God is always speaking . . . even when He doesn't use words.
We live in a post-verbal society that communicates through imagestelevision, smartphones, the Internetand our Creator longs to communicate with us visually if we'll live with our eyes wide open.
With absorbing insight, Seeing the Voice of God demystifies nighttime dreams and daytime visions, revealing the science behind the supernatural and giving you a biblical foundation for making sense of what you see. You'll also:
· learn to discern if what you see is from God
· study the ten most common types of dreams
· discover spirit, mind, and medical tips for better dream recall
· interpret dream symbols and imagery
· review the best iPhone and Android sleep cycle apps
Includes a comprehensive Dream Symbols Dictionary with over 1,000 biblical definitions.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||8.30(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Laura Harris Smith (www.LauraHarrisSmith.com) founded Eastgate Creative Christian Fellowship with her husband, Pastor Chris Smith, and she is the director for the Eastgate Creative Arts Conservatory, where among other things, she mentors young writers all over the world in her online creative writing classes. An actress, playwright, poet, and media dynamo, she was a TV host on the Shop at Home Network and is the author of multiple books. With one foot in ministry and one in media, Laura and her husband have six children and reside near Nashville, Tennessee.
Table of Contents
Foreword James W. Goll 13
1 Is God Ever Silent? 17
Four Eyes and Four Ears
The Sixth Sense?
2 When Your Dreams Are for Now: Five Types of Prophetic Dreams for the Present 37
1 Waking Dreams
2 Decision Dreams
3 Encouraging Dreams
4 Audible Dreams ("Dark Speeches")
5 Pizza Dreams
Seek the Giver, Not the Gift
3 When Your Dreams Are for Later: Five Types of Prophetic Dreams for the Future 53
1 Warning Dreams
2 Directional Dreams
3 Recurring Dreams
4 Incubation Dreams
5 Apocalyptic Dreams
The Other Side
4 Sleep: The Mattress of Dreams 71
Setting the Stage
Just for Fun
"Sleep Sound" Advice
Laura's ABCs for ZZZs Sleep Tips
The Battle of the Bed
5 Dream Recall 93
Forget Me Not
Sick and Tired
Sleepless in America
Food for Thought
Vitamins, Minerals and Dream Recall
Herbs and Teas
Increasing Prayer and Worship
Healing Is Here
6 Visions 119
Visions in Scripture
7 Interpretations and Dream Dictionary 141
Symbols and Interpretations
Symbolic Numbers in Scripture
The Interpreter Within
Cryptic Does Not Mean Crazy
8 20/20 Hearing 177
How to Hear God
Loud and Clear
9 Deaf and Dumb, but Not Blind! 199
The King and I
The Deaf and Dumb Spirit
Five Rankings of Satan's Army
10 Discernment of Spirits 225
Prophecy's Eight Pieces
Spirit Gifts to Aid the Seer
Seeing Angels and Demons
The Psychic Realm: An Interview
Lucid Dreaming: An Interview
The Holy Spirit Baptism
What Say You?
Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions 247
About the Author 253
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Seeing the Voice of God: What God is Telling You Through Dreams & Visions by Laura Harris Smith is certain to capture the attention of countless readers. This book bridges the gap between the new age movement and Christianity through the lure of dreams and prophecy. This thorough work is a compilation of evidence from scripture as well as collective dream experiences that support the idea of Charismatic and spiritual gifts such as prophesy and visions. Coming from a respected authority- this credible book bears great spiritual weight. For those who do not follow the Charismatic beliefs in spiritual gifts- this book will seem too sensational. The title of Smith's book, makes a pretty bold claim. Especially bold are the promises to inform the reader about specific aspects of dreams and dream interpretation through a variety of sources, visions and even literal messages from God. This book is a great springboard or outreach tool to introduce any reader to the gospel message as well as drawing in those readers who are interested in the occult, new age and astrology. As far as marketing, this book will draw in many curious reader- religious and secular, alike. Many readers, filled with curiosity- many of which might have only limited experience or a superficial grasp of the actual text of the bible, will find it hard to resist a book with such monumental claims. To add additional legitimacy and authenticity- the author provides a variety of sources. There is even a dream dictionary styled in the same format as a concordance. The dream symbols are referenced to bible verses where a similar reference may be found. Nevertheless, some traditional readers who don't ascribe to Charismatic beliefs may feel that connections and parallels are made artificially and that the references in the bible are not referring to literal dream symbols. This book is not simply the product of one person's visions or dreams but a compilation of shared experiences of other believers dreams' and sleep sciences- that support the basic scriptural message of the dreams and spiritual messages. The book starts with providing support that God communicates to believers, based on scriptural anecdotes and accounts of communication through dreams. In light of dream communication, the author identifies specific types of dreams and their messages for the present and also for the communication of future events. The author incorporates common dream elements that just about all readers have experienced and applies those elements to divine communication and prophecy. It is possible, some over zealous readers may even read into their dreams as being divine when there is in fact no divine message to be had. Nevertheless, Smith's thought provoking book raises spiritually complex issues such as the issue of the legitimacy of private visions apart from revealed scripture. While it is true that some visions can be ruled out as false and inconsistent with revealed truth, not all can be easily scientifically or spiritually ruled out. Some perhaps might be supernatural in nature. Nevertheless that does not mean they should automatically be accepted as biblical in nature or truth. I must admit I am skeptical when it comes to believing modern day visions and NDE. For example, there are so many alleged apparitions of Mary in the Catholic church, that I believe most to be hoaxes, and in other cases, demonic in nature. The reader places his faith by accepting the word of the author of this book. Once the reader decides to accept the author's word that the various stories are legit, it is up to the reader to discern the source or supernatural power behind visions, dreams and if there is any spiritual significance. This is where most readers will most likely accept with blind faith that these wholeheartedly are true accounts and that it is based on biblical truth. This is because most people want to believe that dreams do have significance spiritually and that God does communicate through dreams.. Any responsible reader familiar with the bible will be aware that he or she is faced with the task of determining if the dream interpretations are spiritually based on truth, or if it perhaps is an indirect attempt of Satan to mislead believers into accepting false information. Paul warned in the letters of the new testament, especially in the book of Galatians, that even Satan, and evil spirits can appear as angels of light, deceiving many. So, if this is true, then is it possible that as accomplished and respected Christian speaker and authority might be deceived and misinterpret the collective experiences as being from God when it possibly isn't? That possibility must be acknowledged by anyone who reads this book. While Paul acknowledged the possibility of personal visions in the ancient church, he himself did not place on any believer the burden of accepting any other private vision other than the message contained in the bible. As Paul himself suggested in his letters, it is wise to be skeptical of private visions, and he himself never endorsed or encouraged any believer to believe any private vision or revelation. In a book about heaven, for the purpose of credibility and fidelity to bible, I believe any extraneous visions, dreams, experiences etc that are not divinely inspired/ biblical should be carefully considered before taken to heart. As far as the other details- knowledge and information could be obtained from evil sources for the purpose of adding "authenticity" and misleading believers into believeing the other aspects of the visions shared. The evil spirits are known for mixing truth with falsehood. We are in a spiritual battle, and nothing is off limits as far as the evil spirits of this world are concerned. they will try all sorts of tricky deceptions. They will try any underhanded tactic even going so far as using Christian elites, educators, leaders and the faithful, as tools to mislead others. It isn't always obvious to everyone to sort truth from untruth unless they are firmly grounded in the Holy Spirit. Even those involved in the occult such as palm readers and fortune tellers, can sometimes fortell the future or the past with amazing accuracy with supernatural information supplied by the evil spirit realm. In sum, the sole purpose of this book isn't in the after death experiences or sensational stories, but rather to deliver the life saving message of the gospel. These stories serve as a springboard or bait- in the true sense in which Jesus refers to all apostles, followers and believers as fishers of men. All in all there is no doubt that Smith has written this book with authority and scholarship incorporating science, phsychology and scripture. The author has left no stone uncovered in his survey of the subject of dreams. This book is so complete that it could even serve as an academic text on dreams. Smith has accomplished her purpose- tailoring his book to a receptive audience in a package that is irresistible to countless curious, and spiritually hungry readers. As a blogger I received this book published by Chosen, a division of Baker Publishing Group publishers for the purpose of writing this review. It is with caution I would suggest this book to anyone to read as it is best for serious study for a reader that is willing to take the time to discern, in light of scripture, the validity of the messages from dreams and visions.
Wonderful book! Laura does an excellent job writing this book! She brings bible verses and prayers to use while reading this book to help u understand your dreams. I received this book free from Baker Publishing Group.
This is one of the best books I have ever read. I have read it twice through already. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to understand more about how God speaks to us through dreams and visions. Author, Laura Harris Smith is definitely anointed by God. Author, Laura Harris Smith has an entire chapter devoted to a comprehensive 1000+ dream symbol dictionary. She gives Biblical references to every symbol. I keep this book beside my bed so that every morning when I wake up I can go to chapter 7 and reference the symbols that were in my dream. I am now glad to be able to distinguish the difference between the various types of dream. Laura goes into detail about different types of dreams such as warning dreams, r decisions dreams, pizza dreams, and several others. She states to never dismiss a “pizza dream” without prayer. I have now been more mindful and prayerful about all my dreams to interpret them with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Chapters 4 and 5 have been devoted to the medical aspect of sleep. A sleep study doctor was interviewed by Laura and has been included in these chapters. There is information about the sleep cycle, what occurs within each stage, plus beneficial tips for healthy sleeping habits. I realized how important it is to have sleep in order to keep one physically healthy. I have now been making adjustments in my own sleeping schedule to get more rest. I hope that everyone that reads this book will be blessed and “See the Voice of God.” I have always been a night owl, but now I can’t wait to go to sleep and dream.
Laura Harris Smith has written a wonderful God- inspired book that is a need for anyone wishing to understand their dreams and how God speaks to them. I am looking forward to referring to it again and again.
Everyone dreams. Not everyone remembers those dreams or can interpret their meaning. This book provides a wealth of information to help readers sleep better, remember dreams, and understand the imagery, symbols and messages in dreams. There is so much information that readers are wise to read slowly and ponder each chapter’s concepts before moving on. Each chapter ends with a lovely prayer and an impartation to help readers with their dream journeys. Included is a comprehensive glossary of dream symbols and their meanings. That alone makes this a book to keep for future reference, yet there is much more; Advice on developing healthy sleep habits through nutritious food and supplements, prayer and Scripture to promote sleep, even iphone and Android apps for sleep cycles are discussed. Author Laura Harris Smith has studied sleep patterns, disorders, methods and treatments and shares the fruit of her research with readers by practical suggestions. Dreams and visions are often God’s way of communicating with us, so praying for enlightenment and discernment will help dreamers to understand God’s message. Reading Scripture supplies instances of famous dreamers’ visionary dreams with which readers can identify. Despite this wealth of information, Smith cautions readers that healthy sleep and dream interpretation happen by process, which takes time. That is where the prayer helps. Those who want to hear from God will ask in prayer and will receive His answer. How does one see God’s voice? Read this book and you may understand and believe. God is eager to give us grace and blessings, so read, pray and ask so that you may receive.
I would give this book zero stars if I could. All the positive reviews are more than likely from her family. This author is a lazy, self-righteous, freak. She admits she's lazy because she tells us how her husband gets up for work and leaves while she's still in bed. I guess he has to make his own breakfast. Even while writing this book she was lying in bed and none of her lazy kids cooked food. She had to rely on her congregation to bring her food. I do not understand people like this hypocritical author. It seems every time some apostle or other person in the book experienced something she claims she has experienced it too yet she has to quote the bible because she says they say it best. Just tell what you saw and felt in your own words, stop repeating what someone else wrote. This author is just crazy. If anyone else hears God differently from her she right away says they are psychic and what they are receiving is evil. No wonder she admits God speaks to her sternly. I think some time in the looney bin will help this author. She takes the Bible literally. She needs to understand other people can hear God too even if they are not religious and they are not evil. She even said house parties are sins She is so self-righteous. She actually says the reason she has epilepsy is because a deaf and dumb demon is trying to hinder her physical body and it was "symbolic of something hindering Jesus' Body" in her city of Nashville. That God is healing her by process, God is healing Nashville by process, and that she believes the city of Nashville is called to heal the nation. So she claims when she is healed the city of Nashville will be healed and forgiven for the evil it did to the Native Americans that were driven off their land on the Trail of Tears and because of the denominational competition. Why is this woman not locked up. God doesn't care what demonination you are as long as you believe. She also says physical manifestations of the deaf and dumb spirit are the following: autism, epilepsy, seizures, deafness, muteness, fainting spells, learning disabilities, ADD, ADHD, narcolepsy, comas, inner-ear problems and equilibrium issues, vertigo, Alzheimer's and all memory conditions, mental retardations, dyslexia, stuttering and many neurological disorders. So its obvious the deaf and dumb spirit is not just in Nashville. Does that mean when she and Nashville are healed there will be no more Alzheimer's, retardations, autism, dyslexia, etc in Nashville? Another thing that bothered me about this author is that she brags about going out of the country for retreats or ministry things yet she doesn't have the money to pay for it so she hits up her daughter's friend's mother because she's rich and the dumb woman wrote her a check so she could go on her trip. Another person bought her a laptop but the author made sure to tell them all the different software she wanted on it and it ended up costing the gift giver $4,000.00. She should have accepted the laptop and paid for the software herself. Maybe the author would have more money could afford to do more things if she didn't have so many kids. Go forth and multiply was written for Adam and Eve and Noah and his family because there were no other people so they had to inbreed to re-populate the earth. The poems at the end of each chapter were stupid. The author even copyrighted them. Trust me, no one is going to steal them. This author is ridiculous! What a joke!