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by Bill Hybels

God still speaks, is anyone listening? Join bestselling author and pastor Bill Hybels in this four-session video-based study where your group will learn to navigate life through whispers from God. Through this dynamic teaching and group study, you will learn to practice hearing from God, surrender to the voice of God, obey his promptings, and become a more effective kingdom-builder. Use with the Power of a Whisper Participant's Guide to help facilitate group discussion and further study. For more information go to:
Download The Power of a Whisper: Hearing God, Having the Guts to Respond epub
ISBN: 0310329477
ISBN13: 978-0310329473
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Author: Bill Hybels
Language: English
Publisher: Zondervan (2010)
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Let me begin by saying that I am a pastor with evangelical roots, who grew up in a fairly traditional Baptist home. Through the years, I have developed many friendships across the spectrum of the Christian faith and have read widely across that same wide body of Christianity. It comes as no surprise to read the writings of those whose roots are Pentecostal and/or Charismatic and hear them describing a God who speaks clearly to the hearts of His people. I respect, though, the people who have deep questions about things said from a "full Gospel" perspective and who avoid those books. Bill Hybels writes from a very clear foundation of evangelicalism, describing what it is like for him to hear "whispers" or "promptings" from God. As such, I highly recommend this book. It is filled with real life stuff and offers hope that we should all hear from God in some way.
Bill Hybels has written a very user friendly book explaining how one can listen for the voice of God. The book is centered in the Bible as any solid Christian work should be. In order to live an authentic Christian life, we must believe God speaks to us, we must learn to listen for His voice and we must be certain that His instructions are consistent with His character. When we teach this to others, we help them grow in grace and in faith.

I am an associate pastor of a church and recommended this book as reading material for our senior pastor and our deacons. Each one has a copy and we will be doing a group study together. There is a DVD and a workbook available to facilitate group study. On behalf of our group, I heartily recommend this book to you.

In the past, I've used and taught Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby, which is also an excellent study but is thirteen weeks long. The Power of a Whisper is four weeks which is friendlier as a first study for the topic of learning to discern God's voice.
I've read this book twice, and I'm going to read it again. Just want to get the fact into my head and heart that God is present everywhere I go. We run a small business in Northern Wisconsin, and had a very busy season. In working with the public day in and day out, the book helped a great deal to be concious of the presence of God, his accessibility and availability to give wisdom and guide me throughout my day. This information, however, is not new to me. I've called myself a "Christian" for many years. We were active participants at Willow Creek Community Church for eight years before we moved to Northern Wisconsin right after a church-break up in our former neighborhood Bloomingdale, Illinois. We have a deep respect for what God is doing on a daily basis at Willow Creek Community Church. With 62 years of age, I can say that there is always room to learn more and expand one's horizon. That said, I'm going to read the book again this fall, and highly recommend it.
Hilarious Kangaroo
The Power of a Whisper is the first book I read by Hybels -- and I plan to read more!

God keeps reminding me of Isaiah 55.8. God's ways and thoughts are rarely my own. I need to listen for God's promptings in my life.

I do not know where in the book the quotes are (and I'm not exactly sure how to quote something on a kindle)!

"My entire journey comes down to a series of unplanned promptings from heaven that have charted a course for my life even I never could have foreseen".

"If there is a pattern in Scripture regarding whispers, it is that we serve a communicating God - a God of words. He created with a word, he healed with a word, he encouraged with a word, he rebuked with a word, he guided with a word, he prophesied with a word, he assured with a word, he loved with a word, he served with a word and he comforted with a word. Throughout all of history, God has communicated, and he still is at it today. The issue isn't whether or not God is speaking; it's whether we will have ears to hear what he says."

"There is tremendous benefit to be gained from going slowly and systematically through the Word of God, asking him with every turn of events, `What were you up to here, God? Why did you pour favor on that woman or man?...'"

"Whenever you find yourself on the receiving end of God's prompting, be sure to obey - no matter the cost. Don't let fear or doubt rob you of one bit of what God has in store for you. Whenever you hear from God, do precisely what he asks for you to do."

I was not expecting to be so saddened by the end of this book. But when you hear about how God is working in someone's life, you find yourself not wanting their story to end. It was a good to time for me to reflect on how God's whispers have shaped my life.
I'm an avid reader of Hybels' books, so I started reading "The Power of a Whisper" from that perspective. At the beginning, I wasn't so sure this one of Bill's best. However, as I continued reading, my bias was confirmed again. The chapter about Scriptures that can and have spoken to many believers was excellent. I found myself nodding many times that I have experienced God's guidance through His Word. Bill's honest reflections and admissions about his life are legendary, and once again such honesty was powerful. The chapter about hearing God's whispers concerning two very different children is worth the price of the book. We all know that kids are different, but being sensitive to GOD'S whispers about how to respond to our children and teens is another story.

As I look back on my life, I've been aware of God's whispers into my life on several occasions. Sometimes I realized that God was whispering after the fact. I found myself wondering how my life could have been different/better if I had listened for God's whispers more intentionally, as Bill has obviously done. I had the sad feeling that I've started too late to really listen for God's whispers, but it's never too late, is it?

Read this book to its conclusion, and you'll find yourself wanting to hear from God more and knowing that He will whisper to you.