Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Listening Life CT Book Award

I am deeply honored that Christianity Today has chosen The Listening Life as the Best Book of The Year in the Spiritual Formation category! It is one of the greatest honors that a book can win in the Christian publishing world. It was also the Logos Book Association's Best Christian Living Book of 2016 and a Religion category finalist in the Foreword Reviews' Indiefab book awards. Thank you so much for reading and listening.

If I'm being totally honest, I do not think that we as a people did very well at listening in 2016. I can only hope that my book might play a small part in changing that in 2017. Will we embrace the gift of listening? Will we choose to listen to those voices that don't sound like ours?

Speaking of next year, you may have seen my previous post that I will be releasing a 2nd edition of Introverts in the Church in the spring/summer of 2017. I have been working on it all fall, and I have written a new introduction, added a section in the leadership chapter on ministering to introverted kids, and did a thorough revision of each chapter. The book will have a new cover and a new foreword. It has been an enjoyable project. A lot has changed in church and society in the 8 years since it was published. I started writing the 1st edition when I was 29. The 2nd edition will be published when I am 40. Did I mention that a lot changes? I must say that while I liked the first version, I like the second version a lot more. And I think you will too.

Happy Christmas and New Years to all of you.  

Imagine a society of reverse listening, where those who would normally expect to be heard, listen, and those who would normally expect to listen, are heard. I dream of a place where leaders listen to followers, adults listen to children, men listen to women, the majority listen to the minority, the rich listen to the poor, and insiders listen to outsiders. -The Listening Life

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


noun. The resistance introverts feel every time they consider going to a social function.

-from the 2nd edition of Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture. Coming spring 2017.