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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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Pamela Tucker
Jun 07, 2011 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
Jeremy Manuel
May 06, 2012 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 it came down to his basic principles of how to experience God.

There were two things that I did dislike about the b
May 19, 2009 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
Shane Gliser
Apr 22, 2013 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 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
Louis Lapides
Feb 14, 2013 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 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Henry Blackaby cares a lot about God’s kingdom and about people. He wants people to experience true life-changing faith and that’s a wonderful impulse. But, he makes some logical flaws that could end up being detrimental to people’s faith. Blackaby promises that believers today can hear the voice of God the way people did throughout the Bible, ex. Joseph, Moses, Daniel, Paul. And God will give specific instructions to each of us. Blackaby does not account for believers today having the indwellin ...more
Valerie Blanchard
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Yes good book loved every chapter 😇😆☺😊😀😁😃😄😉
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
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
Oct 11, 2010 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".
Esinat Ba
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
If you are looking for a good, though provoking Theological studies, this is the book to go for.
David Brown
Oct 16, 2013 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
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Mature, discerning Christians
When I say that I am a Christian, I don't mean that I just believe in God, and go to church. I mean, I am a Bible believing, Gospel teaching, praying, hands up worshiping, church going, holy spirit filled, child of the King, Jesus praising, woman of God who has gained much wisdom - saved by God's grace - and humblingly receiving mercy on a continual basis for I am a sinful human being.

Having said that, what I got from Experiencing God Bible Study, is we don't matter one iota to God except that w
Charles Erlandson
Oct 01, 2011 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
Jul 15, 2007 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? ...more
Nathan Albright
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge2017
My roommate gave me this book because he somehow ended up with more than one copy of it, which happens from time to time with books.  This particular book offers readers a course on experiencing God, and it is meant to be taken with a small group as part of a congregation.  The authors assume that those taking the course will be married and parents, which is more than a bit irksome for those of us who are neither.  It can be said that the authors wish to deal with the subject of experiencing God ...more
Autumn Slaght
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants a deeper relationship with Christ, or who is seeking what He desires from them.
Recommended to Autumn by: My pastor.
"Most Bible studies help people. This one changes lives forever."
I'd have to agree. This workbook right here is one of the most life-changing experiences of my young adult life so far.
Myself and a small group from my Bible study decided to start this Bible study in November, 2016. We broke each unit up into two weeks. This study really opened my eyes to what the Lord desires from me. Not from my entire life as much as from day to day.
This book list seven things to go with the study beginning w
Sydneyann Chase
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
God's timing is so good in having me read this book right now. I'm facing a decision right now, and this book talks a lot about discerning God's will and the importance of a love relationship with him. One of the quotes I really enjoyed was, "Truth is revealed, not discovered." I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in experiencing God in their lives. ...more
Amy Cummings
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I give it a 5 because of the importance of it's driving points and consistency in delivering them. While a great testimony, some of the examples of God working in their lives seemed a little unrelatable. ...more
Trevor Winsor
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Concepts in this book have reshaped my thinking on spiritual gifts, God’s direction in my life, and how I hear from Him. Highly recommend this book for any follower of Christ.
Jasmine Shadows
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent in depth study. There were a few things that I did not agree with, but I would expect that from any study. I felt that this was a down to brass tacks; no pulling punches, down where the rubber meets the road study. It is deeply personal and is truly about showing you what an intimate and personal relationship with God really looks like. I enjoyed so many of the personal testimonies and enjoyed the honest and open testimonies that they gave. Yes I would recommend this study t ...more
Mar 18, 2013 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 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. ...more
Rick Sam
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
This is a great book, I would recommend this to all Christians. The most important part of the Christian walk is, "love relationship." God has a plan, purpose, ways for everyone, in fact, we must join him. It is his world, not mine, so I am merely a vehicle. Often times, I become selfish and say, What should I do, rather, What God wants me to do?

Currently, Psalm 38:4 is on my heart, For my sins have flooded over my head;
they are a burden too heavy for me to bear.

Deus Vult,
Jun 15, 2009 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 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. ...more
Andy Anderson
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology, self-help
one of the best books about looking for where God is working and joining him. Great read, must read, need to read again. I highly encourage any Christian who is concerned about doing Gods will to read it....
Chris Bates
May 27, 2012 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! ...more
Jul 06, 2012 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!
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