Book Review

Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God, Mark Batterson, WaterBrook & Multnomah, 2017.

Let’s face it. It’s hard to hear the voice of God.

Especially when we consider the multiple voices, alerts, and notifications we listen to. There are the voices (and tweets) of politicians, gurus, and talk show hosts. They are loud and overbearing. There is the constant 24-hour news cycle. And the notifications that pop up on our smartphones.

Then there are the coworkers, family, and friends who give us advice. There are iTunes, podcasts, and newscast. Then there are demands at work, at home, and at church.  The demands on us continue as we pack lunches, help with homework, pay bills and manage money.

Our lives are full.

And we are supposed to hear God?

When I graduated from seminary, I felt this heavy weight lift off of me. It was a glorious moment, complete with a “Hallelujah” chorus. But what that moment really meant to me was I could hear again. I no longer had to read the theologians and theorists of the ages. No longer did I have to heed the teachings of professors. There were no more papers to write or exams to take.

I could hear God again.

It was my Elijah moment. I stepped away from graduation as if I had just regained my hearing. Once again I could hear the still, small voice of God. It was hearing that I needed as I discerned my call to ministry. 

Whisper coverMark Batterson, the pastor, and author explores this very idea in his new book Whisper. He takes aim at the age-old question, “Does God still speak?” Batterson argues that God still whispers, and suggests seven love languages through which this communication happens. These languages are Scripture, Desires, Doors, Dreams, People, Promptings, and Pain.

Batterson teaches that by learning to tune in and decipher each of these seven languages in our own contexts, we will be able to hear God’s whisper in our lives. These whisperings could easily be guided to life-altering and life-changing decisions.

We just need to listen, Batterson suggests.

One of the ways to listen is to find a listening spot. This spot is a place where we are distraction free, listening to and waiting for the whispers of the Holy Spirit. Some call it a prayer room. Others choose their meditation routine. Whatever you call it, it is a place to listen and discern.

Batterson weaves unique stories from science about sound and hearing with his own personal experiences. If you have read any of Batterson’s other works, you may be familiar with some of the stories he tells.

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Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital review copy.