Face to Face: Seeking a Personal Relationship with God
Is it possible to talk with God as Moses did—face to face? This is not only what we long for, but what God also ardently desires. For Moses that may have meant an actual physical encounter, but for most of us it is an expression that suggests friendship, open communication, honesty, and the conversations of familiarity. But how is that done? And how can we learn how God speaks to us individually? Bestselling author S. Michael Wilcox explores the scriptural expressions and concepts of “pouring out,” “wrestling,” being “filled with desire,” and “knocking” at the door Jesus promised would open to us— particularly in those times when we deeply need heaven to hear us and to confirm to our souls that more than our words are being received.
By Linda, Submitted on 2015-03-23
PLEASE BRING OUT MORE BOOKS ON CD. It is soooo important to our growth. I love to read but I like to spend that time in the scriptures. I love to listen to CDs all day long and if they are really good I usually end up buying the book too so I can underline for future.
By Lisa, Submitted on 2015-02-25
We all desire a good personal relationship with God, but the real question is how do we get it? How do we get that true communication that makes us feel like we are being heard and valued? This book looks to explain some ways that we can reach out and make our conversations more meaningful for us. By exploring the various ways of reaching out towards the heavens, we can truly develop a more personal relationship with God and understand that our thoughts and prayers are important to him. This can help us to seek out and recognize answers in good times and bad.
This is a subject that I'm always trying to work on. It can be so hard sometimes to really feel like my prayers mean something. I was excited to read this book, and I was not disappointed. I think the author really managed to put in interesting information that was still meaningful. The chapters are separated into different ways you can reach out to the Lord. Some of these include reaching through pouring out, reaching through desire, and my personal favorite, reaching through acting.
I thought the examples used were easy to understand and helpful. This book is not terribly long, so it's easy for even the busiest person to fit it into their schedule. I think a lot of people would benefit greatly from reading it. It helps to make you realize all the different ways there are to reach out and find answers and peace from the Lord. Anyone could use that I'm sure. Take some time to check this book out!
Book provided for review.
By Rachelle, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I received a review copy of this book and I have cherished my reading time each morning for the past month as I've included it in part of my daily devotional. Wilcox shares his personal journey to grow closer to God and explains from the scriptures a multitude of ways that we can be sure God hears our prayers. I especially love his idea of "pouring out", just talking with God, sharing our deepest emotions, anguish, happiness, and trial. God already knows what we're going through, but He wants us to share with Him and in doing so, we often learn something from our pouring out.
If you're looking for a short inspirational read to lighten the load, I'd encourage you to read this book.
By Marie-Christine, Submitted on 2015-02-25
And again an absolute wonderful book by S. Michael Wilcox. This man is so gived with the talent of explaining difflecult subjects and make them easy to understand. By reading this book, I gained more understanding of personal experience and lots of moments of deep spiritual talkshow with my husband. By reading this book, you feel closer to God. Increase your understanding of prayer, get a desire to change them and give more depth to your prayers. An absolute musthave
By Kimberley, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This book is just what I needed! Not only is it inspiring, but it really helped motivate me to improve my prayers. I can be a true "Race Track" person, and this book helped me get to the heart of my prayers. I loved the oncept of the pouring out prayer. If you rant Heavenly Father to pour in all that you need, you must first be willing to pour out everything o Him first. Loved it!
By Jinky, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This book started off strong. I definitely could perceive the author's then childhood thoughts about prayers bouncing of the ceiling and the wonderment of how it reaches "up" to Heavenly Father given the barricade. Then as an adult discovering Paul's words from Athens, "In him we live, and move, and have our being" (Athens 17:28), leading to believe that God is more "around" or "next" than "up" (pg4). Like the author, I still think God is situated above but Paul's statement offers the concept that we can speak to God in a matter of familiarity. A kind of face to face. So viewing God as being reachable provides confidence that we can have an intimate relationship with Him. Wilcox goes on to demonstrate the exchange of "pouring out" (us) and "pouring in" (God). Wow, that struck a chord! Because just a couple of weeks ago did I find myself in despair and "poured out" my aching soul to Heavenly Father in prayer and once all was unloaded, the "pouring in" from Him was immediate comfort. Oh, what a confirmation did it give to me that Heavenly Father was at that moment giving me a huge hug. That was my face to face! Hence, this "pouring" was one way of reaching God that this book pointed out. Others that were discussed included reaching through: wrestling, believing, acting, desire, and knocking (my favorite chapter next to pouring out). Then ending with a solid summary.
A powerful little book that can inbreathe the reader to build a meaningful relationship with God and shows how. Insightful examples backed by scriptures grants this book good ground to construct that feeling of speaking "face to face" with our Almighty God. A definite great addition to a collection of inspiring books.
**Provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.
By Stephanie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I had an opportunity to hear S. Michael Wilcox speak at Time Out For Women in April. He is an amazing, spiritual man who has such a strong testimony of prayer that it took my breath away. Having lost his wife to cancer during the Christmas holidays he is extremely familiar with grief and pain and he knows what it is like to feel like your prayers go unanswered. In this book S. Michael Wilcox breaks down the concept of prayer into its most basic elements and helps the reader understand that prayer is more than just saying words that bounce back off of the ceiling. Prayer requires "more intensity, more earnestness, and more honesty." The pouring out literally suggests that as you pour there can be "no holding back" and it encompasses an "entire world of feeling and emotions." Saying your prayers involves wrestling, believing, acting, desire, and knocking on the door and through this book the author shows you what that looks like, how it works, and invites you to act upon the word.
I am enjoying this book although, for me it is not a "sit down and read it through" kind of a book. I find myself going back again and again and rereading certain paragraphs and sections. I'm not going to lie, S. Michael Wilcox is a smart man and I find myself rereading as well to try to understand what he is telling me but -- I am steadily working my way through to the end. For such a little book, it teaches volumes about prayer!
By Shauna, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This is a book that needs to be read...
and then pondered...
and then read again...
there is SO MANY AMAZING thoughts in it!
If we want to talk with God face to face then we need to change from "saying our prayers" to "pouring out our soul to God."
"We (need to) always pour out our spiritual and emotional needs, but also our adorations, gratitudes, and loves."
When we "pour out" it leaves us empty so God an "pour in" the blessings.
If we want to talk with God face to face we need to be reaching through wrestling just like Enos. Instead of saying "I must go and pray" we must we willing to "go and wrestle before the Lord."
If we want to talk with God face to face then we need to be willing to "reach."
Reach through Believing
Reach through Acting
Reach through Desire
Reach through Knocking
Filled with many stories including personal and scriptural this book is a treasure that everyone needs to read.
By Jennifer, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I read this book in two evenings. I love the way that this book is presented. It has given me the tools to communicate with Heavenly Father more effectively and to really understand how much deeper my relationship can become with Him.
By Brooklynn, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I love S. Michael Wilcox for ability to put into words the feelings that I can't seem to describe or explain. Once again, Brother Wilcox has taken a key gospel principle and taught, uplifted and edified. Prayer is possibly the most basic of all gospel principles; the means through which we communicate with our Heavenly Father. One of my favorite ideas from his book, Face To Face, is that we should literally pour out everything to Him in prayer--good, bad, difficult or joyous. Give it all, empty your soul or vessel, enabling Him to pour in as much as possible. I loved this visual. Those who are already familiar with Brother Michael Wilcox, as well as those who are reading his words for the first time will not be disappointed with this new book. Through his experiences and understanding of the gospel and of prayer, Brother Wilcox challenges us (along with him) to stretch ourselves to pour out (pray) more regularly, more honestly, and more earnestly.