Whisper
The best-selling author of Circle Maker, which helped over 2 million people learn to talk to God, now helps readers learn how to listen to God.The voice that spoke the cosmos into existence is the same voice that parted the Red sea, and made the sun stand still in the midday sky. One day, this voice will make all things new, but it's also speaking to you now!That voice is God's voice, and what we've learned from Scripture is that He often speaks in a whisper. Not to make it difficult to hear Him, but to draw us close.Many people have a tough time believing God still speaks. Sure, in ancient times and in mysterious ways, God spoke to His people, but is He still speaking now?Mark Batterson certainly believes so. And he wants to introduce you to the seven love languages of God; each of them unique and entirely divine. Some of them you might suspect but others will surprise you.By learning to tune in to and decipher each language, you'll be able to hear His guidance in simple as well as life-altering choices. God is actively speaking through: Scripture, Desires, Doors, Dreams, People, Promptings, and Pain. Batterson gives you the tools you need to unlock each of these languages.God's whisper can answer your most burning questions, calm your deepest fears, and fulfill your loftiest dreams.Discover how simple it is to hear God's voice in every aspect of your life!He's speaking, make sure you know how to listen!

Whisper Details

TitleWhisper
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 24th, 2017
PublisherMultnomah Books
ISBN-139780735291089
Rating
GenreChristian, Inspirational, Leadership, Religion, Faith, Spirituality

Whisper Review

  • Randy Tramp
    January 1, 1970
    If I had to use adjectives to describe this book, they'd be Powerful, Deep, Life-Changing, Awesome, Course-Altering, Inspiring. I could go on but you get the picture. Mark goes into detail about the light and what happened when God said, "Let there be light." I had no idea the scope of those four words."Hearing - This section reminded me of the zenith times in my life when hearing from God changed the direction of my life. Both were in quiet places.I read this book in small sections, finding mys If I had to use adjectives to describe this book, they'd be Powerful, Deep, Life-Changing, Awesome, Course-Altering, Inspiring. I could go on but you get the picture. Mark goes into detail about the light and what happened when God said, "Let there be light." I had no idea the scope of those four words."Hearing - This section reminded me of the zenith times in my life when hearing from God changed the direction of my life. Both were in quiet places.I read this book in small sections, finding myself going back over and over again. The gems are so precious, the wisdom, deep and life-changing. Read to know how to understand the will of God by learning about Maxwell Smart.The stories before the lessons take the message deeper. And those stories are very interesting. I love this book because it orchestrates change. It's powerful and cutting, and interesting.
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  • Emily Dill
    January 1, 1970
    One of the best and most inspiring books I’ve ever read. <3
  • Ed Dunlap
    January 1, 1970
    Whisper is a very difficult book to write a review about because there is so much in it. I have a habit of turning over the corner of the pages that I have a quote I want to review later. After one reading I counted the pages that the corners were turned – there were 50!Whisper addresses the question of “How to hear the voice of God”. It discusses seven languages that God uses, but does not limit the methods to seven. In the prologue, Batterson says, “If you aren’t willing to listen to everythin Whisper is a very difficult book to write a review about because there is so much in it. I have a habit of turning over the corner of the pages that I have a quote I want to review later. After one reading I counted the pages that the corners were turned – there were 50!Whisper addresses the question of “How to hear the voice of God”. It discusses seven languages that God uses, but does not limit the methods to seven. In the prologue, Batterson says, “If you aren’t willing to listen to everything God has to say, you eventually won’t hear anything He has to say. If you want to hear His comforting voice, you have to listen to His convicting voice. And it’s often what we want to hear least that we need to hear most.” Towards the end reminds us that “…what we perceive to be relational or emotional or spiritual problems are, in fact, hearing problems. … We are deafened by the voice of conformity, the voice of criticism, and voice of condemnation, and the side effects include loneliness, shame and anxiety.”Whisper is a great read if you are interested in hearing the voice of God. And if you are like me you will read it more than once.
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  • Mark Wheeler
    January 1, 1970
    Does God still speak today? If the answer is, “Yes,” then what language does he speak? How can I train myself to hear his voice? These are the questions posed in Mark Batterson’s latest offering, Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God.The author’s premise is that the God who spoke the universe into existence still speaks today. The title of the book comes from 1 Kings 19:12 where God spoke to Elijah in a whisper, or a still small voice. Batterson suggests that God has seven love languages that he Does God still speak today? If the answer is, “Yes,” then what language does he speak? How can I train myself to hear his voice? These are the questions posed in Mark Batterson’s latest offering, Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God.The author’s premise is that the God who spoke the universe into existence still speaks today. The title of the book comes from 1 Kings 19:12 where God spoke to Elijah in a whisper, or a still small voice. Batterson suggests that God has seven love languages that he uses to communicate to his people—Scripture, desires, doors, dreams, people, promptings, and pain. The author weaves together numerous stories, illustrations, personal examples, and biblical principles to communicate his ideas.While I agree with his basic premise and while I enjoyed and was encouraged by his illustrations, I have three reservations about the book. One reservation is that he tends to put desires, doors, dreams, people, promptings, and pain on the same level as Scripture. While he argues that Scripture is the most important, the “key of keys,” he tends to elevate the others to equal or greater importance. In so doing, he makes experience equal to or more important than Scripture.A second reservation is that he takes a single example, such as how God closed a door for the apostle Paul in Asia (Acts 16:6), and makes it a standard practice we should follow today. In contrast, Hebrews 1:1-2 says that in times past, God spoke in various ways but now he speaks through Christ and his Word.A third reservation is that the premise of the book is more based on experience than it is on Scripture. His chapters start and end with illustrations, stories, and examples with Scripture used to support his ideas rather than teaching Scripture and using stories to illustrate his points. The bulk of the stories are personal ones about how God led the author and his church. By the end, you become a little weary of him always being the hero or focus of the tale.A more biblical study would be Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby. Blackaby argues that the Holy Spirit speaks to us through the Bible and prayer and confirms it through circumstances and people. Blackaby’s approach keeps Scripture primary and circumstances and people secondary.I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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  • Wendy Renfrow
    January 1, 1970
    WOW! Are you listening for God? Do you know how to be still and listen? In the busyness of our culture it's easy to miss the voice of God. All it takes on my side is to be still and posture myself before God. Once my heart tuned in God speaks in many ways. Mark walks you through 7 different ways God speaks. I appreciated his honest approach. Of course Scripture is our go to way to hear God and it's also what we come back to when verifying when we may hear God whisper in a different way. He will WOW! Are you listening for God? Do you know how to be still and listen? In the busyness of our culture it's easy to miss the voice of God. All it takes on my side is to be still and posture myself before God. Once my heart tuned in God speaks in many ways. Mark walks you through 7 different ways God speaks. I appreciated his honest approach. Of course Scripture is our go to way to hear God and it's also what we come back to when verifying when we may hear God whisper in a different way. He will never contradict himself.Thank you Mark for the illustrations and methods you used in Whisper to remind me God is still speaking today just as He did many years ago.
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  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    Batterson suggests that our ears have been deafened to the voice of God. Learning to hear the voice of God is the solution to many of our problems. Hence this book.I really like many of Batterson's insights. One was about the nature of whispering. When someone whispers, you have to get close to hear what is said. It makes sense that God would whisper to us, drawing us close to Him. Batterson reminds us of the importance of silence and the distraction of noise. No wonder we have been deaf to the Batterson suggests that our ears have been deafened to the voice of God. Learning to hear the voice of God is the solution to many of our problems. Hence this book.I really like many of Batterson's insights. One was about the nature of whispering. When someone whispers, you have to get close to hear what is said. It makes sense that God would whisper to us, drawing us close to Him. Batterson reminds us of the importance of silence and the distraction of noise. No wonder we have been deaf to the whispers of God.Batterson has the goal of helping us learn how to discern the voice of God in the ways He speaks to us. We all hear God differently as God speaks to different personalities in different ways. He helps us determine our unique whispering spot to hear from God.The seven ways God speaks to us include Scripture (the final authority for all we hear), desires (we are to delight in Him), doors (tests to keep us from less than God's best), dreams (how to evaluate them and trust God), people (remembering that they and we are imperfect), promptings (discerning holy moments), and pain (perhaps speaking something that cannot be said any other way).I recommend this book for anyone wanting to hear God speak. You'll receive good teaching on how to place yourself to hear the whisper. The book is very readable too as Batterson tells lots of entertaining and informative stories, like the history of vanilla.Food for thought: “If you want to hear the heart of God, silence is key.” (16)I received a complimentary ARC of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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  • Lisa Hudson
    January 1, 1970
    SPECTACULAR!Most people want to know if God’s still speaks to His people today. That’s the premise behind WHISPER: How to Hear the Voice of God. Mark Batterson has written a masterful work on knowing how to listen and hear when God speaks today. Batterson sets forth Seven Ways God Speaks Today and gives Alan great discourse on each of them. He eloquently describes how to pray the bravest prayer, how to be still and know and hear God’s voice clearly over other voices, how to trust God even when w SPECTACULAR!Most people want to know if God’s still speaks to His people today. That’s the premise behind WHISPER: How to Hear the Voice of God. Mark Batterson has written a masterful work on knowing how to listen and hear when God speaks today. Batterson sets forth Seven Ways God Speaks Today and gives Alan great discourse on each of them. He eloquently describes how to pray the bravest prayer, how to be still and know and hear God’s voice clearly over other voices, how to trust God even when we don’t understand and oh so much more! When you want to get someone’s attention – you lean in close enough to WHISPER in their ear. It’s intimate. Caring. Vulnerable and completely trusting. That’s the relationship God desires to have with each of us! Leaning into HIM to HEAR His WHISPER. HIS is the only voice we need to hear! I was provided an ARC of this book by the author and Waterbrook–Multnomah. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence. I preordered a copy of this book for my own personal library.
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  • Vicky Sluiter
    January 1, 1970
    It’s so hard to communicate this without sounding trite, but this is simply one of the best books I’ve read on the subject of hearing God’s voice. Written in a way that causes you feel as if you are face to face with author Mark Batterson and chatting over a cup of coffee, I learned so much from Whisper. And not only did I learn new things, I also learned that I am doing a lot right!There are many ways to hear the voice of God, and Mark talks about seven of them. Giving examples from life, we se It’s so hard to communicate this without sounding trite, but this is simply one of the best books I’ve read on the subject of hearing God’s voice. Written in a way that causes you feel as if you are face to face with author Mark Batterson and chatting over a cup of coffee, I learned so much from Whisper. And not only did I learn new things, I also learned that I am doing a lot right!There are many ways to hear the voice of God, and Mark talks about seven of them. Giving examples from life, we see that God is actively speaking to us, and we are encouraged to tune in to that Voice. There were many “take aways” from this book, but one that really struck me was when Mark was speaking of Mary Magdalene. He stated, “We write people off. Jesus writes people in.” God doesn’t give up on broken people!Do you want to hear God’s quiet whisper? Please take the time to read this book and learn how you can do that.I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
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  • Lori McDowell
    January 1, 1970
    Mark Batterson comes through with another great book about the many ways God speaks to us. Have you ever wondered if a particular situation was really placed there by God, or if it is just luck? Have you ever thought God was NOT there for you? This book shows the many ways God speaks to us every day if we are just open to listening. My favorite quote from the book deals with finding yourself in what feels like a hopeless situation, for you or someone else. The person states "Don't rob God of the Mark Batterson comes through with another great book about the many ways God speaks to us. Have you ever wondered if a particular situation was really placed there by God, or if it is just luck? Have you ever thought God was NOT there for you? This book shows the many ways God speaks to us every day if we are just open to listening. My favorite quote from the book deals with finding yourself in what feels like a hopeless situation, for you or someone else. The person states "Don't rob God of the opportunity to do a miracle." Every time we try to "fix" something, we are interfering in God's plan. We need to step back, listen and be open for God to speak to us every day.
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  • Ben Grenier
    January 1, 1970
    This is my 7th or 8th Mark Batterson book I have read, but this one again is a tremendous book. If you are familiar with Mark Batterson style where he fuses real life personal stories, historical stories, and the Bible to drive home his points in the book."Whisper" is one of the books that you have to get alone and read because as you are reading it, you want to put down the book and do the very things Mark is saying. God is always speaking, we are not listening to the whisper of his voice. Mark This is my 7th or 8th Mark Batterson book I have read, but this one again is a tremendous book. If you are familiar with Mark Batterson style where he fuses real life personal stories, historical stories, and the Bible to drive home his points in the book."Whisper" is one of the books that you have to get alone and read because as you are reading it, you want to put down the book and do the very things Mark is saying. God is always speaking, we are not listening to the whisper of his voice. Mark challenges each of us to not only speak to God but spend some time and listen to our heavenly father. So if your going thru the valley and feel like you are not hearing from God like you use to, this book will go over some ways to connect with God. Prayer is a 2 way conversation and we have to take some time to listen. Great book, Great topic, and Great delivery.
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  • Jeanne
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent and interesting book! This has really opened my heart to all the ways God speaks to us every day.
  • Marjorie Tinnell
    January 1, 1970
    This is by far the best Christian book I have read in a long time. A must-read for anyone that is wanting to draw closer to God and learn to hear His voice.
  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    What a wonderful book - it made me so much more aware of the Lord and how to hear Him in the tumult of my life!
  • Joel Barnes
    January 1, 1970
    Batterson's style of writing has a way of drawing you in and it feels like you're having a conversation over coffee with him (perhaps at Ebeneezers 😀). His real life stories bring his insights to life. What a great read for anyone wondering how exactly to hear the voice of God!
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  • Charis Zdrojewski
    January 1, 1970
    A must read!
  • Jalynn Patterson
    January 1, 1970
    About the Book:The best-selling author of Circle Maker, which helped over 2 million people learn to talk to God, now helps readers learn how to listen to God.The voice that spoke the cosmos into existence is the same voice that parted the Red sea, and made the sun stand still in the midday sky. One day, this voice will make all things new, but it's also speaking to you now!That voice is God's voice, and what we've learned from Scripture is that He often speaks in a whisper. Not to make it diffic About the Book:The best-selling author of Circle Maker, which helped over 2 million people learn to talk to God, now helps readers learn how to listen to God.The voice that spoke the cosmos into existence is the same voice that parted the Red sea, and made the sun stand still in the midday sky. One day, this voice will make all things new, but it's also speaking to you now!That voice is God's voice, and what we've learned from Scripture is that He often speaks in a whisper. Not to make it difficult to hear Him, but to draw us close.Many people have a tough time believing God still speaks. Sure, in ancient times and in mysterious ways, God spoke to His people, but is He still speaking now?Mark Batterson certainly believes so. And he wants to introduce you to the seven love languages of God; each of them unique and entirely divine. Some of them you might suspect but others will surprise you.By learning to tune in to and decipher each language, you'll be able to hear His guidance in simple as well as life-altering choices. God is actively speaking through: Scripture, Desires, Doors, Dreams, People, Promptings, and Pain. Batterson gives you the tools you need to unlock each of these languages.God's whisper can answer your most burning questions, calm your deepest fears, and fulfill your loftiest dreams.Discover how simple it is to hear God's voice in every aspect of your life!He's speaking, make sure you know how to listen!My Review: Listening is not always as easy as it sounds. Hearing isn't either. I have been a Christian for many, many years. I didn't really have a one on one relationship--an intimate one with Him until I was much older. It wasn't until then that I could actually hear Him speak to my spirit. Intimacy with God is such a good thing and as you can see and read in whisper it is necessary. The closer you get to Him the more gifts you will receive. I didn't get closer to Him in order to receive such gifts. I did because I longed to. We talk to God, many of us multiple times in a day. Some days I know I wouldn't of survived if I hadn't had this relationship with Him. In my heart and soul I know that I know that He is the ONLY one that understands me, understands my issues in life, and understands my daily struggles. I don't believe that is luck or that I'm especially blessed or anything like that. I earnestly seek Him and search Him out. Many days I have to have and I rely on this relationship because I am in desperate need of Him. Mark spoke of many things in the book that could interfere with "hearing" His voice. Many of which in my 30 some odd years of following Him I have experienced. I know many times the number one reason that I don't hear from Him is not spending enough time with Him. Another reason is that I am in the way. I am a type A personality. If I see there is a problem I set about fixing it, never giving any thought to His direction or will. God can't work like that. Mark offers up suggestions to get us on the right path on hearing from God. He introduces you to the seven things that God delights in. A great way to start on this journey. Based on scripture and Mark's commentary on the matter you will be on the right path to hear from Him. He relys on scripture first and foremost but he also supplies many accounts of this often overlooked communication with the Lord. Overall, a great read on the subject!**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.
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  • Sarah Poling
    January 1, 1970
    This book approaches how to hear the Voice of God, and it's a needed perspective in a world consumed with social media, family, events, busyness, etc....I've read Praying Circles around your Children, a long while back, and enjoyed Mr. Batterson's perspective and practical strategies on how to pray for your children. It's a short sweet book, an easy read, but challenge to take and apply, but simple little book. This book, is a longer, very developed book. It took time to read, as Mr. Batterson s This book approaches how to hear the Voice of God, and it's a needed perspective in a world consumed with social media, family, events, busyness, etc....I've read Praying Circles around your Children, a long while back, and enjoyed Mr. Batterson's perspective and practical strategies on how to pray for your children. It's a short sweet book, an easy read, but challenge to take and apply, but simple little book. This book, is a longer, very developed book. It took time to read, as Mr. Batterson shares facts, stories, and his own experiences, mixed with scripture and his explanation of how it all works together. But it is very relatable, and readable, just a lot to think about and pause, and contemplate how it looks in my life. He is a visionary and shares a full perspective of 7 ways to hear the voice of God. He is a man who reads, and it shows in this book. His research is in depth and sharing from a wealth of different content areas- he has historical connections, science facts and discoveries, and experiences from history, as well as his own personal life testimonies, all that share how the reader can hear God's voice. So it was more intimidating to jump into this longer, detailed book. But he keeps it very approachable and easy for any reader, by sharing seven themes (on a bookmark) that are the keys to hearing the voice of God in your life. I would recommend this book to a friend. It's another layer in my life of how to stop and develop a relationship with God on an intimate, personal level. Mr. Batterson engages the reader in his vision, and empowers you to look at the Word of God as a lens, and the first tool, but then to expand your methods for hearing God. The challenge comes in learning how to listen to God for your dreams, passions, questions, and fears. Some quotes:"Nothing has the potential to change your life like the whisper of God. Nothing will determine your destiny more than your ability to hear His still small voice. That's how you discern the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.""Quit hiding from God. Hide yourself in Him.""The goal isn't getting through the Bible: the goal is getting the Bible through us." "Tell me how much you enjoy God, and I'll tell you how spiritually mature you are. The last thing God wants is for His Word to feel like a chore. Do you read it for enjoyment?" "Faith is taking the first step, before God reveals the second one." "Most of us read the Bible the wrong way, with low expectations. I read it with this core conviction: if we do what they did in the Bible, God will do what He did." talking about relationships with people..."But when they are full of grace and truth, our relationships ring true. Then and only then will we hear the voice of God through others. ""We have to turn up the volume on the still small voice of God and make sure He's the loudest voice in our lives." "My prayer for you isn't that you'd be pain-free; it's that you'd learn to discern God's loving voice in the midst of the pain." ....God wants us to hear His heart. So He whispers softer and softer so that we have to get closer and closer." If you want to learn strategies to hear God's whispers in your life, to grasp how these quotes fit your day to day life, this book is for you. Blessed by Multnomah/Waterbrook to get to read a pre-release book, but the thoughts and recommendation are my own opinion. That's all I'm asked to share, is what I think.
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  • Andre Nauta
    January 1, 1970
    I have been a fan of Mark Batterson’s writings since I first read “The Circle Maker” a number of years back. In fact, I appreciate his books so much that I am part of a team of people who read his books before they are released to the public, so this review is based on an “uncorrected proof” of the book you are looking at on your screen.“Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God” may be Pastor Mark’s most important book to date. As he notes, “The Circle Maker” was primarily about how we can and shou I have been a fan of Mark Batterson’s writings since I first read “The Circle Maker” a number of years back. In fact, I appreciate his books so much that I am part of a team of people who read his books before they are released to the public, so this review is based on an “uncorrected proof” of the book you are looking at on your screen.“Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God” may be Pastor Mark’s most important book to date. As he notes, “The Circle Maker” was primarily about how we can and should speak to God. But speaking is only part of a good conversation, and particularly so when that conversation is between you and your God. While it is important to bring our prayers to God, it is arguably much more important to hear what God is saying to us.But how do we hear the voice of God? For many Christians, the primary way to hear what God has to say is through reading the Bible, or hearing sermons or reading books that relate what the Bible has to say to us in our daily lives. In fact, there is a strong tradition that this is the only way that God now speaks to us. Pastor Mark rejects this tradition. As he notes, “To believe that God speaks only through the Bible is to handcuff the God of the Bible as the Bible revealed Him to us. Yes, Scripture provides our checks and balances. And God will never say anything that is contrary to His good, pleasing, and perfect will as revealed in Scripture. But God still speaks in various ways . . .” (p. 55) His premise, which I accept, is that the God who revealed himself in Biblical accounts through a variety of means (a burning bush, angelic visitors, a donkey, etc.) would not suddenly limit Himself to only one means. But at the same time, we must be careful to understand that God will not contradict what He says through His Word.Pastor Mark elaborates on seven ways that God speaks: Scripture, Desires, Doors, Dreams, People, Promptings, and Pain. Scripture is the “Key of Keys,” the way to interpret and understand the other six. The other six ways will never move you to do something that breaks God’s will as described in Scripture. But they may help you determine the correct course for a decision when there are two (or more) equally moral and ethical possibilities. Scripture does not directly answer the question of what occupation one should pursue, whom one should marry, and a host of other important choices in life (though it certainly provides guidelines for those choices). The Bible doesn’t tell a person to become an accountant, but their enjoyment (desire) of math and working with economic issues may lead them to that choice. A person might think that starting a business is the path to take, but might be met by a closed door.Ultimately, this book is important because we tend to make decisions in life without considering how God has “wired” us, the desires of our hearts, the promptings we receive, the people who speak His words into our lives, etc. This book provides a necessary means of understanding who we are in relationship to the God who created us, and reminds us that God is still speaking to us every day in various ways.
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  • Enid Burgs
    January 1, 1970
    I always look forward for Mark Batterson's books. They always seemed to challenge me in a way that makes me go back in scripture and dig deeper. This awesome book, Whisper, will challenge you to shut all of the external noise, distractions and pay attention to different daily opportunities to seek the whisper of God. The author mentions seven ways that God speaks to us: scripture, desires, doors, dreams, people, prompting and pain. Each one challenged me beyond words. Some of the quotes I highli I always look forward for Mark Batterson's books. They always seemed to challenge me in a way that makes me go back in scripture and dig deeper. This awesome book, Whisper, will challenge you to shut all of the external noise, distractions and pay attention to different daily opportunities to seek the whisper of God. The author mentions seven ways that God speaks to us: scripture, desires, doors, dreams, people, prompting and pain. Each one challenged me beyond words. Some of the quotes I highlighted are the followings one. - it's not an opportunity if you have to compromise your integrity. - We live in a culture where tolerance has been elevated above truth. Today it's considered wrong to say that something is wrong, and I think that's wrong. I certainly want to be known more for what I'm for than what I'm against. - When truth is sacrificed on the altar of tolerance, it might seem as though everybody wins, but in reality everybody loses. God calls us to a higher standard than tolerance. It's called Truth, and it's always coupled with grace. - When the Bible says something more than once, we ought to listen to it at least twice. - The Bible is our picture frame. It redefines possibility. - God is not a genie in a bottle, and our wish is not His command. Quite the opposite. As we grow in grace, His command becomes our only wish. - Hearing the voice of God starts with quickening. If you want to hear the still small voice of God, abiding is the key. And the final key to hearing is doing. Hearing without doing is hearsay at best and hypocrisy at work. - Tell me how much you enjoy God. And I'll tell you how spiritually mature you are. - Life is too short not to love what you do, so do what you love. The key is finding the place where gifts and desires overlap. God-given gifts are what we're best at. God-ordained desires are what we're most passionate about. And the place where those gifts and desires overlap is the sweet spot. I don't want to "spoil" your reading of Whisper. But I wanted to share some of the awesome teachings of this book which is backed up with scriptures that you can refer to for additional teaching from the Bible. This is a must read from Batterson. If you are struggling with listening what God has to tell you, this IS your book. Happy reading!!! Disclaimer: I was part of a launch team for this book and was given an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Karl Dumas
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes you have to yell to get my attention, but sometime a whisper is even more effective. And sometimes the voice of God is best heard in that still small whisper. And Mark Batterson talks about that whisper in his latest book: Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God. (Multnomah, 2017). I think I’ve read most, if not all, of Mark’s books, and I have to say that I’ve enjoyed them all. Whisper is no exception. When you start reading a book and sense the passion of the author, you know you’re i Sometimes you have to yell to get my attention, but sometime a whisper is even more effective. And sometimes the voice of God is best heard in that still small whisper. And Mark Batterson talks about that whisper in his latest book: Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God. (Multnomah, 2017). I think I’ve read most, if not all, of Mark’s books, and I have to say that I’ve enjoyed them all. Whisper is no exception. When you start reading a book and sense the passion of the author, you know you’re in for a good read. So why do we have to wait for God to whisper? The same reason we wait for others to whisper: we are prone to being so used to the noise and raucous clamor, that we become immune to it. It might be that we lose our hearing in a certain range, or as is the case with many married couples that selective hearing sets in. Maybe it’s that everyone yells, so when someone is intentionally quiet, we take notice, and lean forward to better hear what is being said. So, God whispers with the hope that we’ll lean forward to hear what He has to say. One of the things I like about Mark’s books is the amount of detail he provides. He takes the most (seemingly) random things and puts them into the context of his prayer life and the story line. I guess we all do it to some extent, but I have a hard time connecting the dots like he does. This is another book that I would love to lend to my friends, but I have underlined so many things, that I can’t bear to part with it. Simple prayers work. And we learn one in Whisper that is repeated throughout the book: “Speak LORD, for your servant is listening. It’s short, sweet, simple, and scriptural (1 Samuel 3:9) Batterson talks about the power of a whisper, and puts the power and the whisper in the context of seven languages: Scripture, Desires, Doors, Dreams, People, Promptings and Pain. God declares His love for us in so many different ways. And all we have to do is learn to listen. I received an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book in exchange for my review. There was no expectation that I was required to write a positive review. This book will release soon!5/5
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  • Rick Lin
    January 1, 1970
    “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak.” (Jas 1:19, CSB)Go to a Christian bookstore and you’ll find many books on prayer. Those books tend to focus what we should say to God and how we should say it. Few, if any, focus exclusively on the other side of the conversation, which is how we should listen to hear the voice of God in our prayer life. Mark Batterson has now filled that void with Whisper. Before I share my observations and review of the book, I first need to confess my reserva “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak.” (Jas 1:19, CSB)Go to a Christian bookstore and you’ll find many books on prayer. Those books tend to focus what we should say to God and how we should say it. Few, if any, focus exclusively on the other side of the conversation, which is how we should listen to hear the voice of God in our prayer life. Mark Batterson has now filled that void with Whisper. Before I share my observations and review of the book, I first need to confess my reservations. More than once, I’ve heard Christians say, “God told me that….” I’ve grown skeptical of this phrase as many use it interchangeably with “I feel like….” So, I went into this book with a fair bit of skepticism.Pastor Batterson starts the book by illustrating the import of God’s voice, “The Power of a Whisper.” With four words, God created light. By His breath, we were given life. His voice offers power, love, healing, wisdom, and joy. Why, then, does His voice often come in the form of a whisper? He wants us to “lean toward a whisper…That’s why He speaks in a whisper. He wants to be as close to us as is divinely possible!”With that introductory section, I was hooked. Part Two delves into God’s “Seven Love Languages,” ways in which the Creator of the universe communicates with us. I wanted to hear, but my skepticism remained. My concerns were assuaged when Batterson validated those concerns. The first love language, Scripture, serves as the underpinning of the others. As Batterson notes, “Scripture gives us guidelines” -- it’s the basis by which we “cross-check [our] interpretation.” The other methods God uses to speak to us are: Desires, Doors, Dreams, People, Promptings, and Pain. Each is girded with Scripture and expounded with personal examples.I would highly recommend this book to anyone who honestly seeks God and that closeness He desires. It’s the type of book I’ll read more than once so that I’ll be drawn back to my Father’s voice.Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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  • Leslie M.
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsDo you struggle to hear the voice of God? If so, then Batterson’s latest book may be one to check out. The premise of this book is that God still speaks to us today. It didn’t just happen in biblical times. However, most of the time, God uses a still-small voice that is not always easy to recognize. Batterson points out seven different love languages God uses to communicate: Scripture, Desires, Doors, Dreams, People, Promptings, and Pain. To illustrate each of these love languages, the 3.5 starsDo you struggle to hear the voice of God? If so, then Batterson’s latest book may be one to check out. The premise of this book is that God still speaks to us today. It didn’t just happen in biblical times. However, most of the time, God uses a still-small voice that is not always easy to recognize. Batterson points out seven different love languages God uses to communicate: Scripture, Desires, Doors, Dreams, People, Promptings, and Pain. To illustrate each of these love languages, the author uses various personal stories and biblical examples.This book is a bit more technical in its references than some other books I have read by Batterson. However, that is not to say that it is not meaningful to the average reader and their everyday life. Most people are overwhelmed by the busyness dictated by today’s society, making it easy to miss the voice of God. This book can open the reader’s eyes to notice things they may have been missing. Many are aware of using Scripture to hear from God, but the other areas may be new to them.There were numerous quotes that stuck out to me in this book. I will highlight a few:• “Change of pace + change of place = change of perspective”• “Seeking God first is making sure His voice is the loudest voice in your life.”• “Faith is taking the first step before God reveals the second.”• “We worry way too much about what people think, which is evidence that we don’t worry enough about what God thinks. It’s the fear of people that keeps us from hearing and heeding the voice of God. We let the expectations of others override the desires God has put in our hearts.”• “If you want to know where God will use you, you need look no further than your pain. We help others in the places where we’ve been hurt.”• “If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you keep getting what you’ve always got. To expect otherwise is the definition of insanity.”• “We often think that when God closes the door, that is His final answer. We put it. Where God puts a comma.”Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy, but I wasn’t required to leave a positive review.
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  • Sally Ferguson
    January 1, 1970
    Has noise consumed your world? Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God will help you rethink your addiction to distractions. The author says, “When our lives get loud… we lose our sense of being.” With descriptions of the vastness of the solar system, to the infiniteness of the inner ear, Mark Batterson goes to great lengths to reveal how much God wants to have a relationship with you.Mark Batterson is an author and a pastor who believes, “If you aren’t willing to listen to everything God has to s Has noise consumed your world? Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God will help you rethink your addiction to distractions. The author says, “When our lives get loud… we lose our sense of being.” With descriptions of the vastness of the solar system, to the infiniteness of the inner ear, Mark Batterson goes to great lengths to reveal how much God wants to have a relationship with you.Mark Batterson is an author and a pastor who believes, “If you aren’t willing to listen to everything God has to say, you eventually won’t hear anything He has to say.”Whisper is filled with insights that unlock Bible passages and bring clarity to what God is saying through His Word. Batterson suggests starting a Bible reading plan and developing a holy curiosity, because we’ll only have something to say that is worth hearing when we listen to God. Batterson says, “Creation is God’s symphony,” and shows how the natural phenomena of our world gets our attention, so that we will listen when God whispers to us. Helen Keller says, “The only thing worse than blindness is having sight but no vision.” And Batterson provides the “wow factor,” where so many illustrations of God’s bigness lead us to our knees in submission to the One who loves us immeasurably.Get a copy of Whisper. In it, you’ll find Keys to Hearing, 3 traits that should define us as Christ followers, and 5 Tests for Discerning the Will of God. But most of all, you’ll find a nudge to lean in closer to the voice of God.Similar to Batterson’s book, In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day, you’ll be encouraged to pursue dreams that are too big for you to tackle in your own power. He says, “Nothing keeps us on our knees like God-sized dreams. They force us to live in raw dependence upon God. Without Him, the dream cannot be realized.”Are you ready to fully rely on God? He’s ready to seize the opportunity and turn it into a defining moment!FTC disclaimer: "I received an Advance Copy of Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God from Blogging for Books for this review."
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  • Cheri Swalwell
    January 1, 1970
    I read the book Whisper by Mark Batterson and thoroughly loved it. It was exactly what I needed because God had been taking me deeper this year in His relationship with me, showing me there are many ways that He speaks and I just have to get quiet enough to listen. I love how the author pointed out that God speaks to each of us depending upon our various personalities – that was so helpful because my children are always saying they don’t hear God, but yet, it was hard for me to explain previousl I read the book Whisper by Mark Batterson and thoroughly loved it. It was exactly what I needed because God had been taking me deeper this year in His relationship with me, showing me there are many ways that He speaks and I just have to get quiet enough to listen. I love how the author pointed out that God speaks to each of us depending upon our various personalities – that was so helpful because my children are always saying they don’t hear God, but yet, it was hard for me to explain previously how I hear Him isn’t necessarily going to be how they experience Him. This book was a great way to show them in writing the various ways God’s speaks and how He wants to speak directly to them also. I love how this author’s message never changes… he stays consistent with encouraging his readers that God-sized dreams really are miracles being set up and God wants those for us – we just have to be willing to step out and do what it takes to achieve them. Our family has been going through a shift for the past three years and I believe God is getting ready to move big in our lives. Through the encouragement of this book, I have hope that God-sized miracles are getting ready to happen… and I’ve been taking steps in faith to show God not only that I’m ready but also that I believe, have faith, He’s getting ready to work. This author has encouraged those steps by his testimonies and faith. He has put some huge dreams in my husband and my hearts and we’re ready to take the steps necessary to watch God fulfill them. I am definitely going to be encouraging many other people to read this book. There is something about the way this author writes that draws me in and keeps me hanging on until after the last page. I’m still thinking about the message in Whisper and can’t wait to see what God is going to do.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    `Whisper` is an inspirational/ spiritual growth book by author Mark Batterson. In his book, Mark inspires the reader to listen to God's voice. I wanted to read this book because I need to hear God's voice. I need to hear His whisper. I think the author was motivated to write this book because so many of us don't know how to be still and listen for his voice. I like how the author explains himself and makes the book easy to read without talking down to the reader. He encourages the reader to be `Whisper` is an inspirational/ spiritual growth book by author Mark Batterson. In his book, Mark inspires the reader to listen to God's voice. I wanted to read this book because I need to hear God's voice. I need to hear His whisper. I think the author was motivated to write this book because so many of us don't know how to be still and listen for his voice. I like how the author explains himself and makes the book easy to read without talking down to the reader. He encourages the reader to be quiet, and also quiet the things around them so they could hear God whisper. Because of my own family dynamics, the quote that stuck out to me is from chapter two. "Instead of exclusively focusing on what's wrong and trying to fix it, you identify what's right and try to replicate it." I learned that in a crowd of people, no matter how many are screaming or yelling, the human ear can pick out the sound coming from a loved one because we actually hear things twice. There is a short delay between sound waves hitting the outer ear and reaching the inner ear. It's in that gap between the first hearing and second hearing where we discern the promptings of the Holy Spirit (see pages #42-43). In his book Mark first describes the power of a whisper then the second half describes the seven love languages in which God whispers to His people. I recommend this book to readers who want to grow in their spiritual life by learning how to listen to God. After reading this book I was inspired to read other books on hearing God's voice. I consider it a privilege to be on Mark Batterson's Launch Team for his book `Whisper`.Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book from the author. All opinions are my own."
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    One of the things we can find amazing about scripture is that God talks to his people. God speaks to them in a variety of ways. Some of these stories seem to be very different then what we experience nowadays. For instance, why doesn’t God continue to speak to us though donkeys or burning bushes. It might seem that God has become removed. Fortunately, this not the case as Mark Batterson explores in his book Whisper. In the first part of the book, Batterson explores the concept of listening. This One of the things we can find amazing about scripture is that God talks to his people. God speaks to them in a variety of ways. Some of these stories seem to be very different then what we experience nowadays. For instance, why doesn’t God continue to speak to us though donkeys or burning bushes. It might seem that God has become removed. Fortunately, this not the case as Mark Batterson explores in his book Whisper. In the first part of the book, Batterson explores the concept of listening. This part is a bit technical as he explores the mechanics of hearing. He explains how we are unable to replicate sounds or things that we are unable to really hear. This is intriguing especially when thought of in the context of learning new languages. Batterson leads us to the conclusion in this first part that we have to attune ourselves to hearing God.The second part of the book then depicts seven ways in which God still speaks to us: Scripture, Desires, Doors, Dreams, People, Promptings, and Pain. Batterson gives each of these “languages” its own chapter. An explanation is given to understand how God uses this language as a way of communicating with us followed by examples and stories.I really enjoy the stories and examples that Batterson uses because it makes the material more relatable. It helps the reader to make connections with their own life and gives them a broader view to really see the different ways in which God continues to speak to us. Whisper is a good book with an encouraging message.Disclaimer: I received this book free from the Blogging for Books blogger program in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Ginae B.
    January 1, 1970
    Normally, I will only scan prologue's and introduction's. I mean, really. It's usually a serious meh.However, Whisper has a really powerful prayer on page three (in the prologue). I won't spoil it for you. You'll have to look for yourself. But, feel uninhibited not to miss it.If there's something that I find troubling about this book, it's the fact that Batterson has heard a whisper of God's voice. I don't add that, in the sense that's it's less-than. I just don't understand.See, I've known thre Normally, I will only scan prologue's and introduction's. I mean, really. It's usually a serious meh.However, Whisper has a really powerful prayer on page three (in the prologue). I won't spoil it for you. You'll have to look for yourself. But, feel uninhibited not to miss it.If there's something that I find troubling about this book, it's the fact that Batterson has heard a whisper of God's voice. I don't add that, in the sense that's it's less-than. I just don't understand.See, I've known three people who have heard the audible voice of God and it was not a whisper. It was loud enough to be heard on a physical level. Three different people on a hand full of junctures. The voice was so loud that it frightened each of these three people.While I do not dismiss the experiences of Batterson, I do wonder why he experienced what he did as a whisper. God is God, after all. He spoke up for the people for whom I know and while I do not dismiss Batterson's experiences, I do wonder why he had to work so hard for what he received. Here's the deal. I do not mean to down-play the experiences of this author. I don't. I can only imagine what it is like to hear the voice of God. Granted, Batterson has authored a whole book and a large part of it is about whispering and the importance therein. He backs it up with Scripture too. But, what about us who could benefit from a hearing aid?Plus, God knows that I'm somewhat deaf from sitting in front of trumpet players for entirely too many years. If the Father ever speaks to me, I am seriously hoping that it doesn't occur in a whisper.
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  • Jenifer Metzger
    January 1, 1970
    Do you want to hear the voice of God but just don't know how or don't think He's talking to you? Did you know that the God that spoke this great universe into existence is the same God who still speaks to us today? Do you realize that He is speaking to you even today?In his brand new book, Whisper How to Hear the Voice of God, author and pastor Mark Batterson tells us that "God often speaks loudest when we're quietest." So often we just want this big booming voice or neon sign so we can hear God Do you want to hear the voice of God but just don't know how or don't think He's talking to you? Did you know that the God that spoke this great universe into existence is the same God who still speaks to us today? Do you realize that He is speaking to you even today?In his brand new book, Whisper How to Hear the Voice of God, author and pastor Mark Batterson tells us that "God often speaks loudest when we're quietest." So often we just want this big booming voice or neon sign so we can hear God. But He's always there, always been there, it's just that often His voice is coming in a whisper. Sometimes when I can't get my kids to listen, I will begin to just whisper. Then they have to turn off all of the noise around them and really focus in and listen to hear me. Sometimes we need to turn off all of the noise around us and really focus in and listen to hear God.In Bible times God spoke to His people in mysterious and miraculous ways, but is He still speaking now? Absolutely! Mark says, "When I survey Scripture, I see God showing up in strange places, at strange times, in strange ways. And I don't think anything has changed. God certainly won't contradict Himself, but He is still predictably unpredictable!"In Whisper, Mark teaches us just how God speaks to us through Scripture, desires, doors, dreams, people, promptings and pain. He tells us that often a "change of pace + change of place = change of perspective."If you struggle to hear God or need a good reminder on how to hear Him, pick up Whisper today and you will learn how to tun in and decipher how God speaks to you. You will find that He is actively and daily speaking directly to you.
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  • Kathleen E.
    January 1, 1970
    Friday, September 22, 2017Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God by Mark Batterson, © 2017Releases October 24, 2017My Review:We are loved by God. So deeply.Mark Batterson, in his book, "Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God," will remind you just how much!Recollections taken of people in different settings and time periods, the faithfulness of God shines through. ~ For any generation... Be refreshed in the interweaving of the Truth of Scripture throughout, you too will be reminded of such moments Friday, September 22, 2017Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God by Mark Batterson, © 2017Releases October 24, 2017My Review:We are loved by God. So deeply.Mark Batterson, in his book, "Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God," will remind you just how much!Recollections taken of people in different settings and time periods, the faithfulness of God shines through. ~ For any generation... Be refreshed in the interweaving of the Truth of Scripture throughout, you too will be reminded of such moments in your own life. He is there, constant and never leaving us for a moment.Notes in the back of the book footnote the references. These twenty pages are full! One I liked is where to find the "1827. demamah," reference page to read further. demamah = whisperThis is a book to read by yourself, rather than someone else telling you about it! An exploration of who you are created by Who He Is. Discerning God's promptings and stepping out, trusting Him, is told in first-person by the author in his own life. Divine appointments and divine timing. Living a Spirit-led life.You will want to go back and reread, underline and mark up your book! So... if you'd planned to share it, get another copy for a friend. This will be a good nudge to begin; open your Bible and study His Word for you!***Thank you to WaterBrookMultnomah for inviting me to be part of this book tour for Mark Batterson's Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God and for sending an advanced uncorrected proof copy. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    I really was surprised by this book. I had no idea the impact it would have on me. I was eager to hear what Mark Batterson, the author, would say about the tagline - "How to Hear the Voice of God." There were several areas that I had to go back and re-read. And if you fan through my copy of the book, the print looks like it may be in pink since I underlined so much of the book with pink ink!Just a few quotes I love from Whispers:"However, the goal isn't getting through the Bible; the goal is get I really was surprised by this book. I had no idea the impact it would have on me. I was eager to hear what Mark Batterson, the author, would say about the tagline - "How to Hear the Voice of God." There were several areas that I had to go back and re-read. And if you fan through my copy of the book, the print looks like it may be in pink since I underlined so much of the book with pink ink!Just a few quotes I love from Whispers:"However, the goal isn't getting through the Bible; the goal is getting the Bible through us.""The goal is learning to recognize and respond to your heavenly Father's voice so you can grow in intimacy with Him.""If you make the most of an opportunity, it can turn in to a defining moment.""Discerning those moments is part of hearing God's voice. Hearing Him means discerning the holy moments when you need to drop to your knees. It's discerning the critical moments when you meed to make a difficult decision.""Sometimes I let fear dictate my decision."I highly recommend this book if you are seeking a deeper and more meaningful walk with God. It is well worth the time spent reading it. Most definitely read it with a pen or highlighter in hand (preferably pink!) as you will want to write all over it like it's a text book. Not even kidding!I received a copy of this book with no expectation in return. I have chosen to share my honest opinion of this book in this review.
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