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Listening to His Heartbeat

Monday, March 2, 2009   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Katy Watson
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Listening to His Heartbeat is the title of the latest book by OC Bible Professor, Dr. Harold Shank. Get an autographed copy at this website:

In this new volume published by College Press, Dr. Shank leads the reader through an in-depth study of scripture that helps all searchers find out what makes God's heart beat. This book is not simply about the qualities of God or an attempt to prove His existence, but rather a deeper and more profound look into God's inner core. Familiar passages such as the creation story, the Genesis flood and the name Immanuel reveal aspects about God that many have not thought about before.

According to OC President, Dr. Mike O'Neal, “Dr. Shank is a genuine scholar, yet one of those rarities who believes that his scholarship should have application in the day-to-day world of fellow man. He has been deeply involved in inner city ministry, helping the poor and the innocent with his own hands, not just talking about it. This background is important to understanding this new addition to Christian literature, Listening to His Heartbeat. Dr. Shank has given the Christian world a very practical, yet scholarly, look into the heart of our God. Everyone who reads it will be blessed with a closer relationship with our Creator.”

In the Foreword, Dr. Lynn McMillon, Dean of the College of Bible at OC, calls this a challenging book. “This book is a call to listen. Listen to God's word and through that word listen more carefully to the heartbeat of God. In listening, we find Him in new and fresh ways.”

Listening to His Heartbeat is Shank's third book about God. Realizing that nothing is more important than knowing the Father, he wrote It's All About God in 2004. His Children Mean the World to God—The Profound Importance of Children in Your Life, Your Congregation and Your World appeared in 2001. Shank has also written a commentary (The College Press NIV Commentary on the Minor Prophets, 2001) and a volume on discipleship (Loosening Your Grip, 2000).

Currently, Shank is Professor of Old Testament at Oklahoma Christian University Graduate School of Theology. Shank serves as Book Review Editor of the Christian Chronicle, a national religious newspaper with a circulation of 125,000. Since 1996 he has served as National Spokesperson for Christian Childcare. For 20 years he was preaching minister with the Highland Street Church of Christ in Memphis, Tennessee. He and his wife, Sally Jane, have two children, Daniel and Nathan. They attend Memorial Road Church of Christ in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

To purchase an autographed copy of the volume, visit The book is also available from, the OC bookstore and the publisher's website:

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