"God spoke to me."
"The Spirit spoke to my heart."
"God revealed the idea to me."
Being close to God means communicating with him--telling him what is on our hearts in prayer and hearing and understanding what he is saying to us. It is this second half of our conversation with God that is so important but that can also be so difficult. How do we hear his voice? How can we be sure that what we think we hear is not our own subconscious? What role does the Bible play? What if what God says to us is not clear?
The key, says best-selling author Dallas Willard, is to focus not so much on individual actions and decisions as on building our personal relationship with our Creator. In this updated and expanded edition of Willard's beloved book, originally published as In Search of Guidance, you'll gain rich spiritual insight into how we can hear God's voice clearly and develop an intimate partnership with him in the work of his kingdom. Including new material from Dallas Willard's teaching at the Renovaré Institute and reformatted to be even easier to read, this classic continues to endure as one of today's best resources for learning to listen closely to God.
"The beauty of this book is the way it exposes the reader to hearing God through obedience to him. . . . You may need, as I did, to read and read it again, but it is well worth it."
"In this volume he lays out a needed and balanced view of a God who not only listens to his children but speaks to them as well. The problem is not that God is voiceless but that we simply do not listen to his voice and that is because we don't know how to listen."
"Few books have challenged me like this one. I would urge every serious-minded Christian to read it . . . at your own risk."
"The best book on divine guidance I have ever read. I recommend it highly."
"Willard wonderfully encourages us to listen for God's voice, and then to respond and obey. This is a book of great encouragement and helpful insights into the arena of God's direction in our daily living."
Foreword by James Bryan Smith
A Word from the Author
1. A Paradox About Hearing God
Why do people say they hear God but so few can explain it?
2. Guidelines for Hearing from God
What are some common misunderstandings?
Hearing God in Scripture: 1 Kings 19:2-18
3. Never Alone
How is God with us?
4. Our Communicating Cosmos
Does God really talk to people?
Hearing God in Scripture: 2 Kings 6:11-17
5. The Still, Small Voice and Its Rivals
How has God spoken to people before?
Hearing God in Scripture: Proverbs 20:27; 1 Corinthians 2:9-13, 15-16
6. The Word of God and the Rule of God
What part does God's Word have in everyday reality?
Hearing God in Scripture: Psalm 19:1-6; 119:89-91
7. Redemption Through the Word of God
How does hearing God lead to character transformation?
Hearing God in Scripture: Romans 5:10-11; 6:4, 8-11
8. Recognizing the Voice of God
How do we know we are hearing God and not our own voices?
Hearing God in Scripture: 1 Chronicles 14:8-17
9. A Life More Than Guidance
How do we learn to listen to God?
Epilogue: The Way of the Burning Heart
Appendix: Key Questions and Answers