Do you want to do good in this world of ours but you’re too overwhelmed to know where to begin? I may have a solution to your problem.
I just finished reading a wonderful book by Karen Ehman entitled
Listen, Love, Repeat
Other-Centered Living in a Self-Centered World
It is a refreshingly honest book full of anecdotes, scripture, prayers and practical advice to help you become more “other-centered”. She talks about listening for “heartdrops” from God, little nudges He gives us as we encounter people in our lives. Little glimpses of how we can encourage them and show the love of Christ. They could be family members, the necessary people in our lives, the lonely and unloved or even the people we come in contact with that are just, well, difficult. Karen reminds us that Jesus most often ministered to the one standing right in front of him.
She tackles the question we all ask ourselves, “why am I here”, and points out that it is not such a difficult question to answer. (You will have to read the book for yourself to find out). She discusses the importance of relationship, community and hospitality. All of this is done through story-telling, passages from the Bible and quotes from famous authors. The book is both practical and inspiring.
The first chapter is titled Living Alert and the last Scatter Kindness. Those two chapter titles alone are good reminders. Don’t miss all of the good content in between! She even includes a few recipes in the back of the book in case you need a jump-start to your scattering of kindness. I want to try the pumpkin bread recipe myself.
In addition to this heartfelt book, Karen Ehman has developed a Bible Study and DVD to go along with it. This would be great for anyone involved in women’s ministries, from church groups to in-home Bible studies. It would be a great tool to help encourage women in their lives.
Karen is a New York Times bestselling author, a writer for the online devotional Encouragement for Today and a Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker. Find out more about her latest book Listen, Love, Repeat here.
I have an extra copy of Listen, Love, Repeat AND a copy of the Bible study and DVD I can give one lucky reader. Since Thanksgiving is in a few days, respond on my blog with one Thanksgiving tradition or food you love and I will draw the name of a responder from the hat. I will announce the winner the week after Thanksgiving!
Thank you for reading my blog and please, do yourself a favor and go buy Karen Ehman’s newest book.