Tuned In

We only retain one-fourth of what we hear

Authors Art and Laraine Bennett 

HUNTINGTON, Indiana, October 16, 2017 — Studies show 60% of communication is listening, but most of us only retain 25% of what we hear. At the same time, social isolation and chronic loneliness are on the rise, as people feel increasingly disconnected from one another. Relationship experts Art and Laraine Bennett tackle this problem in their new book Tuned In: The Power of Pressing Pause and Listening (2017).

Listening is not just a good idea; it’s a critical life skill. In Tuned In: The Power of Pressing Pause and Listening, the Bennetts use real-life situations and scriptural reflections to teach readers how to listen with intention, not only to those around us, but to God and to ourselves.

“In today’s environment it is all the more necessary…to foster the virtue of listening — or better, the art of listening,” state the Bennetts. Ultimately, as this book shows, listening is a skill we can all acquire — one that has the power to transform our relationships and our lives.



Art Bennett is currently the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia. He was the co-founder and director of the Alpha Omega Clinics in Maryland and Virginia (2002-2010). He has more than 30 years’ experience in the mental health field and is a frequent speaker on marriage and family issues.

Laraine Bennett has a master’s degree in philosophy and is the communications manager for the National Council of Catholic Women. Together, the Bennetts have co-authored three popular books on temperament (The Temperament God Gave You, The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse, and the Temperament God Gave Your Kids) in addition to their book The Emotions God Gave You. Laraine is also the author of A Year of Grace: 365 Reflections.