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“Did you say something?”
We’ve all been there: that moment when we realize we weren’t listening. Fortunately, listening is a skill we can all acquire with practice, one that has the power to transform our personal and professional relationships.
Does the siren call of your Facebook feed tend to drown out the people around you? Do you struggle to make time for face-to-face conversation or prayer because of the constant distractions of technology? Do you really hear what the people around you are trying to say when they speak to you?
In Tuned In: The Power of Pressing Pause and Listening, relationship experts Art and Laraine Bennett offer advice, techniques, and practical suggestions for shutting out the distractions and becoming a better listener. Using real life situations woven throughout with scriptural reflections, the Bennetts offer profound and practical advice for improving your relationships through the art of listening.
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About the Author
Art Bennett is currently the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia. He was also the co-founder and director of the Alpha Omega Clinics in Maryland and Virginia (2002-2010). He has more than thirty years’ experience in the mental health field and is a frequent speaker on marriage and family issues.
Laraine Bennett has a master’s degree in philosophy and is the Communications Manager for the National Council of Catholic Women.
Together, the Bennetts co-authored three popular books on temperament (The Temperament God Gave You, The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse, and the Temperament God Gave Your Kids) in addition to their book The Emotions God Gave You. Laraine wrote A Year of Grace: 365 Reflections for Caregivers.
Art and Laraine have been married for forty years.