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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."
|1||The God Who Speaks||3|
|2||GodSpeech in Christ||18|
|3||GodSpeech through the Spirit||32|
|4||GodSpeech: From Polycarp to Julian of Norwich||51|
|5||GodSpeech: From Saint Teresa of Avila to Henri Nouwen||71|
|6||The Practice of Prayer as Response to GodSpeech||89|
|7||The Various Modes of GodSpeech||109|
|8||Understanding the Syntax of GodSpeech||131|
|9||The Practice of Listening for God||148|
|Experiences of Intensive Listening||157|