One of my fav authors is Karen Ehman. She’s probably one of your’s too, huh?
So when Karen Ehman’s upcoming book, Listen, Love, Repeat: Other-Centered Living in a Self-Centered World, arrived in my mailbox, I knew it would be good. (Because it’s Karen Ehman, duh. *wink*)
But y’all … Never has a book of her’s convicted me so much, and made me want to live out its message.
Our culture is self-obsessed – in our schedules, relationships, and especially online. In the midst of this near-narcissism, we have forgotten the joy that comes from putting others first. Listen, Love, Repeat encourages us to embrace backwards living, listening for “heart drops”—hints from those in our lives who need encouragement—and then reaching out to them in practical and doable ways. As we scatter kindness, we get to see lives changed right before our eyes. Not only the lives of others, but our own lives as well. (from www.listenloverepeatbook.com)
Karen takes the idea of scattering kindness and puts life to it. With simple how-tos and suggestions (even recipes!) I’m not kidding when I say she makes living this message easy, my friends.
Having just moved to a new home, my personal favorite is the chapter called “Chipped Crock-pots and Stained Carpets.” In it, Karen discusses the idea of hospitality in and around our homes and how God calls us to use what He has given us to scatter kindness.
The definition of “scatter” is to throw in random directions various.
The definition of “kindness” is the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate.
I want to point something out …
When kindness is scattered, what we see as random, Jesus knows is strategic implementation of the Gospel.
It is not random that you happened upon this blog right now. Jesus strategically placed you on my site to read this – I truly believe that. He has given Karen a message that is important … because it is Jesus’ message. And it’s a simple one we can live out in our day-to-day.
While it may seem random to you and I, He is strategic in spreading the Gospel.
Jesus is calling you, me, Karen Ehman and the person you’re going to share this post with to scatter kindness.
To scatter His kindness.
He’s calling us to listen. Listen for heart drops.
He’s calling us to love. Love through our actions and not just emotions.
Then, He’s calling us to repeat it … over and over and over.
If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. (1 John 3:17-18)
So, on that note … <drum roll, please> … Karen and her publishing team have sent me a copy of the book and a copy of the Listen, Love Repeat Study Guide with DVD!
Um, how awesome is THAT? You’ll get the study guide AND the book?? #winning
Even if you don’t win this time, you can still pre-order the book now and get all sorts of goodies! (And pst! I may have a special surprise in honor of Launch Day on Nov. 15th for my email friends! *grin*)
Here’s the deal on how to enter the giveaway! Only 3 simple steps:
1) Comment below and answer the question, “Who was the last person to randomly show kindness to you? What did they do that was so special?”
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