I received a copy of HOW TO LISTEN SO PEOPLE WILL TALK: BUILD STRONGER COMMUNICATION AND DEEPER CONNECTIONS by Becky Harling from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. This is a bit of a self-help book. I was excited to be offered the chance to review this because I need help with listening, and listening is important to my job – I’m a trainer.
I do enjoy listening to people, but before reading this, I tended to interject with my own stories. I also tend to give unsolicited advice. I don’t think I do it because I believe I know best. I like to learn and I like to share what I learn. After reading this, I’m going to take away many of her tips, and I will be ruminating about what she was talking about in other areas.
This is written by a Christian author, but it is not tailored just for Christians. I believe anyone could find relevant information and help within these pages. She does, however, reference the Bible quite frequently. The book is uplifting, insightful, and designed to encourage you to be your best, not to put you down.
I read a lot of Christian self-help books, and this was the first one about listening.