Learn how to move beyond the technique of conversation to focus on the heart-and-soul experience of intentional, authentic human connection. In Conversation—The Sacred Art you will discover ways of enhancing and enriching your everyday exchanges.
In this “age of distraction,” we’re losing the sacred art of conversation, and that’s a profound loss. True conversation helps us become more human. It evokes that which is deepest in us and gives us a chance to discover the new life that might emerge between us. So this is an important book, one that can help us recover a vital but endangered everyday spiritual practice. Diane Millis writes beautiful prose and offers practical suggestions to deepen our conversational capacities. For me, reading this book was like having a true conversation with the author, and with myself, one that will help me share its gifts with the larger world.
—Parker J. Palmer, author of many books including Healing the Heart of Democracy and Let Your Life Speak
In our increasingly screen-based culture, we are in danger of losing the ability to be deeply present and engaged with others. This book, integrating the author’s intensive study of spiritual guidance with her personal and professional experiences, offers both inspiration and practical guidance to restore the art of conversation as a sacred activity.
—Dr. Aostre N. Johnson, professor of education, Saint Michael’s College, co-editor of Educating from the Heart
This is a beautiful book in so many ways, yet its deepest beauty introduces us to the sacredness of one another, which we discover as we listen, offer, extend and join together in true conversation. “Whenever two or more are gathered, there will I be also” has been my favorite scripture for many years. Diane has illuminated how we discover the truth of this teaching. I am deeply grateful that this book appears now, when its wisdom and practices are most needed to restore the sacred to our relationships.
—Margaret J. Wheatley, author of many books including Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future
This is an exquisite book about the loving and nourishing art of sacred conversation throughout our lives. Diane Millis writes with the grace, wisdom and caring of a wise and skillful spiritual director, leading us all to touch the sacred within ourselves, within others, and in the midst of all of our conversations. Thank you, Diane!
—Rabbi Amy Eilberg, author of From Enemy to Friend
The very best spiritual books do not just describe the depths of the interior life; they transport us there. Diane Millis’s wonderful book falls into that category, plunging us into that holy space from which we can connect with God, with ourselves, and especially with others at a depth we would have thought impossible. Our conversations will never be the same after reading this book—they will be infinitely richer.
—John Backman, author, Why Can’t We Talk?
This is a beautiful book filled with exquisite insights, practices and stories. They illuminate our heart and mind and awaken us to Presence.
—Imam Jamal Rahman, author of many books including Spiritual Gems of Islam