Friday, September 23, 2011

Review: Close Enough To Hear God Breathe by Greg Paul

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Paperback, 224 pages
Expected publication: October 4th 2011 by Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
ISBN 1400203007 (ISBN13: 9781400203000)

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 Thoughts:
I did not read any other reviews before I read this book.  I wish I had.  I don't like giving bad reviews so I will try to be kind.  The book was inspiring and well written but I do not agree with some chapters.  I did not care too much for chapter 13 and  14.  I wish I had not read those two chapters at all.  I feel as if his interpretation of the Song of Solomn was offensive, to me.  Song of Solomn has always been beautiful, to me, but I feel as if he colored outside the lines, to put it mildly.  But it is his version of his interpretation of that Book in the Bible.  I was tempted to not write a review at all. But I feel as if readers need to know how I strongly I feel about this book. Just to be clear I am not a prude, just a woman. There is so much more I would like to say but I will not. 

I will give this book a 3 out of 5.  At first I gave it a 2 on after thought decided to change it to a 3. I do not recommend this book. 

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  3. My relationship with God has been a focus of my writing for a number of years. Reading Close Enough to Hear God Breathe was like adding kindle to the fire for me. This book brought intimacy and fidelity strongly to mind. Before reading Close Enough to Hear God Breathe, my thoughts about intimacy and fidelity revolved around an indefinable amount of trust. Greg Paul doesn't discount the importance of trust, however he shows its process by painting a portrait of physical closeness - a proximity - that ties two individuals together emotionally and spiritually. Such ties forge a trust that deepens intimacy and ensures fidelity. This closeness sounds like a soft puff of air, an almost inaudible exhale or a quiet relaxed heartbeat deep in the chest cavity your head is resting on.