The Power of a Whisper

A Leadership book review

The Power of a Whisper (Zondervan, 2010) is not only a book about learning to hear the "communicating God" direct your life, it's also as close as Bill Hybels may come to memoir in what he calls his "50-year whisper-fueled odyssey."

He said he's waited 35 years to write this book because of the controversial nature of anyone, especially a pastor, saying he has heard a word from God. Hybels' book stands out, however, as a model for how a pastor can hear and teach others to hear the "Wind Words" of the Holy Spirit that come sometimes as whispers. The problem is not God's silence. God speaks, but we must learn to have ears like Samuel. When a boyhood teacher taught the story of Samuel, young Hybels wondered aloud to Miss Van Solen if God still speaks to little boys.

Willow Creek and its Association exist today because at low points in Hybels' life, God "graciously whispered to me." In true Hybels fashion, he gives clear, strong principles on how to listen and how to filter sources and content ...

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