** 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:
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!
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?