What the book is about:
Whisper is a nonfiction book about different ways God speaks to us. Mark lays out seven different languages of God: Scripture, Desire, Doors, Dreams, People, Promptings, Pain. As he works through each of these languages, he weaves in memorable stories from pastors and Air Force pilots to illustrate his point.
The writing style is entirely relatable and I found the pages flying by as I read. At no point did I feel judged for missing opportunities, but instead felt encouraged to try, try again. The book reminds us that we are all on a journey, nobody is in the same place, and God is a personal God who works with us right where we are, in the middle of our situation. He uses our past to improve our present and influence our future and He uses many different ways to speak to us.
The most profound point was the reminder that often, God whispers to us in order to draw us closer. When someone whispers, we have to get closer to hear them and God often uses that same technique.
What I liked:
- Relatable content: Everything felt down to Earth and relatable. I wasn’t grasping to understand concepts and what could have been a lofty, theological book was instead approachable and relevant.
- Personal stories: And not just from the author’s own life. He used stories of all kinds of different people to help us understand where he was coming from. He brings up concepts from Scripture, but doesn’t beat us over the head with it, and brings in illustrations from today to help us see how the Bible isn’t dated, but is still very much applicable.
- Tone: The book was easy to read. It almost felt like a conversation between us over a cup of coffee instead of an instructional manual. This could have turned into some pretty dry and boring content, but I was engaged the entire time while reading.
What I didn’t like
- This may seem ridiculous, but sometimes I felt the chapters were too short. I wanted to hear and to learn more about the particular topic because I felt so engaged by it.
Overall thoughts and opinions:
I adored this book and I will be reading it again. And again, I’m sure.
I found it to be helpful in my Christian walk and there were concepts all over the place that I could apply. In fact, there is so much that in order to grasp it all, multiple readings would be required (or copious notes!)
The relatable tone made for an easy and engaging read and I flew through the chapters. It was hard for me to slow down while reading. I knew some of the stories from his book, The Circle Maker, but the familiarity only added to the enjoyment because I wasn’t having to process new information, but simply pull that from my memory banks, which made it easier for me to integrate the new point he was trying to make.
I give this book 5 stars.
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.