Close Enough to Hear God Breathe: The Great Story of Divine Intimacy - eBook
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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
THERE ARE A THOUSAND VOICES TELLING ME WHO I AM, OR WHO I SHOULD BE. I WANT TO HEAR WHAT GOD HAS TO SAY. I WANT TO KNOW THAT HE'S REALLY THERE. I WANT TO KNOW THAT IN THE WHOLE GRAND, TANGLED SWEEP OF THE HUMAN STORY, MY LITTLE STORY MATTERS. I NEED TO HEAR HIS VOICE, SPEAKING TO ME, IN MY OWN EARS...
In Close Enough to Hear God Breathe, acclaimed author Greg Paul shows readers through beautiful prose, powerful stories, and inventive teaching a rich message that recounts the story of a God who has been inviting all of humanity?and each individual?into a tender embrace since time began.
God longs for a relationship with each of His children. Our stories matter to Him. Your story matters to Him. Reading the Bible ought to be like putting one's head on God's chest and listening to His heartbeat. Close Enough to Hear God Breathe will help readers do just that. And when they do, they'll hear God whisper, "You are my child. I love you. And I am pleased with you."
Weaving earthy realism about topics like addiction, divorce, and death with lyrical meditations about Gods profound wish for closeness with human beings seems like a high-risk approach to Christian spirituality, but Paul (The Twenty-Piece Shuffle) makes it work. A pastor in the Toronto-based Sanctuary community, he has spent decades working among the homeless and doesnt shrink from drawing narratives from his experiences to illustrate his perspective on Gods love. He sees it revealing itself in dire circumstancesaddicts who gather around a dying friend, a mother who shows a gritty bravery at a memorial service for her son, the writers long estrangement from his own family over church-related conflict. Rich in stories of family and friends, the book moves from the beginning of the scriptural story of creation, through Adam and Eves disobedience and expulsion from Eden, to redemption and consummation, assuring readers that in every circumstance, no matter how terrible, they are still part of a divine mosaic and purpose. (Oct.)Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.
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junnelaranasAge: 18-24Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5well writtenMay 28, 2012junnelaranasAge: 18-24Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I was gripped by this book from the outset because it was in going through the hardest difficulty in my life a few years ago... I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. I was reminded to stop, be quiet and listen to God,I struggled to get into this book. I don't really know why, I agree with, and like, the ideas presented, and it was well-written, but it just didn't keep my attention like I had hoped it would. I remember looking forward to reading this. I have been having a hard time getting through it, though.
This is exactly the kind of book which I will stockpile on my book shelf and give to those I meet who are open to thinking deeply and critically about issues of faith. We need to pray more like how Paul prays. And this is a wonderful book that expounds Paul's prayer. A great resource to improve one's prayer contents and prayer life. As we reflect biblically on Paul's prayers, our prayers become more biblical and Paul's (as well as God's priorities) in prayer, becomes ours too! Now that is exciting and can do wonders to our prayer life!
This book found me at the right time. Exactly what I needed to assess and discern the call on my life.
It is easy to read and, as is hopefully clear from the above, it is very practical. I think this would be an excellent book for those considering the pastoral ministry or those who think some insight into this process would be beneficial.
Teddy GAge: 35-44Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5Not worth readingFebruary 16, 2012Teddy GAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1I never thought I would post a review on a book I didn't finish. This book is my first. I tried several times to just get through it, but every time I had to put it down. I waited and tried again, and the same. I finally give up.
I was excited to read this book - closer intimacy with God? Yes, please! Putting aside the trappings of this life to feel the heart of God? I was all about it. However, from the very beginning, between the author's crass descriptions of John the Baptist, and the irreverence with which he personalized Jesus Himself, I found myself disengaging from the text. The more I read, the further I felt the book wandered until I couldn't remember what the author's point was supposed to be. The stance he takes with the Bible ("The Bible, first and foremost, is a story...") did not sit well with my theology and beliefs, nor did his treatment of Christ on the cross.
So with that, I had to put the book aside, a little more than half finished. Maybe one day I'll give it one more try, but for now, I say no, thank you, and give this book 1 star, because even with the difficulty I had reading through it, I still found a point or two that I could apply to my life. His statement that "two things are necessary for me to be able to hear someone breathing: I must be quiet and I must be close," can help me draw closer to God, even if the rest of the book cannot.
I received this e-book for free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their BookSneeze program. I was not required to publish a positive review.
SheilaIndianaAge: 35-44Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5Failed to live up to the titleJanuary 14, 2012SheilaIndianaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1I wanted to like this book, I really did. I loved the title. I loved the idea, of getting close enough to God to hear Him breathe. But I didn't like the book at all.
I found the text to be too filled with personal examples that, while enjoyable to read, illustrated the topic only peripherally if at all. I thought his introductory passage detailing Jesus' baptism by John to be too imaginative for my tastes, and somewhat crude.
I wanted meat and instead found fluff. I wanted to be convicted and was instead annoyed. I wanted insight and instead found repetitive banality.
The book promised an intimate journey with God, but completely failed to deliver on that promise.
Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneezeÃÂ®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
The Phone Tree EdifierAtlanta, GAAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5sweet stories and depictions of graceDecember 27, 2011The Phone Tree EdifierAtlanta, GAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Close Enough to Hear God Breathe is a unique read that offers an interesting perspective. In it, you will find artistic impressions about God as a Father. You will also find sweet stories and depictions of grace from the hard knocks of life to the soft touches of love within a family. It will startle you, sober you, and test you. It is a book that has the ability to help you consider, "God breathing the Great Story of His favor on mankind."
Phone Tree Rating: 3.5/5 Stars ***~
KalaniCAAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Worth a second read!October 26, 2011KalaniCAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I recently had the opportunity to review the book "Close Enough To Hear God Breathe." What an awesome title for a book! I was looking forward to learning how to be closer to God and hear his voice. I often have a hard time even hearing my own thoughts with 3 kids 5 and under around. First off, my overall impression of the book was that I thought it was a good, smooth, easy read and that it provided me with some great analogies to help me better understand how God views his children. This book did deliver what I was hoping for. I like to read for a little while just before I go to bed and I like to read books that help draw me closer to God. Among other things this book reminded me that it is often easier to hear God's voice when it is still and quiet. For me that comes when I am walking or just having some alone time. I like this book enough to take it in one more time and give it another read. One of my favorite parts came early in the book when the author says, "...now, in these recent days, he speaks to me "in Son." Whispering through every Scripture, and into the intimate details of my own daily experience-- for it is his life he is abreathing into me, and my life he wants to redeem."
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through a book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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