The Listening Life

The Listening Life : Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction

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Christianity Today's 2017 Book of the Year Award - Spiritual FormationLogos Association Bookstore Award, Best Christian Living Book for's Favorite Books of the Year, Non-Fiction14th Annual Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year, Christian Living"Be quick to listen, slow to speak." --James 1:19 How would our lives change if we approached every experience with the intention of listening first? In this noisy, distracting world, it is difficult to truly hear. People talk past each other, eager to be heard but somehow deaf to what is being said. Listening is an essential skill for healthy relationships, both with God and with other people. But it is more than that: listening is a way of life. Adam McHugh places listening at the heart of our spirituality, our relationships and our mission in the world. God himself is the God who hears, and we too can learn to hear what God may be saying through creation, through Scripture, through people. By cultivating a posture of listening, we become more attentive and engaged with those around us. Listening shapes us and equips us to be more attuned to people in pain and more able to minister to those in distress. Our lives are qualitatively different--indeed, better--when we become listeners. Heed the call to the listening life, and hear what God is doing in you and the world.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 14 x 140 x 17.78mm | 263g
  • Inter-Varsity Press,US
  • Illinois, United States
  • English
  • 0830844120
  • 9780830844128
  • 130,370

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"Hearing is the first sense we develop and the last to go in death. But listening is not a natural capacity. The Bible is clear on this point. We do not automatically listen to God, others, or even ourselves. McHugh's book can change the way you approach your daily conversations. It may even change your life. You should listen."--John Koessler, Christianity Today, November 2015
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