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Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2013
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God is speaking, readers just need to learn how to listen. This is especially true during times of trial or heartache, when women need to be reassured that God has a plan. In A Woman's Guide to Hearing God's Voice, McCoy provides personal stories, biblical narratives, and wise insight to demonstrate how God is already active in every woman's life. It's just a matter of knowing what to look for. Women will not only be reassured of God's care, they will be challenged to take hold of God when their faith is shaken. Includes end-of-chapter discussion questions for personal or group use.
IreneUnited States5 Stars Out Of 5Easy to follow adviceOctober 23, 2013IreneUnited StatesQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My 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.
ElizabethMaineAge: Under 18Gender: female2 Stars Out Of 5Not a great bookAugust 27, 2013ElizabethMaineAge: Under 18Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 1I 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.
churchbookladyPlano, TexasAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful women's study.August 1, 2013churchbookladyPlano, TexasAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This 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
Chrissy at the Pearl blogGrand rapids, MIAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5met me where God needed meJuly 23, 2013Chrissy at the Pearl blogGrand rapids, MIAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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.
Jill JonesOpelika, ALAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great resource for small group or discussionJuly 18, 2013Jill JonesOpelika, ALAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5God 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.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House, as part of their Book Review Blogger 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: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Author: Leighann McCoy
Located in: Franklin, TN
Submitted: August 05, 2013
Tell us a little about yourself. I am a pastors' wife, mother and "nana". My husband and I have served Thompson Station Church for over 20 years and have experienced growing from 8 to over 2000 members. I serve on staff with him as the prayer and women's minister.
What was your motivation behind this project? When I wrote "Spiritual Warfare for Women" (Bethany House, 2011), the spiritual battles intensified to such a degree that I sometimes wished I'd never taken on the task. In the past couple years I've learned that when we experience spiritual warfare we really have 3 battles that take place simultaneously. One is with the devil, the other is with the people and circumstances that he uses to wage war against us. But the third is surprising, it is the very real struggle we have with God. This book is about that struggle.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? In this book I share my own struggle with hearing God's voice when life gets hard. But if there were one thing I could share, it would be what Henrietta Mears shared near the end of ther earthly life...I would encourage my readers to "trust Him more." God is faithful, He always does what He says He will do and no matter what you are going through now, you can trust Him. He will not only bring you through, but you will smile when you get to the other side knowing that God has certainly loved you like no other.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? My fight with cancer returned as I wrote "A Woman's Guide to Hearing God's Voice" and although I was going through chemotherapy treatments, I clung to the examples of the lives of the biblical characters who lived through to the fulfillment of God's promises in their lives. As I retold their stories, I grabbed hold of their faith and chose to believe that God is the same today as He was then--and He will do for me what He has done before.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Well I bragged on my husband when I answered this question for my book "Spiritual Warfare for Women" but this time I'm going to brag on my mother. She is a rock! Her faith has seen her through many years, some good and some not so good. And as she suffered through my cancer she chose to seek her answers in God's Word. She found specific promises that she clung to tenaciously. Today she is still seeking out those promises and holding God at his word as my sister is fighting an even more serious battle with cancer. My favorite author on prayer is Jennifer Kennedy Dean. I've quoted her some in this book and have read everything she's written. I'm looking forward to meeting her this coming January when she comes to our church to host a prayer conference. Artists? I'd have to still say that Travis Cottrell is my favorite. Even though I live in the shadow of Nashville, he's the only one I know personally and I love his heart.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I'm more passionate about this book than any other I've ever written. I tend to be very transparent when I write, and even had to ask my daughters to sign releases before this book was published. I want my readers to know that God is still amazing me with the way He's working out His plans in my life meticulously and methodically every step of the way.