Sunday, October 2, 2011

Close Enough To Hear God Breathe by Greg Paul ~ review

Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400203007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400203000

Review copy provided by Booksneeze.

Product Description:

Does the idea of intimacy with God seem farfetched and irrelevant to your real, daily life? Ever wonder if your own "little story" has any significance in the larger scheme of things, or why God's Word doesn't seem to speak to you?
In Close Enough to Hear God Breathe, readers encounter a rich message that recounts the story of a God who has been inviting all of humanity, and each individual, into his tender embrace since time began. Beautiful prose, powerful stories, and inventive teaching walk readers though this, the Bible's foremost narrative thread.
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 whisper, "You're my child, my love, my pleasure."

My take on this book:
First of all I will start out by saying I was surprised when this book came in the mail, when I chose it from Booksneeze it had a very eye catching cover, but the cover on the book I received wasn't the cover I expected. I was still intrigued though because of the title and having never heard of the author before I was excited to read his work. Sadly though I just didn't connect with the book. It is filled with Biblical as well as personal stories about Paul's family. When I read Biblical stories I like scripture reference so that I can look up what I am being told, and while there are a few areas where scriptures are shared but more often than not I had to refer to the notes at the back of the book to be referred to scriptures. There is a reader's guide at the back of the book that has questions based on the chapters read, but I find it much handier to have those questions placed at the end of each chapter, just my personal opinion though.
Overall, maybe I would have connected more with the book had I known something about the author and his family before reading who knows, there were also a few chapters that I totally disagreed with, but again just my opinion. For me a book that I struggled to get thru. While not for me, it may be a book you might enjoy,you can  click here to read other reviews of this book.

rating 2/5

*A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review.*

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