So this is the big blog week for “Nine Ways God Always Speaks.” It’s a good thing I decided to read this book last week since the deadline for the review was this week. I had actually lost track of what I was reading and when they were due with all that surrounded Easter, but anyhow, I read it and here goes.
Ultimately, I thought it was a great book to add to the list this year. Mark Herringshaw and Jennifer Schuchmann are storytellers and that’s their main focus with this book. They don’t give high theological arguments about how God speaks, nor do they press formulas on you suggesting that God can and only speaks in the ways they focus on. What they do is take people’s stories of how God has spoken to them, line them up with Biblical examples and say, “see, God speaks like this.” At least that was my take on what was going on. But that’s the kind of straightforward book I enjoy.
And bottom line, they allowed me, the reader, to make the ultimate decision. Often, I feel they would lead to a question or even flat out pose one that they did not answer. I appreciate this boldness and vulnerability. It made the authors more real to me. Because honestly, some of the stories did sound a little bogus, and I balked at a few things. But with the straightforward approach and the assurance that you may not fully buy in, I was okay with not feeling the pressure to “drink the proverbial kool-aide” everything.
One thing I have noticed about myself personally is that I have been saying a lot more over the last few days, that’s God speaking to you. And not in a cheesy way, but a genuine way. For example, one of my friends in the ministry was telling me this morning how he was dealing with someone in his church complaining about “how they didn’t like something,” (classic) and right when he was the most discouraged and about to pop off an e-mail with defenses up, another person in ministry called and said, “hey, what’s going on, just wanted to check on you.” Immediately, I thought, “his friend could have ignored the Spirit prompting him to call, and he could have ignored the wise counsel from a trusted friend.” But neither did. And what I believe is that it was God speaking in different ways to different people. Would I have recognized this a week ago? Yeah, I guess so. But it was with more clarity and more quickly that I did so today. So, good read.
If you want a copy, leave a reply and tell me a story of how God has spoken to you and I’ll randomly choose a winner (i.e. it won’t be because I think you’re super holy cause of the way God spoke to you or what He spoke to you, I just love the stories).
Or, you can buy a copy here.