A Word from the Author
1. A Paradox About Hearing God
Why do people say they hear God but so few can explain it?
2. Guidelines for Hearing from God
What are some common misunderstandings?
Hearing God in Scripture: 1 Kings 19:2-18
3. Never Alone
How is God with us?
4. Our Communicating Cosmos
Does God really talk to people?
Hearing God in Scripture: 2 Kings 6:11-17
5. The Still, Small Voice and Its Rivals
How has God spoken to people before?
Hearing God in Scripture: Proverbs 20:27; 1 Corinthians 2:9-13, 15-16
6. The Word of God and the Rule of God
What part does God's Word have in everyday reality?
Hearing God in Scripture: Psalm 19:1-6; 119:89-91
7. Redemption Through the Word of God
How does hearing God lead to character transformation?
Hearing God in Scripture: Romans 5:10-11; 6:4, 8-11
8. Recognizing the Voice of God
How do we know we are hearing God and not our own voices?
Hearing God in Scripture: 1 Chronicles 14:8-17
9. A Life More Than Guidance
How do we learn to listen to God?
Epilogue: The Way of the Burning Heart
Appendix: Key Questions and Answers
Dallas Willard is professor of philosophy at the University of Southern California. He is the author of The Divine Conspiracy, The Spirit of the Disciplines and Renovation of the Heart.
"In this volume he lays out a needed and balanced view of a God who
not only listens to his children but speaks to them as well. The
problem is not that God is voiceless but that we simply do not
listen to his voice and that is because we don't know how to
listen."--Jim Miller Book Review, January 23, 2008
"The beauty of this book is the way it exposes the reader to hearing God through obedience to him. . . . You may need, as I did, to read and read it again, but it is well worth it."--Skip Holman, Baptist Standard, September 3, 2012
"Few books have challenged me like this one. I would urge every serious-minded Christian to read it . . . at your own risk."--Bill Hybels, author of Too Busy Not to Pray
"The best book on divine guidance I have ever read. I recommend it highly."--Richard Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline
"Willard wonderfully encourages us to listen for God's voice, and then to respond and obey. This is a book of great encouragement and helpful insights into the arena of God's direction in our daily living."--Ted W. Engstrom, president emeritus, World Vision