My description of this book would read "A humble author writing to women everywhere with simple advice on how to listen to the Lord." This book is a must read for all Christian women. The advice is simple and in no way condemning or negative. I gave this book 5/5 stars. I enjoyed reading the book and learned from its pages. I would recommend this book as a great Bible study book and excellent for personal devotions. I would also say that if you are looking for a book that will direct you to the Lord and that gives easy to follow advice on how to grow spiritually, this is the book!
I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
I did not enjoy this book. It was not horrible, but it was not interesting enough to catch my attention. I skimmed through most of it.
This book seemed to be mainly written for women who are or have faced hard times. Not that someone who was going through good times could not enjoy or learn from this book, but its main audience seemed to be women going through difficult times.
This book was mainly about how God has helped people in the Bible, and how that relates to us. The book also had examples from the author's own life.
On the whole, I don't think I would recommend this book. It just was not the type of book I enjoy.
Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for a free e-book copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
This book would be great as a personal or group study. Each of the 15 chapters contains a story from the Bible as well as McCoy's personal reflections. She helps the reader to see that God is in difficult situations even when we are crying out, "God, where are you?" Questions for reflection and group discussion at the end of each chapter allow the reader(s) to explore their own lives and share common experiences.
While my own personal theology varies slightly from McCoy's (I am not as quick to attribute bad things to Satan or sin), I found her examples compelling. Part 1, titled "Wrestling with God," recounts the stories of Moses, Jacob and Abraham and how God's promises were revealed to them and later fulfilled. She points out that God does not usually communicate with us audibly but through his word, and that by reading his word we can know his will. He also communicates with us through other people, through praise and worship, and, occasionally through visions and/or dreams. Part 2 is aptly titled, "Where Was God When_?" and tells the stories of Joseph in the pit, Hezekiah the King, and the Disciples in the Boat. Whenever crises strike, believers often question where God is. The answer, according to McCoy, is, "Right there with you - in the pit or in the boat." In Part 3, titled "Let God Define Good," she distinguishes between "hope-so and know-so faith" and urges readers to understand that "God Is Bigger Than This" and to "Let God Define Good."
Part 4, with 3 chapters, includes McCoy's personal story, and a chapter that resonated with me: "Great Expectations." How do we deal with unmet expectations: by becoming victims, sinking into despair, becoming narcissistic, isolating ourselves from others, or by losing faith? My own dark time led to all of these reactions and it took me years to find my way out of the morass into the light of God again. I wish I had had McCoy's book instead of some of the secular self-help books I tried to find comfort in.
McCoy is a fluent writer with a well-organized and readable style. Her knowledge of the Bible is apparent and her examples are well chosen. As a student of the Bible, I found new insights in her stories - particularly the story of Jacob and Esau and of the disciples in the storm, and found validation of my own observation that God uses flawed humans to accomplish his purposes. Finally, the three appendices offer straightforward advice and prompts for telling one's own story and for listening to others tell their stories.
I recommend this book for a women's study group.
I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review
I really felt that Leighann McCoy did an amazing job sharing biblical truths and keeping the story personal. As a Christian that loves reading the nlt translation i greatly appreciated Leighann's paraphrases of the stories. I felt the way she explained each situation made me feel like i was there with each character. I found myself highlighting so many parts of this book, in anticipation of reading it again and seeing how God used those portions to further my faith. I will cherish this book for a long time and continue to find myself referencing it often.
God doesn't always speak the way we would like. Do you imagine if you could hear God speak audibly you would get all of your questions answered? God speaks to us in many different ways. Through the Scriptures. Through our circumstances. Through other people. And many more. He doesn't speak the same way to everyone. He knows just how to speak so we will hear Him, that is, if we are listening and paying attention.
Leighann McCoy knows about struggle. She knows it can be difficult to hear God when struggles are drowning out His voice. But she also knows that God loves you and speaks to you where you are. In "A Woman's Guide to Hearing God's Voice," she uses examples of biblical men and women with a unique perspective. I enjoyed reading her quips and thoughts about how God spoke to Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Hezekiah. Each chapter ends with a treasure chest containing personal reflections and discussion questions that will help you hear what God is saying to you.
I particularly liked McCoy's re-telling of Jacob wrestling with God. She invites us to wrestle with God for the answers we need in our life. We may not always receive what we want, but we will always get what we need.
If you want to know how to hear and respond to God's voice, what to do when God's promises don't line up with your reality and how God uses your struggles to reveal more of His power and love, then McCoy's book will provide the answers you seek.
"A Woman's Guide to Hearing God's Voice" is a great book for group discussion or personal use.
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