Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Book Review - Listen Love Repeat


In a culture saturated and obsessed with self, Listen Love Repeat inspires readers to embrace backwards living by finding true joy through intentional acts of kindness. Providing practical tips and encouragement, Karen Ehman inspires us to live alert and to be on the lookout in conversations with others for hints of what kindness we might show them.


Karen Ehman is a Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker, a New York Times best-selling author, and a writer for Encouragement For Today, an online devotional that reaches over one million women daily. She has written seven nine books including KEEP IT SHUT: What to Say, How to Say It & When to Say Nothing at All and LET. IT. GO: How to Stop Running the Show & Start Walking in Faith. Married to her college sweetheart, Todd, and the mother of three, she enjoys antique hunting, cheering for the Detroit Tigers, and feeding the many teens who gather around her kitchen island for a taste of Mama Karen's cooking. Connect with her at www.karenehman.com.


It was such an honor and a pleasure to be on the launch team for this fantastic book! Listen, Love, Repeat has changed my life in so many way through showing how to care for others in large and small ways. 

I absolutely love Karen's writing style - you really feel like you're sitting down with a friend, over coffee, and sharing about the things in life that really matter! It is a breeze to read this book because it's such an enjoyable book to read.

I learned about "heart drops" and this is when we truly listen to others and what they are sharing concerning their life. For instance, if we know someone from church and she talks about how hard it is for her on a certain day because her dad passed away that day, it's important to listen to this and make a note of it so we can send a card or small gift of encouragement. It's about hearing the hurts of others and the joys, too.

It's also about acknowledging those people in our life that do the services that we depend on. Our mailman, our hair dresser, the guy who picks up our trash...all those people that do things for many people every day but we take them for granted. How amazing would it be to give these people a plate of cookies or a gift card to go get a cup of coffee? I know it would be such a blessing not only to them, but to us as we bless others!

Karen encourages us to live a life that is Christ centered and by doing so, we are living vessels of love to others. We can love others as Christ loves us by really listening and then blessing others with our time or a thoughtful gift or card. One thing she shares about is her "general store" that she has in her home of little gifts she keeps handy for giving out. I've been doing this for years, as my mother before me does. It made me feel a little better because I know that I am selfish about my life but I do have my own general store for gift giving! lol

I enjoyed this book so much! It will stay on my nightstand for the duration as I want to re-read this book many times as an encouragement to love others well. I love this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by the author

Blessings - Julie

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