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Communicating with Grace and Virtue - Learning to Listen, Speak, Text, and Interact as a Christian


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1. Accept the Call
Communicating for Life
Communicating in Culture
Learning Great Communication
Communicating Courageously
Examining Our Motives
2. Offer Thanks
Engaging Our Hearts
Receiving Gratitude
Using Symbols
Employing Verbal and Nonverbal Language
Sending and Receiving "Texts"
Sharing Understanding
Contextualizing Communication
Doing Communication
Understanding with Discernment
3. Be Responsible
Communicating Responsibly in God's Name
Listening Obediently
Listening Intimately
Listening Actively
Listening Dialogically
Listening Vertically
Communicating with Excellence and Compassion
Communicating "Christianly"
Embracing Confusion
4. Address Brokenness
Accepting Imperfection
Being Vulnerable
Sharing Appropriately
Sharing Healing
Identifying Our Biases
Blaming Others
Releasing Control
Sinning by Omission
Sinning by Commission
Confessing Regularly
5. Embrace Community
Growing Together
Knowing Ourselves in Community
Nurturing Shalom
Embracing Diversities
Questioning Stereotypes
Nurturing Trust
Seeking Truth Together
Forming Truth-Loving Communities
6. Be Virtuous
Being Genuine
Seeking Integrity
Being Joyful
Embracing Peace
Being Patient
Being Kind
Being Good
Being Gentle
Being Self-Controlled
7. Tell Stories
How Stories Work
Communicating Indirectly
Capturing Metaphors
Mapping Life
Engaging Comedies and Tragedies
Interpreting Stories through the Biblical Metanarrative
Critiquing Media Mythologies
8. Discern Media
Defining Technology
Communicating with Media Technologies
Jesus Broadcasts His Message
Elevating the Spoken Word
Fitting Medium to Message
Rejecting Communication Technology
Adapting Communication Technologies
Creating Communication Technologies
Closing Thoughts

About the Author

Quentin J. Schultze (PhD, University of Illinois) is a speaker, mentor, consultant, and professor of communication emeritus at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His many books include An Essential Guide to Public Speaking and An Essential Guide to Interpersonal Communication. Visit his website at www.quentinschultze.com.

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