Resource of the Year: Christian Living
The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction
By Adam S. McHugh (IVP Books)
Perhaps there’s not another gift, art or skill so in need of resurgent development today than the discipline of listening. Yes, words matter—today, they’re abundant. Yet the need and ability to discern what’s behind them matters even more for those who would be peacemakers in a painfully polarized society.
To hear is to heal; to listen is to love. In The Listening Life, Adam McHugh invites us not only to imagine ourselves “quick to hear and slow to speak,” but to embrace listening as a way of life in order to diffuse divisions and discern the divine.
You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit
By James K. A. Smith (Brazos Press)
Jesus asked, “What do you seek?” It’s not so much a question of purpose as it is of affections. James Smith answers the why and how of Solomon’s instruction to “above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
Windows Into the Bible: Cultural and Historical Insights from the Bible for Modern Readers
By Marc Turnage (Logion Press)
A much-needed fresh approach with keen insights into biblical times and customs that will enhance your personal exploration of both the Old and New Testaments.
More: Find Your Personal Calling and Live Life to the Fullest Measure
By Todd Wilson (Zondervan)
Todd Wilson provides a creative, insightful approach to uncovering one’s unique design and mission in any given season of life.
EVALUATED BY MARK AND LINDA DeYMAZ. Mark, an Outreach magazine contributing editor, is the founding pastor and directional leader of the Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas and president of Mosaix Global Network. Linda is a wife, mother and author of two books, including Mommy, Please Don’t Cry.