Seeing The Voice Of God
Seeing The Voice Of God: What God Is Telling You Through Dreams & Visions by Laura Harris Smith was an extremely interesting book. In it, the author promises to demystify nighttime dreams and daytime visions. She claims to help you discern if what you see is from God, study the ten most common types of dreams, discover tips for better dream recall, interpret dream symbols and imagery, and review the best sleep cycle apps. The book includes a comprehensive dream symbols dictionary with over 1,000 Biblical dream symbol definitions (including verse references). The book includes ten wide ranging chapters dreams, visions, and how God speaks. There are also a list of FAQs in the back, plus notes and references. Now, I will begin my review by saying I take books of this type with a huge grain of salt. I typically find this style of book is mostly New Age theories wrapped up with a few Christian words, or they're much more charismatic than I prefer. However, Laura Harris Smith sucked me in on the first page on this one. I am very interested in sleep related issues as I am a reforming night owl who is trying to fix her own sleep cycle. I was extremely impressed by her extensive research on sleep disorders, sleep issues, and her interview with a sleep doctor. It was very interesting reading and I immediately found tips I could apply to help me with my sleep issues. As I said, I usually find these "dream" books full of New Age mumbo jumbo, but Laura's focus was completely on Scripture. The dream interpretation guidelines and all the dream symbols were taken directly from the Scriptures. Each dream symbol includes one or more Scripture references you can go to to help interpret what your dream may be telling you. I was very pleased with her take on the (often controversial) subject. I felt like she backed up everything she said with the Word of God, and she was very clear to decry any and all New Age philosophy. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the subject of dreams and visions and would like to learn more about them, or to anyone who struggles with sleep issues. My one caveat: she put this weird "impartation" at the end of each chapter that would tell a truth which ended with "Now open your hands, shut your eyes and receive it". I have never heard of an impartation and I have no idea what it is or why she put this at the end of every chapter. It was rather odd, but it doesn't take away from the rest of the book, which was excellent. I received a copy of this book from Chosen publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.