Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God, By Dallas Willard alt

Hearing God

Developing a Conversational Relationship with God

by Dallas Willard
Foreword by James Bryan Smith

Hearing God
  • Length: 312 pages
  • Published: April 23, 2024
  • Imprint: IVP Formatio
  • Item Code: 4869
  • ISBN: 9780830848690

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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. But how do we hear God's 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 bestselling 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 beloved classic, 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.

Hearing God is now available as part of the IVP Signature Collection, which features special editions of iconic books in celebration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of InterVarsity Press. A new companion Bible study guide with contributions from Jan Johnson is also available.

"I have loved this book since it was first published under its original title, In Search of Guidance (my old, marked-up copy is still a cherished possession), and then I fell in love with it again when it was brought out under its current title. There is no one more sane, more well-reasoned, more deeply spiritual and biblically grounded than Dallas Willard in his careful, nuanced treatment of how we can develop an intimate, conversational relationship with God—one that actually includes hearing from God for ourselves. Hearing God is truly a classic that stands tall in the crowded field of discernment literature!"

Ruth Haley Barton, founder of the Transforming Center and author of Invitation to Solitude and Silence

"This is simply the best book I've ever found on hearing God's voice. It does it all—with nuance, grace, intelligence, and spirit. Few things matter more to an apprentice of Jesus than learning to discern God's voice. Few books come close to being as helpful as this one."

John Mark Comer, author of The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry

"What Dallas Willard promises in this book is astounding. He believes that it is possible for normal human beings to live their lives in a continuous and transforming friendship with the Trinity. And as you read, you realize why he believes this. He is writing from lived experience. He is describing his personal, ongoing conversation, communion and consummation (or union) with God. But he lets you know, there is a catch. If you want to hear 'the flutes' it helps to be sitting in the front row, very close to the conductor."

Gary W. Moon, founding executive director of the Martin Institute and Dallas Willard Center, Westmont College, and author of Becoming Dallas Willard

"Hearing God is still the gold standard in learning to recognize God's voice in our everyday lives. It offers wise, thoughtful and grounded guidelines for discernment, while acknowledging that God still speaks to each of us today. Over the decades, I have not recommended another book on hearing God more."

James Choung, author of Real Life: A Christianity Worth Living Out

"The best book on divine guidance I have ever read. I recommend it highly."

Richard Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline

"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."

Ted W. Engstrom, president emeritus, World Vision


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?
3. Never Alone
How is God with us?
4. Our Communicating Cosmos
Does God really talk to people?
5. The Still, Small Voice and Its Rivals
How has God spoken to people before?
6. The Word of God and the Rule of God
What part does God's Word have in everyday reality?
7. Redemption Through the Word of God
How does hearing God lead to character transformation?
8. Recognizing the Voice of God
How do we know we are hearing God and not our own voices?
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
Scripture Index


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Dallas Willard

Dallas Willard (1935–2013) was a renowned teacher, an acclaimed writer and one of our most brilliant Christian thinkers. He was as celebrated for his enduring writings on spiritual formation as he was for his scholarship, with a profound influence in the way he humbly mentored so many of today's leaders in the Christian faith. His books include The Divine Conspiracy (a Christianity Today Book of the Year), The Spirit of the Disciplines, Hearing God, Renovation of the Heart, and others.