If You’ve Ever Wished for A Zipper on Your Lips…

** Post includes a book giveaway for Karen Ehman’s new book: Keep It Shut!

Words. I love them so much. They carry weight and authority. They can beautifully display love and affection. But oh when they slip out without a filter, how dangerous and damaging it can be! This week as we’re reading through the 2015 Bible Reading Challenge and reading the book of Proverbs for the month of January, I couldn’t help but notice all the verses that speak about the value of words and our mouths.

and one who waters will himself be watered.Proverbs 11:25b



but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18b


The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things. Proverbs 15:28


If you’ve ever wished for a zipper for your lips, then you are not alone. My awesome friend, Karen Ehman, has written a new, fabulous book, Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It and When to Say Nothing At All. I read the pre-release version of this awesome book and I’m reading it for the second time right now. Karen has a witty way with words that make this book such a fun read, yet her experience in learning how to use words shines right into our lives too.

This trailer video clip displays the depth and unique style of this book. Take a peek at the Keep It Shut book trailer:

kis.book_ (1)This book will teach you:

The difference between gossip and properly processing with a trusted friend

A helpful grid for using our digital tongues as we talk online or on social media

How to pause before you pounce, attacking the problem but not the person

How to avoid saying something permanently painful just because you are temporarily ticked off

What the Bible teaches about making our speech laced with grace, as sweet as honey, and yet seasoned with salt

I personally am looking forward to an opportunity to do the accompanying Bible study and small group DVD series for this book in the spring or summer!

To find the Keep It Shut book or the Keep It Shut small group DVD and material, click on the links.

And now today I’m privileged to give away a copy of this awesome book! To enter, follow the Rafflecopter and I’ll see you tomorrow with a summary of Proverbs 10-15 as we continue on with the 2015 Bible Reading Challenge!

Which is harder for you: filtering the words you speak or the words you type? How do you manage those words?

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  1. Thank you Rachel for posting this book! Sometimes my issue is keeping too quiet yet exploding on the inside. Needing to know when and how to speak to make the most impact is where I’m learning. This might be just the book/and study I need! Thank you!!!

  2. Hi Rachel! Filtering the words I speak is way more challenging for me! When I write or type or text, I almost always reread and think…love the delete key…lol! Been praying for God to replace my thoughts with His before they come out! And for understanding and wisdom! This has been a blessing! So glad we started in Proverbs! Almost caught up to comment on your post from today! Love and prayers! God bless!

  3. I’m more careful with my typed words than the ones I speak! Great give-away!

  4. Rebekah Simpson says:

    Defiantly the words I speak!

  5. Looks like a fun and helpful book. I find it more difficult to filter my spoken words, because I don’t spend as much time thinking about them before putting them out there.

  6. Teresa Helton says:

    The words I speak are definitely harder for me to filter. When I types the words I am seeing them & reflecting upon them.

  7. Love Karen Ehman and her wisdom and I know I will love this book. For me guarding my mouth is needed at times. Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. Thank you for this giveaway! I certainly can use help in this area of my life. While I’m better than I used to be, I am still a work in progress. Thank you for this opportunity!

  9. I have a hard time keeping my mouth shut. Sometimes things come out that I didn’t know were in there.

  10. It is much harder for me to filter the words that come out of my mouth! When typing, I can proof-read and reflect on how I amcoming across before I send it. When I am upset is when my filter goes on the fritz 🙂 Especially when dealing with my dh and kids. Then, later on during reflection, I am riddled with guilt. It is definitely something I am working on. I try to be patient and take a minute before I respond. It has improved, but I still have a long way to go. This book could be a helpful tool. Thanks for the chance to win it 🙂

  11. I wish I did better at thinking before I speak!

  12. Christina says:

    Thank you for the giveaway. I have a hard time filtering the spoken word.

  13. Kristin W. says:

    I have a hard time with the wordsi speak especially when I allow my kids to push my buttons. Thinking this book would help me a lot in that area!

  14. Thanks for offering this giveaway. I hope. Whoever does receive it is blessed and will pass it on as a gift to the next person.

  15. Kelly Youngblood says:

    Filtering the words I speak is the most difficult for me. I think I have gotten better at it in my 23 year marriage, but I know I have a ways to go.

  16. It is very difficult for me to filter what I say. I generally speak in the moment without control my emotions. My goal for 2015 is to work on that….think and more importantly take a big breath before I speak.

  17. it is easier for me to control my written words – i read them over at least twice and then hit “send”; the spoken word? if i’m upset, much harder to keep the words in check.

  18. Anne from France says:

    I sometimes say something even when I know but I know I shouldn’t. Oh the conviction afterwards but I cannot undo what I have said. I think I would carry this book with me all the time so that if I did not heed the advice I could stick it in my mouth….!

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