Monday, February 16, 2015

Keep It Shut By Karen Ehman {Book Review}


Do you have diarrhea of the mouth? I know I can sometimes let words fly without thinking twice about their affect on others. Karen Ehman's new book Keep It Shut is the perfect book for someone like me. I need to be constantly reminded to keep my mouth shut. In her book, Karen Ehman explains what we should say, how to say it, and when to say nothing at all. It is like a heaven-sent book written just for me.

Karen Ehman is an author for Proverbs 31 Ministries as well as a speaker at their events. She also writes for her own blog called Encouragement For Today (an online devotion). She has written many books as well as other online devotions. She is married to her college sweetheart and has three children. She has lots of experience speaking to other women about biblical issues.

Some of my favorite chapters from Keep It Shut are:

  • Stop Filling The Gap- Learning to listen
  • Zip It And Pray- How to talk to God before you talk to others
  • Behind The Screen- Controlling your digital tongue
  • Hurling Hate Or Healing Hearts- Containing Your Anger
  • Gotta Have The Last Word- Tips and tricks for tempering the tongue
With a kind, encouraging, and sometimes funny delivery, Karen Ehman takes on how we talk to each other and ourselves, in writing or out loud—and when it’s good to say nothing at all.
Let’s face it: Every woman from Bible times to modern times sometimes struggles with her words. What to say and how to say it. What not to say. And what to do when she says something she wishes she could take back. In Keep It Shut, a woman whose mouth has gotten her into loads of trouble shares the how’s and why’s of dealing with the tongue.
Turning to scriptural insights and her own stories, Karen Ehman shows readers what the Bible says about when to speak, why great words start with great listening, wisdom for using words in social media, why “just sharing a prayer request” might be gossip, how to use words effectively at work and home, and why self-talk matters too.
Words have the power to build up and the power to destroy. Using them well leads to healthier relationships, less stress, and fewer regrets. Best of all, it leads to the joy of seeing what God can do when he’s the one who speaks up.
This book is a wonderful addition to my biblical bookshelf. I highly recommend you to read this book. On Proverbs 31 Ministries website you can join the conversation about this book as well as join a bible study about Keep It Shut

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own. 


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