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We Really Need to Talk
Steps to Better Communication
by Paul J.Donoghue & Mary Siegel
Publisher:Ave Maria Press from Alban Bks
This is a very good book on the art of talking and listening; easy to read but with real depth to it, it covers the range of situations from spouse, children, work and friends in a clear way, giving insight into how sometimes we can trigger reactions without meaning to and how to avoid them, at the end of each section is also a ‘reflections’ section with questions that really make you think. It then goes on to address the ways we shouldn’t talk, ie in a judging or blaming manner etc and finally has a good section on how we should talk – the skills needed like listening and effective communication strategies. On the whole it is a great book for anyone looking to learn communication skills and could also be used as the basis for a training manual for groups and teams either engaged in ministry or just to build up better church and group communication.
Reviewer: Melanie Carroll (19/07/11)