First-Line Friday #48


Listening Prayer:

Learning to Hear The Shepherd’s Voice

By: Joanne Hillman


About the Book

“Father, what do You want me to know?” I wrote in my journal. Did I really want to know what God had to say to me?

I have been struggling with prayer lately, and I have come to the conclusion that it’s all my fault. I have been talking a lot AT God, but I haven’t been very good at including Him in the conversation. I was feeling like I needed a little extra help the other day, like I could use a good resource in addition to my Bible, so I went to Amazon looking for a text that could help me with tips to making my prayer life stronger and more authentic. I came across Listening Prayer. It sounds like it could be a really excellent resource, and I look forward to reading it! As soon as I am done, I will definitely write a review in case you, too, are looking for a resource to help with your prayer habits.


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34 thoughts on “First-Line Friday #48

  1. This book sounds like a must read! Thank you for sharing.

    The email from Jay’s wife clearly demonstrated that miracle happens. – Truth Stained Lies by Terri Blackstock

    Happy Friday and happy reading.

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  2. Sounds like a great book!

    I’m featuring the first line from ‘The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond’ by Jaime Jo Wright over on my blog, but right now I’m going to share the first line from the book I just started, A Love Restored by Kelly Goshorn:

    ‘Land sakes it was hot.’

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  3. My first line is from No Place to Hide by Lisa Harris:

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Ellie Webb made her way down the steep incline of the favela, where hundreds of homes sat packed together in a sprawling maze of steep streets and unpaved narrow alleys.

    This one is a page turner!

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  4. Prayer is so simple, but we all struggle with it so much from time-to-time in our walk with the Lord, don’t we? I might check out this book, Nicole, too. Another author who writes really good books on prayer is Andrew Murray.

    On my blog, I’m featuring Only the River Runs Free, but I’ll share the first line of another book on my TBR list here, Elizabeth Musser’s Searching for Eternity: “I am watching the evening news, alone in my house, hungry and tired from the day’s work, eating a piece of leftover pizza and wishing it were blanquette de veau. The story comes near the end of the NBC program.”

    Have a blessed weekend. ❤


  5. Thank you, Nicole, for sharing this book. It sounds like it would be a really great book to read on prayer. I look forward to hearing your thoughts!!

    Over on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Rachel Fordham’s debut book “The Hope of Azure Springs.” I hope you get the chance to check it out! Here I’ll share the first line from Chapter Five.
    “Em stood on the front porch, quietly looking heavenward. The sun had yet to rise.”

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Trisha, for sharing! I can’t wait to read The Hope of Azure Springs.

      Hope you are doing alright today. And, I hope your weekend has been excellent so far. I just got home from a 3-day work conference. I’m exhausted. Now, I have to catch up on all my blog work!

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  6. “The name is Wainwright,” I said to the conference volunteer seated at the registration table before me. “Brooklyn Wainwright.”

    BURIED IN BOOKS by Kate Carlisle

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  7. Happy Friday!😊

    My FLF comes from a book I will be reading shortly, The Hope Jar by Wanda Brunstetter….

    Tears streamed down Sara Murray’s face as she sat on the living-room floor, going through another box of her mother’s things. Mama had passed away two weeks ago after a short three-month battle with colon cancer.

    Have a great weekend, happy reading, and stay cool!😊💖

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  8. Thank you for sharing this book and for being transparent with us. This sounds like a great book that I’ll need to check out. 😀

    I’m sharing about “The Hawaiian Discovery” by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter over on my blog today. Since I’m currently reading a YA Christian fantasy novel called “Choice of the Mighty” by Kenyon T. Henry, I’ll share my first line from there.

    “He walked alone down the sidewalk.”

    Happy reading and have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Ooooh! I look forward to reading your review on this YA novel. I’m always looking for good books to share with my students.

      Hope you are having an excellent weekend filled with great reading time!

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      1. Funny that I just finished the book and am working on my review for it as I type it. I’m hoping to have it posted on Monday. 😀

        You too! 😀

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  9. Happy Friday! My first line is from Hidden Currents by Christy Barritt:

    “At the sound of a footfall behind her, Cady Matthews’s back muscles tightened faster than a mousetrap snapping its prey.”

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  10. Listening for God is something I would like to do better, too. Thanks for sharing this book!

    I’m sharing the first line from Falling for the Cowboy on my blog today, but I’m currently reading The Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano. The first line is “Three hours into Saturday night dinner service and she was already running on fumes.”

    I hope you have a good weekend!

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    1. Thank you for sharing, Ellie. I have The Saturday Night Supper Club waiting for me to have free time to read it. One day!

      Hope you are having an excellent weekend!


  11. It’s said that we’ve turned into a society of talkers but not listeners. I hadn’t thought to relate that to our prayer lives, but it does make sense. Thanks for sharing – I’ll watch out for your review.

    I’m sharing from Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano on my blog today. But I’m reading Bookishly Ever After by Sarah Monzon, the final novella in the Timeless Love collection I featured a couple of weeks ago. It’s ticking all the boxes for me—contemporary romance, first person point of view, a bookish heroine, and a good friend who might become more … Anyway, here’s the first line:

    The hunter had become the hunted. Poetic? Not really.

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  12. This looks like a great book thanks for sharing!
    The book I’m sharing on my blog is Dead Drift by Dani Pettrey but here I’ll share the book I’m currently reading The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham: “‘She dead?’ Em heard a man’s voice from somewhere above her.” Hope you have a great weekend!

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