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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Conversation (face to face) (10/07/10)

TITLE: Communicating
By Ramona Cook
10/08/10


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I prefer face to face conversations; those encounters provide a multiplicity of routes for understanding the content of the conversation. When I can see the speaker with whom I am communicating, I can see body language which is 55% of communication.

If I was speaking with some one on the telephone, I could evaluate and understand only by the words spoken and by vocal intonations.

If a conversation is being executed by writing, I can evaluate and understand only by the words used and the punctuations of the sentences.

There is warmth in a face to face conversation. Face to face we feel recognized as individuals. Not only can we watch body language but we can see the speaker and how they look and the end result is fellowship in our humanness.

I cannot help but to wonder, could all this be part of the reason that God invites us to seek His face?


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/21/10
You make some valid points. I'd love to hear more maybe an example of when you misunderstood someone overthe phone or a time when you had an aha moment face to face. I really liked your last part. I've never thought of it quite like that before. It's a nice message.
Nichole Hall10/21/10
I like the point you made about body language being 55% of communication. It seems I've heard that before but something I pay very little attention to. I really like the connection you make at the end of being face to face with God. You're point was made in a subtle fashion which I commend you for b/c I don't have the art of subtley! Good job!
Jan Ackerson 10/22/10
Very sweet little devotional.

Since you had a lot of words to spare, I wonder if you might have added to the appeal of this piece by including some personal examples.

You made a very apt point at the end...well done!
Cheryl Harrison 10/22/10
At first, the writing felt academic, but then you zinged me with the end. Hmmm, maybe there is a little bit of Oswald Chambers in you. Good job!
Author Unknown10/23/10
Even in a non-fiction or devotional kind of piece, there is much room for showing instead of telling. Quick examples would make this easier for the reader to identify with, and would break up the more academic tone.

Now, for the nice stuff :) I think you make a good point here, and think if you'd started w/ your end point and drew that out- it'd go from good to great. It's a great thought and it's backed up well.

Keep writing, you've got a good start here.
Lollie Hofer 10/25/10
Great devotional thoughts...gives me something to ponder on for the rest of the week. I agree with Jan - personal stories relating to what you're writing about can add a lot to devotional pieces. Thanks for sharing. Keep it up.