More Questions Than Answers teaches the lost art of listening. Each chapter of Eleanor’s’ book highlights a different aspect of learning to listen. It’s written through personal experiences that the Author had during her lifetime of ministry. Contrary to what I believed prior to reading it ,You don’t have to have all the answers to aid a believer or a non-believer into a deeper relationship with Jesus. Listening is about being still and allowing the speaker to be heard. I used to try to get others to conform to the level of spirituality that I am on or at least on the same page as I am on in my walk of faith. I was relieved to learn that through conversation and listening the Holy spirit is working, so that we don’t have to have all the answers . Long after the conversation is over and we have departed the Holy spirit is still impressing upon our hearts to do God’s will. After I learned that I felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I really don’t have to have all the answers. At times listening is enough without any words spoken. In a performance driven world, just knowing that valuable piece of information takes an abundance of pressure off me! In my opinion anyone pursuing a greater understanding of how to listen more efficiently would benefit from reading this book. There are two inspiring bonus located in the appendixes . The first one is a unique bible study containing four sections which include Scripture input, Response, Prayer, Journalling and Thanksgiving. The second Appendix contains a guide to help you lead someone to Jesus. One of my favorite parts about the book is the analogies used to describe different aspects of spirituality.
Eleanor Shepherd spent thirty years in ministry after ordination as an officer of The Salvation Army. Along with her engagement in pastoral ministry and administration, she contributed over 85 articles, mainly to Salvation Army publications. These were distributed in a variety of periodicals in Canada, the USA, France, Germany and New Zealand.
Her degree in Psychology equipped her for learning the listening skills that she uses in spiritual accompaniment relationships. A venue where she has been able to apply them is in the leadership of College and Careers Bile study groups. She undertook this leadership in Montreal and Toronto along with Glen, her husband of forty years, who was also a Salvation Army officer. One of these experiences led to the conversion of a young Moslem and Eleanor published his story in Power for Living, the Scripture Press adult take home paper. Their College and Careers group field-tested the Bible study book created by the Shepherds, Why Families?
Prayer has played an important part in Eleanor’s life. For fifteen years, she has been a
member of the Intercessors, an international prayer ministry begun by Catherine Marshall. She has
done workshops and seminars on prayer and created a personal prayer support network for the
ministry of her husband and herself.
This network proved particularly valuable to the Shepherds when their 30-year-old son, John broke his neck in a car accident six years ago and became a quadriplegic. John was a student at Harvard Business School at the time and the Shepherds were serving with The Salvation Army in France.
Prayer and writing are intertwined for Eleanor in that she is a member of the prayer support
team of The Word Guild, a professional writers’ association to which she belongs. In addition,
she was for many years a prayer partner for Lin Johnson, the organizer of The Write-to-Publish
conference in Wheaton.
As well as writing, Eleanor along with her husband has spoken at many conferences,
particularly for clergy in Canada, the USA, France, Belgium, Switzerland, South Africa, Haiti and