Book Review:The Power of a Whisper by Bill Hybels

The Power of  Whisper: Hearing God, Having the Guts to Respond by Bill Hybels offers some good thoughts on hearing God speak in your life. I found this book to be easy to read and relate to and I couldn't put it down until I was done. I know there are times, without a doubt, that God has been speaking in my life and this book gave confirmation that I am on the right path.

Hybels shared stories from his own life and others about how God has spoke to them and used them as a result. He begins with learning that God could speek to little boys through his Christian school teacher as she shared a Bible story from Samuel and a related poem that Hybels memorized. As the book continues, Hybels explains how to know if it is God speaking to you and ways God does speak to each of us. The stories he shared inspired me to turn my ear to God and really listen for what God would have me to do next.

What do you do if you don't think God is speaking to you? Hybels offers solid advice on how to listen and how to proceed if you aren't hearing from Him.

One of the biggest things I realize as I grow older, is that I need some time away from people to hear God. Hybels says on page 95, "Time and again, the Scriptures tell us to be still. 'Be Still and know that I am God. . . .,'Psalm 46:10 encourages. Reduce your speed. Stop mutitasking. Lower the ambient noise of your life--and then listen for God to speak." I would encourage anyone to read this book, read your Bible, and then spend time with God listening to what he would have you to do each day. It is easier said than done in our busy society with noise coming from everywhere but I try to start my day this way.

In the interest of full disclosure, I did not get this book free from the publisher. I picked it up because I was interested in the subject matter.


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