Adam S. McHugh, a Presbyterian minister and spiritual director, is convinced that life in our wired society is eroding our capacity for listening. In the Bible, Jesus demonstrates again and again that listening is a profound act of hospitality. He gives his total attention to people. We are challenged to do the same.

When we regularly listen to God, we come upon “God-saturated moments.” McHugh demonstrates how we can make the most of listening as we read the Bible, revel in nature, activate our listening hearts and listen to people in pain. For all these ways of listening, we are required to slow down. Quiet and solitude provide the workshop for listening to ourselves, our emotions, our bodies, our deepest questions about life and the meaning of it all.

McHugh ends this soul-stirring book with a plea for churches to see themselves as communities that listen intently with their ears to the ground (IVP Books).

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