The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement: Hearing the Words of God for Others

The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement: Hearing the Words of God for Others

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ISBN-13: 9780800798864
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/21/2018
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 550,438
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Debbie Kitterman is an author, a speaker, and the founder of Dare 2 Hear, a ministry that trains individuals to hear the voice of God. She travels to churches internationally and is the founder and teacher of d2htraining.com, an online course designed to equip the believer in releasing God's heart. She is also a licensed and ordained Foursquare pastor currently serving with her husband, Pastor John Kitterman, as senior pastor of Restoration Church in Lacey, Washington. Learn more at www.debbiekitterman.com.

Table of Contents

Foreword Wayne Cordeiro 9

Acknowledgments 13

Introduction 19

1 Open Invitation 25

2 Direct Access 33

3 God Speaks Today 41

4 A Glimpse of the Prophetic 51

5 Chosen and Qualified 61

6 Prophecy 101 67

7 First Steps 77

8 Open Doors 87

9 Put It on the Altar: Testing Prophecy 93

10 Hear God First 101

11 Danger Zones 109

12 Help Wanted: Perfect Ordinary People Only 119

13 Missing the Mark 125

14 Circle of Trust: Being Submitted, Committed and Connected 139

15 The Perfect Example 149

16 Working Together 157

17 It's Not about Me 165

18 Heart Check 177

19 Embracing the Lifestyle of Encouragement 191

Appendix 1 Quick Reference Guide 195

Appendix 2 Entering into Relationship with God 203

Appendix 3 Baptism of the Holy Spirit 205

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The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement: Hearing the Words of God for Others 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
michelemorin 27 days ago
Finding that Christians everywhere need a bit of help getting outside our comfort zones, Debbie Kitterman has shared her own journey along with the good news that God intends for us to build one another up as we speak words of Truth. In The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement: Hearing the Words of God for Others, we find Kitterman’s confidence and fervor flow from years of learning alongside biblical characters like little Samuel that the voice of God in our ears and in our hearts requires action on our part. God the Holy Spirit is Living and Active Debbie’s ministry trumpets the “freelance nature of the Holy Spirit.” The third Person of the Trinity is living and active, through His Word and in His people. Those who put Him in a box miss out on the full display of His power at work in ordinary people. Furthermore, we are built for connection, for relationship with God and with each other. Living in harmony with the example of Jesus means embracing a lifestyle of encouragement. “Jesus had radical encounters with ordinary people every day. By listening to the Father’s voice and doing what the Father said, Jesus was able to release heaven into the situations and lives of those He encountered.” (21) When we take the risk of sharing God’s truth with others for the purpose of encouraging them in their walk with God, that movement into obedience may have the domino effect of moving them into obedience as well. As we align our words and our actions with the plumb line of Scripture, we will find ourselves swept up into the bridge-building ministry of a God whose invitation is open and full of hope: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:18, 19) Many thanks to Chosen Books for providing a copy of this book to facilitate my review, which, of course, is offered freely and with honesty.
Virginiaw 6 months ago
This was a non-fiction book about helping people to understand what prophetic encouragement really means. The stories and prayers were very interesting. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
MelissaF 6 months ago
Loved this book. So encouraging and full of good insight. Often times when I read a book like this I feel ill-equipped but Debbie made me feel empowered that this is something I can do. I loved the Go Deeper sections and the Activation. If you take your time and do these things you will gain a much deeper and meaningful understand of this book. This is one I highly recommend. A copy of this book was given to my through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own.
Deana0326 6 months ago
I knew from the title of this book that I was in for a journey that would reacquaint myself with Jesus and the gift that he has given me. I didn't know for the longest time why I would get this message and feel the need to write it down. I never shared it with anyone but my husband. I wasn't sure if it was from God or was it just my own thoughts being shared. I knew in my spirit that God had spoken to me and wanted me to share what He had said but I was scared of what people would say. I liked the different examples the author shares of people in the bible who heard God speak to them. Sometimes we doubt that God is speaking to us and wander around lost and miss what He has for us. I remember the story of Samuel as the author talks about him in the book. When Jesus spoke to him, Samuel didn't recognize his voice. How many times have we heard God speak to us but still doubted it truly was Him? The author does a good job of explaining what prophecy is and how it operates within each of us. The first time I heard someone speak in tongues, I freaked out. Then immediately another person interpreted what was just said. I was so confused I was ready to run out of the church. That day I was introduced to prophecy and I wanted to know more about it. One thing I have learned over the years is to be careful who wants to speak words over you. I am always careful when someone says they have a word for me from God. We all have heard about "false prophets." Yes they are out there and God cautions us to discern what is truly words from Him. I liked that the author talked about the five fold ministry. Each one is not more important than the other, but are designed to work together as one. We are meant to work as a team to spread His word, encourage each other and operate with confidence in the gifts that He has given us. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
Deana0326 6 months ago
I knew from the title of this book that I was in for a journey that would reacquaint myself with Jesus and the gift that he has given me. I didn't know for the longest time why I would get this message and feel the need to write it down. I never shared it with anyone but my husband. I wasn't sure if it was from God or was it just my own thoughts being shared. I knew in my spirit that God had spoken to me and wanted me to share what He had said but I was scared of what people would say. I liked the different examples the author shares of people in the bible who heard God speak to them. Sometimes we doubt that God is speaking to us and wander around lost and miss what He has for us. I remember the story of Samuel as the author talks about him in the book. When Jesus spoke to him, Samuel didn't recognize his voice. How many times have we heard God speak to us but still doubted it truly was Him? The author does a good job of explaining what prophecy is and how it operates within each of us. The first time I heard someone speak in tongues, I freaked out. Then immediately another person interpreted what was just said. I was so confused I was ready to run out of the church. That day I was introduced to prophecy and I wanted to know more about it. One thing I have learned over the years is to be careful who wants to speak words over you. I am always careful when someone says they have a word for me from God. We all have heard about "false prophets." Yes they are out there and God cautions us to discern what is truly words from Him. I liked that the author talked about the five fold ministry. Each one is not more important than the other, but are designed to work together as one. We are meant to work as a team to spread His word, encourage each other and operate with confidence in the gifts that He has given us. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
Mar-J 7 months ago
“The prophetic gift of encouragement is about making a difference and impacting individuals in a way you may never thought possible. “ page 80 The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement by Debbie Kitterman is a must be read Christian interest book for those who want to experience more of God in their life. This book is written in an easy format to understand the gift of prophetic encouragement by sharing a word with another to encourage, strengthen and enlighten the individual when they feel God’s spirit speaking to them to share what He impressed upon them to say. To be an encourager an individual must slow down, seek and listen for God to use them with this gift He has for each one, if they are a willing vessel. The chapters are easy to read that are followed by a section go deeper, activation prayer, activate encouragement and/or encouragement in action based upon the topic of the chapter. There’s plenty of Biblical illustrations along with the author’s personal journey and testimonies of others experiencing the prophetic gift of encouragement. Readers will come away with an appreciation for Kitterman’s passion for God’s children to be open to prophetic encouragement. This book is perfect for individuals to study a chapter for a few days or a weekly small group Bible study. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for her book tour with Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write a positive review but have shared by honest opinion.
MeiAu 7 months ago
Have you ever experienced God moments? When someone comes up to you and says something so deeply personal without realizing it, that it can only come from God? When a stranger prays words over you that touches your deepest longings, longings you have not shared anyone? I have been the recipient of such encouragement at the most unexpected times in my life and it has profoundly affected my faith. It's as if the God of the universe reached down from Heaven and breathe life and hope into my weary bones. The truth is we all long to be known and seen by God in our every day life, but especially in our struggles. Debbie Kitterman's book dispels the myths about what the gift of prophetic encouragement is and what it is not. Prophetic encouragement begins with deepening our own relationship with God. We can only embrace a lifestyle of divine encouragement by spending time in God's Word, enriching our understanding of His character and obediently listening to what He is calling us to do. Part of our calling is to be an encouragement to others. "Therefore encourage one another and build each other up." 1 Thessalonian 5:1 This is when God is most glorified, when we take the time to speak life into another heart and to point them towards the Father. I absolutely love this book! I have always tried to offer encouragement to others. This book has challenged me to be even bolder, to bravely speak words of encouragement to others as prompted by the Holy Spirit. We can all be the gift to share the heart of our Heavenly Father, a heart that overflows with the amazing love of our Savior.
TheQuietHomemaker 7 months ago
Debbie Kitterman's book, The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement, has given me a new and biblical view of hearing the voice of God. One that I thought should be true all along. I am so thankful for her words that have opened my eyes and given me a gift. The gift of being able to see the gifts of the Spirit in a whole new light. The light of Jesus. I will forever be grateful for this! The theme throughout The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement is; God loves you and wants to speak to you. He wants a deep and intimate relationship with you. He wants to lead you with His words. He wants to use you to encourage others for his glory. Do you long to hear God's voice? Do you want to be used by God to encourage and edify others? Then The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement by Debbie Kitterman is definitely the book for you!
emilyshill 7 months ago
I didn’t know I needed this book. I’ve followed Jesus for 22 years, I’m a pastor and a leader, and had apparently gotten so caught up in everyday life that I’ve let slip by so many opportunities to pause and listen for God to speak. From the moment I opened “The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement,” I began to listen and hear from God in ways that I haven’t in a long time. Only hours after reading the first few chapters, I was able to put into practice what I was reading and share some encouragement with a friend. I left our meeting feeling excited, and my friend was reminded of God’s care. If you’re wanting to speak encouragement and hope into the lives of people you encounter, I highly recommend this book. You can’t read it and not be changed. I’m so grateful to Chosen Books who provided me with a pre-release copy of this book to review.
Anonymous 7 months ago
This book is a must read! It's such a great tool to demystify the prophetic. This book tackles a current buzzword and delivers it in a relevant way for everyone! It gives practical tools and testimonies on operating and understanding God's voice to encourage others. The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement will give you the courage to slow down, listen for what God is telling you, and then to bravely share that word, that is for others with them. Debbie also courageously addresses the very realness of guarding against the dangers of the prophetic and how to walk in the truth that God desires of His people. Chosen books did provide me with a pre-release copy of this book to give my honest opinion. The above statement is my true opinion of this book.
dSouthernGal 7 months ago
Prophetic Encouragement Review *Chosen Books provided me with a pre-release copy of this book to review for which I am most grateful." I joined the launch team for this book, because I wanted to know more about the subject. I can honestly say Ms. Kitterman did a thorough job in explaining Prophetic Encouragement and how to use and not use it. Her goal was to bring more enlightenment and awareness to hearing God's voice, through the Holy Spirit, so God can connect to others, by using us. Whether it's by using a word, a vision, a dream, or thoughts running across your mind, God is using us as His vessel. And it's not something we need to be afraid to explore in our relationship with Him. I know there are many who call this hogwash or deja vu, and I know there are many fake prophets, who use this as entertainment or for a means for themselves, but that is not how prophetic encouragement is designed. As Debbie says in chapter twelve, page 120, "When giving a prophetic word we need to leave room for people to test the word and hear from God themselves." So it's not about us, it's about them. We are just the vessel. But we have to be open in our relationship with God in order for this to happen. Once again I must say, if you are at all interested or curious about this subject, I recommend getting this book.
TKennington 7 months ago
Debbie Kitterman’s book, The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement, has challenged and deepened my faith. Through the power of story, personal testimony and scripture, Debbie has woven together a guidebook and Bible study that explores perhaps the most understood spiritual gift—prophecy. Whether you’re a Christian unsure that prophecy is a gift for today or a believer hungry for more of the Holy Spirit, this book will meet you where you are in your faith and encourage you to explore the current boundaries of your faith in the presence of a boundless God. I wholeheartedly recommend this book for personal or group study and for those individuals desiring to speak words of encouragement into the lives of people longing for hope.
Geisen 7 months ago
The word prophecy for many of us causes a sense of fear and uncertainty. But after reading, Debbie Kitterman’s book, The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement, I learned that prophetic encouragement is for all of us. God calls us into relationship with Him. As we grow deeper into knowing God, our hearts open to receiving the encouragement He has for us. The overflow is then what we have to share with others. Debbie Kitterman takes the subject of prophecy and teaches us with simple terms as well as practical applications. Debbie shares: “Prophecy today is not about the prophet; rather, it is about the restoration of communication between the Father and His children through the Holy Spirit. God is personal and alive.” Ms. Kitterman shares from personal experiences and draws the reader into her process. The reader will leave knowing that he/she is equipped to embrace a lifestyle of encouragement. “We are all prophetic because we all have direct access to God.” *Thank you Chosen Books for providing me with a pre-release copy of this book.
Julie Loos 7 months ago
God Wants Restoration I didn’t know anything about prophetic encouragement. Honestly, at first, I felt it was “new age!” However, as I read, prophetic encouragement is about encouraging others and building each other up. Our whole world is broken, people are broken and relationships are broken. God wants restoration and He uses us to inspire and encourage those around us. This book describes how to hear from God so we can go and encourage others. “The gift of prophetic encouragement is about making a difference and impacting individuals in a way you never thought possible.” I highly recommend this book!
Julie Loos 7 months ago
God Wants Restoration I didn’t know anything about prophetic encouragement. Honestly, at first, I felt it was “new age!” However, as I read, prophetic encouragement is about encouraging others and building each other up. Our whole world is broken, people are broken and relationships are broken. God wants restoration and He uses us to inspire and encourage those around us. This book describes how to hear from God so we can go and encourage others. “The gift of prophetic encouragement is about making a difference and impacting individuals in a way you never thought possible.” I highly recommend this book!
JViola79 7 months ago
The world is in dire need of encouragement and this book, The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement, brings the powerful reminder we are called to encourage one another. We can step out, not with our own strength and courage, but because of Whom is with us, in us, and going before us. In her powerful first book, Debbie Kitterman, shares: “I pray this book would spark an awakening in the body of Christ, an opening of ears to hear the voice of God and a courage to step out in obedience to share His love with the world. It is time, Church, God is calling you. Awaken and arise!” The gift of prophetic encouragement is explained by the author in a biblical and practical manner so that understanding and application occurs in the lives of readers. Each chapter includes a Go Deeper section. an Activation Prayer, and an Activation Encouragement - which is an action step. Throughout the book, it is evident that the author’s heart is for all of God’s people to embrace the lifestyle of encouragement. This book was the push I have needed to be braver and step out to action as God directs. *Chosen Books provided me with a pre-release copy of this book to review for which I am most grateful.
ECowgill 7 months ago
THE GIFT OF PROPHETIC ENCOURAGEMENT - HEARING THE WORDS OF GOD FOR OTHERS Author: Debbie Kitterman I appreciate receiving an advanced copy of this book from the publisher, Chosen Publishing.  Have you ever wondered about prophesy? What does it mean? What does the Bible say about it? Wonder no more! Debbie Kitterman answers these questions and more in her newly-released book The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement – Hearing the Words of God for Others. Even the word “prophesy” can make people wary. Ms. Kitterman explains prophesy, and all that it entails,  in easy-to-understand terminology. In addition to the information in each chapter, she adds “Go Deeper” – questions to help the reader think about points made in that chapter; “Activation Prayer” and “Activate Encouragement” – prayers and encouragement to help the reader on their journey to understanding prophesy. The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement – Hearing the Words of God for Others should be at the top of your reading list. It will answer your questions and will bless you so that you may bless others with prophetic encouragement!
Anonymous 7 months ago
I was thrilled to receive a pre-release copy of this book to review from Chosen Books! The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement is an easy read in the sense that the author writes in a very down to earth manner, including stories and examples to illustrate a theme or topic, but it is definitely not something you can, or want to, just speed read through and shelve it with a "well, that was nice" mind-frame. With thought-provoking questions and activation exercises at the end of each concise chapter, the reader is able to participate and not just spectate. The key is to not be put off by the word 'prophetic' in the title, as Debbie says, "The truth is we are all prophetic, which simply means we can all hear from God." If you are tired of just reading about great things happening to other people; if you are looking to go to another level in your relationship with God; if you want to see things from a different perspective and do more than just tell someone "Oh, I'm sorry to hear that; I'll pray for you"; then, The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement, is for you!
Anonymous 8 months ago
For many people the word prophecy triggers strong visceral responses. Sometimes those responses are based on misunderstanding or experiences that were negative, confusing, or hurtful. Sometimes those responses are formed from a hodgepodge of bits of information without a foundation of biblical teaching. Sometimes those experiences create confusion or fear, but I think the Lord would want each of us to understand the truth on this subject. Whatever your background or understanding, Debbie Kitterman’s new book, The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement, Hearing the Words of God for Others, is a book that includes clear descriptions of what prophecy is, what the Bible says about it in both Old and New Testaments, and her own journey with prophecy. Whatever your own background, this book presents a balanced approach to this topic that demonstrates discernment and wisdom. It speaks powerfully to the need for and God's desire to provide encouragement, exhortation, and comfort to His children no matter where they are or who they may be. I think the balanced insight Debbie shares in this book will bless anyone who reads it and allows the Lord to reveal the truth of His heart of love and encouragement for each one of us.