Item description for Hearing God's Voice by Henry and Richard Blackaby...
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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Format: Abridged, Audiobook
Studio: Brilliance Audio Lib Ed
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.28" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.76" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Binding Audio Cassette
Release Date Nov 30, 2002
Publisher Brilliance Audio Lib Ed
ISBN 1590866886 ISBN13 9781590866887
Reviews - What do customers think about Hearing God's Voice?
Hearing God's Voice Feb 29, 2008
If you don't believe God speaks to people today, then you are denying the truth of the risen and living Lord. If you don't believe God speaks to people today, then your spiritual life is flat and one sided. You speak to God, but you hear nothing back. This book is for you. After reading this book with an open mind and heart, you will come to conclusion that God is a living spirit who wants a personal living relationship with His children. The book will guide you through biblical scriptures that gives insights, evidence, and truths that God speaks to His children. If you are a Christian and you don't have a personal relationship with God, this book tells you how God speaks and answers many related questions. A must read. A retired Army Chaplain.
A Personal Favourite Feb 14, 2008
It was with interest that I read the reviews here and I thought I would add my comments about "Hearing God's Voice" by the Blackaby fellows. I had already glanced at their other books, but this is the only one that I have sat down and read. As I didn't sit down and check every Bible reference used in the book, I will only say this in response to the charge of being "unbiblical": I did not notice anything overly worrying.
There were, however, a number of points in which I found this book a blessing in many respects. First and foremost was the authors' firm placement of prayer on God's terms. They emphasise the need to show the appropriate respect and awe when faced with the Lord Almighty, and not treat Him as some sounding board for own personal woes and problems. While they do not denigrate the need to pray for our worries, they are very firm in upholding prayer as God's deal and agenda, not ours. The primacy placed with God's agenda and what God wants to say to us is something of a refreshing element in this book.
In addition, they place great importance on maintaining a tight reign on sin and relationships. As a main obstacle to hearing from God, sin and broken relationships figure prominently in the Blackaby's dealing with this subject. If one does not hear from God, then the authors suggest that it is cause for some serious self-reflection. Righteousness is very much a priority here.
A third point is the prominence given to the Bible in all dealings with God. This might sound a bit like saying the sky is blue,(completely obvious), but it struck me quite deeply. The authors maintain that the Holy Spirit will never say anything in contradiction to the Bible, and they maintain the Bible's primacy in all things. They also emphasise that any message from God will not change the Biblical revelation, but apply it to one's personal situation.
I found "Hearing God's Voice" to be a revolutionary impact on my own spiritual walk with Jesus, and I am still amazed at how much I am getting from it. I have been reading the Bible more and getting much more out of my prayer times. Overall, I have to say that I am firmly in the pro-Blackaby camp on this one. This has been one of the best books I have bought. Criticisms from other reviewers do bear consideration, but I reiterate that I did not notice anything disturbing about the author's approach to the subject.
Great book! Aug 23, 2007
I highly recommend purchasing and reading "Hearing God's Voice". The book is informative, instructive and grounded in the truth of Biblical scripture. It is one of the best books I have read in a long time.
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:
Ch. 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 Notes Scripture Index 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!!