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The Power of a Whisper: Hearing God, Having the Guts to Respond

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Full-throttle faith resides in fully yielded hearts. In The Power of a Whisper: Hearing God, Having the Guts to Respond Ebook, Bill Hybels reveals the attitudes and actions that help us hear directly from heaven as we navigate the most significant challenges on earth.
ebook, ePub Edition June 2010, 228 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by Zondervan (first published January 1st 2010)
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Dec 01, 2010 rated it liked it
I must admit that I started to read this book with a fair amount of prejudice. I had always heard Bill Hybels and Willow Creek referred to in a condescending manner. I was pleasantly surprised. While I'm sure I still disagree with Hybels on a number of things, I found little to actually criticize in this book. I appreciated how Hybels shared the mountains and valleys of his spiritual life, his failures as well as his impressive successes.

The book convinced me that I need to more open to the lead
Jacquelyn Sill
Aug 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The premise is simple. Read your Bible every single day, pray to hear God's voice, and quiet your world enough to hear Him when He speaks. I really enjoyed the reminders and the encouragement to draw near to God. I liked that Bill Hybels was willing to share his failures in listening to God as well as his times of obedience. I found myself begging to have the ear of Samuel, to hear what ever it was God wants to share with me. ...more
Aug 06, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-book-list
The 5 ways to know if you've heard a whisper from God:
Is it Scriptural?
Is it wise?
Is it consistent with who God is?
What do the people you mostvtrust think about it?
Is it in tune with your own character?
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to contain a lot of great insight on how to live a Christ-like life, with many examples from other Christian's lives as witnessed by the author as well as from his own. I was disappointed when I did some follow up research on the author, only to find out that in 2018, he retired from the church he founded after being accused of misconduct within that very church. The accusations were found to be credible after an investigation into the matter. None the less, it doesn't take awa ...more
Dan Cooley
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Power of a Whisper by Bill Hybels

I had to buy this book for two reasons. One, I’ve always liked Hybels. Two, I grew up in churches where “hearing from God” was kind of taboo. Honestly, it’s often used as an excuse to do what we wanted to do anyway. From “God told me we should get married” to “God told me we need to break up,” God is an easy one to blame. Maybe that’s what it means to “take the Lord’s name in vain.” Anyhow, I got a copy and read on through it.

The subtitle is Hearing God. Hav
Dave Courtney
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
I found Hybels book "Holy Discontent" inpsiring. Unfortunately I found "The Power of a Whisper" to be less so. I am not sure if it was the writing itself, the overkill of personal stories and analogies, or the general simplicity of the message, but I found myself moving all too quickly through the pages waiting for something to take root.

The general idea of this book, which according to Hybels is a book he has waited years to write, is that underneath all of movement of our lives, whether in ch
Adam Shields
Sep 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short review: This is a good book. It is an action/encouragement book. It is not about gaining knowledge about hearing from God. It is about encouraging you to hear from God, then follow through, or how to spend more time trying to hear from God. Practical, personal, autobiographical and useful. I recommend it.

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JoAnn Jordan
Oct 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book dealing with listening to God and following His personal promptings. There are many examples of what can happen when someone listens to God. There is great encouragement to open up one's life to God's voice.

I highly recommend this book to anyone searching for a better relationship with the Lord.
Marco Sobreira
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This one entered my book hall that I read every year. Very good! It has to be very big to get down to that point.

"I believe that everyone, at some point in their lives, needs a Nathan (someone sincere who has the courage to inform him that he is on a path of self-destruction), who was used by God to correct King David.

I even had several like this.

A friend once said to me, Bill, I'm worried about your heart. She explained to me that she has noticed a "hardening" in my behavior, due to a "layer" t
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it
The premise of this book starts off very nicely, but the actual content ends up being something of a disappointment. Hybels has little to offer in the way of specific scriptural commentary and exploration, and instead the book comes across as a shallow "spiritual pep talk" filled with stories of times that God's whispers and leading have led to triumph, with few instances where people have been significantly challenged, disappointed, or struggled to follow through with the words they've received ...more
Terri Frank
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
I got a few things out of this book. For example, choose one Bible verse to be your life verse. (I chose Matthew 6:33). I also loved the story about Samuel and how it impacted the author. Overall, I was disappointed. I found this book to be more of a spiritual autobiography with long, off-topic stories rather than the more practical book I was expecting. I think a much better book is "The Best Question Ever" by Andy Stanley. ...more
Started out strong with lots of great points presented in a very engaging way.

Towards the end, it went off the rails a little as content became political and Hybels awkwardly threw in some gratuitous social-justice commentary. It felt sermonizing and like I was being lectured.

Not recommended.
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was both encouraging and challenging. I need time to process and respond. Definitely recommend and would read again.
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-the-spirit
Very great and encouraging book. Love the idea of listening and being open to God's whispers. IF you're discouraged that you haven't heard God's voice for some time, this book is for you. ...more
Apr 04, 2011 rated it liked it
I picked this book up because the title resonated with me during this season of my life. I felt God whispering to me in a particular way and thought this book would help define that for me. It wasn’t what I expected.

Reminiscent of the God Winks by SQuire Rushnell books (yes, the Q is supposed to be capitalized), The Power of a Whisper shares numerous stories and examples of how God “steered” someone in the right direction. To more effectively and accurately know if you are hearing from God, Hybe
Oct 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2010
The Power of a Whisper is about hearing from God. Bill Hybels explains through anecdotal and scriptural evidence that God does indeed talk to His children, not from far away, about things too high for us to understand, but from right beside us, about where we are in life at that moment. He is always near, even when we can’t tell, and if we’re careful to listen for Him and act on what we hear, He can guide us on an amazing journey for our lives.

I really like this book. It’s been years since I rea
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
As with most books I read, this one also seemed very timely. I don't know that it provided any new great theological lessons or knowledge for me, but I did learn and was reminded of a few very important lessons and truths from the wisdom of Bill Hybels. More than anything I found that I was blessed by the message. I have been challenged by this book to tune in more to the whisper's of God in my life. Further, to be ready for those whispers to come from a variety of sources, i.e. friends, family, ...more
Oct 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to strengthen their walk with God
"The Power of a Whisper: Hearing God, Having the Guts to Respond" by Bill Hybels was very encouraging and inspirational. It's about training your ear to hear whispers from God, whether they are spoken directly to you or through someone else. Hybels relays to his readers through personal stories, personal example and biblical scripture that hearing whispers from God is powerful, and can help us through us life as long as we live. Moreover, the reader is provided with practical points by which to ...more
Tom Bazan
Jun 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian
It's a Hybels book. He talks about his experiences, which involve his family and Willow Creek. A lot. I like the fact that he speaks from the heart, from what he knows. It makes the book a bit more personal. But it also gets tiring reading about how everything went well and they did things correctly. Or, they messed up, but things turned out okay in the end.

The message of the book is great, though. As I speculated after reading Sun Stand Still by Furtick, the two books are on the same topic usin
Jun 09, 2013 rated it liked it
This book had been mentioned at a conference I attended last month and having previously read 'Too Busy Not To Pray' by Bill Hybels and found it really thought provoking I decided to buy a copy of 'Whisper'. Being from the UK I found the Americanisms rather off-putting and some chapters seemed a little self-indulgent. Having said that I found the explanation of God's whispers to people throughout the Bible really instructive (Chapter 2). Also Chapter 3 contained results of a survey that Bill had ...more
Brent Soderstrum
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My men's Bible study group just finished this book. I have, sadly enough been in a one way conversation with God for years. I have always wanted the burning bush response from God or at least the loud audible voice telling me what He wants me to do. As a result I haven't been a very good listener. This book was very helpful in that I found that God often speaks to me through others or through the Holy Spirit inside me but it is most often in a whisper.

I am getting better at listening to God and
Jim Suttle
Bill Hybels is not one that approaches ministry in the same way that I do. Yet I find it good to read those who approach things differently. It also helps me to hear and see from such as he what his relationship with God is - in that sense I enjoyed it.

I have a longing to know and hear God better - I think of David's words in Psalm 32 - that we are not to be like a horse or a mule that has to be drug into God's will. Instead to be like a servant that is very attentive to the master. I long to he
Julian Tan
Nov 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly helpful and inspiring book by Bill Hybels, filled with many personal examples and circumstances in which God has faithfully spoken to him and those around him. You not only see what happens when he entrusts his life wholly into God's hands, but also the disasters that occur when he doesn't.

Contains a lot of practical, helpful advice on not just how to listen and make yourself available to God's gentle whispers, but also the kinds of whispers He uses and how they can affect our lives.
Sister Pam
This book is the selection for our congregation's Lenten study, 2011. The study group consists of people at a wide variety of points on their journey with and to God. The book is well designed for a group of this nature as Hybels introduces topics that are familiar, yet contain stretching room for spiritual growth.

The early chapters focus on testimonials, which are interesting. The last chapters deal more with the meat and potatoes of living life in a broken world. These chapters are the most va
Jun 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-living
The God of the Bible speaks. While the earth shakes and wind blows, often God speaks through a whisper, a subtle nudge, or words left to resonate in our hearts. These whispers are the focus of Hybels' work here: how to cultivating a listening heart; how to discern what's from God; what to do when God seems silent. While exploring these themes, Hybels weaves countless stories of God's whispers - many from his personal life and ministry at Willow Creek Community Church, as well as from scripture, ...more
Jul 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the first book by Bill Hybels thatI've read, though I have heard him preach a lot at Willow as I have family near Barrington. This book came at the right time for me as I've been looking for His direction in my life....I have a few choices to make career wise and I want to make the choice based on His will.

This book has given me the tools to start being a better listener (as I like to tell my 7 year daughter from time to time) to His word. Now it's up to me to take the tools I've been g
JJ Vancil
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spiritual-growth
The Power of a Whisper, by Bill Hybels, affirms a God who is relational, near and wanting to speak to us. In fact, He is speaking, but are we listening? Using many personal stories, Hybels pieces together his story to explain how the whispers of God and His response to them charted a course for his life that he could have never foreseen. God has spoken throughout history and still speaks today to anyone who is willing to listen. Listening to the quiet whispers of God is an extraordinary privileg ...more
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This here is a 100% readable book.
It is personal and deep in a genuine and honest way, so if you sometimes felt that God speaks a bit too low or not at all. Then you should grab this book for b
Sep 03, 2010 rated it liked it
I'm not a big fan of Hybels (as an author and speaker, that is-- as a leader and man of God I think he's top notch!). But this book was a little different than the others I've read. I actually enjoyed it! He rabbit-trailed a few times with his pet issues, but in this case, I enjoyed getting derailed. And after reading this book I'm definitely motivated to seek and hear God's voice more and more! Bill was practical and straight-forward, and I'm anxious to see how I grow spiritually because of the ...more
Stacey Bailey
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Bill (the author) is the Pastor at my church. He writes from his experiences. Which he humbly describes. He is not someone who hasn't failed, or tried to lead by example. He speaks from the heart, and prompts you through the reflection he gives, and the scripture he believes in, to understand how you need to get back up and keep moving forward, listen for the whispers. God speaks to us, and not necessarily loudly. You have to have the ear, to hear what we know in our hearts and souls is being sa ...more
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Bill Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, a non-denominational church with eight regional locations in the Chicago area. He is the bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Simplify, Axiom, Holy Discontent, Just Walk Across the Room, The Volunteer Revolution, Courageous Leadership, Too Busy Not to Pray, and Becoming ...more

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