“Close enough to hear God breathe, the great story of divine intimacy” is a beautifully flowing book that I found to be inspiring and thought-provoking. Divided into 5 sections… The Heart Of The Matter, Creation, The Fall, Redemption, and Consummation, the book gave me several ideas on layout for my own books.
Paul’s work centers around everyday tales… ones that I can easily relate to my world and experiences. The book’s title certainly made me think over-the-edge elevator pitch… and it delivered as it did make me feel closer to God as I progressed through the flowing work.
Here’s a brief excerpt:
“Two things are necessary for me to be able to hear someone breathing: I must be quiet and I must be close. Paul is telling me that when I learn to hear God breathing in Scripture, it will be rest to my soul. Not merely an academic exercise or a dogmatic wrangle. And I will know that God is very near, perhaps particularly when I’m stumped by a mystery I cannot penetrate. Amazingly, I find that when I listen carefully enough to the sound of that breathing in Scripture, it echoes also through the stories of my own life.”
The book fit perfectly with my New Year’s resolution for 2011 (yep, I’m still working this!): ”If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you.” Exodus 33:13
“Close Enough To Hear God Breathe” is a worthwhile book for anyone interested in basking in the love story that God wants to share with each of us.
Is there a book you’ve read that has drawn you closer to God?