In hearing or reading about how we as a nation talk to each other---how little we listen and learn---I was brought back to a blog entry I wrote in 2009 after the Fourth of July parade about listening. I wrote about listening in the context of "focusing" a kind of meditation that I fitfully practice. But "listening" is also central in the writing of another author that I "listen" to: James P. Carse and particularly his book, The Silence of God. I have written about Carse before.
This book is the best thing I have ever read on prayer, on faith, and on the power of listening and being heard.