Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Book Review: Close Enough to Hear God Breathe

Greg Paul in Close Enough to Hear God Breathe: The Great Story of Divine Intimacy drew me in immediately with his storytelling prose. Paul captures and holds his reader's attention with his personal yet common-to-all life moments while answering the ultimate questions: Does God love me? and Where do I fit in God's story?

While I found his stories captivating, his topic and strategy were reminiscent of John Eldredge's, Epic (Thomas Nelson, 2004). It was difficult for this reader to restrain from this comparison since I've read all of Eldredge's work. Unlike Eldredge, his creative prose struggled with passive voice that interrupted the reader's rhythm.

However, from Genesis to Revelation, Paul creatively weaves God's love story throughout his own making God's love reachable, intimate, and real. His choice of imagery from life to death, common to all humanity, is especially powerful and worth the read. But, if you're a fan of Eldredge you may want to skip it.

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