New Release: An Essential Guide to Interpersonal Communication

Cover ArtVirtually every human endeavor involves interpersonal communication. Leading Christian scholar and media commentator Quentin Schultze and respected professor of communication Diane Badzinski offer a solid Christian perspective on the topic, helping readers communicate with faith, skill, and virtue in their interpersonal relationships.

Designed as a companion to Schultze’s successful An Essential Guide to Public Speaking, this inviting book provides biblical wisdom on critical areas of interpersonal communication: gratitude, listening, self-assessment, forgiveness, trust, encouragement, peace, and fidelity. Given the rapid rise and widespread use of social media, the book also integrates intriguing insights from the latest research on the influence of social media on interpersonal relationships.


“A firm foundation for flourishing interpersonal relationships in a digital age, integrating timeless scriptural wisdom, cutting-edge communication research, and compelling insights from everyday life in a highly engaging, student-friendly volume.” – Janie Harden Fritz, Duquesne University

“Their insights are practical, wise, and much needed in today’s divisive communication climate.” – Tim Muehlhoff, Biola University

“This book is disturbing–in all the right ways. No matter how good you think your relationships are, be prepared to come away convicted, recommitted, and passionate about making them even better. If your relationships need restoration, hope fills these pages.” – Robert Woods, Spring Arbor University

“Well researched, accessibly written, biblical in its wisdom, and practical in its advice. I gladly recommend this book as a rich resource for learning to build real community through effective communication.” – Larry Crabb, NewWay Ministries

An Essential Guide to Interpersonal Communication will shake up your vision for relating….Recommended for personal reflection and college classroom learning in communication and psychology.” – Bill Strom, Trinity Western University

“I highly recommend Schultze and Badzinski’s Essential Guide for use in universities, churches, or any other setting where authentic, life-giving communication is desired.” – Mary Albert Darling, Spring Arbor University

“With its readability index a perfect ten, this book by award-winning authors turns the pivotal ideas of interpersonal communication into pathways of harmony and transformation.” – Clifford Christians, University of Illinois


Quentin J. Schultze (PhD, University of Illinois) is professor emeritus of communication at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and CEO of Edenridge Communications. Schultze has been quoted in major media including the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, US News & World Report, the New York Times, Fortune, the Chicago Tribune, and USA Today. He has been interviewed by CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, and NPR and is the author of many books, including An Essential Guide to Public Speaking. He blogs at

Diane M. Badzinski (PhD, University of Wisconsin) is professor of communication and chair of the department at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colorado, where she teaches interpersonal communication, nonverbal communication, cross-cultural communication, and research methods. She received the Outstanding Affiliate Faculty Award for contributions to Spring Arbor University’s online master of arts in communication program and writes regularly on communication topics.

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