Do you want to live in a community that looks out for each other? What can we do our part in making that a reality? Author Shannan Martin says it begins with some simple resets. Shannan will challenge us as Christ followers to reclaim sensitivity and be the first to walk across the ally or lawn and start by saying hello! Listen to hear street-level practices that will help us overcome isolation and make and grow connections with those who live near us on Ken and Deb in the Morning.
How are we doing as a society regarding the art of conversation? Has the pandemic left us with a depleted desire or confidence in talking with others? Author and Professor Heather Holleman says knowing the four mindsets will bring our conversations to a new deeper level. Heather talks with Ken and Deb about these mindsets, along with other strategies to grow in the art of communication!
Shannan Martin, author of Start with Hello, The Ministry of Ordinary Places, and Falling Free, is a speaker and writer who found her voice in the country and her story in the city. Shannan works as a cook at The Window, a local nonprofit dedicated to feeding its community. She, her jail-chaplain husband, and their kids live as grateful neighbors in Goshen, Ind.
Dr. Heather Holleman s an associate teaching professor at Penn State, speaker, and author. She designs advanced writing curriculum for the English department and loves helping students thrive professionally. She has written eight books, including the bestseller Seated With Christ: Living Freely in a Culture of Comparison; and an award-winning book on evangelism (co-written with her husband Ashley Holleman) called Sent: Living a Life that Invites Others to Jesus. Her forthcoming book The Six Conversations: Pathways to Connecting in an Age of Isolation and Incivility (Fall 2022) helps fight the loneliness epidemic by inviting readers to enjoy better conversations. Heather also serves with Faculty Commons in the professor and graduate student ministry of Cru. She has two daughters and three cats, and she blogs daily at www.HeatherHolleman.com. Her podcast is "The Verb with Heather Holleman." When she's not writing or teaching, Heather is growing a plum orchard, looking for turtles in the woods, or gathering with friends for dinner and a movie.