The Art of Listening – A Reading List

by Christine Sine


June is a month for listening. That will be our Godspace theme for the next month. How do we listen and what do we listen to? In preparation for this, a couple of months ago we asked our Godspace contributors what their favourite books on listening were. The follow is a list our suggestions – from many different perspectives and understandings. Enjoy and make sure you listen well!

Anderson, Keith: A Spirituality of Listening: Living What We Hear,

Baab, Lynne: The Power of Listening: Building Skills for Mission and Ministry,

Bill, J. Brent: Holy Silence: The Gift of Quaker Spirituality,

Brenner, Juliet: Contemplative Vision: A Guide to Christian Art and Prayer,

Buechner , Frederick:  Listening to Your Life,

de Caussade, Jean-Pierre:  The Sacrament of the Present Moment,

Deere, Jack: Surprised by the Voice of God,

Goll, James W.: The Lost Art of Practicing His Presence,

Guenther, Margaret: Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction,

Fr. Gabriel: Divine Intimacy

Foster: Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home,

_____________ Sanctuary of the Soul: Journey into Meditative Prayer

Hart, Thomas: The Art of Christian Listening,

Hipps, Shane: Flickering Pixels,

Huggett, Joyce:  The Joy of Listening to God,

Iyer, Pico: Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going NoWhere,

Kelly, Thomas, A Testament of Devotion

Kidd, Sue Monk: When the Heart Waits: Spiritual Direction for Life’s Sacred Questions,

Long, Anne: Listening

Loring, Patricia: Listening Spirituality

Merton: Thoughts in Solitude,

­­­­­­_____________ Contemplative Prayer,

_____________ Dialogues with Silence.

Miller, James E.: The Art of Listening in a Healing Way,

____________The Art of Being a Healing Presence,

Nepo, Mark: Seven Thousand Ways to Listen: Staying Close to What Is Sacred

Newell, J. Phillip:  Listening for the Heartbeat of God,

Nouwen, Henri: The Way of the Heart: Connecting with God Through Wisdom, Prayer and Silence,

_____________ Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life,

Palmer, Parker: Let Your Life Speak,

_______________ A Hidden Wholeness,

Peel, Donald: The Ministry of Listening,

Phillips, Susan: Candlelight: Illuminating The Art of Spiritual Direction,

____________The Cultivated Life.

Rohr, Richard: Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer,

Valters Paintner, Christine: Lectio Divina: the Sacred Art.

_____________ Illuminating the Way; Embracing the Wisdom of Monks and Mystics.

Virkler, Mark: How to Hear God’s Voice,

Wilson, Rob: How Do I Help a Hurting Friend.

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boucherpye May 31, 2016 - 7:49 am

Oh, one of my favorite topics! I’d add Hearing God by Dallas Willard, Listening Prayer by Leanne Payne, and The Power of a Whisper by Bill Hybels. Look forward to checking out the titles on your list.

Christine Sine May 31, 2016 - 10:53 am

Thanks Amy – not sure why we did not think of Dallas Willard!

Lindi Lewis May 31, 2016 - 2:03 pm

I’d add Susan Phillips’ two books – Candlelight: Illuminating the Art of Spiritual Direction and The Cultivated Life.

Christine Sine May 31, 2016 - 6:52 pm

Thanks Lindi – will do

alanfadling June 1, 2016 - 1:29 pm

I’ve been enjoying Adam McHugh’s “The Listening Life” (IVP 2016). Might be a good addition to your already excellent list.

Christine Sine June 1, 2016 - 3:19 pm

Thanks Alan. I will add it to the list. Lots of good IVP books out there.

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