Why Can't We Talk?: Christian Wisdom on Dialogue as a Habit of the Heart

Why Can't We Talk?: Christian Wisdom on Dialogue as a Habit of the Heart

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594734434
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/01/2012
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 617,107
Product dimensions: 2.36(w) x 3.54(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

John Backman is a member of the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation board of directors and creator of The Dialogue Venture. He writes extensively on contemporary spirituality and its ability to help us dialogue across divides and his work has been published in several faith-based and secular national publications. He is an associate in the Order of the Holy Cross, a community of Benedictine Episcopal monasteries in North America and South Africa.


Kay Lindahl, the founder of The Listening Center in Long Beach, California, is author of How Does God Listen?; Practicing the Sacred Art of Listening: A Guide to Enrich Your Relationships and Kindle Your Spiritual Life and The Sacred Art of Listening: Forty Reflections for Cultivating a Spiritual Practice. She is coeditor of Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership: Where Grace Meets Power (all SkyLight Paths).

Kay Lindahl is available to speak on the following topics:

  • The Sacred Art of Listening
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  • The Transforming Nature of Listening
  • The Lost Art of Listening
  • Is Anybody Listening?
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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Introduction: Talking with the Adversary ix

1 When You Have to Move the Elephant 1

2 Hearing the Call to Dialogue 17

3 Roadblocks on the Way 29

4 Engaging the Work of the Soul 41

5 Three Mind-Sets for the Journey 59

6 Pushing beyond Our Borders 69

7 Making Dialogue Happen 83

8 Dialogue Unbound 97

9 Dialogue in the War Zone 111

Epilogue: A Gentle Challenge to Our Culture 125

Acknowledgments 129

Appendix: Spiritual Practices for the Way of Dialogue 132

Notes 141

Suggestions for Further Reading 148

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