In terms of soul work, we dare not get rid of the pain before we have learned what it has to teach us.
McHugh a chaplain for a hospice center has great insight to what it means to listen and how listening changes our heart towards God and others. McHugh’s does not stress a theology (or the gospel) but he stresses Christians to become better listeners. However, that being said, we all have a theology, a truth that we live our lives to. So I agree with becoming better listeners. Becoming a better listener gives you influence and it also teaches you about others and what God may be trying to grow up in you.
What I learned and was most profound to me was the question, why we (when I say we I mean I) are not good listeners. Being a good listener requires intimacy and the ability to feel or desire to feel others pain. We get so overwhelmed that we do not realize that we lose the art of listening to others. Listening is actually putting others first before your needs and insecurities.
Listening also helps us become better communicators. In becoming a better communicator, we can communicate the gospel. That is what I most valued from this read.
A Special Thank You to InterVarsity Press and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.