It Only Takes A Whisper...

Donna Surgenor

4 Stars

August 17, 2017

Mark Batterson is one of my all-time favorite authors. I couldn't wait to get this book to read and review. While it is still a great read, it was surprisingly less appealing to me than the other titles of his that I have read. Divided into two Parts, the book is about how to hear the voice of God. Part One: The Power of a Whisper was chock-full of anecdotes, helpful Scriptures and useful info, but it felt like an awkward handling of the subject to me. I found myself exasperated early on because I felt pressured as I read it, almost like I was the captive audience to a really charged professor with ADHD. Thankfully, Part Two: The Seven Love Languages slowed the pace considerably and felt a whole lot more like the usual easy conversational tone of Batterson. 

God speaks, says Batterson, through "Scripture, Desires, Doors, Dreams, People, Promptings and Pain." I really got into this part of the book. It hit home on several levels to me and I learned some things I didn't know about hearing from God, even after being a Christian for the greater part of four decades. Batterson is a homerun-hitter when it comes to writing, even though he says he initially didn't feel very confident in taking on writing as a career. His deep passion is his work as the lead pastor of National Community Church (NCC), a church with eight campuses and a diverse ministry that includes Ebenezer's Coffeehouse, the Miracle Theatre, and the DC Dream Center. 

I would recommend this book to both new believers and long-time Christians alike. If you stumble through the overflow of info in Part One, you'll stretch out and relax through Part Two, able to take it in and make it yours. 

I received this book from Blogging for Books for the purpose of review but the opinions expressed herein are mine. I give this book 4 stars.