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When God Whispers Your Name

When God Whispers Your Name

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by Max Lucado

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Are you ready to hope again? Are you ready to let go of doubt and sorrow? Just listen carefully. God is whispering your name.

Somewhere, between the pages of this book and the pages of your heart, God is speaking. And He is calling you by name.

Maybe that's hard to believe. Maybe you just can't imagine that the One who made it all thinks of you that


Are you ready to hope again? Are you ready to let go of doubt and sorrow? Just listen carefully. God is whispering your name.

Somewhere, between the pages of this book and the pages of your heart, God is speaking. And He is calling you by name.

Maybe that's hard to believe. Maybe you just can't imagine that the One who made it all thinks of you that personally -- that He keeps your name on His heart and lips.

But it's true. In the Bible and in the circumstances of your life, He whispers your name lovingly. Tenderly. Patiently but persistently. Let these stories remind you of the God who knows your name.

Some of the stories are from the Bible. Some are drawn from everyday life. Most are about people who are lost ... or weary ... or discouraged -- just like you may be. If you let them, they will tell the story of your life. And the story of a God who speaks into your situation.

So listen closely as you turn these pages. Listen for the Father's gentle whisper that can erase your doubt, your sorrow, your weariness, your despair.

It really is your name that you hear, and the Voice that calls is more loving that your ever dared dream. Listen. And learn to hope again.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lucado, a pastor and the award-winning author of the bestselling Tell Me the Story and He Still Moves Stones , among others, has here composed a series of short stories for those who, he says, might not realize ``that God has written their true name upon His hand.'' Allegories, the retelling of Bible stories (i.e., Moses becomes an office janitor to whom God speaks through a mop bucket) and even Lucado's own journeys are used to show God's grace and holiness and to hold out hope in the midst of life. Lucado is blessed with the gift of storytelling. And sometimes that gift shines in these short stories; at other times, however, the successful storyteller seems instead to be riding on his own coattails and merely employing an easy formula. (July)

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Chapter One

The Voice from the
Mop Bucket

    THE HALLWAY is silent except for the wheels of the mop bucket and the shuffle of the old man's feet. Both sound tired.

    Both know these floors. How many nights has Hank cleaned them? Always careful to get in the corners. Always careful to set up his yellow caution sign warning of wet floors. Always chuckling as he does. "Be careful everyone," he laughs to himself, knowing no one is near.

    Not at three A.M.

    Hank's health isn't what it used to be. Gout keeps him awake. Arthritis makes him limp. His glasses are so thick his eyeballs look twice their size. Shoulders stoop. But he does his work. Slopping soapy water on linoleum. Scrubbing the heel marks left by the well-heeled lawyers. He'll be finished an hour before quitting time. Always finishes early. Has for twenty years.

    When finished he'll put away his bucket and take a seat outside the office of the senior partner and wait. Never leaves early. Could. No one would know. But he doesn't.

    He broke the rules once. Never again.

    Sometimes, if the door is open, he'll enter the office. Not for long. Just to look. The suite is larger than his apartment. He'll run his finger over the desk. He'll stroke the soft leather couch. He'll stand at the window and watch the gray sky turn gold. And he'll remember.

    He once had such an office.

    Back when Hank was Henry. Back when the custodian was an executive.Long ago. Before the night shift. Before the mop bucket. Before the maintenance uniform. Before the scandal.

    Hank doesn't think about it much now. No reason to. Got in trouble, got fired, and got out. That's it. Not many people know about it. Better that way. No need to tell them.

    It's his secret.

    Hank's story, by the way, is true. I changed the name and a detail or two. I gave him a different job and put him in a different century. But the story is factual. You've heard it. You know it. When I give you his real name, you'll remember.

    But more than a true story, it's a common story. It's a story of a derailed dream. It's a story of high hopes colliding with harsh realities.

    Happens to all dreamers. And since all have dreamed, it happens to us all.

    In Hank's case, it was a mistake he could never forget. A grave mistake. Hank killed someone. He came upon a thug beating up an innocent man, and Hank lost control. He killed the mugger. When word got out, Hank got out.

    Hank would rather hide than go to jail. So he ran. The executive became a fugitive.

    True story. Common story. Most stories aren't as extreme as Hank's. Few spend their lives running from the law. Many, however, live with regrets.

    "I could have gone to college on a golf scholarship," a fellow told me just last week on the fourth tee box. "Had an offer right out of school. But I joined a rock-and-roll band. Ended up never going. Now I'm stuck fixing garage doors."

    "Now I'm stuck." Epitaph of a derailed dream.

    Pick up a high school yearbook and read the "What I want to do" sentence under each picture. You'll get dizzy breathing the thin air of mountaintop visions:

"Ivy league school." "Write books and live in Switzerland." "Physician in a Third World country." "Teach inner-city kids."

    Yet, take the yearbook to a twentieth-year reunion and read the next chapter. Some dreams have come true, but many haven't. Not that all should, mind you. I hope the little guy who dreamed of being a sumo wrestler came to his senses. And I hope he didn't lose his passion in the process. Changing direction in life is not tragic. Losing passion in life is.

    Something happens to us along the way. Convictions to change the world downgrade to commitments to pay the bills. Rather than make a difference, we make a salary. Rather than look forward, we look back. Rather than look outward, we look inward.

    And we don't like what we see.

    Hank didn't. Hank saw a man who'd settled for the mediocre. Trained in the finest institutions of the world, yet working the night shift in a minimum-wage job so he wouldn't be seen in the day.

    But all that changed when he heard the voice from the mop bucket. (Did I mention that his story is true?)

    At first he thought the voice was a joke. Some of the fellows on the third floor play these kinds of tricks.

    "Henry, Henry," the voice called.

    Hank turned. No one called him Henry anymore.

    "Henry, Henry."

    He turned toward the pail. It was glowing. Bright red. Hot red. He could feel the heat ten feet away. He stepped closer and looked in. The water wasn't boiling.

    "This is strange," Hank mumbled to himself as he took another step to get a closer look. But the voice stopped him.

    "Don't come any closer. Take off your shoes. You are on holy tile."

    Suddenly Hank knew who was speaking. "God?"

    I'm not making this up. I know you think I am. Sounds crazy. Almost irreverent. God speaking from a hot mop bucket to a janitor named Hank? Would it be believable if I said God was speaking from a burning bush to a shepherd named Moses?

    Maybe that one's easier to handle—because you've heard it before. But just because it's Moses and a bush rather than Hank and a bucket, it's no less spectacular.

    It sure shocked the sandals off Moses. We wonder what amazed the old fellow more: that God spoke in a bush or that God spoke at all.

    Moses, like Hank, had made a mistake.

    You remember his story. Adopted nobility. An Israelite reared in an Egyptian palace. His countrymen were slaves, but Moses was privileged. Ate at the royal table. Educated in the finest schools.

    But his most influential teacher had no degree. She was his mother. A Jewess who was hired to be his nanny. "Moses," you can almost hear her whisper to her young son, "God has put you here on purpose. Someday you will set your people free. Never forget, Moses. Never forget."

    Moses didn't. The flame of justice grew hotter until it blazed. Moses saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew slave. Just like Hank killed the mugger, Moses killed the Egyptian.

    The next day Moses saw the Hebrew. You'd think the slave would say thanks. He didn't. Rather than express gratitude, he expressed anger. "Will you kill me too?" he asked (see Exod. 2:14).

    Moses knew he was in trouble. He fled Egypt and hid in the wilderness. Call it a career shift. He went from dining with the heads of state to counting heads of sheep.

    Hardly an upward move.

    And so it happened that a bright, promising Hebrew began herding sheep in the hills. From the Ivy League to the cotton patch. From the Oval Office to a taxicab. From swinging a golf club to digging a ditch.

    Moses thought the move was permanent. There is no indication he ever intended to go back to Egypt. In fact, there is every indication he wanted to stay with his sheep. Standing barefoot before the bush, he confessed, "I am not a great man! How can I go to the king and lead the Israelites out of Egypt?" (Exod. 3:11).

    I'm glad Moses asked that question. It's a good one. Why Moses? Or, more specifically, why eighty-year-old Moses?

    The forty-year-old version was more appealing. The Moses we saw in Egypt was brash and confident. But the Moses we find four decades later is reluctant and weather-beaten.

    Had you or I looked at Moses back in Egypt, we would have said, "This man is ready for battle." Educated in the finest system in the world. Trained by the ablest soldiers. Instant access to the inner circle of the Pharaoh. Moses spoke their language and knew their habits. He was the perfect man for the job.

    Moses at forty we like. But Moses at eighty? No way. Too old. Too tired. Smells like a shepherd. Speaks like a foreigner. What impact would he have on Pharaoh? He's the wrong man for the job.

    And Moses would have agreed. "Tried that once before," he would say. "Those people don't want to be helped. Just leave me here to tend my sheep. They're easier to lead."

    Moses wouldn't have gone. You wouldn't have sent him. I wouldn't have sent him.

    But God did. How do you figure? Benched at forty and suited up at eighty. Why? What does he know now that he didn't know then? What did he learn in the desert that he didn't learn in Egypt?

    The ways of the desert, for one. Forty-year-old Moses was a city boy. Octogenarian Moses knows the name of every snake and the location of every watering hole. If he's going to lead thousands of Hebrews into the wilderness, he better know the basics of desert life 101.

    Family dynamics, for another. If he's going to be traveling with families for forty years, it might help to understand how they work. He marries a woman of faith, the daughter of a Midianite priest, and establishes his own family.

    But more than the ways of the desert and the people, Moses needed to learn something about himself.

    Apparently he has learned it. God says Moses is ready.

    And to convince him, God speaks through a bush. (Had to do something dramatic to get Moses' attention.)

    "School's out," God tells him. "Now it's time to get to work." Poor Moses. He didn't even know he was enrolled.

    But he was. And, guess what. So are you. The voice from the bush is the voice that whispers to you. It reminds you that God is not finished with you yet. Oh, you may think he is. You may think you've peaked. You may think he's got someone else to do the job.

    If so, think again.

    "God began doing a good work in you, and I am sure he will continue it until it is finished when Jesus Christ comes again."

    Did you see what God is doing? A good work in you.

    Did you see when he will be finished? When Jesus comes again.

    May I spell out the message? God ain't finished with you yet.

    Your Father wants you to know that. And to convince you, he may surprise you. He may speak through a bush, a mop bucket, or stranger still, he may speak through this book.

Meet the Author

With more than 125 million products in print, Max Lucado is America's bestselling inspirational author. He serves the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and their mischievous mutt, Andy.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was the 'tow truck' that helped me come out of the spiritual rut I had been in for six years! Everyone should get a copy of this, especially if you're feeling wayward in your walk with Christ. I would like to give copies of this book out to friends and family who are searching for a deeper committment to Him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book and got much attention very easily through this book. Its a great book to read and any-one can understand what he is saying. I feel Gods love through this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has been a blessing upon blessing upon blessing for me! I love it so much and I not only read it for my personal spiritual growth needs but also use it as a tool for teaching. Inside you will find a series of unrelated chapters, though they all contribute to bring you more understanding in your personal walk with Christ. Each chapter is almost like a little devotional for the day. this is definitely not a book that you just want to read through and finish in one sitting. The end of each chapter really causes you to pause and reflect because of all the information you are absorbing. I would recommend this book to any and every christian that desires new insight in their relationship with God and also for those that are going through a really hectic and stress-filled time. (Chapter 11 The Choice is the perfect chapter to read to yourself every morning before facing the uncertainties of the day. It brings me to tears every time.) I would just really encourage you to read this book with an open heart and prayerful spirit and allow God to work in you through it. Five gold stars for this book(: I received this complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson Publishing through their BookSneeze program. A positive review was not required and the opinions expressed here 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.”
M_Anjel More than 1 year ago
When God Whispers Your Name by Max Lucado, is an inspirational book that contains stories and scripture, to show the reader that God cares about them. He takes common bible stories and everyday run-ins and turns them into a reminder of how much God cares. Every chapter leaves you with an emotional sigh and a mental shakedown as to how you could forget such a loving God. This is my second book by Max Lucado and I really enjoyed it, once I got over the hump. Personally I am not fan of slow starting books, and I’m going to be completely honest it started slow so I put the book down, for a month before I started reading again. I came to realize that the book was not slow I just was not use to this particular writing style. Lucado writes as if you are having a conversation face to face. Every chapter is either a personal story or scripture made simple. And who doesn’t like a relatable story and easy to read scripture? At the end of every chapter I felt as if he reminded me of how much God really loves and cares for me. And sometimes I even chastised myself when I would remember some of his acts of love. And that is the point of the book. Even when you don’t see him, he sees you. When you feel alone he’s always there. And when you feel as if there is no way out he’s there making a path for you. I
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time I read this book was when I was 17. I had decided to make some changes in my life, and this book really opened my eyes more to who Jesus is and several things He went through His life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Extremely thought provoking. Max Lucado's gift to relate scripture to every day life is truly inspired.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Max Lucado, really knows how to write and reach out to everyone. If your a Christian or just an average reader you will find out or noticed that God really is talking to you throught this book. While I was reading this book I was fasting, and really help me uplift my faith and notice that God was with me, and that he hasn't finish working with you yet. Main theme of this book, is that God knows everyone by name and that he has called you with a purpose and for a reason.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is comforting and demystifys christianity. It is also very funny in some areas. I've purchased two other books by him based on this book.
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Kellie4 More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed reading books by Max Lucado. I have read many of his children's stories, including all of his Wemmick stories, and several Spiritual Growth and Christian Thoughts books. I was happy to have the opportunity to read When God Whispers Your Name. In this book, like many of his others, Lucado gives you a glimpse into his own lives and the lives of those around him whom he has had the opportunity to minister to and some who have written to him specifically. Lucado writes very brief chapters in this book, which is his overall goal; because he knows that our time is precious to us. Because of the brevity of these chapters, it not only makes the reading very easy, but it also allows you to instantly reflect on what he is saying and to take something away from each chapter without being bombarded by fact after fact. I had several chapters that I bookmarked in order to go back to when I want something specific to read or when I want to use the book as a book study or devotional. This is also possible, because included with the book are discussion questions, verses to look up, and thoughts to pray about related to the book. As always, Lucado never disappoints. I am heading back to download another of his!
VillaSyl More than 1 year ago
One of Max Lucado's greatest gifts is the ability to retell biblical stories in a modern fashion and make it so real that you think he's telling your story. He draws you in with little effort and shows you God at work in your life. This book testifies to the power and persistence of the Creator to know each of His creations by name. Through moving encounters of biblical stories, Lucado reveals the hope that God knows and whispers our names. The three sections, the Song of the Minstrel, The Touch of the Master, and the Guest of the Maestro, have short chapters that can easily be read in a short amount of time. This book discusses how to listen and hear when God whisper's your name. Lucado tells the modern story and then identifies the biblical counterpart. He does so in a way which holds the reader's interest and is never boring. The discussion guide at the end of the book includes questions for each chapter that will help you to reflect on what you read, gives you scripture to guide you and even suggests which chapters to read together due to a common theme, to help the reader in their relationship with God. If you need some help to get inspired Max Lucado is just the author and recommend you add this book to your reading list. This book would make a great gift or anyone for any occasion. I received a free copy of this E-book for my Nook from Thomas Nelson as part of their Booksneeze Blogger program.
amber79 More than 1 year ago
Ive read several of Max Lucados and I have really enjoyed all of them , And as always this one was no different The way that Mr Lucado draws you into his stories and helps to you to dig deep and externally with in your self and think about your faith and will renew you Spirituality be encouraging you to dig deeper with in your self and search into you heart ! I love the way that he uses Scripture to back up everything that he writes and gives you the verses and encourages you to look them up I would reccomend this book to any one and think it would make a great group study book ! My oppions of course are my own
mmary More than 1 year ago
When God Whispers Your Name by Max Lucado Lucado has been my favorite author from the moment I read the first Lucado book. You can always count on him to be inspirational and motivational and I love that about a writer. This book deals with everyday people and how we often fail to understand our own good fortune as we are loved and adored by the creator of the Universe! God knows everything about us, even has the hairs on our heads numbered and best of all God desires a personal friendship with us all. It is pretty heavy duty stuff to realize that the Creator of everything wants to be pals with us! Kinda helps those tough times to seem a lot less important. God will call you out, all you have to do is have the courage or desire or whatever you want to call it: to have an open will to respond to Gods calling. He always gives back way more than He gets. I highly recommend this book to anyone inneed of motivation or whos spirits have been running a little low lately. Heck, Id reccommend any Lucado book for any occassion; hes simply my favorite. I have a permenant collection of books (most of what I read I give away) and every Lucado book I have has earned a spot on that permanent collection. I have bought more Lucado books as gifts than anyother writer because he is simply the best motivational writer I have found and he uses Biblical verses to bring home his messages. When God Whispers Your Name is a great book for anyone who needs a little boost. It is full of short stories about every day people and how we are not nearly as mundane as our lives lead us to feel because we dont stop and realize that God has us in His heart!
bookreviewer1977 More than 1 year ago
It's been a long time since I picked up my first Max Lucado book- over 15 years now. However, I never cease to be amazed by his talent for writing simple yet profound books that get right to the point and speak directly to my heart. One of the first books by Max Lucado that I read was When God Whispers Your Name. I read it at a time back in college when I was going through a rough time, and it really comforted and encouraged me back then. Even though I'm in a much different place in life when I first read When God Whispers Your Name, it was no less comforting, inspiring and motivating this time through. This book is full of personal stories from the author's life, as well as great stories from the Bible, told in a way that's relevant and understandable to our modern lives. If you're feeling discouraged about yourself or your life, or could just use a reminder of how very much God loves you, I strongly recommend reading this book. If you're thinking about using this book in a group study situation, it does include a handy discussion guide with questions and points for each chapter. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself, thanks to Booksneeze. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.
JMan99 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book as well as Lucado's other writings. He has such a great gift of being able to take simple stories and make such strong and good points through them which are applicable to our lives.In every day language and using word pictures anyone can understand and relate to, we are reminded of how much God loves us and therefore enables us to extend that love to those around us. There is also a study section in the back of the book with some thought provoking questions about each chapter of the book. I was greatly reminded about the things that we as "Christians" can forget. I was reminded to pursue Christ, not religion.
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