Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Listening Life Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction by Adam S. McHugh

★★★★★  The publisher provided a copy for review.
Many of us feel guilty because there's no time or "head space" in our busy routines to hear God. Some of us have never felt like we've personally heard his voice. Yet we know that we do not serve mute idols or a God who is disinterest in his creatures.

So how can we foster attentiveness to a God who wants to speak to us? Who cares enough to engage his children in conversation and direction?

McHugh writes beautiful poetic prose that made me pause, over and over. Here's an example: "Genesis opens on a scene of deep, ancient silence. When God's voice breaks in with "Let there be light," how do you hear it? Is it a rumbling vocal thunderclap, a sonic boom of speech that scatters the seas and jolts the land into place? Do you hear it as the voice of an artist who thoughtfully and quietly paints words on a silent canvas? Perhaps you hear a whisper, the nudge of a Creator who feels no need to shout."

Aaaaaahhh. Considering that little paragraph takes my breath away.

If your soul is longing to listen to God-with-us, this is a must-read. Enjoy it while you learn to set aside the distractions and begin to recognize the God who speaks.

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