The question isn't whether God speaks. The question is what does He have to say to you? The New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker teaches readers how to listen to God.
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The voice that spoke the cosmos into existence is the same voice that parted the Red Sea, and made the sun stand still in the midday sky. One day, this voice will make all things new, but it’s also speaking to you now!
That voice is God’s voice, and what we’ve learned from Scripture is that He often speaks in a whisper. Not to make it difficult to hear Him, but to draw us close.
Many people have a tough time believing God still speaks. Sure, in ancient times and in mysterious ways, God spoke to His people, but is He still speaking now?
Mark Batterson certainly believes so. And he wants to introduce you to the seven love languages of God; each of them unique and entirely divine. Some of them you might suspect but others will surprise you.
By learning to tune in to and decipher each language, you’ll be able to hear His guidance in simple as well as life-altering choices. God is actively speaking through: Scripture, Desires, Doors, Dreams, People, Promptings, and Pain. Batterson gives you the tools you need to unlock each of these languages.
God’s whisper can answer your most burning questions, calm your deepest fears, and fulfill your loftiest dreams.
Discover how simple it is to hear God’s voice in every aspect of your life!
He’s speaking, make sure you know how to listen!
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About the Author
Mark Batterson is the New York Times best-selling author of fifteen books, including The Circle Maker, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, and Chase the Lion. He is the lead pastor of National Community Church (NCC), one of the most innovative and influential churches in America. One church with seven campuses, NCC also owns and operates Ebenezer’s coffeehouse, the Miracle Theatre, and the DC Dream Center. Mark holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Regent University. He and his wife, Lora, have three children and live on Capitol Hill.
Read an Excerpt
The Bravest Prayer
After the fire came a gentle whisper.
—1 Kings 19:12
On the morning of August 27, 1883, ranchers in Alice Springs, Australia, heard what sounded like gunshots. The same mysterious sound was reported in fifty geographical locations spanning one-thirteenth of the globe. What those Aussies heard was the eruption of a volcano on the remote Indonesian island of Krakatoa 2,233 miles away!
That volcanic eruption, possibly the loudest sound ever measured, was so loud that the 310-decibel sound waves circumnavigated the globe at least four times. It generated three-thousand-foot tidal waves, threw rocks a distance of thirty-four miles, and cracked one-foot-thick concrete three hundred miles away!
If you were to drill a hole directly through the center of the earth, opposite of Krakatoa, you would find Colombia, South America. Although the sound of the eruption wasn’t audible in Colombia, there was a measurable spike in atmospheric pressure because of infrasonic sound waves that caused the air to tense. The sound may not have been heard, but it was felt, all the way around the world. According to science journalist and New York Times columnist Maggie Koerth-Baker, “Just because you can’t hear a sound doesn’t mean it isn’t there.”
At low levels sound is imperceptible.
At high levels it’s unignorable.
If sound exceeds 110 decibels, we experience a change in blood pressure. At 141 decibels we become nauseous. At 145 decibels our vision blurs because our eyeballs vibrate. At 195 decibels our eardrums are in danger of rupturing. And death by sound waves can happen at 202 decibels.
The act of hearing is detecting vibrations of the eardrum caused by sound waves, and the intensity of those waves is measured in decibels. On one end of the sound spectrum is the sperm whale, the loudest animal on earth. The clicking noise it uses to echolocate can hit 200 decibels. Even more impressive, researchers believe that whale songs may travel up to ten-thousand miles underwater! Next to the sperm whale is jet engines (150 decibels), air horns (129 decibels), thunderclaps (120 decibels), and jackhammers (100 decibels).
What’s on the other end of the sound spectrum?
A whisper, measuring just 15 decibels.
Technically speaking, our absolute threshold of hearing is 0 decibels. That corresponds to a sound wave measuring 0.0000002 pascals, which causes the eardrum to vibrate by just 108 millimeters. That’s less than a billionth of the ambient pressure in the air around us and smaller than the diameter of a hydrogen atom!
Juxtapose that with this:
"Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper."
The ESV calls it “a low whisper.”
The NASB calls it “a gentle blowing.”
The KJV calls it “a still small voice.”
We tend to dismiss as insignificant the natural phenomena that preceded the whisper because God was not in them, but I bet they got Elijah’s attention. God has an outside voice, and He’s not afraid to use it. But when God wants to be heard, when what He has to say is too important to miss, He often speaks in a whisper just above the absolute threshold of hearing.
The question, of course, is why.
And when and where.
Those are the questions we’ll explore and seek to answer in the pages that follow.
The Sound of Silence
The Hebrew word for “whisper,” demamah, can be translated “silence” or “stillness” or “calmness.” Simon and Garfunkel weren’t far off with the title of their 1964 hit single, “The Sound of Silence.” The same Hebrew word is used to describe the way God delivers us from our distress: “He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.” And that psalm foreshadows the way Jesus would stop a storm in its tracks with three words: “Quiet! Be still!”
His whisper is gentle, but nothing is more powerful.
My dictionary defines whisper as “speaking very softly using one’s breath without one’s vocal cords.” The use of breath instead of vocal cords is significant. Isn’t that how God created Adam? He whispered into the dust and named it Adam.
Adam was once a whisper.
So were you.
So was everything else.
Whispering is typically employed for the sake of secrecy. No form of communication is more intimate. And it seems to be God’s preferred method. The question again is why. And I won’t keep you guessing any longer.
When someone speaks in a whisper, you have to get very close to hear. In fact, you have to put your ear near the person’s mouth. We lean toward a whisper, and that’s what God wants. The goal of hearing the heavenly Father’s voice isn’t just hearing His voice; it’s intimacy with Him. That’s why He speaks in a whisper. He wants to be as close to us as is divinely possible! He loves us, likes us, that much.
When our children were young, I would occasionally play a little trick on them. I’d speak in a whisper so they would inch closer to me. That’s when I’d grab them and hug them. God plays the same trick on us. We want to hear what He has to say, but He wants us to know how much He loves us.
“The voice of the Spirit is as gentle as a zephyr,” said Oswald Chambers. “So gentle that unless you are living in perfect communion with God, you never hear it.” Aren’t you grateful for a gentle God? The Almighty could intimidate us with His outside voice, but He woos us with a whisper. And His whisper is the very breath of life.
Chambers continued, “The checks of the Spirit come in the most extraordinarily gentle ways, and if you are not sensitive enough to detect His voice you will quench it, and your personal spiritual life will be impaired. His checks always come as a still small voice, so small that no one but the saint notices them.”
Once a Whisper
For the past two decades, I’ve had the joy and privilege of pastoring National Community Church in Washington, DC, and I wouldn’t want to be anyplace else doing anything else with anyone else. I’m living the dream, but that dream was once a whisper.
The genesis of the dream goes all the way back to a cow pasture in Alexandria, Minnesota, where I heard the still small voice of God. I had just finished my freshman year at the University of Chicago, where I was a PERL (politics, economics, rhetoric, and law) major. Law school was Plan A, but that was before I asked God a dangerous question: What do You want me to do with my life? Of course, it’s far more dangerous not to ask Him that question!
In retrospect, I’ve dubbed that summer between my freshman and sophomore years of college my “summer of seeking.” For the first time in my life, I got serious about getting up early in the morning to pray. And it wasn’t just a religious ritual. I was desperate to hear His voice, and maybe that’s why I finally did.
At the end of the summer, our family was vacationing at Lake Ida in Alexandria, Minnesota. I decided to do a long prayer walk down some dirt roads. For some reason, walking helps my talking. I’m able to pray with more focus and listen with less distraction. At one point I went off road through a cow pasture. As I meandered my way around cow patties, I heard what I would describe as the inaudible yet unmistakable voice of God. In that moment at that place, I knew that God was calling me into full-time ministry. It wasn’t words as much as it was a feeling, a sense of calling. And that one whisper prompted me to give up a full-ride scholarship at the University of Chicago and transfer to Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. That move made no academic sense whatsoever and was second-guessed by more than a few people in my life, but that’s often the way His whisper works.
Those who dance are thought mad by those who hear not the music.
That old adage is certainly true of those who walk to the beat of God’s drum. When you take your cues from the Holy Spirit, you’ll do some things that will make people think you’re crazy. So be it. Obey the whisper and see what God does.
More than two decades of ministry have come and gone since that prayer walk through a cow pasture. National Community has grown into one church with eight campuses over the past twenty years, but each campus was once a whisper. I’ve written fifteen books over the past ten years, but each book was once a whisper. Every sermon I preach and every book I write are echoes of that one whisper in the middle of a cow pasture in the middle of nowhere.
Nothing has the potential to change your life like the whisper of God. Nothing will determine your destiny more than your ability to hear His still small voice.
That’s how you discern the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
That’s how you see and seize divine appointments.
That’s how God-sized dreams are birthed.
That’s how miracles happen.
The Bravest Prayer
There are days, and then there are days that alter every day thereafter. For me, one of those life-altering days is July 2, 2016. Next to the day I was married, the days my kids were born, and the day I almost died, no day is more sacred. In fact, I can tell you exactly how many days it’s been from that day to this day.
I was kicking off a series of sermons titled “Mountains Move” and challenged our church to pray the bravest prayer they could pray. By bravest prayer I mean the prayer you can barely believe God for because it seems impossible. It’s often the prayer you’ve prayed a hundred times that hasn’t been answered, but you pray it one more time anyway. For me the bravest prayer was that He would heal my asthma. And it was brave because asthma is all I had ever known.
My very first childhood memory is of a middle-of-the-night asthma attack followed by a frantic trip to the emergency room for a shot of epinephrine. That routine was repeated more times than I can remember. There weren’t forty days in forty years that I did not need to take a puff of my albuterol inhaler, and I never went anywhere without it. Never ever. Then I prayed my bravest prayer, and I haven’t taken a single puff of an inhaler from that day to this day. That’s why I literally count the days, because each day is more miraculous than the last.
Over the span of forty years, I must have prayed hundreds of times that God would heal my asthma. But for reasons known only to Him, those prayers went unanswered.
Why did I keep praying?
The short answer is one whisper.
Right before my freshman year of high school, I was hospitalized for a severe asthma attack that landed me in the intensive care unit. It was one of a dozen such hospitalizations during my younger years. When I was released from Edward’s Hospital a week later, Pastor Paul McGarvey and a prayer team from Calvary Church in Naperville, Illinois, came over to our house, laid hands on me, and prayed that God would heal my asthma.
God answered that prayer for healing but not in the way I expected.
When I woke up the next morning, I still had asthma, but all the warts on my feet had mysteriously disappeared. I’m not kidding! At first I wondered if God had made a mistake. Maybe the signals between here and heaven were mixed. I couldn’t help but wonder if someone somewhere was breathing great but still had warts on his or her feet. I was a little confused, but that’s when I heard the still small voice. It wasn’t an audible voice; it was Spirit to spirit. And it was loud and clear: Mark, I just wanted you to know that I’m able!
All these decades later, it still sends a chill down my spine. I was fourteen years old, and it was the first time I heard God’s whisper. Was I disappointed that He hadn’t answered my prayer the way I wanted Him to? Of course I was. But those two words echoed for three decades: I’m able. And He’s not just able; He’s “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”
Let me connect the dots.
Without that whisper I’m not sure I would have had the faith to pray the bravest prayer. And if I hadn’t prayed that prayer, how could God answer it? After all, God doesn’t answer 100 percent of the prayers we don’t pray! You can guess where this is going, can’t you? My miracle was once a whisper. And that’s true of every miracle. As I survey my life, I realize that the genesis of every blessing, every breakthrough is the breath of God. It started out as nothing more than a still small voice.
Ebenezers, the coffeehouse on Capitol Hill that our church owns and operates, is a perfect example. When people walk by Ebenezers, they see a coffeehouse, but when I walk by it, I hear a whisper. That’s all it was two decades ago. Actually, it was a graffiti-covered building with cinder blocks in the doorframes. Then one day I walked by and a Spirit-inspired thought fired across my synapses: This crack house would make a great coffeehouse.
That thought came out of nowhere, which sometimes indicates something supernatural. I call it a God idea, and I’d rather have one God idea than a thousand good ideas. Good ideas are good, but God ideas change the course of history.
That God idea turned into a brave prayer, which turned into a coffeehouse that has been voted the number-one coffeehouse in DC more than once. Since opening the doors a decade ago, we’ve given more than a million dollars to kingdom causes from its net profits. But every shot we pull and every dollar we give was once a whisper.
Table of Contents
Prologue: The Tomatis Effect 1
Part 1 The Power of a Whisper
1 The Bravest Prayer 7
2 The Voice 19
3 The Whispering Spot 35
Part 2 The Seven Love Languages
4 Sign Language 53
5 The Key of Keys-Scripture 63
6 The Voice of Gladness-Desires 77
7 The Door to Birhynia-Doors 95
8 Dreamers by Day-Dreams 115
9 Hidden Figures-People 129
10 The Archer's Paradox-Promptings 147
11 Joystick-Pain 169
Epilogue: The Whisper Test 185
I love reading this book it has helpt me come closer to god. I have read it several times i enjoy this book i know eney obe who reads it will to
This is my first book by Mark Batterson and I love it. I opens my eyes to something I have never thought about. Have you ever thought about the POWER of a WHISPER?. Does a whisper have power? Yes, it does. Have you heard the SOUND of SILENCE? Have you ever been alone, nothing turned on, no tv, no radio, and no internet. The silence is booming. If you remember, we all were once a whisper. God whispered Adam into being. God has whispering spots, and here are some of them: For Abraham, it was the oak of Mamre, For Isaac, it was the well outside of Nahor, For Jacob, it was Bethel, For Moses, it was the burning bush, For Ezekiel, it was the Kebar River, For Jonah, it was the belly of a whale, For Daniel, it was an upstairs window facing Jerusalem, For Mordecai, it was the king's gate at the citadel of Susa, For Joshua, it was Gilgal, For Gideon, it was the oak tree in Ophrah, For Samuel, it was the tabernacle at Shiloh, For Elijah, it was Mount Carmel, For David, it was the cave of Adullam. Where is your whispering spot. Do you know how to hear the whisper of GOD? Be. Be still. Be still, and know. Be still, and know that I am God. There is so much in this book, as the languages of love, why we can't hear God's whisper, what we need to do to hear God's whisper. You have to open yourself to hearing his whisper. Get this book and it will change your life for the better. I received a complimentary copy from Blogging For Books for this review.
If you want to feel uplifted by God's whispers read this book. A very positive Christian experience and easy read.
I always look forward to Mark Batterson's books! If you struggle, like many of us, to hear God's voice this is your book. Mark explains in an easy way to understand how Good speak to us through the following: Scripture, Desires, Doors, Dreams, people, prompting and pain. each chapter will encourage you to go deep in your bible, as well it will challenge you to be more attentive to His voice. That Is one of the best things of Batterson's books, they are always backed up with Scripture. This is that kind of book that you would highlight almost every sentence on it! Some of my highlighted quotes on Whisper are the following: -When the bible says something more than once, we ought to listen to it at least twice. -God is not a genie in a bottle, and our wish is not His command. Quite the opposite. As we grow in grace, His command becomes our only wish. -Hearing the voice of God starts with quickening. If you want to hear the still small voice of God, abiding is the key. And the final key to hearing is doing. Hearing without doing is hearsay at best and hypocrisy at work. I don't want to spoil your read, you really need to get this book and find out for yourself how to hear the Whisper of God and be inspired by Mark Batterson's inspirational stories. You won't be disappointed!
I was so excited to see Mark Batterson's book WHISPER: How to Hear the Voice of God as an option to receive and review. I've been a fan of his for some time. As usual this book is one to be savored. To be read slowly, contemplating and digesting it as you read. Mark does a lot of research and shares insight and information that challenges you to dig deeper and think. He says that we discredit the ability of God to speak when we undermine scripture's authority, that we shouldn't use the Bible to box God in. Mark believes, and I agree, that learning how to hear God's voice is the solution to the majority of our problems. I would also say it's not only hearing but to listen and obey Him. He quotes Dr. Tomatis when he says the voice can only reproduce what the ear hears and that is why most deaf people can't speak. The thought being that we can't be God's hands and feet if we don't learn to hear his voice and listen. I received a free copy from Multnomah a division of Penguin Random House and WaterBrook Publishing Group. No review, positive or otherwise, was required – all opinions are my own.
I loved this book, it brought out my inner nerd! It was full of all kinds of science and life stories that kept me turning pages and made the principles come alive for me. I actually felt like a more well rounded person when I closed the cover for the final time. I kept thinking, "Does he do his own research or does he have a 10 person team working round the clock who find all these great illustrations?' Either way, He artfully used real life illustrations to paint vivid pictures in the mind of the reader of each way God speaks to us. I've read most of Mark Batterson's books, and this one was my favorite followed closely by "The Circle Maker" and "Chase the Lion." I really enjoyed the author's Scriptural insights and candor. This is a great read for anyone from a new believer to a seasoned saint. Hearing God's voice is the most vital skill we can have in our spiritual arsenal and Mark Patterson did a masterful job of sharpening our swords.
This was a power writing book with also are encouraging and compelling to read with giving a lot of tools to learn to listen for the voice of God and be attention to hearing about what God want to saying to you because of God always speaking back to your answer. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Blogging for Book Program for this review”.
I took my time reading this one because I ended up highlighting almost every single word. If you have ever wondered what God was trying to say to you, then I suggest listening. Be still and hear His voice whispering in your ear. Sometimes, it may be God is using his Word to speak to you, or through something else. But the main thing I got out of this book was to be still and listen for God to show you what He wants you to hear. The book was so easy to read. Mr. Batterson has a wonderful way of crafting stories in his books that convey the point he is making. I love that. I cannot tell you how awesome this book is. You just have to read it for yourself, and be blessed because you did.
This book is phenomenal for anyone wondering if God is speaking to them (the answer is YES and ALWAYS!)
Hearing, or maybe recognizing, the voice of God is something people can struggle with their entire lives. Mark Batterson has set out to help us in this endeavour. Whisper is exactly what I needed in this season. I say that because the book cane summed up in one sentence, “Is God’s voice the loudest one in your life?” For me this has been an issue of late and Batterson sets out for readers seven ‘languages’ to lean into. Some are evident (dreams) and we are used to them while others are ones we hope to not encounter (pain). The writing was a good mix of biblical truth and applicable commentary with a good measure of Mark’s personal life stories. These help to bring life to the voices spoken of. I enjoyed “Whisper” and found myself engaged more as the book continued, though I feel the ending was a little weak. I would recommend this to anyone looking to hear God’s voice – or rather recognize his voice when he speaks. **I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
“Is God’s voice the loudest voice in your life?” Mark Batterson asks this in the prologue to his new book “Whisper.” The subtitle of the book is How to Hear the Voice of God. The book challenges the reader to take time to hear God’s voice. Batterson gives seven ways that God speaks: God speaks through Scripture, desires, doors (opened or closed), dreams, people, promptings, and pain. Mark Batterson is a master storyteller. The book is filled with stories from the Bible, his own life, and informative anecdotes from the lives of other people. The book is worth reading just for the stories. This is the second of Mark Batterson’s books that I have read. It won’t be the last one. If you are interested in learning to hear God’s voice, I encourage you to read this book.
I am reading this book for the second time, and I know it won't be the last. I have found myself racing through the day, reacting instead of living intentionally, and not taking time to be still and hear the voice of God. I think I may have felt unworthy, not sure that God would speak to the ordinary. But I was so so wrong. This book has opened my eyes and my life to the whisper of God's voice and direction in my life, in a way that will forever change the way I approach Him, and the way I listen for Him. Mark's books always touch my life in a huge way, challenging the way I live, and this book is one of the best I have read in encouraging a deeper relationship with God in a very personal way. I encourage everyone, if you are longing to feel the presence of God's direction in your life, to invest your time in reading this book slowly, and if you are like me you will want to read it again, as it has so much to offer, and I don't want to miss a thing. Thankful for Mark being sensitive to the leading of God's spirit, that we can all grow closer to Him. I was provided with a free copy of this book for review, but I would have purchased it anyway as I would never have missed this. And in fact was on the wait list for the release to purchase more copies for my family. Strongly recommend this book, it can change your life.
I have been a fan of Mark Batterson’s writings since I first read “The Circle Maker” a number of years back. In fact, I appreciate his books so much that I am part of a team of people who read his books before they are released to the public, so this review is based on an “uncorrected proof” of the book you are looking at on your screen. “Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God” may be Pastor Mark’s most important book to date. As he notes, “The Circle Maker” was primarily about how we can and should speak to God. But speaking is only part of a good conversation, and particularly so when that conversation is between you and your God. While it is important to bring our prayers to God, it is arguably much more important to hear what God is saying to us. But how do we hear the voice of God? For many Christians, the primary way to hear what God has to say is through reading the Bible, or hearing sermons or reading books that relate what the Bible has to say to us in our daily lives. In fact, there is a strong tradition that this is the only way that God now speaks to us. Pastor Mark rejects this tradition. As he notes, “To believe that God speaks only through the Bible is to handcuff the God of the Bible as the Bible revealed Him to us. Yes, Scripture provides our checks and balances. And God will never say anything that is contrary to His good, pleasing, and perfect will as revealed in Scripture. But God still speaks in various ways . . .” (p. 55) His premise, which I accept, is that the God who revealed himself in Biblical accounts through a variety of means (a burning bush, angelic visitors, a donkey, etc.) would not suddenly limit Himself to only one means. But at the same time, we must be careful to understand that God will not contradict what He says through His Word. Pastor Mark elaborates on seven ways that God speaks: Scripture, Desires, Doors, Dreams, People, Promptings, and Pain. Scripture is the “Key of Keys,” the way to interpret and understand the other six. The other six ways will never move you to do something that breaks God’s will as described in Scripture. But they may help you determine the correct course for a decision when there are two (or more) equally moral and ethical possibilities. Scripture does not directly answer the question of what occupation one should pursue, whom one should marry, and a host of other important choices in life (though it certainly provides guidelines for those choices). The Bible doesn’t tell a person to become an accountant, but their enjoyment (desire) of math and working with economic issues may lead them to that choice. A person might think that starting a business is the path to take, but might be met by a closed door. Ultimately, this book is important because we tend to make decisions in life without considering how God has “wired” us, the desires of our hearts, the promptings we receive, the people who speak His words into our lives, etc. This book provides a necessary means of understanding who we are in relationship to the God who created us, and reminds us that God is still speaking to us every day in various ways.
Friday, September 22, 2017 Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God by Mark Batterson, © 2017 Releases October 24, 2017 My Review: We are loved by God. So deeply. Mark Batterson, in his book, "Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God," will remind you just how much! Recollections taken of people in different settings and time periods, the faithfulness of God shines through. ~ For any generation... Be refreshed in the interweaving of the Truth of Scripture throughout, you too will be reminded of such moments in your own life. He is there, constant and never leaving us for a moment. Notes in the back of the book footnote the references. These twenty pages are full! One I liked is where to find the "1827. demamah," reference page to read further. demamah = whisper This is a book to read by yourself, rather than someone else telling you about it! An exploration of who you are created by Who He Is. Discerning God's promptings and stepping out, trusting Him, is told in first-person by the author in his own life. Divine appointments and divine timing. Living a Spirit-led life. You will want to go back and reread, underline and mark up your book! So... if you'd planned to share it, get another copy for a friend. This will be a good nudge to begin; open your Bible and study His Word for you! ***Thank you to WaterBrookMultnomah for inviting me to be part of this book tour for Mark Batterson's Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God and for sending an advanced uncorrected proof copy. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
This will be a book that I will keep on my shelf to reread and refer back to in times when I need reminding that God does indeed speak to His children. Mark begins with a bold statement in the prologue, "Learning to hear the voice of God is the solution to a thousand problems! It's also the key to discovering our destiny and fulfilling our purpose." His point is that we when we lose the ability to hear God's voice, we lose our own voice and our own way. I have found this to be a simple, yet profound truth. He follows with two parts to the book: Part One explains...why a whisper? I won't spoil it for you, but I found this to be fascinating, grounded in observation, research, and the truth of God's Word. Part Two explains the various ways God speaks to us as the author urges us to learn to discern the voice of God in new ways...the starting point being Scripture. He continues on with each succeeding chapter covering one of the seven ways God speaks...desires, doors, dreams, people, prompting, and pain. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to grow in their relationship with God, who desires to hear His voice and to follow through in obedience to His Word. "Speak Lord, for your servant is listening." 1 Samuel 3:9 Note: I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review of this book.
Mark has created a message that speaks straight to our hearts and invites us to learn more about hearing the voice of our Creator. Using his own personal experiences, Mark shares 7 different ways that we as believers can hear God speak to us. We tend to think that God speaks to us audibly like we speak to other people but that’s not really the case. God’s voice is more of a whisper and in order to hear that whisper we need to spend time in His presence and be still before Him. Other ways we will hear from God are through His Word, signs, and advice from others that has been laid on their hearts by God. Hearing God speak takes diligence and patience and it is something we as believers need in order to truly live for Him and to successfully serve Him and others. Marks’ book is thoughtfully written and is one that we can all benefit from.
If I had to sum up this book in one word, I would have to say wow! This is the first book that I have read by Mark Batterson and I was definitely not disappointed. Reading this book came at just the right time when I thought God was not speaking to me. After reading Mark’s book, my eyes were opened to see the different ways that God speaks to us and He was definitely speaking. Whisper is a good book to share with a friend or even to use as a book study at your church. Disclaimer: I was provided a free copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
SPECTACULAR! Most people want to know if God’s still speaks to His people today. That’s the premise behind WHISPER: How to Hear the Voice of God. Mark Batterson has written a masterful work on knowing how to listen and hear when God speaks today. Batterson sets forth Seven Ways God Speaks Today and gives Alan great discourse on each of them. He eloquently describes how to pray the bravest prayer, how to be still and know and hear God’s voice clearly over other voices, how to trust God even when we don’t understand and oh so much more! When you want to get someone’s attention – you lean in close enough to WHISPER in their ear. It’s intimate. Caring. Vulnerable and completely trusting. That’s the relationship God desires to have with each of us! Leaning into HIM to HEAR His WHISPER. HIS is the only voice we need to hear! I was provided an ARC of this book by the author and Waterbrook–Multnomah. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence. I preordered a copy of this book for my own personal library.
“Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak.” (Jas 1:19, CSB) Go to a Christian bookstore and you’ll find many books on prayer. Those books tend to focus what we should say to God and how we should say it. Few, if any, focus exclusively on the other side of the conversation, which is how we should listen to hear the voice of God in our prayer life. Mark Batterson has now filled that void with Whisper. Before I share my observations and review of the book, I first need to confess my reservations. More than once, I’ve heard Christians say, “God told me that….” I’ve grown skeptical of this phrase as many use it interchangeably with “I feel like….” So, I went into this book with a fair bit of skepticism. Pastor Batterson starts the book by illustrating the import of God’s voice, “The Power of a Whisper.” With four words, God created light. By His breath, we were given life. His voice offers power, love, healing, wisdom, and joy. Why, then, does His voice often come in the form of a whisper? He wants us to “lean toward a whisper…That’s why He speaks in a whisper. He wants to be as close to us as is divinely possible!” With that introductory section, I was hooked. Part Two delves into God’s “Seven Love Languages,” ways in which the Creator of the universe communicates with us. I wanted to hear, but my skepticism remained. My concerns were assuaged when Batterson validated those concerns. The first love language, Scripture, serves as the underpinning of the others. As Batterson notes, “Scripture gives us guidelines” -- it’s the basis by which we “cross-check [our] interpretation.” The other methods God uses to speak to us are: Desires, Doors, Dreams, People, Promptings, and Pain. Each is girded with Scripture and expounded with personal examples. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who honestly seeks God and that closeness He desires. It’s the type of book I’ll read more than once so that I’ll be drawn back to my Father’s voice. Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
Whisper is precious. It is a book you will buy for a friend so you will not risk losing your own copy. And your own copy will have notes and post its and scribbles because the words on the page inspire so many thoughts and ah ha moments that you have to write them down. "Either your theology will conform to your reality, and your expectations will get smaller and smaller until you can hardly believe God for anything. Or your reality will conform to your theology, and your expectations will get bigger and bigger until you can believe God for absolutely anything!" -from Chapter 7 As always, Batterson always brings his readers back to the Word, back to God while showing how we are always surrounded, encouraged and embraced by God already. I love how he writes about God using a whisper, so that we have to come in closer to Him to hear His desires for us. Using his 7 possible languages of God, Batterson shows how clearly we are loved by God and how God desires relationship with us. I can never seem to say enough about Pastor Mark's books. They motivate me in a way that surprises me every time. Finishing Whisper, I knew that I need to keep making forward steps and acting on those instructions and whispers of God...the time is now. It is time for us to be growing and acting in love and awe and faith in miracles and impossible dreams. Wonderful book!!
This book is packed with lots of great information, lots of back ground information, that helps make the point Mark is getting across. This book, for me, has been a slow read. It takes a while to digest and let it sink in to make application. I would highly recommend this book if you are really wanting to learn to hear God's voice.
This book has really been an experience for me. I have savored the chapters slowly, as there is just too much good stuff in one place. Stories from Scripture and connections to stories from people just like you who accepted God's holy whisper to follow and trust...like I said, too much good stuff! If you have enjoyed Mark's previous books, you will most certainly enjoy this one. His writing style can be very simple, but profound. I love being able to follow his stories ( with the help of footnotes and Google!) and they are powerful to share with others. Mark's writing continues to grow and evolve, although the Biblical truth remains the same--powerful as always. Get this book in your hands-- I guarantee you will be getting more copies to share with others! Have highlighters and a good cup of tea or coffee ready to jump into this latest conversation. * I was given an ARC copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions above are my own. *
This is a great book on how to hear the whisper of God in this noisy world. Would highly recommend this book!
This book approaches how to hear the Voice of God, and it's a needed perspective in a world consumed with social media, family, events, busyness, etc.... I've read Praying Circles around your Children, a long while back, and enjoyed Mr. Batterson's perspective and practical strategies on how to pray for your children. It's a short sweet book, an easy read, but challenge to take and apply, but simple little book. This book, is a longer, very developed book. It took time to read, as Mr. Batterson shares facts, stories, and his own experiences, mixed with scripture and his explanation of how it all works together. But it is very relatable, and readable, just a lot to think about and pause, and contemplate how it looks in my life. He is a visionary and shares a full perspective of 7 ways to hear the voice of God. He is a man who reads, and it shows in this book. His research is in depth and sharing from a wealth of different content areas- he has historical connections, science facts and discoveries, and experiences from history, as well as his own personal life testimonies, all that share how the reader can hear God's voice. So it was more intimidating to jump into this longer, detailed book. But he keeps it very approachable and easy for any reader, by sharing seven themes (on a bookmark) that are the keys to hearing the voice of God in your life. I would recommend this book to a friend. It's another layer in my life of how to stop and develop a relationship with God on an intimate, personal level. Mr. Batterson engages the reader in his vision, and empowers you to look at the Word of God as a lens, and the first tool, but then to expand your methods for hearing God. The challenge comes in learning how to listen to God for your dreams, passions, questions, and fears. Some quotes: "Nothing has the potential to change your life like the whisper of God. Nothing will determine your destiny more than your ability to hear His still small voice. That's how you discern the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God." "Quit hiding from God. Hide yourself in Him." "The goal isn't getting through the Bible: the goal is getting the Bible through us." "Tell me how much you enjoy God, and I'll tell you how spiritually mature you are. The last thing God wants is for His Word to feel like a chore. Do you read it for enjoyment?" "Faith is taking the first step, before God reveals the second one." "Most of us read the Bible the wrong way, with low expectations. I read it with this core conviction: if we do what they did in the Bible, God will do what He did." talking about relationships with people..."But when they are full of grace and truth, our relationships ring true. Then and only then will we hear the voice of God through others. " "We have to turn up the volume on the still small voice of God and make sure He's the loudest voice in our lives." "My prayer for you isn't that you'd be pain-free; it's that you'd learn to discern God's loving voice in the midst of the pain." ....God wants us to hear His heart. So He whispers softer and softer so that we have to get closer and closer." If you want to learn strategies to hear God's whispers in your life, to grasp how these quotes fit your day to day life, this book is for you. Blessed by Multnomah/Waterbrook to get to read a pre-release book, but the