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The Art of Hard Conversations: Biblical Tools for the Tough Talks That Matter

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Your next conversation could impact someone's life forever

Hard conversations challenge everyone. Some people make every effort to avoid them altogether; others dive in enthusiastically, damaging relationships in the process. A solid middle ground is difficult to find--especially for those who want to make sure they're following a biblical model for these tough encounters.

Kindle Edition, 192 pages
Published February 19th 2019 by Kregel Publications
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Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Art of Hard Conversations is a practical tool that you will read and have little moments in your head where you go, "ah- yes." I read this book and took note of so many different things and found myself nodding my head at the authors comments so many times. These chapters will make the reader explore the way we relate to others, how we communicate and how we relate to other people. I know I found myself very challenged by this book and also doing a lot of self-discovery through this book. I ...more
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My copy of Lori Roeleveld’s The Art of Hard Conversation is littered with red markings and notes. It has spoken to me in such a practical way and given me an abundance of “a-ha” moments. I love Lori’s writing style, and as with her other books, I always feel like I’m having a heartfelt conversation with a friend who is guiding me and walking along side me in this crazy journey with our Lord. Each chapter leads us to explore ourselves and how we relate to others, which can lead to our conversatio ...more
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was not raised to be a communicator. Communication was not encouraged in the home where I grew up. My parents wrestled with communicating, both choosing to communicate in polar opposite ways. And, unfortunately the boys I dated, and the man I married, did not communicate effectively. Even as a child I desperately wanted to communicate well. It has come about over the course of many years, I have learned to be a better communicator. I’m not there yet. It is a work in progress.
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Robin Luftig
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truth is like tofu … it has its own nature and consistency, yet still takes on the flavor of the other elements with which it’s served. In Roeleveld's latest book, "The Art of Hard Conversations" she shows us how to be prepared for those hard conversations that need to be shared. She explains how to embrace the power of a question and how to approach possibly devastating situations with Christ-infused strength. The chapter breakdowns are in-depth, easy to follow and incredibly respectful. You'll ...more
Annalise Nakoneczny
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Absolutely excellent. This book is full of biblical truth, encouragement for people who both talk too much and are afraid to speak up and people in between, practical advice (which I find is often lacking in Christian books), challenges, and humor. Roeleveld has helped me see hard conversations as opportunities for a deepening in relationship, and her tone is both gentle and a call to be courageous and to reach out in love. She makes hard conversations seem a little less scary. Also I've already ...more
Desiree Taylor
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wouldn't say I like confrontation, and I have always tried to run away from it if I could. I have learned from being in a marriage and ministry leadership, that this approach does not work. I have not seen any other book out there that faces this subject as head-on as Lori does.

She writes with Godly wisdom and offers ways to honestly evaluate our hearts, as well as give us tools to face these confrontations with the expectation that God will meet us there. These tools can be used in any relati
Clarice James
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We’re not all that different when it comes to having hard conversations. No one wants to have them—or to even HAVE to have them. We wish our family members, friends, and co-workers would just know the right thing to do and just do it. As author Lori Roeleveld points out, with our different personalities and from our varied perspectives, these hard talks are not "one size fits all." But once you read about the author’s own life situations which required “hard conversations,” you’ll feel like you ...more
Cathy Baker
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Art of Hard Conversations is a handbook for life. I like how the author peppers personal stories with wise, but practical advice, and I especially appreciate how the book is broken into bite-size morsels. Each unit offers brief lessons that walk the reader through a specific theme. My favorite was, "Is This Conversation Grounded and Timed in Love?" At the end of each lesson is the feature "ARTwork", which helps readers to practically and biblically apply what they learned. This book is a kee ...more
Patricia Tiffany Morris
Do you have someone in your life who is difficult to talk with? Asking you tough questions? Or simply want to arm yourself with practical tools to prepare yourself for the inevitable? There is an art to conversations, speaking with one another. Why is it difficult, even debilitating at times, to bring up certain conversations? Why does it matter how we respond to uncomfortable questions and relational problems? In the book published by Kregel, Lori brilliantly laid out the chapters over Biblical ...more
Kaley Rhea
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book does exactly what it says it will do: provides biblical tools to help with the hard conversations.

It's so full of scripture and practical tips and exercises. It's really exactly what I was hoping for when that title grabbed me. The author's love of the Lord and His Word shines on every page, and the way she approaches each question or topic always starts with Jesus. Love it.

As a whole, it's been challenging and encouraging for me. Not to mention useful. Will be reccing it for group st
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Lori Stanley Roeleveld is a disturber of hobbits who enjoys making comfortable Christians late for dinner.

Her new book, Running from a Crazy Man (and other adventures traveling with Jesus) is available wherever fine books are sold.

Jesus lover. Blogger. Wife. Mother. Part-time dragon slayer. Not available for children's parties.

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