Hearing the Voice of the Lord: Principles and Patterns of Personal Revelation
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Hearing the Voice of the Lord: Principles and Patterns of Personal Revelation

4.38 of 5 stars 4.38  ·  rating details  ·  989 ratings  ·  192 reviews
How can we navigate safely through our turbulent times? Personal revelation is one key! Elder Gerald N. Lund, million-selling author of The Work and the Glory, offers profound insights about how personal revelation 'works.' Learn how we can increase our ability to receive and recognize personal revelation, what we can do to avoid being misled, and many other ideas relevant...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Deseret Book
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Alice-Anne
a good book. He spent a lot of chapters talking about false revelations which I thought was good because that doesn't get covered very often. I also felt like I came away with a few solid principles about how true revelation is given and received. And I would especially recommend it for those who are looking to be married in the near future. He had some segments devoted just to making this decision.
*Christie*
Eighteen Months after I started reading this book, I have finished and finally feel like I can offer a "review" on it. It wasn't that the reading was laborious or taxing; it was more that I re-read things over and over. I tried to take them into my heart. And sometimes that takes a while.

A few years ago one of my dear friends lost a child. One night, shortly after the accident, she related an awful experience she had in Relief Society. The lesson was on the Holy Ghost and there were women sharin...more
Chris
It took me a long time to read this book...because I was doing so much thinking and pondering and listening while I was reading it. I think it's a fabulous book. I wish I could give it 12 stars! Bro. Lund's organization is amazing...he lays out the process of personal revelation so beautifully. I found so much to learn and insights came that deepened my understanding of so many things. I underlined heavily and this book will be a continuing reference book for me. I absolutely loved the wealth of...more
Erin
Dec 08, 2008 Erin rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adults/Young Adults who are looking for ways to improve their communication with the Lord
I liked this book. Gerald Lund does a good job at explaining in detail the process that we need to go through to seek, ask, and then hear. Personal Revelation is so important to us today. I found that I already knew many of the principles in the book, so there was not a wealth of new information for me. But, it was a nice reminder of things I need to be doign.
There was one thing that I did not totally agree on fairly early in the book. So, I think this effected how I felt about the rest on the...more
Tiffany
I think this is one of the most helpful church books that I have ever read. It would be an excellent resource for a home gospel library; I read it on an inter-library loan, but I'm planning on buying it.

Several reviewers comment that there is nothing new in this book, and they are probably right, but it is all gathered into one place, put in a very logical order, written very clearly, backed up with scripture and quotes from the prophets and explained very thoroughly with examples. If you have e...more
Holly
If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would. It was that good. I would recommend it to all my LDS friends.

This book would have been extremely helpful to me as a missionary. It would be a great gift for someone getting ready to serve a mission because there is so much in here I wish I really understood at that time in my life. I think in my mission there was a lot of incorrect doctrine floating around about the way the Spirit works and the way we receive answers to prayers.

I read this b...more
Teri
Jun 17, 2010 Teri rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Teri by: Ladies Night Oct. 2008 Kathy's March 2010 book club choice
Finally finished the March book club selection. Very good book about personal revelation. I did a lot of pondering as I read. Loved the quotes that were added throughout the book. The quotes were on either side of the pages regarding personal revelation from prophets and general authorities.(Also a few quotes from the ever insightful C.S. Lewis). I enjoy books like this one, because of the desire I feel as I read and after I finish, to improve, progress, to just "be better."
Mommywest
Apr 04, 2014 Mommywest is currently reading it
I started reading this book through the Deseret Bookshelf app as a free sample, so
I've only read the first five chapters. Because of what I've read, I now want to read the rest of the book! I would recommend this to anyone--even those who feel they know quite a bit about personal revelation and hearing/feeling the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit. There is much to be gained from a study of this subject--including additional revelation and insights that may not have been realized before. And this book w...more
Verona
Feb 15, 2012 Verona rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone with a desire to communicate with heaven
I'm not finished, and I read just a chapter or a few pages nightly to lift my spirits. It's like reading scripture, it helps me think of Jesus Christ and staying close to him and his teachings. I enjoy reading it every night just before I go to sleep. It's a book to mark your favorite passages and thoughts. It's a book that makes you feel good.
Now that I'm finished, I want to read it again sometime. I loved the message of this book. I have always believed in communicating with my Heavenly Fat...more
EJ Johnson
May 16, 2008 EJ Johnson rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to EJ by: Debi
I was really hoping for a definitive statement of "When such and such happens you know the Lord is speaking to you" which isn't in this book. So I was disappointed in that but, of course, listening for the Lord is not that easy and is very personal so there are lots of ways it happens. Gerald Lund gives lots of points to help us focus and work on our spirituality as well as pointing out lots of pitfalls that take us away from where we want to be. This is not a quick read and takes lots of though...more
Wendy
I loved the way this Lund discuses the "mechanics" of personal revelation in this book. He has a very concise outline that he goes through, beginning with what revelation is, how it comes, what principles govern the giving and receiving of revelation, false revelation and then ends with discussing how to increase "the likelihood of receiving and recognizing revelation". I did got bogged down in the last few chapters but I think that may have been because there is so much to think about through o...more
Sirpa Grierson
Although much of this is information that we all "know," about receiving revelation, Lund draws together a wealth of materials from leaders in the Church and crafts a wonderful book that is practical and insightful. There is something here for every reader who wants to strengthen their ability to recognize personal inspiration in their own lives. I especially loved his section on developing spiritual self-reliance in these times of turmoil and "noise" as well as the insights offered about the pa...more
Heather Roberts
this book is sexxxxxy. i love mysteries, understanding, realizations {truth: revelations} based on christ, brilliant apostles of old/new, and the sacred, amazing gift that is for all to subtly experience personally. my inner snob wanted to discount gerald. he is a terrible writer. but he is pure genius in so many other ways. which is why this works for this topic.

the below was written a million years ago. i have been savoring this book for a really long time as part of my scripture study. it is...more
Cindy
I have wanted to read this for a long time and finally bought & read it in preparation for teaching a class on receiving personal revelation in our lives. It was a truly excellent and thorough coverage of the topic with a great mix of personal experiences, stories from church history, and quotes from church leaders. Reading this was a great experience.
Benjamin Taylor
Great Perspective on our Sensitivity to personal revelation

This book is a great tool to help understand the process of personal revelation.
There are notes included at the end of each chapter to help expound on certain topics.
Garrett
This was a very interesting and useful book. I knew most of what Lund was saying, but having it all together in one place was useful and also opened up some other interpretations for me.

I especially appreciated the chapters on recognizing revelations that are not from God.

And while there indeed are not explicit rules about how to get revelation or what form it will take, I appreciated the directions and ideas presented here.

My main complaint with the book is that it was quite dense in content a...more
iLa
Not that I have read a lot of books about personal revelation...but this is the best book I have ever read on personal revelation! Lund approaches the topic in an "outline" format that is easy to follow and understand. He gives real examples, tons of quotes from modern day prophets, and lots of scriptural references.

In one section he uses dating as an example - and how we can and should use the spirit in our dating. If I wasn't married, I would absolutely follow his counsel. I am glad I have thi...more
Christie
This probably would have been a four-star book if I had read it over the course of the six weeks it sat in my bookcase, as opposed to in one fell swoop because it was due at the library. It's a lot to take in when you read it in one sitting, and I don't think I'll really apply everything since I don't think I'll remember everything. It's good information, and I did learn some new things from it, but it's not like there's going to be a ton of new information in a book on personal revelation, beca...more
Leslie
I didn't realize how much I was looking for a book on personal revelation until I read this book! I love the layout of this book. It is concise and specific in how to recognize revelation, how to recognize false revelation and how to be worthy to receive it. I thought I knew most of that but I hadn't seen it presented quite like this. Lund uses a nice combination of real life stories, examples from the scripture as well as quotes from current and past church leaders. I guess the best recommendat...more
Aimee
Jul 21, 2010 Aimee rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people interested in getting (and understanding) answers to prayers
Recommended to Aimee by: Kathleen
If you're interested in getting more divine direction in your life and understanding how God answers prayers and speaks to the human family, this is the book for you. Lund writes clearly and in meticulous detail of the variety of ways God speaks to us, if only we are willing to truly listen. The book was sometimes repetitive, but that is a function of the design of the book -- the reader can read the chapters in any order that interests her, rather than needing to read in numerical order. That s...more
Nicole Pulver
I've been reading this book, I'm not finished, but so far, it is very educational. I've leared alot about revelation and how we recieve it, one of the main points is that revelation usually comes as a very ordinary experiance, and hardly ever a "oh wow" type of thing. The book is full of quotes from Prophets, and also many stories from everyday members, just like you and I. I can't express how much I enjoy this book, and how it has opened my eyes to how much the Lord is really involved in my lif...more
Andra
Great book on learning to understand how you personally receive revelation!
Marc
This was a really enjoyable book. The author does a great job of covering the topic of revelation with the focus being on personal revelation. Honestly there were very few concepts in the book that I wasn't familiar with already but he provides a lot of scriptural references and quotes from modern day prophets. Even though the information was a review of concepts for me I did find that it caused some self-reflection on my personal habits.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested personal...more
Rebekah
I think this is a worthwhile read for anyone who has questions about answers to prayers. (And I seriously doubt those of you who don't have questions wouldn't benefit from reading it anyways). It talked about a lot of things that I already knew, but it was enlightening, and talked about many things I DIDN'T know as well. Reading this did not necessarily tell me what the answer to my prayers were, but it helped me to recognize what to look for, and it helped me to realize I had some false beliefs...more
CynthyB
We're reading this aloud, so it's taking longer than normal as we stop to discuss different aspects of the content. Much of the book reviews what I already knew and understand. I really appreciate the parts that add insight to what I knew, and that introduce new ways of understanding the voice of the Lord. I love the references to apostles and prophets, and have found certain chapters especially inspiring and helpful. This book would work well as a reference book as well as a cover-to-cover read...more
Rachel
I thought this was fantastic. It's a very in-depth look into recognizing, recieving and acting upon personal revelation. It look me a while to finish because I really had to think about and digest what he said. Elder Lund, of the Q. of the 70, did a lot of research (scriptures, prophets) and what he wrote rang true to me and answered questions that I had and helped me better understand how to improve my ability to listen to that still, small voice. This isn't easy-reading, but well worth the eff...more
Rae
I thought I had a pretty good idea of how the Lord reveals information to his people...but this book gave me a lot to think about. And a lot to examine in my own life. I read it quite slowly and gave Elder Lund's words a lot of pondering. I think it's one of the best all-around sources of information on the topic of personal revelation. I love the format of the pages...with lots of valuable side quotes and specific examples that illustrate the point Lund is making at the time. Highly recommended...more
Christina
I really liked certain points in this book but felt that many of the points were reiterated several times and that some statements were contradictory. That being said, i really lived the scriptural examples the author provided and the quotations from church leaders. I highly recommend this book in addition to reading scriptures.
Michael Kage
Unless you are looking for a boring explination of revelation that repeats itself many times do not purchase this book. There is nothing new presented. If you would like a reference book just for the topic of revelation then buy it but you can always find information from other sources. The book reads slowly and Lund kepts repeating himself and doesn't get to the point. I was bored to tears reading this. I dislike it so much I am debating if the book deserves space on a bookshelf.
Nathan Miller
This book had a few true gems of insight, but in truth, was entirely too bloated. The author kept repeating himself and rambling. I put it down at page 138. If this is a topic you are very interested in--or if you are good at skimming--then I would recommend it. The best thing about this book is that it addresses deeper struggles, contradictions and realities that church lessons usually don't. The author addresses most everything I've ever wondered about the topic--which is a lot.
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