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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Multnomah
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 9781601425317
ISBN-13: 9781601425317

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How will God make himself known to you?

How do we have a relationship with a God we can’t 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 God’s personal attention in unmistakable ways.
·         Cultivate a constant awareness of God’s 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 God’s interest in you.
 
You don’t have to settle for a distant walk with God. He wants you to know that He notices—and that He delights in you. 


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Author Bio

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.


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Editorial Reviews

Praise for Divine Applause

"God’s love isn’t 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 doesn’t just sit in the bleachers of your life. He’s 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 God’s 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 God’s 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 can’t see, and if you’re 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 It’s Your Call

"Jeff’s 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 God’s 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

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  1. Penn Hills, PA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    God Notices
    March 31, 2015
    Karen N Craig
    Penn Hills, PA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This is the second book that I have read and reviewed by Jeff Anderson. And once again, I was blessed. I thoroughly enjoy Jeffs writing style of weaving personal stories into principles of God. Some points that made an impact on me are:

    Act on what the Bible says & then experience the rewards.

    Begin to start taking risks by moving forward in your relationship with God.

    Please God in all things; that is our purpose.

    We have His attention. He sees us. Do we see Him?

    Being involves doing. You can be with God, but you must be active in your relationship with God. Faith is an action word. Participationintentional.

    God rewards those who please Him.

    Giving is not what you do after you straighten out your finances; Giving is what you do when you straighten out your heart.

    Giving is our way of telling God how much we value our walk with Him.

    To hear God:

    Be intentional & focused to hear Him.

    Move closer to the voice of God to hear Him.

    Hearing God requires initiative, planning and action.

    Seek to hear Him through His Word.

    This book also blessed me with its insights on fasting which was very timely because I was in the midst of a forty day fast when I read this book. I was encouraged to continue to press through because I know that God was watching. When we give, pray, fast, or do anything else that is directed toward Him in ways that cost us, God notices. When you believe God is watching, sacrifice makes sense. Jeff has also provided more info regarding fasting on his website. http://www.divineapplause.com/fasting/

    Divine Applause is a great follow-up to Plastic Donuts.

    I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
  2. Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Your Efforts Impact Your Relationship With God
    March 28, 2015
    Woofiejo
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    The authors purpose in writing this book is to help others develop a closer relationship with God. He includes many insights from personal experience about how he got God to notice him more. Sometimes the authors perception seems contradictory to what I know to be true. Through Scripture (and faith) I know that God is always present and always sees us. We dont have to get Gods attention. But, as the author explains: Often were looking for a signal from God, but it could be that Hes looking for a signal from us. Sounds a bit backward, I know. But according to Scripture, we can live in ways that get Gods attention. And as we learn to live each day seeking to connect with God, we are more likely to recognize Him when He responds. Like a child pulling on Dads pant leg, we have the same power to draw our Fathers attention.

    Anderson talks throughout the book about doing things to try to get God to notice him: fasting, secret acts/secret giving, prayer, etc. This book is filled with personal experiences and anecdotes of how life events mirror his faith walk/journey and the lessons hes learned along the way about God.

    Spiritual hearing loss and the times we choose not to listen to God is like the author choosing to not wear his hearing aids (as he did in high school)

    The authors job experience with stock trading breakouts mirrored his Christian journey with a series of faith breakouts

    Praying a buzzer-shot prayer and seeing Gods immediate response and knowing that He does see us

    I do believe that sometimes our actions (e.g., praying, fasting, reading the Bible) allow us to see Him more clearly. In reality, in those moments where we dont have the distractions of this world, we can come to find God at a deeper level. The books title, Divine Applause, describes how God does take notice of the things that we are doing to connect with Him and is delighted by them. While I enjoyed many of the authors anecdotes, this book is best for a new believer who is just starting to ponder how the life choices they make can impact their relationship with God and draw them closer.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for this fair and honest review.
  3. California
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Getting God to notice us
    March 18, 2015
    PossessHisPromises
    California
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    Jeff Anderson shares personal stories to illustrate his relationship with an "invisible God" in Divine Applause. Anderson's focus is upon getting God's attention and catching "buzzer shot" moments with God, those special moments when we recognize that God was at work in our lives and the lives of others.

    Instead of using the Bible as it is written, Anderson adds to it when it makes a better story. He creates the name "Steve" for Abraham's "Chief of Staff." "Steve" is charged with going to Abraham's home to find a wife for Isaac. Since Abraham's servant is not referred to as Eleazar in Genesis 24, Anderson rightly asserts that we cannot assume that this servant is Eleazar. So, Anderson names the servant "Steve." Anderson tells us that Steve's "buzzer shot" was when Rebekah gave him a drink from the well and then watered his camels.

    Anderson writes, "God is interested in you, and He's waiting for you to engage in a real walk with Him. The basic ingredients of the Christian journey are simple but were never intended to be dull. Maybe that's why Steve's story, and so many others in the Bible, jolt us into looking up and expecting more in our relationship with God." p. 54

    Anderson claims that Jesus gave us secret ingredients to connect with God and "notice Him noticing us" in Matthew 6. Giving, praying, and fasting are Anderson's ingredients to wait on God's notice.

    Anderson uses his experience as an earthly father to understand his relationship with his Heavenly Father who is invisible to him. Unlike Anderson, I see God throughout His creation, and feel His presence as He surrounds me and is within me.

    Jesus told the disciples, "lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Matthew 28: 20 In addition, we are the temple of the Holy Spirit, 1 Corinthians 6:19. Our Heavenly Father notices His children constantly, unlike earthly fathers. It is God's children who do not notice Him.

    "Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you." James 4:8

    Anderson is focused upon getting God to notice him and getting God to give Anderson signs that God notices him.

    I wonder how God would respond.

    I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
  4. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    Divine Applause by Jeff Anderson
    February 20, 2015
    ldesherl
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 4


    This is a how to book about how to experience the God of the Bible. The author is a speaker and writer with Crown Accounting Ministries, a Christian financial nonprofit. He uses numerous anecdotal stories of experiences from his own life and that of his family, to illustrate his points. He also uses Bible stories to illustrate his points. This author's mission, through this book, is to show readers how to connect with the invisible God of the Bible in ways that are unmistakable. He discusses the three spiritual disciplines of prayer, giving, and fasting and shows from his own life, how they have helped him "connect with God and sense His divine applause." Part 1 of this book lays the foundation for his vision for this book. Part 2 lays out the principles for how to live so as to be "noticed by God" and to experience His "divine applause." Part 3 basically recaps his vision for the book and tries to inspire the reader to his or her own experience with God. Because this book is light on theology and research, there are no footnotes or end notes as sources didn't need to be cited.

    The author of this book was unfamiliar to me before I read this book. This is his first book that I have ever read. The title fits this book's content pretty well. I expected the book to have elements of mysticism because of the topic, which is experiencing the invisible God of the Bible. I found it to be light on theology and heavy on personal experience.

    I found myself being a little annoyed by the author's sharing of his experiences with fasting, even of his fasts which have lasted up to 40 days. He had stressed that prayer, giving and fasting were designed by God to be "secret" so we can have "secrets with Him alone." As this author shared about some of his experiences with fasting, I found myself thinking: His fasting is not secret now! I know that a number of Christian authors will describe their fasting experiences; that is not uncommon. I thought it was rather hypocritical of this author to critique many Christians' practice of posting and publicly sharing of their experiences with prayer, giving or fasting on social networks--while he publicly shares about his fasting through this book. What is the difference anyway? I found myself thinking. He shares how in his ministry among poor people, he would challenge some of them to give, even of the very little that he knew that they had. While I know that giving by the most destitute is highly commended in the Bible, I was rather annoyed that the author would tell those with very little to give of the little they had. Isn't giving supposed to be voluntary, not something we do because we are challenged to do it? It is only near the end of this book that the author discusses the reader's need to live a blameless life in order to experience this "divine applause." I know that those who discuss giving and the Christian tend to get rather defensive about their right to do so, and that we in the Christian community tend to get testy about the subject whether we believe the tithe is binding for Christians today or not. Yes, we are to pray, give and fast in secret and the author does make a case for how doing these in secret enables us to be rewarded with "divine applause" and God's pleasure.

    Do I recommend this book? Frankly, I'm not sure. It does not contain outright error and false teaching that leads readers astray. I do not recommend it for non-Christians. It is clearly meant for those who are "already in and who are Christians already. In reading all the material about fasting, prayer and giving and believing this material applies to them, non-Christians who are trusting in their own goodness to save them should stay away from this book. For the application of its principles to their lives will confirm many non-Christians who trust in their goodness to save them, in their legalism. I can recommend it to Christians who are neglecting these spiritual disciplines and need a refresher, including Pastors and others in Christian leadership.

    I received this book free of charge from Blogging For Book, in exchange for my honest review of this book. I was not required to give a positive review of this book.
  5. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Live a life pleasing to God
    January 23, 2015
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    We know God sees us all the time, but might there be ways we could live to capture His attention?

    Anderson says, Yes. He begins his book by helping us see as God sees. He relates his own experiences with God, as well as stories he uses to illustrate his relationship with God. He encourages us to ask for moments where we receive more assurance of His presence. He encourages us to be pleasing to God. When we embrace the idea of pleasing God, we will be much closer to experiencing the rewards that come with walking with God, like divine applause.

    In the second part of the book, Anderson encourages us to take bold steps to live differently. We can put ourselves in a position to notice God noticing us. He explores hearing God's voice. Hearing God requires initiative, planning, and action.

    The last part of the book is on living blameless. He writes of rewards but I am not convinced we will have possessions and positions in heaven.

    Reading this book will not guarantee you will experience God's presence. Anderson shares his own experience of going on a 40 day juice fast. He writes that on day 32 he felt his spirit was empty. At the end of the 40 days, he admits he had not experienced the God encounter he had prayed for. Yet, he was at peace, trusting what he could not see or feel. We don't always get tangible proof of God's presence.

    This book is a good wake up call for us, reminding us, Our purpose on life is to please God. He has great suggestions for ways to do that, all the while being aware of God's attention on us. God is more engaged with us that we realize, he says. That is encouragement indeed.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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