Saturday, 25 May 2013

Review: Can You Hear Me? Tuning in to the God Who Speaks - author Brad Jersak

Can You Hear Me?
is a combination of biblical and historical research, real life experiences, and thirty-three inspiring exercises on "listening prayer." 

The premise is that God speaks to His children far more frequently and naturally than they might expect. Tuning in to the voice of God begins by discovering how well we already hear Him and deepens with practice as we step into prayerful dialogue. 

God desires to transform our prayers into intimate conversations -- real meetings with a living Friend. Readers will become aware that encounters with God are more simple, accessible, and interactive than they ever dreamed.

Can You Hear Me? Tuning In To the God Who Speaks
author: Dr. Brad Jersak 
publisher: Fresh Wind Press [Canada] 2003
3rd edition May 2013 

God desires to transform our prayers into intimate conversations, real meetings with a Living Friend. In this book, Dr. Jersak lays out the biblical foundation for the practice of listening prayer. 

CAN YOU HEAR ME? combines solid research, inspiring testimonies, and 33 spiritual exercises–all to help us hear God more clearly. Inside Can You Hear Me?: 
- Learn the simplicity of listening prayer and connect with God deeply and personally. 
- Experience personal meeting places in different rooms of your heart, in God’s Word, and in your world, that you can access freely whenever you need to meet with Jesus. 
- Identify and overcome blocks to connecting intimately with God. Stop the silence! 
- Apply listening prayer in decision-making, parenting, in your local church, and for inner healing. 
- Jesus alone is the wonderful counsellor who delights to answer your questions. 
- Test and Distinguish between God’s voice and all those competing voices.

A life changing book.
Learning to tune in to the God Who speaks...

13 chapters divided into 3 sections include:

I. The Simplicity of Listening Prayer
1. My Sheep Hear My Voice
2. Awakened Hearts: How we hear and see God 
3. God, is that really you? 
4. Was that just my imagination?
II. Encountering God: The Meeting Place of Your Heart
5. The Meeting Place 
6. Meeting God to intercede
7. Overcoming Blocks to Meeting God
III. The Life of Listening Prayer
8. Listening Prayer in Decision Times
9. Listening Prayer with Children
10. Listening Prayer in the Local Church
11. Listening Prayer and Outreach
12. Listening Prayer, Mercy and Justice
13. Listening Prayer for Inner Healing
Epilogue: Do you want to start a fire?

God has a Voice and God's 'sheep' know that Voice.  Dr Jersak provides 'tuning in' listening exercises to teach and train our inner 'ears' to hear God's Voice speaking to our inner spirit. Beautiful examples of questions to ask God as the learning begins and develops - just be sure to have your journal ready to record the inspiriting responses!

Loved this transformative book on prayer and have recommended it often to friends on the faith journey.  A perspective that develops the intimacy of relationship that God intends. 

I've gifted this book to each of my children as a resource for building solid life foundations and highly recommend it to Infuse: InSpirit readers.  

Forever grateful to Dr Brad Jersak for taking time to write these lessons - 

May 2013 3rd edition -1st Kindle edition - includes forward by Jason Upton + study guide for each chapter and includes an appendix "The Biblical Basis for Listening Prayer."

Available on  Brad Jersak's youtube channel for listening and learning ..

About the author:  

Dr. Brad Jersak is a Canadian author and teacher based in Abbotsford, BC, where he attends Fresh Wind Christian Fellowship. His heart is to share the good news that God is Love and that God’s love was shown to us perfectly in Jesus of Nazareth. Through his books and seminars, Brad teaches that anyone can learn to hear God’s voice through the simple practice of ”listening prayer.” 

Those who practice listening prayer find that God’s love heals wounded hearts and empowers them to heal this broken world. Brad Jersak’s foundational book, “Can You Hear Me? Tuning in to the God Who Speaks” trains readers in the ways of “Listening Prayer.” 

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