Outlines for readers ways to hear and comprehend the voice of God, explaining how to listen and respond in obedience while considering God's unique and personal methods for communicating in ways that are consistent with biblical teachings.Publishers Description
Based on classic Experiencing God principles, Hearing God's Voice is for those who are ready to listen. Beloved author Henry Blackaby and his son Richard help those who are listening to discern the voice of God, to identify ways He speaks, and to respond to His revelations of His will. God speaks to individuals in ways that are personal and unique to each person. God will never say anything that contravenes what He has said in the Bible, and usually He confirms what He has said. After you learn to listen to God, hearing from God will be as natural as communicating with a close friend.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.1" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.9"
Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Sep 15, 2002
Publisher Broadman And Holman
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|A book of completely wrong teachings Feb 25, 2007|
|The authors of this book, Henry and Richard Blackaby, write in a congenial manner. The book contains many personal anecdotes which are used to illustrate the principles which the authors advocate. As one would expect, there is much which is similar to what had previously appeared in "Experiencing God", since Henry Blackaby was a co-author of that book. There is no doubt that these authors desire to please God. However, their genuine devotion to God does not automatically imply that what they proclaim is valid. Sincerity and truth are two completely different issues. In reality, the entire general teachings of this book have no foundation in principles from the Bible (in spite of the fact that many passage of Scripture are given). Consequently the teachings they advocate are completely wrong.|
The authors briefly interact with the book "Decision Making and the Will of God", by Garry Friesen (p. 3-5). (I am referring to the international edition of the Blackabys' book, and I am not sure whether these page numbers which I mention agree or not with the American edition.) The authors allege that the people who hold the views presented by Friesen "... generally contend that biblical heroes such as Abraham, Moses, Peter, and Paul are not meant to serve as models for modern Christians." That allegation is totally false. To give just one example, in Friesen's book (original 1980 edition, p. 235-239), Paul's life is used as an example of steps in the decision-making process, valid and applicable for believers today. Later the authors claim that this decision-making approach is based upon the assumption that "God is too busy managing a vast universe to bother with the personal lives of billions of people and their comparatively minor issues; ..." (p. 4). Of course, the authors never give a specific instance of any person making such a claim. This absurd allegation would be utterly silly except for the fact that they are serious. Subsequently, they misrepresent Friesen's teaching about the reliability of human reasoning processes. They do correctly quote Friesen (p. 5) as saying, "Most of the time, our five senses are reliable interpreters of reality, for God designed them to be trustworthy." However, they conspicuously neglect to quote his very next sentence: "But whenever there is a conflict between one's own perception of reality and what God says is true, the wise believer trusts God's Word (cf. 2 Kings 6:15-17.)" (These quotes are from p. 248 in Friesen's book, original edition.) The authors then quote Isaiah 55:8-9 in a (false) attempt to refute what Friesen had said. These three examples are classic illustrations of the logical fallacy of a "straw man", which they build up only to knock it over, and thereby give the incorrect conclusion that the teachings of someone else are wrong. The fact that these authors have completely distorted another person's teachings is one clear sign, although not the only one, that they lack an adequate foundation for the principles which they advocate.
Later, they attempt to establish a distinction between doctrine or theology vs. personal experience (p. 10-12). They ask the supposedly rhetorical question: "Why would a person choose a static theology over experiencing the living Christ?" (Notice the extremely biased way in which the question is worded.) However, the question is invalid, for doctrine and experience are not mutually exclusive. (Ironically, the previously-mentioned quotes from Friesen's book are contained in a chapter entitled "Guidance Is Personal".)
It is very important to note that the entire book is permeated with the fallacy of using the words "speaks" or "speaking" in several different and/or ambiguous ways, some of which are mutually contradictory. The essence of what these authors advocate is that God "speaks" in inaudible voice via means of inner impressions and/or subjective feelings. This is essential to remember, especially as the authors list various ways in which God "speaks" in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. They give summary lists of these 24 Old Testament and 16 New Testament ways (p. 31-32, 38). What is most significant about these lists is what is conspicuously absent. There is no mention of any Scriptural account in which God "spoke" via an inner impression. In other words, what the authors advocate, throughout their entire book, is not found anywhere in the Bible. If the authors' lists are exhaustive (as apparently they attempted to make them), then, ironically, they have proven that their meaning of God "speaking" is completely unbiblical.
In concluding their section on how God "speaks" in the Old Testament, they give a category heading of "various unspecified ways", and list eight quotations, followed by these questions: "Were these instances referring to an audible voice? Were they dreams? Were they visions?" A careful study of these Bible verses clearly indicates that the answer to their first question is "yes", while the answer to the other two questions is "no". They further claim, "We are not told specifically how God spoke, ..." However, the direct inference is that God spoke in an audible voice, using a known language. God never spoke in an inaudible voice.
Personal feelings and inner impressions certainly are a part of each person's life, but they do NOT constitute communication from God to individual people.
There is no need to comment on anything from chapters 3-12. There is no legitimate foundation for the teachings which these authors advocate. Consequently, everything which follows is invalid. Yes, these authors are sincere in what they advocate, but they are sincerely wrong.
|Excellent treatment on hearing God's voice May 12, 2005|
|This book has been so helpful to me and to many of my friends. Henry and Richard Blackaby have done a marvelous job of describing how God speaks in the O.T. and how He speaks in the N.T. through His Word, through the Holy Spirit, through other people, and circumstances. They intersperse helpful anecdotes, conversion stories and personal illustrations from their lives throughout the book as well. |
To me, the most helpful chapters were the ones dealing with how the Holy Spirit works and speaks, how to meditate on God's Word and how God speaks through His Word, how to respond to God's voice, and the helpful questions and answers.
Here is a list of the table of contents in this book:
1. The Question: Does God Speak to People Today?
2. For the Record: God Speaks
3. God Speaks: His Way
4. The Holy Spirit: God's Presence in Our Lives
5. The Bible: God's Word
6. Prayer: What It Is and What It Isn't
7. Circumstances: A Time for God to Speak
8. God Speaks to People through People
9. Lies and Half-Truths
10. A Historical Review
11. Learning to Respond to God's Voice
12. Questions Often Asked
About the Authors
Henry Blackaby Ministries
I've bought and given this book to many of my friends. They've all told me that they were helped tremendously by this book. Highly recommended!!
|I learned so much from this book May 2, 2005|
|Henry and Richard present a very Scriptural, balanced approach to this subject. This book helps us develop the kind of relationship with God where we know, recognize, and respond to His voice. While it's not some mystical, super-spiritual stuff, it does take time as we develop that kind of walk with God.|
Whether you don't feel you know God at all, or just want to know Him better, this book is for you.
|Great Feb 6, 2003|
|I thought that this book was worth buying, I got a lot out of it. This book is about having a better relationship with God by learning to hear his voice, finding and following His will. It's a good book for new Christians and mature ones. They also ask the question if God talks to people today and if God has a will for every Christian's life, they present both arguments and give you their take, which I agree and that is that yes God has a will for your life. It talks about how to tell if something is from God or the devil. It also covers how God used to talk to people in the past as well as the present. I found the book easy to read, informative and helpful. I really think that the authors covered a lot of stuff and that they did their research.|
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