Tuesday, October 18

Close Enough to Hear God Breathe by Greg Paul

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.”

Greg Paul is a pastor and member of the Sanctuary community in Toronto. Sanctuary, a community in which people who are wealthy and people who are poor live, work and share their experiences and resources on a daily basis, makes a priority of welcoming and caring for some of the most hurting and excluded people in the city, including addicts, prostitutes, homeless men, women and youth, gay, lesbian and transgendered people. (www.sanctuarytoronto.ca)

A former carpenter, Greg has been involved in inner-city ministry since his teen years. He is the father of four children, and married to Maggie, who has three children of her own. He is the author of two other books: The Twenty-Piece Shuffle, and God in the Alley.

God tells us in scripture that when we look for Him we will find Him.  That is what this book is all about ... finding and experiencing God in all stages of our lives - in our families, our marriage, our work, our ministry, our friendships, in nature and in our personal accomplishments.

I can relate to the author as he experiences the presence of the Lord in a real tangible way. There are times when we can experience His presence and almost feel His soothing breath. It is in those special times that His presence is so real that we know we are not alone.  We just have to look around and know that all is well because He is near.

This book is a fantastic resource that will help to see the reality of God in all things. I recommend this book for the seeker who would like to go into a deeper relationship with God.

Disclosure: Book has been provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Thomas Nelson.

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