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Follow the Cloud: Hearing God's Voice One Next Step at a Time

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There is a big difference between being set free and living free.
How do I know what to do with my life? How do I hear God's voice? Maybe the answer is easier than we think. When God led the Israelites from Egypt to the Promised Land he gave them a cloud to follow. He led them in an intimately personal, ever-present way one next step at a time. He led them without revealin
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Published August 1st 2017 by Multnomah Books
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Paige Norwood
Do you feel like you've been stuck in a rut? Feel like you need to preform or "do church" to get God's favor?

Can I tell you a secret?? You don't. The truths in this book resonate if you're questioning God, walked away from him, a new follower or are struggling in your journey. I don't have the answers, but I'm walking with new revelation and a renewed promise. The message in this book is soo powerful.

Come and discover it for yourself...and then share it with someone who needs it!

Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The truths contained in this book are transforming my life. I am receiving the grace of Jesus and discovering who I am. I am experiencing the presence of God and discovering who He is. As a result of discovering who I am and who He is, I am discovering what I am created to do – my purpose. This is the Father’s Heart. This changes everything.

The only thing hard about reading this book is having to set it down. Pastor John’s personal journey of discovering and living free in the Father’s Heart ena
Jessica Marick
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book has the power to transform lives, from biblical scholars to those knowing nothing about God. It was written for those seeking to discover their identity, those wanting to be freed from their bondage (shame, broken marriages, addiction, etc.), those feeling stuck in their current season, or those wanting to walk in all the glory God has for them.

Author, Pastor John Stickl, was gifted with the ability to take what many of us would find to be complex biblical topics and passages and brea
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the best book I have read in a long time! It opened my eyes to how God intended us to live… FREE! A life where we know who we are, who God is, and what we were created to do sounds so easy, but most of us never attain it. This book is a manual with simple, but not simplistic, next steps that we can all take to live a life of freedom. No matter where you are in your journey, this book will enlighten you with its wisdom, make you laugh with its humor, and inspire you with its simple messag ...more
Lovely Loveday
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Follow the Cloud is a book about letting God take the lead in your life instead of following obligations. I found this book to be an eye opener. A truly incredible book that explains how to live your life more meaningful and with a purpose. The author does a good job in explaining and teaching you how to give your life to God and let him take lead. Overall, I found this to be a very informative read.
Therese May
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-books, arc, christian
This book truly was a call. John Stickl did a wonderful job likening God's call in our lives to the cloud which the chosen people followed in the dessert. I loved this analogy because it so clearly showed that God is always there with us. He is one step ahead of us, just waiting to lead us where we should be going.

To anyone who is struggling discerning what God wants for them; to anyone searching for God; to anyone down or depressed; to anyone anywhere really, this book is a great help to reali
Michelle LaBounty
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book!
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
In Follow the Cloud, pastor and new author John Stickl echoes and expands on this concept of following God’s leading just one step at a time.

As you might suspect, Stickl refers often to the Old Testament experience of Israel. God led His chosen people out of bondage and through the wilderness with a cloud. The people weren’t given a roadmap or told the exact location or timeline of God’s plan. Their directions were simply to move when and where God’s cloud moved. That’s faith-training!

Stickl exp
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nicholasv
FOLLOW THE CLOUD by pastor and first-time author John Stickl takes a relatively brief, yet
fulfilling and encouraging look at the desire that God has to lead His children on a continual
basis, and that this type of intimate and relational expression of life with God is available to all
Christians now. Using the Old Testament example of how the Lord led the Israelites through the
wilderness to the Promised Land through a cloud by day (and fire by night) to lead the people
exactly where they needed to
Madison Lawson
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religious
Numbers 9:16-20:

“The cloud would cover it by day, and the appearance of fire by night. Whenever the cloud was lifted from over the tent, afterward the sons of Israel would then set out; and in the place where the cloud settled down, there the sons of Israel would camp. At the command of the LORD the sons of Israel would set out, and at the command of the LORD they would camp; as long as the cloud settled over the tabernacle, they remained camped. Even when the cloud lingered over the tabernacle
Paige Gordon
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found this book while browsing the shelves at Barnes and Noble and instantly felt like I needed to read it. So much of the past few weeks of my life, and the major life decisions they've involved, has been surrounded by the theme of "following the cloud" so it seemed like this might be just the book I needed to read for this season.
Was it ever!
This book spoke to so many things I've been thinking and feeling recently, echoing many of the major lessons I'm learning in my own walk with God. Joh
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Follow the Cloud is a life changing book. It's so easy to read. You don't want to put the book down. The questions at the end of each chapter help you dig deeper into the truths that God is teaching you. The three circles have helped me see myself through God's eyes as a beloved daughter of the King. For so many years as a Christian, I struggled with performance. I tried to do more and could picture God shaking his head every time that I failed. Now I know that I'm fighting from victory not for ...more
C.L. Burger
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Follow the Cloud is one of the best books I've read on the Christian Life. Pastor and Author John Stickl, articulates God's move of Holy Spirit in a way that resonates for many Christians. I found myself saying "Yes!" so many times while reading the book and sometimes loud enough to scare my cat!

For me, the mark of a good book is when I (an extreme introvert) start telling people in the grocery store line just how great this book is. Stickl's explanation of the difference between being drawn by
Cherie Hoover
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read! It has taught me (and will teach you) that with each next step I take, I can clearly see more of Jesus while discovering more of who I am. That, my friends, is walking in true freedom! But what, there's more - so much more - it also helped me learn that I am not defined by the pains of my past, I am defined by my identity in Him, and Him alone! All I need to do is to lean into his voice, and ask, listen, and respond to his invitation. Whatever God is inviting you to do, ...more
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don’t remember the last time I highlighted so much in a book! This one was filled with so much wisdom and life-changing information, and I’m thankful I decided to read it. It’s hard to believe it’s Pastor John’s first book! I hope he ends up writing more. This is one I will keep and refer back to throughout my life and in my journey with God.
Stacy Milacek
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Stickl is my mom's pastor, so she got me his book for Christmas. At first I thought it was pretty basic stuff, but then I realized it's stuff most Christians intellectually know, but don't spiritually know. I would highly recommend this book to any Christian who struggles with negative self-talk and low self-esteem. This will become one of those books I reread every few years. ...more
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
One of the most powerful books I've ever read. I'm a fast reader, but this book I had to slow down, process, journal through. A new friend whom I'd never met felt led to give me this book the first time we ever met for lunch. It was definitely part of God's plan. This book is a must read for everyone! ...more
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
As a Christian it's nice to catch a little affirmative book. This would be in that category. It's a bit same old, same old but with the focus of becoming who you are, not what the world meant you to be, not what you believe yourself to be. In this way God will lead you to your purpose, one next step at a time. Patience is a virtue. ...more
Patricia Kemp
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book I've read in a long time. I'm inspired to follow God's leading.

John's insight into the love of God will encourage you to find hope and direction. Follow the Cloud is a must read!
Jim Toner
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best Christian books I've read in a long time. It was as though the author had sat down with me and wanted to know how I felt about the modern church. He gives no pat answers to today's modern church issues, but clearly tells the reader to constantly seek after God. ...more
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing and inspirational book. Before I realized it, I was highlighting almost the whole book. The author is the pastor of my niece's church in Texas. ...more
Sarah J Callen
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Though this book is full of simple truths that I had heard before a hundred times, I needed to be reminded of each and every one of them. I was challenged and encouraged again and again while reading this book and its one that I will revisit many times.
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