Listen: Finding God in the Story of Your Life

Overview

"God loves us enough to give us good gifts. When we ask, 'What do Ilove?' we are really asking, 'What good gift has God givenme?'"
?From the Introduction

In this remarkable book, Keri Wyatt Kent shows how to openourselves to more love and joy by listening?to God, to ourhearts, and to each other. By listening, we discover God in our ownstories and in other people's stories. Throughout the book, Kentshares her personal experiences and shows that by reflecting on ourown story we can discover the things that bring us...

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Overview

"God loves us enough to give us good gifts. When we ask, 'What do Ilove?' we are really asking, 'What good gift has God givenme?'"
—From the Introduction

In this remarkable book, Keri Wyatt Kent shows how to openourselves to more love and joy by listening—to God, to ourhearts, and to each other. By listening, we discover God in our ownstories and in other people's stories. Throughout the book, Kentshares her personal experiences and shows that by reflecting on ourown story we can discover the things that bring us joy and thethings we love and hold dear. Once we are more aware of the joy andlove that are already in our lives, we can notice God. Listening isthe central spiritual practice that makes other practices—suchas prayer, worship, and study—transformational in ourlives.

Keri Wyatt Kent's warm-hearted, personal exploration of learninghow to really listen and be transformed by what we hear shows ushow to tap into the ways in which God calls forth the best in us.Once we are able to experience God's love and acceptance, we canshare our love with others by sharing our own unique spiritualgifts. These gifts are the ways we serve God and other people.Through trial and error, and most of all by listening, we candiscover our true passions and abilities that ultimately bring ustrue joy.

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What People Are Saying

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"People are often surprised at the idea that they can hear God. Yetwith her life experiences Keri illustrates the many avenues oflistening to God so well that you’ll come away able to hearGod with expectant, alert ears."
—Jan Johnson, author, When the Soul Listens

"I love how Keri Kent lives her life—Her ear close to theground, listening for the footsteps of God as he walks through theeveryday moments of life. In this delightful book, she shows youhow to listen for God in the everyday moments of your ownlife."
—Ken Gire, author, Windows of the Soul, Moments withthe Savior, The Divine Embrace, and The North Face ofGod

"Listen by Keri Wyatt Kent is a winsome book that invitesus to listen to God within the intimacy and familiarity of our ownlife and longing. Practical and accessible, this book will guideyou in entering more deeply in relationship with God by followingthe deep and God-given desires of your heart."
—Ruth Haley Barton, cofounder, the Transforming Center;spiritual director; author, Invitation to Solicitude and Silenceand Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for SpiritualTransformation

"Paying attention is a lost art. Listen helps torecapture it for the most important task of all."
—John Ortberg, teaching pastor, Menlo Park PresbyterianChurch

"Keri offers insightful and practical help for all of us who are‘hearing impaired’ in our spirits. Ah . . . what arelief!"
—Elisa Morgan, president and CEO, MOPS International

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787982331
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/14/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Keri Wyatt Kent writes and speaks about spiritual transformation. The author of four previous books, her articles have appeared in such publications as Christian Parenting Today and Discipleship Journal.

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Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS.

Introduction: Paying Attention.

PARTI: HOLY MOMENTS: LISTENING TO YOUR LIFE.

I. What Do I Love?

II. How Have I Struggled?

III. What Is My Desire?

PART II: LISTENING TO OTHERS.

IV. Community: Listening Together.

V. Compassion: Suffering Together.

PART III: LISTENING PRACTICES.

VI. Listening in Silence.

VII. Listening to Scripture.

VIII. Listening in Prayer.

EPILOGUE.

THE AUTHOR.

REFERENCES.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2006

    Listening: A Spiritual Discipline

    Keri has helped me to see the vital role of the listener in the body of Christ. 'I am not God, but I can act in a Christ-like manner in any number of ways, including by listening to others' pain or to their joys and rejoicing with them (p. 83).' Listening conveys the love of Christ. When Christ's love is given it has the power to transform lives. That is the power of listening.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2006

    A Thought-Provoking Read

    I first became a fan of Keri's after reading 'God's Whisper in a Mother's Chaos.' Since then, I've followed her work closely. In 'Listen', Keri challenges readers to be disciplined enough to listen to what God has to say, something that's a challenge for me. She writes, 'Listening to your life has a purpose. You listen to it so that you can take who you are and put in into what you do.' Later, she expounds on that thought. 'Sure, you need to know yourself, but not just so you can be self-aware. It's so that you can be more God-aware.' Keri's desire to be more God-aware has touched my own walk with the Lord. Open this book, and it will touch yours too.

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