We’ve all turned our ears towards podcasts and YouTube for discussions, but sitting with a good book or an article to stimulate thought and to learn from still provides great value. Here are some of my favorites that have become my classroom and teacher on connecting with one another in a meaningful and life-changing way.

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Love-Connects: How Our Son Taught Us the Healing Power of Living-Connected

~ Tim & Susan Taylor

Love-Connects outlines practical steps of living-connected in a way that heals a broken heart, mends a marriage, repairs a relationship, and bears one another’s burdens.  

Also, many of us hope that our lives will make a difference in this world. We want to leave a mark and be remembered…to do something BIG. It gives us purpose and helps us get out of bed in the morning.  Our son Lee didn’t invent anything or make any discoveries that changed the world. He didn’t win any championships or accomplish anything that will rewrite history. But he did live a life sharing in the sufferings of many others and became a Hero to them. It was out of his own physical, emotional, and spiritual pain that he gave us a blueprint on how to connect with people in a way that can heal the soul of its deepest wounds. 

Love Connects: Journal

~ Tim & Susan Taylor

In this journal, Tim & Susan Taylor provide an overview and application of their book Love Connects: The Healing Power of Living-Connected. Working through the 6 steps of how to connect in a soul-healing way with someone who is hurting, and writing down the experience is a powerful way to learn to live-connected. This journal may very well transform the way you see and respond to this broken world. Become a Super Hero and rescue someone who is hurting!

Praying the Ps

~ Tim and Susan Taylor

A book on connecting with God, our Father in Heaven, in a personal and meaningful way. Praying the Ps is our go-to prayer that works in all of our broken life circumstances. Listen to it on Audible!!

Connecting: Healing Ourselves and Our Relationships

~ Dr. Larry Crabb

Dr. Crabb envisions a day when communities of God’s people–ordinary Christians whose lives connect as husband to wife, brother to sister, friend to a friend–will accomplish most of the healing that we now depend on mental health professionals to provide.

Soul Print

~ Mark Batterson

In Soulprint, Mark pours the contagious energy he’s known for into helping you experience the joy of discovering who you are…and the freedom of discovering who you’re not. The wonderful fact is that your uniqueness is God’s gift to you, and it’s also your gift to God.

Soul Talk

~ Larry Crabb

In this extraordinary book, Dr. Larry Crabb introduces a revolutionary way for Christians to experience God. “Soul Talk” happens when two Christians talk to each other in a way that results in their passion for God being stirred, ignited, and released.

The Grief Guidebook

~ Gary Roe

“Help! How do I do this?”
Loss strikes. Your heart is stunned. Your world is shaken. Someone special is missing.
Life will never be the same. You will never be the same.
Questions surface in your mind and heart. You try to make sense of it all. You struggle with overwhelming emotions and troubling thoughts. You tussle with what to do and when.

You need answers. You need compassionate, practical direction. You need a guide for this journey – a companion to walk with you through all the questions, wonderings, fears, and obstacles.o is hurting!

How to Listen with Intention

~ Patrick King
Learn to connect, create rapport, develop trust, and build deep relationships. In this day and age, the art of deep listening is a superpower. If you can make someone feel heard and important, you are on the highway to their heart. And it’s not as difficult or complex as you think.

How to Listen with Intention is ultimately a book about relationships. A relationship must be give-and-take – are you taking more than you are giving? Are you making people feel comfortable opening up to you? Are you listening well, or unwittingly being a conversational/relationship narcissist?