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

I had the privilege of being a part of the launch team for this fabulous book by Karen Ehman.  I will read this book over and over to help me see more opportunities to be involved in other people’s lives in my neighborhood and community.  Listen Love Repeat is about being intentional in the way we interact with those around us whether our family, the mailman or the neighbor next door.  Karen gives practical ways and examples from her own life to help get you thinking about ways to apply the book to your life and make a difference in the lives of those around you.  Check it out at

A few of my favorite quotes from the book are:

  • “Jesus wasn’t about doing big things. He was about doing the right thing.” From Chapter 1 – Living Alert:  How to Hear a Heart Drop
  • “Only when we love and share and serve, as Scripture commands us, can we live life on purpose, embracing the reason God brought us to Earth in the first place. As we reach out not only to friends and family but to strangers, the lonely, and the less-than-lovely, we will learn to mirror Christ and to let his light shine so that he gets all the glory.”  From Chapter 1 – Living Alert:  How to Hear a Heart Drop
  • “Entertaining puts the emphasis on you and your home and seeks to impress others. In contrast, hospitality puts the emphasis on your guest and seeks to help them to feel refreshed, not impressed, when they leave your home.” From Chapter 6 – Chipped Crock-Pots and Stained Carpets:  Living a Life of Welcome
  • When we share with the lonely the Boomerang of Blessing lands right back in our laps. (I couldn’t find where this reference was in the book later.)
  • “God’s plan all along was that people would do life in community. To be connected with others.  To share joys and concerns.  To live out the great vertical fellowship with their Creator through the horizontal connections with their fellow humans.”  From Chapter 7 – The Lonely and Unloved:  How to be Their Family and Bless Yours Too

I first heard of Karen Ehman at a moms conference about 12 or 15 years ago and always signed up for her workshops because they were so practical for everyday life!  I wish I had more of her books for the same reason!  Meg and I are finishing her Bible study called Keep It Shut that talks about the proper way to use your words.  We are enjoying and learning much from that study!  Listen Love Repeat is another great book, and I look forward to doing that Bible study as well!


~ Karen