Review: Listen, Love, Repeat

Listen, Love, Repeat: Other-Centered Living in a Self-Centered World by Karen Ehman

Once again, Karen Ehman delivers a warm, friendly invitation to a deeper walk with God.  In Listen, Love, Repeatshe challenges you to slow down, pay attention, and create an others-focused life.  Full of personal stories and practical tips, this book is a valuable resource. It even has recipes!

In one chapter, Karen expounds on an analogy Paul used in 1 Thessalonians 2:7-8, a picture of a nursing mother caring for her children.

Karen writes,

As many of you have experienced, being a nursing mother takes a lot out of you both physically and emotionally.  You cannot be on your own schedule.  You have to interrupt what you are doing in order to nourish the body of your child.  To nurse a child you must stop.  Sit down.  Take time.  You must for the moment put your child’s needs before your own.  Certainly the act of nursing a baby is sharing life in a sacrificial way.

This quote speaks from the heart of this book: structure your days so you have time to minister to others.  Karen writes about different kinds of people to whom you can minister, and gives creative ideas for each group.  She shows you how to minister to those who grieve, to necessary people like the mail carrier, to the lonely, to those who are cranky, and of course, to your family.

I also liked the concept of listening for a heart drop.  Listening in this way is like doing detective work for God’s kingdom. Heart drops are clues to ways you can minister.  Karen provides many do-able ideas for everyday ministry in Listen, Love, Repeat.

When you are walking closely with God, you become more like Jesus, and you look for ways to serve others. This book will open your eyes to new ways of everyday ministry you likely haven’t considered before.

The online Bible study of Listen, Love, Repeat begins TODAY at Proverbs 31 Ministries.  Sign up for the online Bible study with me, which runs April 3 to May 5, 2017.

If you liked this book review, you may also like my recent review of Karen’s book Zip It.

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  • I agree, this is a great book. I’ve recently read through it quickly but I’m doing the Proverbs 31 study to go through it again in more depth.

    • Sarah

      Yes, it’s a great book, and I’m looking forward to the OBS!

  • This book looks wonderful! I love when books give you practical ways to live out what they teach. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Sarah

      Yes, Nicole, this book reminds me of your very encouraging, practical blog posts. I think it’s a perfect read for you!

  • Wow, Karen is having a busy year!

    • Sarah

      I agree, Michele!

  • Sarah, This look like a book to add to library. It sounds fantastic. Thank you for reviewing. I know I need to create more margin in my day or slow down so that I am available and ready to minister on a daily basis.

    • Sarah

      You will love the book, Maree!

  • Thanks for this great review, Sarah. My favorite thought is: Structure your days so you have time to minister to others. Much needed. Thank you!

    • Sarah

      Hi Leslie…thank you! Can’t WAIT to meet you in person! Also, I’m still planning to share your wildflower blog post on FB next week 🙂

  • I didn’t see your link about this book review in my linkup, Sarah! Thanks for sharing it! I’ll be adding another book to my wish list! ha!

    • Sarah

      Smiles…can’t wait to meet you in person, friend!

  • Sounds like a wonderful book!