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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 examines the connection between Christian values and good dialogue practices.  From the author…

As practitioners, we deal in process all the time. But what can we do before the process to prepare ourselves for dialogue? Why Can’t We Talk? Christian Wisdom on Dialogue as a Habit of the Heart (SkyLight Paths, November 2012) explores a wealth of strategies and resources—ancient spiritual practices, fundamental mindshifts, and “practical” steps—that can reorient our deepest selves toward approaching dialogue with a clear mind and an open heart. Among many other topics, the book explains:

  • How silent prayer and the study of sacred texts allow the deepest part of ourselves to encounter wisdom outside ourselves
  • How mindsets like “I don’t know,” “and yet…,” and “both/and” enable us to hold our opinions lightly, as one way of thinking among many, and thus open us to consider other points of view
  • How engaging the world around us confronts us with the limits of our own understanding—and the necessity of listening to others to get closer to the truth of any situation

The book includes extended examples of dialogue in action and end-of-chapter questions to stimulate discussion.

Why Can’t We Talk? is available at Amazon.com or through the book’s publisher, SkyLight Paths Publishing, where more details about the book can’t be found.

Resource Link:  www.skylightpaths.com/page/product/978-1-59473-443-4

Submitted by John Backman, NCDD board member and principal of The Dialogue Venture, via NCDD’s Add-A-Resource form.

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