Why does it feel like most of the world today considers irrelevant the gospel we cherish and so faithfully proclaim in our churches? Why do our Christian responses fail to satisfy the heart quests of our neighbors? Does the shallowness of our neatly packaged answers alienate us from them and from each other?
More Questions than Answers offers the hope of reconciliation through exploring how we can develop listening relationships. Walking together in what becomes a spiritual accompaniment, we learn to attune ourselves to one another and to the Spirit within us. Then we dare to reach across the chasm that separates us and discover an authentic faith emerges.
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About the Author
Eleanor Shepherd spent thirty years in ministry as a Salvation Army Officer in Canada and France, where she had many occasions to practice listening skills. She is now Quebec Director of Philanthropy for Opportunity International Canada.
Table of Contents
Section 1 The Listening Process
1 What Is Listening? 3
2 The Mechanics of Listening 14
3 The Commitments of Listening 24
4 The Profile of a Listener 34
5 Being Authentic 43
Section 2 Discovering and Sharing Faith
6 Who Is God for Each of Us? 55
7 Elements of Spiritual Accompaniment 64
8 Uniqueness of Spiritual Accompaniment 75
9 Obstacles to Spiritual Accompaniment 84
10 Transformational Listening 93
Section 3 The Source
11 Spiritual Accompaniment-Listening to God 105
12 Becoming Rooted 114
13 The Perfect Example of Spiritual Accompaniment 124
14 Learning to Live in Love 133
15 Leaving a Lasting Legacy 141
Appendix 1 149
Appendix 2 154
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
More Questions that Answers stated out being a boring book, I stuck with it and was glad I did. The boring part was the first five (yes five) pages of endorsements and then the forward which was just like the first five pages. I hate reading all the glowing review on a book that I have in my hand. Once I got past those pages. This book really captured my entire thoughts. I was so in my own little world while reading it. This review may seem a little weirder than my other book reviews, so please just bear with with me. The introduction gives a quick overview and suggests that you do not have to read the book in the order it is written to get the benefits. So I leaped ahead to section three which is where I thought I would find the most benefit for my personal life, at this time. Section three was titled "The Source" The section was divided into chapters including the following: Spiritual Accompaniment -Listening to God Becoming Rooted The Perfect Example of Spiritual Accompaniment Learning to live in Love Leaving a Lasting Legacy Each of these sections just seemed to reach out and grab my soul, and pulled me into a world that was set just for me. I felt like I was sitting at the Savior's feet, listening to his counsel on what I needed to do to have a more perfect and enjoyable life. It was after reading this entire section that I realized that I not only needed to but wanted to read the entire book from the first section to the last. As I read and reread each section, pondering each one, I realized just how important, listening is to becoming the person I want to become. I loved this book. I give this book a 4 1/2 star only because I wish it had not had all the stuff at the beginning that took away from the book instead of adding to is as it was intended to do. I loved that the book had an appendix and bibliography. The author had style and charisma in her message. I would love to meet this author and chat with her in person for hours. I think she has a lot of knowledge that I could benefit from. DISCLAIMER: I received this book free from the author through CWA, in exchange for a review. This in no way has any bearing on my review. I give honest reviews.
Let me start off by saying there are few things I wish I had access to when I was in college. This book is one of them. However, since I was really searching for God at that time, it might have all just flown over my head. I majored in psychology and I think I learned more about the listening in the first section of this book than I did in the four years I was in college. Eleanor begins the book by telling us listening is a process. It's more than hearing the words and working them through a brain cell or two. She reminds us that if we are going to be good listeners we are going to be warm to the other person, we are going to be sensitive and empathetic to them. She also points out listening requires respect, being authentic and commitment to confidence. Why would someone talk to you if you are going to be disrespectful, fake and then go blab it to the world? Eleanor goes as far as to say that we need these listening relationships. It is true, we all need someone to listen to us. She gives information on where to start and how to develop these relationships. After teaching us about the listening process she moves into the next section, "Discovering and Sharing Faith". Right off the bat Eleanor reminds us that God is different for everyone of us. Just think about your own life how different is God for you and say your husband, or your best friend? In my God is present and right here walking with me. For my husband, his God is different. And that is okay. If we push our God onto someone else, we are not listening to them. The last section is entitled "The Source". This is the section that really goes into faith and God. In this section she uses a great metaphor to remind us how we need "balanced spiritual nourishment." She compares it to being diabetic and the delicate balance that is need to refrain from getting low blood sugar. She provides a study option at the very end of the book as well. There is a lot of information in this book. I had a hard time reading it when the kids and hubs were up because they are very distracting. It's a book that you need to read as if you were studying. This is not just a leisure read and you are able to get it all. You need to sit down, focus and read. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend who was in a leadership role, someone in a prayer group, or in a therapy/counseling setting. I would not necessarily recommend this book to a friend who is looking for a leisure read.