God Talk
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God Talk

Cautions for Those Who Hear God's Voice

by Ruth A. Tucker

God Talk
paperback
  • Length: 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: January 05, 2006
  •  Out of Print
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-3331-3
  • Item Code: 3331
  • Case Quantity: 48

Does God speak?

The answer seems clear. Books abound on the topic of hearing God's voice. And many believers testify to God's conversational guidance in their life: "God told me to help you." "I knew it was God speaking to me."

Our culture reinforces the idea that speaking--constant speaking--is good and natural and essential. In those rare moments during a day when talking ceases or when we're alone, we quickly find some way to fill the void, whether turning on the television or radio, or calling someone on the phone. With others, and especially with God, we get the message: speaking is good, silence is bad.

But still, Ruth Tucker is not afraid to ask the question, "Does God speak?" And her answer might surprise you. She urges caution in speaking about hearing God, pointing out that our privatized spirituality often sets those who hear God on a pedestal and leaves those who don't feeling spiritually inferior. Further, she shows how the expectation of conversation may too easily humanize God in our minds, causing us to approach God with the same attitude we have when we call a friend on the phone. And if God does speak, how can we be sure our own desires are not affecting our interpretation of God's voice?

In God Talk Tucker offers us a new paradigm for viewing silence and prayer. Rather than feeling inferior when we don't hear God speak, she helps us lean more deeply on his silent, Spirit-inspired Word. By examining the Trinity, Tucker gives us a new glimpse of how God the Father spoke his words in the past, how Christ the Incarnate Word lived among us, and how the Holy Spirit speaks to us now through Scripture. Here is a probing, thought-provoking read on how our present, active, powerful God relates to us and how we, in turn, should relate to God.

This book stands against the tide of popular-selling Christian books saying that you can hear God's voice in "three easy steps." . . . Tucker says that in the mystery of God's silence is a safe place to be . . . She warns that the fabrication of conversation or embellishment of conversations with God is a serious offense. Even in the silence, God is there.

John R. Miller, Pneuma Review, Spring 2007

As you might imagine, this "controversial" book "celebrating the silence of God" is swimming against the evangelical stream in which Dr. Tucker has spent most of her illustrious career . . . This book, in particular, is worthy of a wider audience.

DallasNews.com, April 21, 2006 (online)

"[A] very personal book--essentially a thoughtful interior conversation. . . In affirming God's silence, [Tucker] acknowledges the mystery of faith and belief."

Booklist, January 1 15, 2006
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CONTENTS

Introduction
1. Heaven's Megaphone: God Speaks in the Public Square
2. Mixed Messages: The Varied Voices of God Through the Ages
3. Knowing the Mind of God: Apologetics with All the Answers
4. Sola Scriptura: The Silent Word of God
5. The "Call": A Treasure Hunt for Finding God's Will
6. The Rules of Listening: Twelve Steps to Hearing God's Voice
7. The Prayer Closet: God in Silent Conversation
8. God in the Hands of an Angry Sinner: Silence and the Fairness Issue
9. "Silent Night, Holy Night": The Incarnation and the Silence of God
10. "This is My Father's World": God Beyond the Beyond
Epilogue
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index

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Ruth A. Tucker was professor of missions at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, and before that taught for seventeen years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. She is the author of seventeen books, including From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya, Another Gospel, Women in the Maze, and Walking Away from Faith.

BY Ruth A. Tucker

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