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While attending a convention in Chapel Hill, three psychiatriststake a walk."People are always coming to us with their guilt and fears,"one says, "but we have no one to go to with our own problems.""Since we're all professionals," another suggests, "why don'twe hear each other out right now?"They agreed this is a good idea. The first psychiatrist confesses,"I'm a compulsive shopper and deeply in debt, so I usually overbillmy patients as often as I can."The second admits, "I have a drug problem that's out of control,and I frequently pressure my patients into buying illegal drugs forme."The third psychiatrist says, "I know it's wrong, but no matterhow hard I try, I just can't keep a secret."
"I like to listen," said Ernest Hemingway. "I have learned a great dealfrom listening carefully." Hemingway speaks of a significant virtue,lamenting accurately, "Most people never listen." But I wonder if hewould feel differently if it were his books to which people werelistening. The popularity of audio books is redefining the notion of reading, andsome authors--and readers--are unhappy about it. "Deep reading reallydemands the inner ear as well as the outer ear," says literary criticHarold Bloom. "You need the whole cognitive process, that part of youwhich is open to wisdom. You need the text in front of you." Others whodoggedly defend the entire experience of reading--the feel of a book intheir hands, the smell of its pages, the single-minded escape of delvinginto a story--find listening to a book something along the lines ofcheating. "You didn't read it," they contest. "You only listenedto it," as if this somehow means they took in a different story. Forthose who love the written word and printed page, for those who are elatedat the sight of a bookstore, not only is listening to Hamlet orThe Count of Monte Cristo like picking up the cliff notes, bute-books are a trend that will clearly never last. There is no substitutefor books, no surrogate for reading. I agree. And so, it is probably for this reason that I find myselfresponding to the question, "Have you read such and such?" with asimilar admittance of guilt: "Well, I listened to it" (usually accompaniedwith a comment about Atlanta traffic). And yet, I am becoming more andmore convinced that audio books definitely have their place inlearning--with or without traffic. Auditory processing is vital to anylearning. Listening carefully is a vital skill to keep sharp. I find that I pick up different facets when I listen to a paragraph than Imight have gleaned from reading that same paragraph. C.S. Lewis's MereChristianity is a book I have read many times. Recently, I bought thebook on CD and found listening to the work an entirely different,altogether helpful experience. Interestingly, Mere Christianitybegan as a series of lectures on the radio. Some words are powerfullyheard whether silent or aloud. Of course, much of Scripture has a similar origin, resonating powerfullyin both oral and written traditions. The importance of memorization andoral tradition in Israelite culture played a significant role in bringingthe collected works of Scripture into being. Listening to narratives,songs, and the Torah read aloud was an integral part of keeping the nameof God and the history of his presence before them. Throughout the OldTestament, the people of Israel are charged with the command to remember: "Hear O Israel the LORD our God, the LORD is one" (Deuteronomy 6:4). Listening carefully was imperative to remembering the God among them. And it still is. In homes where we are not put to death for owning aBible, it is easy to forget the wonder of a God who speaks. As countlesstranslations continue to emerge and divide us, it is easy to be distractedfrom the authority of words that never fade, but come into new generationsand changing cultures with new influence. The words of Scripture areliving and active, the Spirit leading us to the person of Christ withinthe pages. Read aloud or studied silently, God is speaking, crying outfor ears to hear and hearts to search. As Ezra read the words of the Law before a generation who had forgotten,the people wept in the presence of the LORD and immediately fell down inworship. When the apostle Paul's letter was read aloud to the Romanchurch, the words resounded similarly among the crowd: "Consequently,faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through theword of Christ" (Romans 10:17). The voice of God is still speaking! Thekingdom is among us! Who among us will listen?Jill Carattini is senior associate writer at Ravi ZachariasInternational Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia. -------------------------------------------------------------------Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM)"A Slice of Infinity" is aimed at reaching into the culture with words ofchallenge, words of truth, and words of hope. If you know of others whowould enjoy receiving "A Slice of Infinity" in their email box each day,tell them they can sign up on our website athttp://www.rzim.org/slice/slice.php. If they do not have access to theWorld Wide Web, please call 1-877-88SLICE (1-877-887-5423).Click HereClick Here Wist u dat de God van u houdt?Avez-vous su que Dieu vous aime ?Wußten Sie, daß Gott Sie liebt?Avete saputo che il dio li ama?Você soube que o deus o ama?¿Usted sabía que el dios le ama?http://everystudent.com/menus/intl.htmlClick HereClick Here
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