I'm currently in the middle of studying, filing and praying through Dallas Willard's "Hearing God", Henry Blackaby's "Hearing God's Voice", and Mark Buchanan's "The Rest of God". Instead of just reading and taking notes, I wanted to apply Charles Spurgeon's advice on digesting the books I read ... focusing on a few ...
"Master those books you have. Read them thoroughly. Bathe in them until they saturate you. Read and reread them, masticate and digest them. Let them go into your very self. Peruse a good book several times and make notes and analyses of it. A student will find that his mental constitution is more affected by one book thoroughly mastered than by twenty books he has merely skimmed. Little learning and much pride comes of hasty reading."
Seeking Wisdom and Prayer ...
In the midst of praying through a lot of big decisions I need to make in the coming months, I wanted to walk beside proven men of wisdom. The books on hearing God have provided some much needed words of encouragement in my days of "seeking" ... and Buchanan's book on the Rest of God has been a great guide for me during my sabbatical. I never realized I had to learn how to rest properly.
Please pray for clarity as I seek God's next step for me in the coming weeks. I approach the final stretch of my sabbatical and I sense God requiring new steps of faith to be taken. Any time a step of faith is needed, I know a new adventure awaits ...
And my podcasts for sermons and weekly memory verses have been updated on iTunes. And if you haven't checked out my "Interviews and Insights" podcast yet, check it out and listen to the first 2 episodes. Take care ... and please keep me in prayer. Thanks.
Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship With God
By Dallas Willard