When God calls us to do hard things, our natural response often goes something like this: “Dear Lord, please note that I am not interested in doing these things because they are hard and uncomfortable. Also, the pay is atrocious and people will think I’m a wacko. Amen.” Or perhaps we try to be more subtle: “I can’t heeeeaaaaarrrr you!” If you’ve ever struggled with what itWhen God calls us to do hard things, our natural response often goes something like this: “Dear Lord, please note that I am not interested in doing these things because they are hard and uncomfortable. Also, the pay is atrocious and people will think I’m a wacko. Amen.” Or perhaps we try to be more subtle: “I can’t heeeeaaaaarrrr you!” If you’ve ever struggled with what it means to hear God’s call and step out in faith and obedience, then this frank and funny book will help you delve into the nitty-gritty details of following God on the adventures He has for you....
|Title||:||If I Plug My Ears, God Can’t Tell Me What to Do: And Other Ways We Miss Out on God’s Adventures|
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If I Plug My Ears, God Can’t Tell Me What to Do: And Other Ways We Miss Out on God’s Adventures Reviews
I read the eBook version, but since it isn't shown here, I will leave my review here. The Title for this book got my attention right away; I loved it. And it was a good read too. Very "human" when it came to how we sometimes deal with God when we don't want to hear what He's saying to us. Just exactly as the book information promised. There is a liberal amount of scripture included and I like her writing style. The book also has not only stories about people in the Bible but also Christians in our time and their experiences. Jessie's writing style is easy to read and relate to. I liked her example of how we often try to play hide n seek with our heavenly Father. Hiding in plain view when God calls. What do we think we are doing? Do we really think He can't see us or see that we are trying to pretend not to hear? Good grief, He knows our hearts and our every thought. Also the insight of how boring life can be when we aren't fulfilling our intended purpose. There also things to ask yourself, throughout the book. Now that isn't new to me; but what was refreshing was the kind of questions to ask. They were different from some of the ones I usually run across. All of the others were good but these had me look at some of the things from a different angle. That was so helpful. Some of the information was about things I already knew about BUT a reminder is often so needed for us and I appreciated it. The rest of the infomation I found was a way to go deeper!
As Christians we often have a double standard when it comes to seeking God's plan and obeying. Jessie Clemence wrote If I Plug My Ears, God Cant Tell Me What to Do on this topic. She explains how you can seek God's voice, understand and act upon it. Numerous examples of the strange, bizarre, humorous instructions God gave to people in the Bible, contemporary stories of Jessie's blogging friends and other believers. Each chapter has a series of Bible verses and study questions for further research. Practice's not forgotten. Clemence shares from her struggles, the perseverance that's needed when waiting and execution take a long time. Writing this book was actually a six-year project. Her initial manuscript was rejected by a publisher, but got a second chance.God provides, but doesn't promise a smooth ride home. Her writing style is personal, in your face and funny without harming the seriousness of the topic. Being busy, not willing to hear God speak at all, seeking material goods instead of spiritual treasures can withhold you from seeing a part of God's plan becoming reality. Jessie's honest about her family life, child adoption, and female successful writers she tried to copy. The author is frank on personal debts, telling others about your calling, and the astonishing difference in American lifestyle compared to lots of other countries in the world. Clemence is eager to point out that faith is required, and you may not see fruits of what you sow right away. It still is a miracle why and how God implements His plan with mortal and stubborn children like us. Let's learn to listen more.
I seriously thought that I was the only one who did this! This book & bible study is funny & full of real life, practical examples of people following God's will in their lives. The author sets a tone that is encouraging & makes you feel like you are the only stubborn, scared, rebellious child of God will is afraid to do what He is asking you to do. There is even a section of the book with questions to help you determine whether it's really God asking you to do something. And the examples of things that God has asked others to do ranges from HUGE: becoming a missionary to smaller: giving money to a stranger. Included are questions at the end of each chapter that can be used for a small group bible study. The author also includes scripture references for the individual to read along in their bible with the study.The author's writing style is very easy to read & she points out that listening to God & answering His call helps us fulfill our purpose here. It helps you discover your spiritual gifts & use them as God intended you to. Stepping out of our comfort zone is hard but we should enjoy our gifts & our purpose should not feel like work even though we are working for the kingdom. Change is always scary but God never leaves our side when we obey Him.I give this book 5 stars & I look forward to reading more of Jessie Clemence's books!
Ever had that feeling God was calling you to do more, be more, risk more for Him? With this book Jessie is there to be your friend through it all. She gives the tough stuff to us straight, but in a style Mary Poppins would appreciate: with a good helping of sugar- or rather of humor and empathy.I ran into Jessie's blog a couple years ago and have continued following her no matter how many times I clean out my overflowing inbox. Everything she writes is likely to bring me a smile if not a real LOL. I feel like we're friends hanging out talking about kids, naps, life, and the Bible.My favorite bits were the footnotes she added imagining what Moses would have tweeted while in the wilderness (My daughter asked me what was so funny and wanted me to keep reading aloud when I shared with her), and her analogy of our life being like a river, waterfalls and all. Amen!This book is so useful for encouraging us to step out of the boat I passed on my copy to my pastor's wife. It's not every day you find a book a brand new Christian can pick up, but those who have been walking with Jesus for decades can still learn from.Caveat: I got a free copy from Jessie because my story is one of several she included from her blog friends. She didn't tell me what to write or anything, just sent me a signed copy. I hope I get mine back after my pastor's wife is done with it!
I loved this book by Jessie Clemence. With truth, humor, and direct questions, she tackles the topic of obeying God when He tells us to do something. It does not matter what you have done. God is not done with you yet. Find your gift and do your part. This book takes you from getting started with doing what God's called you to do, to how to prepare, to what to watch out for, and gives lots of encouragement for stepping out of your comfort zone and following God. She uses people from the Bible and their struggles and accomplishments to show how God moved. Nothing they did was insignificant. God took their obedience and worked great things. He can do the same through you. Many scriptural references are used to encourage us to follow God's will for our lives as well as stories from contemporary folks who stepped out and obeyed God. Pick up this great book today and start listening for what God wants you to do. There are questions at the end of each chapter to help you work though each chapter and get the most out of it, including scriptural references.
I loved Jessie's book - I bought a copy back in October at the Breathe Conference in Michigan and I finally got around to reading it. Wish I had done it sooner, because it really gave me good food for thought as I consider what God has in store for me. I think I've been hearing him (I haven't plugged my ears) but I definitely haven't been stepping out in faith. It's more like I'm cowering in my comfort zone. Jessie's style is so great - wise and thoughtful, but interesting and witty at the same time. I loved all of her cute footnotes and her sense of humor throughout. Can't wait to see what she comes up with next!
Too often we ignore God's call especially when it seems he's asking too much from us. We're often afraid to take the plunge because we fear other people's judgment. It ain't easy to follow and obey God, the struggle is real, and this book shows us we are not alone. Through anecdotes and personal testimonies, Jessie was able to lead us to a stronger faith towards listening and doing what God asks us to do.Note: This E-Book is free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I loved this book. @JessieClemence gives the hard truth about following God, and how so often we choose not to because it seems to hard. This book reminds us all of what our focus should: obeying God's leading.
FTC Disclosure: I received this book free from Goodreads hoping I would review it.
This is a great study on listening to God's calling. I think it would be fantastic for a small group or Bible study.