Listening to Love
Listening to Love
Responding to the Startling Voice of God
WaterBrook Press, Paperback, 9781578568420, 256pp.
Publication Date: September 21, 2004
One of our greatest desires is to know we are loved by our Creator. Yet the depth of our apprehension is often equally strong: "If I listen," we wonder," what will God say? If I open myself up to blessings, what will God require in return? "As we trace this line of thinking, the God of all goodness becomes, in our minds, the God of our worst fears.
Embrace a Love That's Worth the Risk.
God is far greater than our most expectant dreams. While he does often ask everything "of "us, he actually wants everything "for" us. He doesn't want blind loyalty or bored religious compliance; he longs for nothing less than our entire passionate self-something most of us have yet to glimpse. God's desire is that people lean in, listen, and wrestle with him so that they can respond to him without fear.
Can this God be trusted? Absolutely. Will the journey be easy? Not a chance. But once you learn to listen to love, you'll find that there's only one way you can adore this unmanageable, unpredictable, wild, and unruly God: "with your whole heart.
Jan Meyers is a counselor, speaker, and author. She is on the counseling team for Wounded Heart ministries, is a consultant for several mission agencies, and is closely aligned with Ransomed Heart ministries. Jan is the author of The Allure of Hope: God’s Pursuit of a Woman’s Heart, and she conducts “Allure of Hope” seminars for women nationally.
“Jan’s unique voice offers us a bold invitation to imagine what our lives would look like if we trusted in a God whose greatest gift to us is Love, not answers. With patient and wise insight, Jan takes the risk of letting us into her own life, and in the process helps us remove the obstacles that stand in the way of embracing the Love we’ve always longed for. This book is for anyone who hungers for more of God.”
–Kathy Troccoli, speaker, singer, and co-author of Falling in Love with Jesus
“God is speaking, always. He invites us to hear, but the noise around us and in us keeps his voice tuned low enough to ignore. I know I need to listen, but I need more than merely being told to do so. Jan Meyers tenderly invites us to consider what we fear we may hear and helps us enter the sweet hope even in hard words. From her own suffering, she speaks of the light of his fierce kindness. What I promise from this book is that God’s voice will not remain dim or slight but that in hearing his passion your joy will grow beyond measure. Thank you, Jan, for listening to God and speaking light and life for us.”
–Dan B. Allender, Ph.D., president, Mars Hill Graduate School, author of The Wounded Heart and The Healing Path
“Jan Meyers is a friend and colleague whose willingness to open her heart to the larger romance Christ has been telling since before the world’s foundation has wooed countless men and women closer to the heart of Christ–myself included.”
–The late Brent Curtis, co-author of The Sacred Romance
“Jan Meyers has written a realistic, earthy, and above all, practical, guide on how to recognize the voice of God in the midst of all the other voices clamoring for our attention. And she has done it in plain English, free from all the pious code-words that speak only to the initiate. She gently helps us discard the masks, blinders, and earplugs we commonly use to keep a loving God from entering deeply into our hearts.”
–William Frey, bishop, and author of The Dance of Hope