Hearing Beyond the Words: How to Become a Listening Pastor

Hearing Beyond the Words: How to Become a Listening Pastor

by Emma J. Justes
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john_3-16 More than 1 year ago
I have not finished the book, Hearing Beyond the Words: How to Become a Listening Pastor", but from what I have already read, it is one of the BEST books I have EVER read in my life! In my opinion, it is a literary masterpiece. It has been said that a "literary masterpiece" is a work of art that it stands the test of time, Don't let the title of this book fool you! It is definitely a book for pastors and minister, no doubt. However, this book has so many life changing principles in it that it is an excellent resource for ANYONE who desires to grow in the area of communications. I have purchased four copies of the book so far to give out to friends and members of clergy. One of the things I really love is the way Dr. Justes explains the art of listening as compared to the gift of hospitality. This is something I never thought of before. The first time I discussed this book with one of my friends, I didn't realize that she was in the process of going to work. My friend had deliberately withheld that piece of information because she was was extremely interested in the content of the book. I shared the table of content, and then my friend asked me to read something from each section in the book. This went on for about 15-20 minutes and finally, my friend conveyed that she regretted having to get off of the phone because she was outside of her place of employment and running late. She asked me to call her later in order to continue the conversation where we left off. "Wow", I thought, "she never said that before regarding anything we had talked about previously."as she wanted to continue our conversation as she found it extremely interesting as well. It was then that I realized that this book was very special. Since that initial conversation, my friend and I have started reading the book and discussing it over the phone periodically. Needless to say, the principles in this book have helped both of us grow in the area of interpersonal skills. The changes in our behavior is phenomenal! We have begun to "practice" the art of true and active listening; displaying more patience and responsiveness to one another, and have become more attune to what the Spirit is saying during and after each of our conversations. I can't thank the author enough regarding this great work of art. Now, as I stated in the beginning of my comments...I have not finished reading this book. So I will be revisiting this post to address specific issues and topics included in this great work of literature. I can't seem to understand why I was never made aware of this book before? I graduated from seminary and took courses in Pastoral Care and Counseling. I have attended various workshops and conferences. What is so wonderful about this book, IMHO, is that the book, Hearing Beyond the Words, is not only an invaluable resource for pastors, clergy, or church workers. THIS BOOK IN MY OPINION IS APPLICABLE TO EVERYONE'S LIFE, regardless of race, culture, sexual orientation, economic status, professional affiliations, etc. I think everyone that is able to read should read this book! The only thing I need to worry about regarding this book is to be aware of how much I talk about it to my peers. And this book even coaches you on when to speak and when to be silent. Enough said. I would LOVE to buy one of these books for everyone I know and if I were financial able to do so I would gladly do so. That is just how this book has already touched my life. (And my friend and I have only "scratched the surface" in terms of covering this book.) I pray that this book will become even more popular as it is a blessing and it is "life changing'. May God continue to use Dr. Emma Justes mightily. Words cannot express my gratitude for the wealth of wisdom and knowledge contained within the pages of this book. God bless Dr. Justes and may she continue to be mighty influence in the area of communication. The book is small, but very powerful!