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Close Enough to Hear God Breathe: The Great Story of Divine Intimacy

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THERE ARE A THOUSAND VOICES TELLING ME WHO I AM, OR WHO I SHOULD BE.  I WANT TO HEAR WHAT GOD HAS TO SAY.  I WANT TO KNOW THAT HE'S REALLY THERE. I WANT TO KNOW THAT IN THE WHOLE GRAND, TANGLED SWEEP OF THE HUMAN STORY, MY LITTLE STORY MATTERS.  I NEED TO HEAR HIS VOICE, SPEAKING TO ME, IN MY OWN EARS...


In Close Enough to Hear God Breathe, acclaimed author Greg Paul shows
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 3rd 2011 by Thomas Nelson
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David McClendon, Sr
Jan 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
The book title promises us an intimate journey with God. I was disappointed that the book never got even close to that. I really can’t believe that Thomas Nelson published this. Normally a book from Thomas Nelson is very well-written and inspirational. I especially can’t believe that Greg Paul has had two other books published as well.

One of the first problems I had with this book was near the beginning when the author describes the cheeks of John the Baptist’s rear end. Why is something like t
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Kj
Jan 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The great story of divine intimacy is the subject of Greg Paul's book 'Close Enough to Hear God Breathe'. He likens studying scripture to dissecting your pet frog: you may learn a lot about the frogs anatomy, but what you have left at the end is not a pet frog.

Paul encourages the reader not only to study portions of scripture, but to read the bible as a whole story, with four great themes; Creation, Fall, Redemption and Consummation.

Although I agree that we can sometimes miss the bigger picture
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Harold Cameron
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In an age and time when "intimacy" among humans is difficult to imagine let alone achieve, Greg Paul delivers us a book that tells us that "intimacy" is not only imaginable, but also attainable. However, the intimacy that Greg is referring to is the intimacy that God longs to have with us as sinful, fallen members of the human race and that we can experience with him. As humans we know it is always much easier to love and show kindness to someone who loves us; however, to love our most hated ene ...more
Emily Rachelle
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before we start, I just have to warn you: this is the first book I've reviewed without reading it from cover to cover. I've read the first section and a few random chapters, but I totally forgot about my reading schedule this week and am still scrambling to catch up. I never like to review a book I haven't finished, but since this is nonfiction and I already have a very strong impression, I'm making an exception. (Also, if I were a normal shopper, my opinion would be made with the first few page ...more
Cheryl
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Close enough to hear God breathe…and the subtitle is, “The Great Story of Divine Intimacy”…

I derive no pleasure from giving a bad review but this book was entirely disappointing. I did not feel it delivered on the title or subtitle.

This book is full of stories from the author’s life. They were well written and somewhat interesting in and of themselves but they seemed like “fluff” to me compared to the title of the book and they did not seem to have any related meaning or purpose to them.

There wa
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LaShawnda Jones
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written Nov 23, 2011
Close Enough to Hear God Breathe: The Great Story of Divine Intimacy What is your idea of intimacy and fidelity?

Before reading Close Enough to Hear God Breathe, my thoughts about intimacy and fidelity revolved around an indefinable amount of trust. Greg Paul doesn’t discount the importance of trust, however he shows its process by painting a portrait of physical closeness – a proximity – that ties two individuals together emotionally and spiritually. Such ties forge a trust that deepens intimacy and ensures fidelity. This closeness sounds li
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Henk-Jan van der Klis
In Close Enough to Hear God Breathe, Greg Paul invites you to come closer to God. Intimacy is the grand biblical theme explored here. From the voice out of heaven proclaiming the delight God has in His Son, Jesus Christ, to a thankful heart whispering to the Father. “You are my child. I love you. And I am pleased with you.”
Greg Paul is a pastor and member of the Sanctuary community in Toronto. Sanctuary’s priority is welcoming and caring for some of the most hurting and excluded people in the ci
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Henk-Jan van der Klis
In Close Enough to Hear God Breathe, Greg Paul invites you to come closer to God. Intimacy is the grand biblical theme explored here. From the voice out of heaven proclaiming the delight God has in His Son, Jesus Christ, to a thankful heart whispering to the Father. “You are my child. I love you. And I am pleased with you.”
Greg Paul is a pastor and member of the Sanctuary community in Toronto. Sanctuary’s priority is welcoming and caring for some of the most hurting and excluded people in the ci
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Chris
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Sharing intimate moments with others requires two things: being close to them and being quiet. This is the central thesis to this thought provoking and richly personal book. Through a mix of Bible exposition, and personal stories, Greg Paul drew me into his thinking. His longing for deep family relationships and closeness to God are made plain in this work.

I enjoyed both the read and the structure of this book. Greg’s takeoff and landing share a private moment with the reader. Thus the prologue
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werejumpinbooks
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Greg Paul is a pastor and member of Sanctuary in Toronto, Canada, a ministry where the wealthy and poor share their experiences and resources daily and care for the most excluded people in the city, including addicts, prostitutes, the homeless, and gay, lesbian, and transgendered people. Greg is a former carpenter, a father of four and married to Maggie. He is also an author of two other books: The Twenty-Piece Shuffle and God in the Alley.

Close Enough To Hear God Breathe by Greg Paul points out
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Eric Wright
Greg Paul, as a person demonstrating compassion in inner-city Toronto to those society most wants to discard--is a person I admire greatly. Truly, his ministry--Sanctuary--illustrates in concrete terms the unconditional love of God for addicts, prostitutes, pimps, and so many others.

His book, "Close Enough to Hear God Breathe" combines many of his own stories of family and relatives with the stories--many incredibly sad--of his street friends. The combination of these two threads reflects life
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James
Oct 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
I first came across a book by Greg Paul several years ago. I was new to urban ministry and the stories, people and insights of Greg Paul's God in the Alley were well worth it, though frequently heartbreaking.

This book was different. It was not about justice and while a few of the stories were about sanctuary and the neighborhood his church is in, this was much more personal. He told the stories of his relationship with his parents, his children, people he was privileged to walk along side. He t
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Lynn
Nov 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Close Enough To Hear God Breathe, Pastor Greg Paul shares stories from Scripture and every day life, illustrating how God is present in all moments. Dividing the book in five parts, Heart, Creation, The Fall, Redemption, and Consummation, Paul brings forth how God's breathe in all life circumstances, good and bad, joyful and sad, easy and challenging, is living and working.

From the title, my first thought was the book would be about how to hear God's will for our life. Instead, Paul uses stor
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Patricia Kemp Blackmon
Sep 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to Patricia Kemp by: Booksneeze
Shelves: review-copy
My Thoughts:
I did not read any other reviews before I read this book. I wish I had. I don't like giving bad reviews so I will try to be kind. The book was inspiring and well written but I do not agree with some chapters. I did not care too much for chapter 13 and 14. I wish I had not read those two chapters at all. I feel as if his interpretation of the Song of Solomn was offensive, to me. Song of Solomn has always been beautiful, to me, but I feel as if he colored outside the lines, to put it m
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Karie Hall
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Both subtle and radical, full of common stories told in extraordinary fashion, this book weaves the experiences of the individual into the great tapestry of the biblical saga. The reader learns to hear the voice of God speaking in the ordinary events and relationships of life, as well as in the broad, deep current of Scripture.











Reading the Bible ought to be like putting one’s head on God’s chest. Close Enough to Hear God Breathe will help readers do just that. And when they do, they’ll hear him w
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Amanda Strnad
"My child. My beloved. My pleasure." Throughout CLOSE ENOUGH TO HEAR GOD BREATHE, Paul uses beautiful imagery and heart filled stories to emphasize the intimacy Papa God so deeply desires with us. I found the last quarter of the book, until the final page that is, lost me a little in the application. However, the rest I found insightful, moving, and inspiring. Paul's style is so lyrical that you can almost feel God's heartbeat and warm breath as you lie with your head on His chest. This resting ...more
Catherine Richmond
"See what great love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called the children of God!" 1 John 3:1 It's a love so amazing, so deep and wide, so beyond anything our feeble hearts can imagine. Thank you, Greg Paul, for helping me come closer to understanding.
Beyond the Pages
Nov 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
The language and wording used throughout the book reminded me of a brush stroke on a canvas. I loved the way the author referred to intimacy and breath. The book gave a gentle reminder of the delicate intimacy that exists between the Highest One and His children.
Zoey Bongar
It's a beautiful book. I just wished it was delivered better. But I understand it.
Michael Hsu
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
Based on the title of the book, I expected more.
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