How many of you find that listening and loving come naturally? Before you answer, take a quick quiz with me:
- T/F: I always actively listen when my friends are talking with me, instead of anticipating how I’m going to respond.
- T/F: I can remember all of the prayer requests from Sunday school class.
- T/F: If I can remember last week’s requests, I prayed for them regularly throughout the week.
- T/F: I make a point of being nice to the kid in class who is socially awkward and unpopular.
- T/F: I welcomed the new student/coworker instead of racing off to my next class/meeting.
I wish I could say “true” to all of those (that apply to me), but the truth is that sometimes, I can’t. And maybe you can’t either.
Perhaps unintentionally, we become so busy with living that we’re swept up in our own little worlds and unaware of the hurts and needs of those around us.
That’s the problem Karen Ehman addresses in her book Listen, Love, Repeat. Her bottom line is that we need to be intentional in listening to and loving others.
About Listen, Love, Repeat
When I first picked up Karen’s book, I was intrigued by the sub-title: Other-centered living in a self-centered world. She talks about our “selfie-centered” culture and sets about to combat this mindset with the challenge to “live alert.”
… to become a person who thinks of others first takes great effort on our part. It requires us to live alert (18). – Ehman
She calls for Christians to cultivate sensitivity to “heart drops” or “when a person, either directly or in a cryptic way, gives you a peek into his or heart heart” (15). Do we pay attention when others share their interests and needs, or are we too busy to notice?
Karen builds upon the premise of Matthew 22:36-40 and outlines what she calls a Three-Step Life Plan:
- Love God.
- Love others.
- Love yourself.
Then, she spends the rest of the book outlining the major categories of people who cross our paths and develops ideas for how we give of ourselves to them.
She’s quick to clarify “the why” for loving people. Our motivation shouldn’t be that others notice us but that they notice our Savior.
We need to remember our why: the reason we love and serve and give thoughtful gifts and do good works. It is so that others will see Jesus. They may look at us, but we hope they see him (100). – Ehman
An ideal Christmas gift for Christian women
Are you not sure what to give your mom, sister, or friend for Christmas? I recommend Listen, Love, Repeat for godly women (and godly young women, too) who want to make a difference right where they are but maybe aren’t sure how.
Karen drives home the reality that we pass people every day who are hurting and in need of Jesus’ love. Some of them may even live in the same houses with us.
Blending the biblical with the practical, Karen offers easy recipes to share with hurting families, simple ideas for making someone’s day, and personal stories of victory and failure.
Christian women who love Jesus and lead busy lives will find this book refreshing and challenging. The beauty of Karen’s message is that we can serve God and love others right where we are.
Because Jesus wasn’t about doing big things. He was about doing the right thing. And often for him, the right thing was noticing one simple soul (19). – Ehman
Listen, Love, Repeat is a book that will keep giving long after Christmas.
Book Pack Giveaway
I’d like for you to have a copy of this resource to use yourself or share with someone you love. It would make a great study for your small group, Bible study, or with your mom or girlfriends.
Merry Christmas early! I’m giving away one gift set, which includes:
- (1) Copy of Listen, Love, Repeat by Karen Ehman
- (1) Study Pack, complete with a six-session DVD and Study Guide
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The winner of the random drawing will be announced on this blog next week. I hope this resource will be a blessing to you as it has been to me.
Special thanks to The Blythe Daniel Agency for making this book pack giveaway possible!
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Listen, Love, Repeat is a book that will keep giving long after Christmas. – @kjhogrefe (Click to Tweet)