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Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God, Workbook

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Most Bible studies help people; this one changes them forever. For more than 15 years, God has used Experiencing God in His work, showing believers how to know Him intimately while encouraging them to
Paperback, Third Edition, Revised and Expanded, 272 pages
Published 2009 by Lifeway Press (first published June 1976)
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Gina Levert Yes, we just finished the book. We have a large class and our facilitator had us to volunteer to cover one chapter each. A good study.

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Jun 07, 2011 Pamela rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All Christians who have Salvation
Recommended to Pamela by: My Bible Studies Group
I had no God previously since 1976; and I was introduced to Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism that came in after Gautama Siddhartha Buddhism which came down from the Primal Buddhism which there are no ancient writings just artifacts. My friend and I had trained during electronics in the making of pc boards, she was Japanese and we became friends and she introduced me to the Lotus Sutra. The Major Writings of Nichiren Daishonin Plus writings of Daisaku Ikeda. There is no god in Nichiren Shoshu. They held ...more
May 19, 2009 Steven rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to hear God's voice.
When I read this the first time I was so excited to find someone who believed exactly as I did about the way God speaks to His people. Of course, Blackaby provides a tremendous amount of scriptural support for his position, so that was also very helpful. His view remains unusual, though no longer unique.

Where some might say, "Don't just stand there, do something," Blackaby answers "Don't just do something, STAND THERE." Be still and wait on the Lord. He will lead you (provided you are doing the
Jeremy Manuel
May 06, 2012 Jeremy Manuel rated it liked it
Shelves: christianity
Experiencing God is considered a modern Christian classic. Despite this, my thoughts on the book are mixed.

The point of the book is to find ways to experience God. In particular to see where God is working, and to be involved in His work. Overall, I thought that the principles that Blackaby presents for doing this are pretty solid. Nothing comes to mind that made me really wary when came down to his basic principles of how to experience God.

There were two things that I did dislike about the book
Shane Gliser
Apr 22, 2013 Shane Gliser rated it it was ok
A concerned Christian's review: Nobel intentions but with more theological holes than you can shake a cross at. For example the very thesis verse is taken out of context and thus flawed. To hear the flaw in theology, you can listen to Stand to Reason's podcast episode from 04/21/2013 ( and listen to the segment from 1:03:00 to 1:18:30.

This is not to say that it is without value. It is good at getting people into the word and getting people used to the i
Jan 09, 2012 Maya rated it really liked it
We read this book with our Bible study group and it was a good one to dive into with others to discuss. Blackaby covers all the different ways we can experience God and how important it is to pay attention to each of these. The overall theme of the book is to pay attention to how God could be working around you and how He wants you to be part of that. Instead of asking in prayer all the things you want, ask Him what He wants for your life, what you should jump into and for guidance.

The book dis
Oct 11, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing
This is a GREAT Study. It is very intense and hard core. It will literaly grip you and make you want to put it down because there is no way to get through it without being changed by it.
If you are seriously committed to hearing what God wants you to do or what He is trying to tell you, then I highly recommend it. If you are struggling with your committment, i still recommend it, but you will be faced abbruptly with "His Will".
David Brown
Oct 16, 2013 David Brown rated it liked it
As I participated in a group study on Henry Blackaby’s book: Experiencing God, I not only discovered some great insights (like the value of focusing on being Christ-centered verses self-centered, the power of the Holy Spirit, and the importance of fellowship, prayer, and God’s Word), but I have also found some areas of concern in the author’s methodology and philosophy. It may seem like semantics, but men cannot do God’s work, only God can do God’s work. More importantly, only by following Chris ...more
Louis Lapides
Feb 14, 2013 Louis Lapides rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is filled with both good and bad theology. Unfortunately the bad theology is enough to cause the reader to be misled by the major theme of the book: how to find God's will? Blackaby bases his entire theological foundation on the misinterpretation and poor application of several passages in the fifth chapter of the Gospel of John. This makes the entire book built on a faulty interpretation of an important passage that is about the trinitarian nature of God and not about how the Christia ...more
Jul 15, 2007 Crystal rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Christians seeking to deepen their relationship with God
Shelves: christian
This was a wonderful devotional--the best I've ever used. Henry Blackaby skillfully guides you through selected Scriptures and reflection questions to a deeper understanding of God, His word, and your faith in Him. I read this a long time ago--I actually want to get another copy of the workbook now, years later, and go through it all over again. Who can't use a little help with their spiritual walk?
Heather Tomlinson
This is an excellent book. It seeks to answer the question, 'What is the will of God, and how do I do it?' Blackaby's answer is that knowing God's will comes out of a deep relationship with God. Through trust, obedience, and committing ourselves to God's path, we can experience God and complete his purposes for us.
I found the book really inspiring and it helped me to draw closer to God as I read it. I've bought the day-by-day devotional book, it was so helpful, as I'd like to be reminded every
Charles Erlandson
Oct 01, 2011 Charles Erlandson rated it liked it
Can Lead Christians to Experience God But Can Also Lead Them Astray

“Experiencing God” by Henry Blackaby and Claude King (and now also Richard Blackaby) seems to be a book for which reviewers find no middle ground. Almost all of the reviewers on Amazon give the book 5 stars (with one 4 star book) and one 1 star review. I find that the book has the potential to lead many to a deeper, more meaningful experience with God but also has the potential to lead many into false views of how God works with
Mar 18, 2013 Keith rated it it was amazing
Other than the Bible itself, which always always always has primacy as God's word to humanity, this book has helped me the most in connecting with God in an intimate and personal relationship. God's plan and purpose to be a personal God and friend to each and everyone is clearly expressed in the Bible, but Blackaby has done a wonderful job of making contemporary applications to help people find that connection. Also he has given a wonderful rule of thumb for that relationship: Find where God is ...more
Karen Fonville
Mar 19, 2011 Karen Fonville rated it it was amazing
Life Changing. Words cannot describe how this workbook and the 12 week Bible study have impacted my life, and the lives of the people I studied it with. It takes commitment to get the true benefit, but is well worth the effort. This is the type of study that must be lived and digested for awhile. There are levels to experiencing God, so you can definitely gain by repeating the study. I will do this again.
Valerie Van Moorsel
this is an excellent study i highly recommend it for everybody to take, for those who are seeking God's plan for their life challenges you to look at changing insight, practices that we are so used to in our comfort zones. this book study challenges us to get out of that comfort zone and go out and serve God where He needs us instead of of us coming up with a plan and asking God to bless what we think we should do for Him.
Jun 15, 2009 Emily rated it really liked it
I never know if I should list things like this.. but I am because it was really huge. This was done in a time in which I had to think of God as huge in order to have hope. I loved reading story after story about how people's faith determined the magnitude of what God was able to do in their lives.

Unfortunately, the last few weeks lost me, but the rest were pretty amazing.
Jan 12, 2016 Brian rated it it was amazing
Five stars, times 2. I read this as part of a study group in my church, and it truly had a great impact on my life. The author was so right, I really experienced God in ways that I hadn't before while reading this book. It really helped me in my walk with God. I recommend it for everyone who desires to walk closer with God.
Apr 22, 2013 Denise rated it it was amazing
This book/study is not perfect, but I found it to be what I needed this year. God used the straightforward truth of Blackaby's teaching and experience with God to speak into my life. I would definitely recommend this study for anyone serious about diving deeper.
Chris Bates
May 27, 2012 Chris Bates rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
Profound in my spiritual development. I'm still seeking to experience God daily. Obedience is the turning point for me. I have been through this in s small group study and individually. Transformational!
Jul 06, 2012 Joshua rated it it was amazing
Though I cannot say I agreed with everything in this book I will say that this book was extremely helpful to me personally! Truly wonderful! It helped me understand my relationship with the Holy Spirit. I believe more baptist (laymen and ministers) need to read and learn from this book!
Thought-provoking examination of relating to God through the life of Abraham.

(I read an earlier edition, but can't get it to take.)
Feb 01, 2011 Kymberly rated it it was amazing
Loving this book!!!

Read three times so far!
I have tried numerous times to get through this workbook, and I have just been unable to. I find myself skimming the pages just to hurry and finish the days worth of information. I'm unable to put my finger on WHY. In most (although not all) instances I don't really disagree with what Blackaby is saying. Yet, I just can't get anything out of the study. No joy, no insight, no pull or enlightenment. Unfortunately, I've found completing it more of a chore than I desire. Perhaps, it's just the workb ...more
Mar 03, 2017 Kai rated it really liked it
My very first Christian tutorial book. It helped me understand basic Christianity knowledge.
Jul 16, 2012 Christopher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
My Bible study group decided to take on this book together over the summer, but it wasn't until today that I finally finished the final page. I have to say, this has been an invaluable boost to my personal faith in Christ and, whether you are a Christian or not, this is a book you should not miss. Through 12 weeks, or units, of 5 days each, My. Blackaby takes the reader on personal journey to experience God in the way God intended us to. Through this study, I personally have grown closer to God, ...more
Daniel Taylor
The reason I read this book is that it's on the reading list for The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth am I Here for? by Rick Warren.

"Experiencing God" teaches you how to deepen your personal, one-on-one relationship with Jesus Christ. It covers topics such as how to recognize that God is talking to you and how, rather than seeking your will in prayer (asking, "What is God's will for me?", seek God's will and adjust your life to obey Him.

This book came into my life at just the right time. My wa
Michael Schmid
I read the Spanish version of this book. In general, I found that Blackaby shared some good general principles on how to experience a deeper relationship with God. However, what really annoyed me about this book was how he repeatedly speaks about amazing things he experienced in his own life or how others experienced amazing things because they read his book. At least twice in the book, Blackaby tells about having had the opportunity of speaking in the White House, the Pentagon and the United Na ...more
Feb 02, 2016 Desiray rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Every person
Recommended to Desiray by: my pastor
Oh my gosh! What can I say about this book? I attend Wednesday night bible study at my church and one Wednesday my pastor said that we will be doing a study on this book. Well needless to say the title alone had be hooked. That night I purchased my book and by the next week I had the book in my hand. I simply loved this book, I have participated in several books for a bible study but none has come close to this. What I learned from this book is how to have my own God experience. The questions th ...more
Nov 23, 2016 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an extraordinary Workbook. If you have not had the opportunity to study Experiencing God, consider it. Many people have. It has gone through umpteen printings/revisions, and is in many different languages, since it was published in 1990.
Experiencing God starts and stays with the foundational truth that God wants a close, loving relationship with His followers. Often this truth gets lost in our doing for God. Experiencing God calls the believer back to a loving relationship, and from the
Rex Libris
Jul 26, 2015 Rex Libris rated it really liked it
I learned about Pastor Blackaby's ministry through a Gideon program that featured his son. Richard is continuing his father's work, and his talk was an inspiration to listen to. So with that in mind, I decided to see what the ministry was about.

This book is a classic Christian text by Blackaby pater, and is a guide to recognize how God interacts in your life, and how to respond and follow God's plan for you. The seven "steps" are: 1) God is always at work around you. 2) God pursues a continuing
Chandler King
Jul 07, 2013 Chandler King rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual
"The Lord will provide" sticks out in my mind and loving others as well. This book helped me change my perspective from myself-centered activity to God-centered activity - helping me to have confidence in God rather than myself. Easily said but hard to live; depending on God (His abilities and provision) and humility/denial of myself and seeking God's perspective on my circumstances, looking for an opportunity to join Him in His work. It is an eye opener and the follow up book "Come to the Lord' ...more
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