I had to stop attending one particular church because of the pastor’s illustrations. You see, after the service, as I mulled over what I heard, I could always clearly remember every detail of his stories but found I couldn’t remember the point they were supposed to be illustrating!
While stories can be an important element of communication and teaching, there must be a balance. If the story overshadows the point, there is a problem.
Hearing God: Eliminate Myths. Encounter Meaning.
by Nathan Finochio
Publication Date June 11, 2019
Genres: Christian Living
Written for: Adults
Hillsong New York City pastor identifies and deconstructs the most common myths about how God communicates - and then provides clear tools to accurately decipher and follow the voice of God in your life.
So many people wish that God would audibly weigh in on life's greatest questions of calling, meaning, and purpose. What's crazy is that God is weighing in on those questions. We just haven't learned to listen. Nathan Finochio believes that God is constantly communicating with this world he's created. We simply aren't following the right advice when it comes to hearing what he has to say. Through biblical teaching and true life stories, Hearing God empowers and enables readers to separate fact from fiction, myth from meaning, and truly understand what God is saying to them about big decisions and daily living.
I would like to thank Netgalley, Waterbrook & Multnomah for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Worship leader, pastor, and author Nathan Finochio uses a blend of everyday illustrations and Biblical teaching mixed with humor to speak to the question of how we can hear God. When I was offered the opportunity to review the book, I was curious about his approach and his theology. I am more familiar with the worship music of Hillsong than its teaching and didn’t know if I should expect a more liberal or conservative viewpoint.
I really appreciated his approach. The illustrations were appropriate and enhanced the points he used to illuminate instead of overpowering them. They were practical everyday type examples that will resonate with many people. The writing style was engaging and the prose was neither too self-deprecating nor too boastful. I felt I could relate to the author, for the most part. (Not the self-centered generation stuff – of course that couldn’t be me!)
The teaching was quite good and used examples from both the Old and New Testaments. Nothing was taken out of context and I learned more about the church in Rome than I had previously known. This made the things Paul shared with the church there easier to understand. Yay!
One of the points that stood out the most was about the importance of quieting the noise we are surrounded by, making it possible to hear what the Lord may be saying. After all, if I’m not listening, how can I hear? I know my life gets really busy and that I need to take more time to just be still and know that He is God.
While the author’s worldview is a charismatic, there was little, if anything, here to make a more conservative believer uncomfortable. Yet I would challenge all believers to read the book with an attitude of learning and considering its message.
I loved the emphasis on the importance of comparing what you think the Lord is saying to you with what Scripture teaches. God never contradicts Himself.
Spiritually mature Christians could benefit from this book as a great reminder of the things we should know already and could also learn, like I did, some new things along the way. Newer Christians will find this to be very helpful in learning the basics of Christian living. Despite the title, I would consider this book much more about walking with God daily rather than simply teaching us to hear God’s voice. Yet as you will discover in your reading, living a life of walking in the Spirit is a huge component of hearing God.