Whispering in God's Ear: True Stories Inspiring Childlike Faith

Whispering in God's Ear: True Stories Inspiring Childlike Faith

by Wayne Holmes

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Glimpses of God Through the Eyes of Children

Children have spiritual truths to teach us–if only we will slow down long enough to listen. In these pages, speakers and authors such as Beth Moore, Kay Arthur, Phil Callaway, Gigi Graham, and Eugene Peterson share stories of simple faith and earnest prayers from their own childhoods as well as lessons learned from their children and grandchildren.

Inspiring and often humorous, Whispering in God’s Ear reminds us that children seem to have a direct connection to heaven. Their unbounded trust reveals a belief in a heavenly Father who cares about every detail of their lives. Their prayers show a confidence in a powerful God whose reach extends to every corner of their world. And their wholehearted expressions of love reflect a joy that can come only from the Giver of life.

This poignant collection of stories offers insight into the lives of favorite authors while giving a glimpse of God’s heart as seen through the eyes of the very young. Your spiritual life may never be the same after you encounter these little giants of faith.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307551191
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/25/2010
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,012,075
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Wayne Holmes is the compiler of several books, including The Heart of a Father, The Heart of a Mother, and The Heart of a Teacher. A former pastor, he currently works as a freelance writer, teacher, and speaker. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Leadership, The Christian Communicator, and Church of God EVANGEL. He and his wife, Linda, are the parents of four and live near Cincinnati, Ohio.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Whispering in God's Ear: True Stories Inspiring Childlike Faith 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With the framework of 11 divisions, Wayne Holmes has compiled 70 short stories into a masterpiece of prayer adventures. Each of the divisions begins with short sentences spoken to the Lord God Almighty from the heart and mouth of babes. Then we read a personal letter from Holmes to introduce each division. Some stories are reprints from famous authors. Some original stories are from authors whose names may not be known. However, the most important name of all, Jesus Christ, is continually lifted up as the focus of all prayers. I joined the children of these stories in child like faith and rejoiced. When they prayed, God listened and responded. The honesty of a child is refreshing and powerful. At times I laughed and other times I said, 'Aw, that is so sweet!' I began reading this excellent book with my eyes, but after a few stories I was reading it with my heart. It is a must read for all who love the body, soul and spirit of a precious little child.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wayne Holmes has done it again! 'Whispering in God's Ear' shouts loud and clear about God's love and purposes for His children of all ages. Prayer is integral to our Christian faith, and answered prayer is an outflowing of that faith. Wayne has carefully woven the various elements together into a quilt of words that embraces the reader. Using heartfelt anecdotes, each story reminds us that we serve a living and loving Father Who truly cares for and about His children. Included in this collection are stories that will make you laugh, will bring tears to your eyes, and will even cause you to shout an 'Amen!' or two. Stories of victory through the darkest night abound, bringing the reader closer to the source of victory. Many noted writers are included in this compilation, as well as many first-timers. The quality of the writing is exceptional, and the selection of stories causes the entire volume to flow together as a single unit. 'Whispering in God's Ear' is a must-read for the seeker, for those in the desert times, and for those who are ministering in any capacity. Child-like faith is the theme, and readers will see themselves in at least one of the stories, and most likely in many.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Compiling a book based on children's prayers can be a tricky task. It's not easy to find the right stories that will provide solid Biblical truths without being merely cute. But Wayne Holmes has accomplished that in 'Whispering in God's Ear'. Drawing on the talents of a wide spectrum of authors, he ensures each story reinforces the theme of childlike faith as revealed in youngsters' prayers. Actually, the little snippets of children's prayers that Holmes uses at the beginning of each section are just as profound, heartwarming, and revealing as any of the stories written by the adults. But each story holds its own little nugget of wisdom. Somtimes you'll chuckle, sometimes you may shed a tear, and sometimes you'll just stop and ponder the words with a faint smile on your face as you are reminded of the depths of God's love for us. Read 'Whispering in God's Ear' and enjoy the power of prayer as seen through children's eyes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As I read ¿Whispering in God¿s Ear,¿ God whispered in mine. It was one of those moments, when in my heart I understood in a deeper way why Jesus said, ¿I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.¿ Inspired to obey Jesus and change, I experienced a turn around by approaching my prayer life the way these little giants of faith demonstrated in this collection of heart-warming stories. With the outcomes I witnessed from their prayers, I expect only God¿s best! ¿Whispering in God¿s Ear¿ delivers an added bonus: every author, famous or not, weaves captivating stories. Through each of the eleven parts of this book, Mr. Holmes ingeniously builds on God¿s basic spiritual truths. All of us, as children of God, need these reminders every now and then. I recommend this book this to all, especially to those who need a lift.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Prayer works! Just ask a youngster from any Christian family if you doubt this. In his wonderful compilation, WHISPERING IN GOD¿S EAR, Wayne Holmes provides story after story affirming this simple truth. The good news in this book is that if you pray with the heart of a child, God will listen and answer. What a blessing! Scherry Cooley and Don Dible, Co-authors of THE CHRONICLES OF CHRISTIAN MUSIC
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sometimes a child's whisper in God's ear is sufficient for great things to happen. Little Meri Beth in 'Sewing' Seeds of Faith' has a quiet confidence in God, and in 'Trey's Prayer', a seven-year-old has a determined and unfailing belief in His protection. Even two-year-old Allison in 'Simple Faith', though just learning to talk, believes enough in God to have her simple baby gibberish bring healing results. Stories like these opened my eyes to believe once again, as a child does, that nothing is unimportant to God. Cecil Murphy discovers in 'Black Shoes and Christmas' that if he trusts God like he did at nine-years-old, just a whispered word and faith, without doubt, can bring unexpected results. The adults who listened in on the children's prayers didn't quite believe but saw amazing results time and time again. I highly recommend 'Whispering in God's Ear' to young and old alike. The personal insights at the beginning of each section, along with the stories Mr. Holmes has compiled, brings back the longing in each of us for the childlike faith we once had and shows us how to experience it once again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Children readily trust what they are told. Adults tell them God hears every prayer no matter how small. As grown-ups, do we still believe that? Perhaps we have sophisticated and complicated our prayers to the point of missing the joy and confidence illustrated by the children sited in these stories. The accounts range from very serious to highly amusing and funny. Children¿s prayers usually sound too cute and innocent to be taken seriously. But, as they perceive a need, children are apt to pray right at the moment with a specific, bold requests. Kids aren¿t surprised by God¿s actions¿they expected His response. After I read the first chapter, I was struck by the elements of prayer I had lost. Each short story was so precious, I was compelled to read every one and wanted more. Some of the stories are written by well-known evangelists and authors but many are written by parents or others who have witnessed the immediate answer from simple prayers of a child. No less respect intended for the seasoned writers, but the stories are equally well-written with the reiteration to take everything, even the smallest, seemingly trivial request, to God. A big God has big ears. Wayne Holmes created a delightful book and I hope to see another volume of the same compiled by him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When children pray, God listens. Read stories about children who have had prayers answered in sometimes simple, yet sometimes magnificent ways. The short, true stories give hope and convey faith to troubled people in today's world. A heartwarming read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book reminds all of us to rediscover the simple faith of children. It is delightful, assuring and encouraging. It recaptures the heart we all had once. I am determined to have it again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hearing God's voice in a noisy world isn't always easy. When cynicism threatens to drown my hope, I hear God's whisper when I eavesdrop on the prayers of children like my own seven-year-old daughter. I can hear her praying like the children in this book. Ashtyn, age six, reminds me that 'No matter how bad life tastes, prayer makes it sweeter.' Kyle, age nine, gives me hope and reminds me 'The best thing about the future is, God comes with it.' Molly asks God to make her heart sparkle. Paige knows she can count on God. And one father reminds us all of what's important. In part three, 'When I Grow Up', Holmes almost apologized for including Robert Benson's story about his son Geoffrey. Indeed, the story doesn't include a child's prayer, but it's one of my favorites. This story and the others Holmes compiled do more than inspire childlike faith. This is a book we can share. The stories remind us that God hears our prayers, not because we know the right words to say, but because we don't.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whispering in God's Ear is not just a compilation of stories by famous and not so famous writers, it is so much more. It is a warm and embracing journey into what it means to have faith like a child and the journey to this discovery is led by a master storyteller. At the beginning of the each section, Mr. Holmes reveals personal anecdotes about his own desires to love like a child and in doing so he becomes a warm and embracing guide on comforting challenge to rediscover the simplicity of childlike faith. To me this was the best part of the book. There are stories in here that will make you laugh, cry, and tingle, as you rediscover yours or your child's first prayers. This would make a great gift for teachers, especially Sunday School teachers, but also for boomer-aged grandparents who now have the time to rediscover the joys they missed with their own children. Of course, parents of any age will connect with these stories. This book is comfort food at it's best--it will fill you up when you're hungry or you can slowly savor the taste.