When Words Matter Most by Cheryl Marshall & Caroline Newheiser–Book Review

Sometimes we’re called to speak the truth into the life of a friend, and some times are easier than others. We may need to encourage those who are worried, provide strength to the weak, admonish those who are going astray or comfort the grieving. All of these are times when we can come alongside one another with words that help and heal. In this book the authors share stories of women they have personally known who have been impacted by hearing and applying the word of God to their lives.

Part 1 covers the biblical basis for building one another up through our conversations, and the kinds of situations that may arise. The authors emphasize the need to speak the truth “in love”, even when the subject broached is difficult. We are to be “gracious friends”– friends who listen, forgive, and serve sacrificially. Part 2 gives readings from scripture to suggest to those who are struggling in different ways –worried, weary, wayward or weeping. Knowing some appropriate verses will help us to gain confidence in speaking the right word at the right time.

At the end of each chapter there are questions that could be used in a small group study or for individual journaling. There are also some recommended resources at the back.

VERDICT: 5 STARS. If you’re a word person (as I am) you’ll love it; if you’re not, you’ll get some helpful suggestions. An easy read, perfectly biblical in approach and content.

The Lutheran Ladies received a free e-copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review.. Disclaimer pursuant to FTC 16 CPR 255.

For more about the importance of our words see:

Thankful Words

Words of Praise

Truthful Words

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About jculler1972

My husband is the retired pastor of St. Paul's Free Lutheran Church in Leitersburg, Maryland. I have two grown daughters, three grandchildren and am retired after a career in Purchasing. I have published articles in The Lutheran Ambassador, Lutheran Witness, and Lutheran Digest. My Bible study on the Book of Acts was published in 2016 by the Women's Missionary Federation of the AFLC(Association of Free Lutheran Churches).

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