For many Christians, sins of the tongue are the most difficult to avoid. Critical words, unkind words, even curse words flow out of our mouths willy-nilly because we often speak without thinking. Sometimes we offend others with our speech without even realizing what we’ve done. It’s important to remember that all of our words are a witness to Christ, and should edify and encourage, not tear down or feed our own ego.
I wish I had discovered this little book earlier this year. Subtitled “The Keep it Shut 40-Day Challenge, it includes daily devotions, take-aways, a specific Bible verse to contemplate, and a closing prayer. It would be perfect to use as a spiritual discipline during the 40 days of Lent. Even better would be using this book with a small group that provided accountability in following the many good suggestions for “taming the tongue.”
Karen uses both Biblical and personal stories to illustrate important points including::
- The power of our words
- The heart-mind-mouth connection
- Taming out tempers
- When to be silent and when to speak up
- How God’s Words affect our words
and more. Reading this book carefully and prayerfully will surely result in better habits of speech. I recommend it, and would like to get a group together and give it a try. It would be a big help in teaching us to love one another in word and deed.
“You are writing a gospel, a chapter each day,
By the things that you do and the words that you say.
Others will read what you write, whether faulty or true.
Say, what is the gospel according to you?”
VERDICT: 5 stars