Has your relationship with God become static or formulaic? Anderson invites you to step into a risky faith and experience a fresh non-programmed way to approach God! Assuring you that God is a loving Father and not a disapproving parent, he introduces you to fundamental spiritual practices that will free you to enjoy your Creator's delight. 224 pages, softcover from Multnomah.
How will God make himself known to you?
How do we have a relationship with a God we cant see? There must be more to the Christian life than silence, and more to God than a vacant stare.
Divine Applause weaves together biblical insights and personal stories that illustrate the surprising ways God connects with us. Let Jeff Anderson show you how to use your spiritual senses to experience God.
· Sense Gods personal attention in unmistakable ways.
· Cultivate a constant awareness of Gods presence.
· Enjoy the reward of secrets between you and God.
· Take risks to break out of a status-quo life and connect more directly with God.
· Discover the intensity of Gods interest in you.
You dont have to settle for a distant walk with God. He wants you to know that He noticesand that He delights in you.
Jeff Anderson speaks and writes about relationship with God, with an approach to discipleship that combines Scripture and story. He is the author of Plastic Donuts and founder of Acceptable Gift. Jeff and his wife, Stephanie, have four children.
Praise for Divine Applause
"Gods love isnt based on our performance. But He does want us to actively engage with Him, to get His attention through prayer, devotion, and acts of service. Divine Applause offers practical guidance to help readers make that a deeper reality in their lives."
Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family
"Jeff Anderson reminds us that God doesnt just sit in the bleachers of your life. Hes paying close attention. He applauds. He gets involved."
Doug Bender, author of I Am Second
"Unlike human applause, divine applause is a receipt, not a bill. Jeff Anderson shows us how to have a real relationship with God that is not based on bill-paying but on bountiful receipts of Gods favor and pleasure."
Leonard Sweet, best-selling author, professor, and chief contributor to sermons.com
"Attention is something children will cry for and adults will die for. Jeff Anderson shows us how we can connect with Gods blessing and applause."
Jim Stovall, bestselling author of The Ultimate Gift
"Jeff Anderson has creatively placed our personal experience with God on the lower shelf for all who desire to reach it. This work begs to be read by anyone who wishes to see the invisible God."
Dr. Tony Evans, president of The Urban Alternative, senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship
"What a bold encouragement! We are often looking for intimacy with our Creator, and in Divine Applause Jeff Anderson illuminates just how close we really are to Him."
Tom Ziglar, President/CEO of Ziglar, Inc.
"Jeff unpacks the truth about what it means to truly walk alongside the One we call Lord. His creative and intuitive look at the Bible is rejuvenating."
Jarrid Wilson, next-gen pastor at LifePoint Church
"If you have wondered how you can know Someone you cant see, and if youre curious about what an invisible God thinks of you, then you need to read this book."
Jeff Goins, author of The In-Between
"Jeff Anderson has addressed an issue that many people know intuitively, but rarely verbalize: God is invisible. At last we have a book that addresses this reality in a creative, refreshing, and encouraging manner."
Dr. Richard Blackaby, author of Unlimiting God, co-author of Experiencing God
"Real intimacy with God changes everything, and this book clearly moves people in the right direction. Divine Applause appeals to your deep longing for God and takes you on a practical journey."
Randy Gariss, senior pastor of College Heights Christian Church
"So many Christians are striving to find a stage, microphone, and lights where they can offer their gifts. Ironically, they miss the connection they long for and the divine applause we were meant to hear."
Gary Barkalow, author of Its Your Call
"Jeffs engaging and honest approach will challenge readers to explore more deeply the intimacy of their relationship with God, look for Him in the ordinary moments of life, and make the most of each encounter."
Mickey Rapier, directional leader at Fellowship Bible Church Northwest Arkansas
"Divine Applause delivers moving stories and fresh insight. This transparent work will satisfy those who want to draw near to God."
Chuck Bentley, CEO of Crown Financial Ministries
"To be able to relate to personal stories that introduce biblical insights is absolutely the best. Jeff Anderson has bestowed great joy as I read this book. In your heart you will hear Gods divine applause."
Dr. Ted Kersh, author of The Blessed Life
"Jeff leads the reader to an honest and true relationship with the Father. He gently lays aside the fallacies we believe about God and ourselves. He reminds believers at every stage that God does delight in you."
Dr. Alex Himaya, pastor of theCHURCH.at