Edition 1

by Ben Campbell Johnson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802827543

ISBN-13: 9780802827548

Pub. Date: 03/01/2004

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

As Christians we believe that God speaks - that God has spoken to people down through the centuries and still speaks to us today. But just how does God speak to us? Has his speech changed over time? And how do we "hear" the voice of God? In this insightful book Ben Campbell Johnson explores the subject of divine speech, highlighting its importance to faith and leading

Overview

As Christians we believe that God speaks - that God has spoken to people down through the centuries and still speaks to us today. But just how does God speak to us? Has his speech changed over time? And how do we "hear" the voice of God? In this insightful book Ben Campbell Johnson explores the subject of divine speech, highlighting its importance to faith and leading Christian believers into the practice of listening for God's voice in daily life.

Johnson first explores the biblical foundations of divine communication, tracing the ways that God has spoken to humankind from the calling of Abraham, to the appearance of Jesus, to the continuing work of the Spirit in the early church. He then gleans important lessons about God's language from a wide range of Christian figures throughout history - Polycarp, Julian of Norwich, Teresa of Ávila, Henri Nouwen, and others.

As this historical record shows, God communicates with us in a variety of ways. In exploring these different modes of "GodSpeech," Johnson deftly guides readers into the practice of "intensive listening," a way of posing issues to God and discerning his response. Numerous anecdotes illuminate Johnson's discussion, and each chapter ends with questions for reflection and discussion as well as suggestions for journaling. Johnson concludes the book by recounting a number of personal experiences that vividly illustrate the value of learning to listen to God's voice.

At a time when many Christians hunger for a more personal, meaningful connection with God, this book shows readers how to discern divine language and forge a closer, richer relationship with "the God who speaks."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802827548
Publisher:
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Publication date:
03/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
810,306
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Introductionvii
The Biblical Foundation
1.The God Who Speaks3
2.GodSpeech in Christ18
3.GodSpeech through the Spirit32
The Historical Development
4.GodSpeech: From Polycarp to Julian of Norwich51
5.GodSpeech: From Saint Teresa of Avila to Henri Nouwen71
Practical Applications
6.The Practice of Prayer as Response to GodSpeech89
7.The Various Modes of GodSpeech109
8.Understanding the Syntax of GodSpeech131
9.The Practice of Listening for God148
Experiences of Intensive Listening157

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