Item description for Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God by Dallas Willard...
Overview "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 classic, originally published as In Search of Guidance, the author provides 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.
Publishers Description "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 classic, originally published as In Search of Guidance, the author provides 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.
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Studio: IVP Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.53" Width: 5.18" Height: 0.65" Weight: 0.62 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 1999
Publisher IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN 0830822267 ISBN13 9780830822263
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More About Dallas Willard
Dallas Albert Willard was born in Buffalo, Missouri, USA, September 4, 1935. He married Jane Lakes of Macon, Georgia, in 1955. They live in Southern California, where Jane is a Marriage and Family Therapist. They have two children, John and Becky (married to Bill Heatley), and a granddaughter, Larissa
DALLAS WILLARD is a Professor in the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He has taught at USC since 1965, where he was Director of the School of Philosophy from 1982-1985. He has also taught at the University of Wisconsin (Madison, 1960-1965), and has held visiting appointments at UCLA (1969) and the University of Colorado (1984).
His undergraduate studies were at William Jewell College, Tennessee Temple College (B.A., 1956, Psychology) and Baylor University (B.A., 1957, Philosophy and Religion); and his Graduate education was at Baylor University and the University of Wisconsin (Ph. D., 1964: Major in Philosophy, Minor in the History of Science).
His philosophical publications are mainly in the areas of epistemology, the philosophy of mind and of logic, and on the philosophy of Edmund Husserl, including extensive translations of Husserl's early writings from German into English. His English translation and edition of Edmund Husserl's Philosophy of Arithmetic was released in September, 2003. His Logic and the Objectivity of Knowledge, a study of Husserl's early philosophy, appeared in 1984, and his Early Writings in the Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics (1993) makes available to the English reader nearly all of the shorter philosophical works that Husserl produced on the way to the phenomenological breakthrough recorded in his Logical Investigations of 1900-1901.
He also lectures and publishes in religion. His most recent book, Knowing Christ Today, was published in May 2009. The Great Omission, which was published in 2006, received a Christianity Today annual Book Award in the Christian Living category in 2007. Renovation of the Heart was published in May 2002, and received Christianity Today's 2003 Book Award in the category of Spirituality. The Divine Conspiracy was released in 1998 and selected Christianity Today's "Book of the Year" for 1999. The Spirit of the Disciplines appeared in 1988, and Hearing God (1999) first appeared as In Search of Guidance in 1984 (2nd edition in 1993).
Dallas Willard lived in Chatsworth, in the state of California. Dallas Willard was born in 1935 and died in 2013.
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You Don't Need Ears to Hear God Feb 20, 2007
Renowned author Dallas Willard explains in nine chapters and an epilogue how it is possible for us to hear God, or, more specfically, how to develop a "conversational relationship with God." An essential element in developing that relationship is to "live in the will of God." In other words, we WON'T hear God if we approach his guidance just to make sure we are right or to make sure we will gain personal favor.
Willard also explains in his book that one of the primary reasons he wrote it was to help us distinguish between those who truly hear God's word versus those who may claim they are being guided by God, but who may be led by their own ambition. Even our so-called religious leaders are subject to such misdirection, and particularly valuable aspects of this book show readers how we might recognize the voice of God actually "talking" to us in contrast to our simply wishing we were conversing with God or imagining the same.
The key criteria for figuring out what God might be telling us are the "three lights." Willard explains that in determining what God's will for us might be, we need to compare what we think we hear from God to see if that message fits the circumstances of our lives, fits the promptings of the inner spirit, and is consistent with holy scripture. Willard provides readers a clear exposition of these lights and then goes on to describe, equally as clearly, the qualities of God's voice. One of those qualities is that God will not converse with us in ambiguous or vague language. Instead, he will tell us clearly what he intends. We won't need to guess at his intent or his message.
One of the most common ways God communicates with us is through an inner voice. It is a "voice" that we don't necessarily need ears with which to hear it, yet we need to remain still, to pay attention, to be patient, to be humble, and above all, we need to live a life of faith in God and committed to living in relationship with him.
Hearing God Feb 2, 2007
I likes this book very much. I will look for more work done by this author.
Willard hits, yet another homerun geared towards drawing you into God's presence Jan 29, 2007
When it comes to challenging and equipping a reader to actually contemplate their faith while enabling him or her to genuinely pursue the presence of God, there may not be a better contemporary theologian than Dallas Willard.
This book accomplishes what very few books ever do: get you to interact with God...every day, or at least it can, if the reader is willing to apply some of Willard's ideas and change his or her mindset when it comes to how we interact with God.
Though not as life-altering or innovative as "The Divine Conspiracy" or "The Great Omission," this book still belongs on the shelf of the follower who wants a guide to better interract with God genuinely.
Along with J.G. Marking's, "A Voice Is Calling" and Richard Foster's "Celebration of Discipline," no other book draws you into a more intimate, vivacious conversation with God.
Practical Mysticism Jan 24, 2007
I wish someone had given me this book ten years ago. I've asked many times how I might be able to hear God speaking directly to me, and I never thought there could be a practical approach to the issue.
Willard begins by dispelling images of the God-human relationship that make humans to be nothing but marionettes or drones in God's service, not unlike the Stepford Wives. Instead, he invites us to believe the Bible stories in which God directly addresses individuals. We can believe confidently that God would speak to us that way, God does, God can, and God should.
There are many ways through which God speaks, but the preferred method is the still, small inner voice (p. 89). We should not subscribe to "Bible Deism" (p. 107) and assume the Bible alone is the only way that God speaks. God also speaks in phenomena, angels, dreams, audible voices, and other human voices (p. 91).
When the word of God is planted in us, it washes through us and replaces all of the false ideas and confusions with truth (p. 152). Christ then lives in us and we are able to pray the Scriptures in order to meet him. As we read, we should follow this pattern: reading for information, longing for it to be son, affirming that it must be so, invoking God to make it so, and appropriating that it is so (p. 164).
As we begin to discern the still, small voice within us, there are three things that will confirm the message: circumstances, impressions of the Spirit, and passages of Scriptures. Usually the three will confirm the message simultaneously. The voice will be calm and confident. It will not contradict Scripture. The more we listen, the more familiar it will become. Willard recommends spending an hour after praying for God's word doing something that requires attention but allows one's mind to wander, like gardening (p. 199). A general attitude of listening makes him open to what God wants to say.
Finally, there are summary steps to follow in hearing God (p. 213-5). 1. We are born again and seek to know how life should be morally lived. 2. We seek to live in service. 3. We meditate on the Scriptures. 4. We are alert to the events of our own lives. 5. We address the issues of our lives directly to God. 6. We listen to God. 7. If we do not hear from God, seek to clear obstructions from our lives, ask the counsel of two other wise Christians, and then act on what seems most reliable.
Willard's book is a practicum in mysticism. It is the question that every theist longs to ask and usually does not feel entitled to or doesn't feel capable of answering. This is an open door to contact with the divine, and yet it is simple and accessible. This should be standard seminary reading.
Valuable guidance for "hearing God" Nov 11, 2006
A well-written and encouraging guide for people struggling with "hearing God." Willard's main point is that obtaining divine guidance is only one facet of hearing God, which in turn should be understood as but one dimension of a richly interactive, conversational relationship with God. This leaves a lot of room for our own initiative and free will, while living a life in the will of God. A minor drawback of the book is that Willard focuses on the individual's personal relationship with God, to the exclusion of his/her relationship with church and community. Also, his suggestion in chapter 5 that "the still, small voice" is God's preferred mode of communication with humans is unnecessarily judgmental: God's communication can take many forms, appropriate to each person's personality and culture.