Item description for Listening Prayer: Learning to Hear God's Voice and Keep a Prayer Journal (Hamewith Books) by Leanne Payne...
Overview In an age of noise, confusion, and hurry, we often don't hear the voice of God. But listening prayer can add a new dimension to the way one's soul comprehends the great disciplines.It's perfectly amazing how God not only answers prayer, but how our very mode of praying has the power to change our lives," says Leanne Payne. Over twenty thousand readers have already learned how to improve their prayer life through Listening Prayer. Now available in paperback, this book explores the roadblocks that keep us from hearing God's healing word and sets forth a road map for conducting listening prayer. Drawing on years of experience through her ministry of personal healing, Payne gives helpful instructions on how to begin a prayer journal. This book is intended to be practical and easy to use, writes the author. My hope is that it will quickly usher you into a fuller prayer life.
Publishers Description This book explores the roadblocks that keep us from hearing God's healing word and sets forth a road map for conducting listening prayer. Payne gives helpful instructions on how to begin a prayer journal. This book is intended to be practical and easy to use and will show readers how they can experience a fuller, more meaningful prayer life by learning how to listen to God.
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Studio: Baker Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.69" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 1999
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
Series Hamewith Books
ISBN 080105916X ISBN13 9780801059162
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More About Leanne Payne
Leanne Payne was founder and president of Pastoral Care Ministries and the author of many articles and books, including Real Presence, Restoring the Christian Soul, and Listening Prayer.
Reviews - What do customers think about Listening Prayer: Learning to Hear God's Voice and Keep a Prayer Journal?
Some Good, Some Bad But Balance It With Scripture! Nov 12, 2005
I enjoy the two themes that Payne sets out to write about in her book LISTENING PRAYER. For one, I am an avid journal keeper. I don't keep a diary but a spiritual journal (much like Jim Elliott's journal or that of John Wesley) and then I enjoy prayer. Payne has written this book to help believers enjoy prayer and then keeping a journal to help them see the hand of God in their lives. For this she is to be commended.
The positives of Payne's book are three fold. First, I appreciated Payne's desire to see the church seeking God in prayer. As the hymn says, "Oh what peace we often forfeit; oh what needless pains we bare all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer." Scripture teaches us to pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17), to pray and not give up (Luke 18:1) and "in everything by prayer" (Philippians 4:6). James 5:16 reminds us that "the effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much." Secondly, I appreciated Payne's desire to see believers responding to God's unseen hand in their lives by keeping a journal. Too often we pray but fail to see the providential hand of God in our lives. Thirdly, I enjoyed Payne's honesty and her heart to be a woman of prayer. And fourthly, I appreciated how Payne tried to keep the reader focused on being a person of balance (prayer and obedience).
The negatives of this book are two fold. First, I felt that Payne placed a bit too much emphasis on "hearing God's voice" without showing us how to do so. I believe that we need to heed God's voice in Scripture (Hebrews 1:1-3). I believe (as does Payne) that the Bible is God's final Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17). If Christians would only seek God's voice in Scripture then we wouldn't have every denomination, movement, and prophetic utterances running around trying to be God's voice. The canon of Scripture is closed (Rev. 22:18-19) and we need not seek God's voice outside of the Bible. Too many charismatics have brought harm either to themselves or the church by claiming to speak for God.
Secondly, the mystical side of the book also brought me problems. I understand that Ms. Payne is a charismatic but other charismatics have brought balance to their books on prayer (see Jim Cymbala's FRESH WIND, FRESH FIRE). In this work, Payne seemed to go too far in her mystical pursuit of God. No where in the Bible are told to seek God's presence. What is God's presence is also a good question? Feeelings, goose bumps, speaking in tongues? No-one knows. We are told to seek God (Isaish 55:6). Getting alone with God is biblical (Matthew 6:5-9) but seeking a mystical union with Him is not.
In conclusion, I thought this book was decent. Despite some problems I had with the book, I would encourage others to read it and make your own biblical opinions. That is why I urge you through my title to balance out Payne's work and all others with the Word of God.
rather academic Aug 13, 2005
Leanne Payne talks about how there is a split between the head and heart, but her entire approach is rather cereberal. I felt like it was a text book for graduate level treatise of all the other primary sources she kept quoting and analyzing.
Balanced and helpful Aug 12, 2000
I have been using a prayer journal based on Payne's model for nearly a year and have seen her ideas move me towards greater intimacy with Christ. Other volumes she's written are more complex, but this is quite readable. Her emphasis is always to look straight to Christ, not to a method.
A Book Addressing the Realities of Listening Prayer Jul 24, 1999
This book was one of the most nurturing I have found on the subject of prayer. Leanne Payne, unlike many other authors coming coming from a Charismatic background, emphasizes the fact that prayer and a relationship with Christ is simple persistence, and work. While other authors say this with their words, I saw this "persistence and work" theme emphasized over, and over. Her book erased any thought of a "quick and easy" relationship; her emphasis centers on Christ, and Christ alone.
My only criticism is my desire, even need, to have more examples. I appreciated her narrative, and her use of Scriptural authority. However, real life examples, woven into the text, would have been helpful. She gave some examples (especially in her chapter in Chapter 12 on "How God Speaks to His Children"), but more would have been helpful to place her discussion into a context. Also, she was extremely circumspect in detailing one of her own experiences; after reading it, I did not know what she was trying to express, or what, precisely, occurred.
This criticism is the only reason for my four-star rating. If I could, I would give a "4.5" or a "4.6." This book is one to be read several times, and I highly recommend it.
A must for any believer desiring a deeper walk with Jesus Jul 22, 1999
In Listening Prayer, as in all of Leanne Payne's books, there is a central theme -- that as believers we need to practice the presence of God. Leanne continually points the reader to the cross and the necessity to rely more on Him and less on ourselves. One cannot read a book by Leanne and not have their life changed.