Friday, June 5, 2015

Hearing God by Mark and Patti Virkler

Christianity is unique among religions in that it offers a personal relationship with God, the Creator of the universe. We can actually communicate and interact with God.

But saying communication is possible and experiencing it are two very different things. The Virklers have written this book as an interactive journey in hearing God. They share some principles and then give readers opportunity to practice hearing from God through journaling.

They begin with general principles of hearing from God, giving four foundational building block in communicating with God. The next section is on meditation on His Word, giving foundational principles and then a seven step process. The last section is on hearing God through dreams, why they are important and then the process of recording and interpreting them.

The book is set up so readers can read a short chapter a day and then record their responses in the generous space given. Here is a sample question to stimulate writing: “Write down what you envision a lifestyle of abiding in Christ looks like in your life.” (74)

One of the keys to hearing God that was a challenge was, “Become still so you can sense God's flow of thoughts.” The exercise on waiting was difficult but enlightening. I really appreciated the suggestion to use a quiet worship song. Some good ideas were given, with exercises, to overcome distractions too.

This is a good book for any Christian desiring to hear and recognize God's voice. The technique of giving a short teaching and then an actual exercise really worked well. And the authors included some very encouraging testimonies of people who have successfully heard from God and acted on it. This book is written from a charismatic perspective and includes a short section at the end on hearing God for healing.

Mark Virkler, Ph.D., and Patti Virkler, D.Min., have authored more than fifty books in the areas of hearing God's voice and spiritual growth. They are the founders of Communion with God Ministries ( and Christian Leadership University ( They recently created a fully electronic “School of the Spirit” with downloadable training modules (

Destiny Image, 192 pages.

I received a complimentary galley of this book through The Book Club Network for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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