The Listening Day: Meditations on the Way

Releases from Zeal Books on April 18, 2017

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The Listening Day is a collection of 90 devotional readings to help you enter God's passionate invitation to know him today.

To God, all times are the present and the Father invites us to know him now. We must learn to quiet ourselves and listen for his voice every day.

Each entry begins with scripture to meditate upon throughout your day. Paul J. Pastor then invites you to listen in on an intimate conversation with God what he hears the Lord saying through those scriptures and, in one or two lines, his own reply. The reflections are crafted to show us anew our God, who encourages, rebukes, laughs, invites, and instructs. Each day's reading ends with a short prayer and a simple suggestion for deeper response to help you know and experience God's rich presence in your life.

The Listening Day will sharpen your mind and deepen your soul as you travel your own path on Christ's Way.

The Listening Day will release in multiple volumes throughout 2017-18, then be collected with bonus material and readings into a single year-long devotional.


God speaks in these pages. As someone who has sat weeping in the church parking lot because of personal tragedy, I’m telling you: God will speak to you here. If God has been silent, if God seems far off, or cruel, then come rediscover the surprising depths of his kindness and love in this book.
— Matt Mikalatos, author of Sky Lantern: The Story of a Father’s Love and the Healing Power of a Simple Letter
Paul J. Pastor is one of the best spiritual writers of this generation. In fact, this breathtakingly beautiful offering has turned Pastor into one of my favorite writers of all time. It is clear that each meditation is the fruit of unhurried time spent in the presence of God. As you read, you will be nourished...
— Marlena Graves, author of A Beautiful Disaster: Finding Hope in the Midst of Brokenness
Surprising, poignant, joyful, and devastating ... Pastor invites us into new ways of seeing on each page.
— D.L. Mayfield, author of Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith
Paul reattaches the divine and the human in a poetic and thoughtful reading experience.
— Dan Haseltine, founder of Blood:Water and lead singer of Jars of Clay
Every morning of their dusty journey, the Jews found bread on the ground: manna. That was the mysterious bread that fed them, sustained them, kept them on the way. Pastor’s book will be just that—manna for your soul. The mysteries within cannot be fully understood, or even articulated, but they will feed you. I commend this book heartily. Get up. Your morning has come. Eat the mystery that this book describes.
— Dr. A.J. Swoboda, author of The Dusty Ones: Why Wandering Deepens Your Faith and pastor of Theophilus Church in Portland, Oregon
My heart’s desire is to trust; to live inside the grace of one day. In your hands is a brilliantly crafted companion for your journey into living that grace. I love The Listening Day because it is helping me do just that.
— Wm Paul Young, author of The Shack, Cross Roads, Eve: A Novel, and Lies We Believe about God
Our activist age is eager to expend energy doing things for God but devotes so little energy seeking to be with him. Paul Pastor’s wonderful book can help you correct this imbalance. Here you’ll discover a deeper, more beautiful and life-giving communion with God.
— Skye Jethani, author and co-host of The Phil Vischer Podcast
Here is a book to be read slowly and savored. These meditations will help you become more present to God and more aware of his work in your life and the world. Read and be nourished.
— Dr. Krish Kandiah, author of Paradoxology: Why Christianity Was Never Meant to Be Simple and founding director of Home for Good
The Listening Day invites us to slow down as we pursue Jesus, to listen to the Word of God as it washes afresh over our souls. It invites us to meditate, reflect, repent, and be renewed. Pastor’s poetic, creative approach will help you worship more deeply as you daily listen to the voice of God in His Word. I highly recommend The Listening Day.
— Daniel Darling, author of The Original Jesus: Trading the Myths We Create for the Savior Who Is
Against the cacophony of our boisterous and bombastic times, it is very difficult to find solitude and rest. We race through our days and fail to live in the present. The Listening Day stirs the heart and stills the mind so that we can listen to God’s Word and respond in the quiet. Renewing and enlivening. Just what the spiritual doctor ordered.
— Paul Louis Metzger, PhD, Professor of Christian Theology and Culture, Multnomah University and author of Evangelical Zen: A Christian’s Spiritual Travels with a Buddhist Friend
I know what you’re thinking. Not another devotional! Here’s why you’ll want to give The Listening Day a chance: The entries are beautiful. It’s classic Paul Pastor—fresh, biblical insights delivered with soaring, lyrical prose. The short entries adopt the divine perspective, but never in a way that feels forced or irreverent. Readers will be comforted,inspired, confronted—all with the purpose of helping them live a more faithful, more joyful Christian life. What a perfect way to start each morning!
— Drew Dyck, senior editor of CTpastors.com and author of Yawning at Tigers: You Can’t Tame God, So Stop Trying.
Each page is an invitation to engage the Creator...
— Mandy Smith, author of The Vulnerable Pastor: How Human Limitations Empower Our Ministry and pastor of University Christian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio
Seeking justice and loving mercy can get overwhelming. Paul J. Pastor’s The Listening Day is a balm for the weary soul. Instead of presenting the reader with yet another list of concerns with which to assail God, Pastor invites the reader to encounter God in the ever-present now. I can think of nothing more important in our age than developing the capacity to slow down and re-center ourselves on God, the source of our strength. For advocates and activists alike, this is required reading.
— R. Anderson Campbell, co-author of Praying for Justice: A Lectionary of Christian Concern
...A breath of fresh air. These daily devotions are pithy, poetic, and inspiring. This book will be a perfect resource for starting your day with a deeper connection to God.
— Daniel Hill, author of 10:10: Life to the Fullest, and White Awake