Nine Ways God Always Speaks

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Do you think God still speaks?


And how?

Even though over the last three years I have worked on at least three Bible studies about God speaking, none of them hit me like this book did. Sure, I thought God spoke to people. In some way.

Even though I know someone who has heard an audible voice telling her that her husband would be OK when he was going through a tough sickness, I still wasn’t sure that pertained to me. I believe her–definitely. But I wouldn’t expect it to happen to me.

And why not?

In Nine Ways God Always Speaks, Mark Herringshaw and Jennifer Schuchmann relay stories. Stories of God speaking to normal, present-day Christians like you and me. These are interspersed with historical and biblical examples in a very readable manner. The authors throw in their own opinions, doubts, and feelings–as well as incidences that occurred when they were writing the book. It’s a conversation with a friend as they tell you about the amazing thing that happened to someone they know.

I knew I would like the book as soon as I started it. What I didn’t know is how it would challenge me. I think that we’ve really tried to take the supernatural out of God in our culture. It’s not easy to rationalize, so we just dismiss it. I think the biggest struggle I’ve had with my faith is trying to put God in a box that my pea-sized brain can comprehend.

And He is much bigger than that box, y’all.

I came away with the overwhelming desire to expect God to work in my life–to hear Him. Maybe through the Bible. Maybe through coincidences or nature. But also maybe through dreams, visions, voices, or an urge to do something I can’t do on my own. I don’t want to take the mystery out of God. I want to expect Him to work in big ways that I can’t understand.

If you’ve traveled all the way through my diatribe here, your reward is this: I am giving away one copy of this wonderful book. Just leave me a comment telling me what book has changed your faith (or has made you question or think about faith, if there isn’t one). Twitter this (use @vanderbiltwife) and leave me an additional comment telling me you did for an extra entry. I’ll pick a winner on Friday, June 5. US and Canada only, please. Thanks!

Some of the other books that have worked in my life are:
Sophie’s Heart by Lori Wick
Believing God by Beth Moore
Girl Meets God by Lauren Winner

12 thoughts on “Nine Ways God Always Speaks

  1. Besides the Bible, I loved Henri Nouwen, Reaching Out as well as Letters from a Skeptic and Ordering your Private World

  2. Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren Winner

    I grew up in the Church of Christ which, in it’s own particular way, eschewed “rituals”. As I’ve grown up and come into my own faith, I’ve also grown particularly fond of the types of “rituals” my fellowship of faith has condemned. Winner’s book about how practices from her Jewish heritage can translate into way of expressing Christian faith was very eye opening to me.


  3. Beth Moore’s Believing God changed my life, too. But most recently, Mark Batterson’s In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day has done a number on me. In a good way, of course! 🙂

  4. i second Mudhouse Sabbath. Also, although i know a lot of people had problems with it (HELLO? IT’S A NOVEL – NOT A COMMENTARY), i’d have to say The Shack as well. It really made me *feel* God’s love for me in a way that i hadn’t comprehended it before.

  5. God really spoke to me in Take Flight by Robin Jones Gunn. It’s just a quickie little devo but God really used to (more than once) to encourage and direct me!

    (I know I blogged about it sometime…)

  6. Also tweeted it and got a reply from an old friend (not sure if he knew that we knew each other) that a story about him and his wife are IN the book! Cool, right?

    It’s a small world after all…

  7. I remember one of the first real faith books I read and it was the story of Roy and Dale Evans and the struggle they had with the life and death of their daughter. I read it over 30 years ago and I still remember it. The miracles they experienced and the grace and love of their little girl. Oh, my I may have to go search this and read it again.

    FYI….I went grocery shopping Friday with a loaded Kroger card and coupons and saved $15 and spent less then $100. Of course, hubby went last night and got all the junk food I didn’t get for them. Hey…but I’m trying!

  8. "Being Presbyterian in the Bible Belt"
    I have been a practicing Prebyterian my whole life. However, I have never lived in the Bible Belt, but it made me understand about my religion specifically when people around you don't always agree with what you believe.

    aprilk01 at yahoo dot com

  9. Priscilla Shirer's Discerning the Voice of God is where I really began to learn about hearing God speak to me. God used this book during the time we were trying to figure out if God wanted us to continue with domestic adoption or move to embryo adoption.

    Jodi Rodda

  10. Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World was a great book and right now I am reading More Ready than You Realize by Brian McLaren and has a lot of great insight as well.

    melissa at organizedlifebydesign dot com

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