Keep It Shut

Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at All
By Karen Ehman / Zondervan
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Karen Ehman addresses women and words in Keep It Shut with a kind, encouraging, and sometimes funny delivery. She explores what the Bible says about when to speak, when to remain silent, what to say in social media posts, why “just sharing a prayer request” might be gossip, and why self-talk matters too. Using words well leads to healthier relationships and the joy of seeing what God can do when he’s the one who speaks. Paperback.

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Keep It Shut tells about the many ways in which our mouths and the words which come out of them can be used and received. It covers various areas where the words or tone can take place; such as gossip, encouragement, people pleasing, tone of voice, and many other areas.

I have always been confused about what is considered gossip and what is not considered gossip. Karen Ehman has brought enlightenment to me on that subject through Keep It Shut. There is even a section that states what is gossip and what is not gossip. Karen uses her own life experiences, Biblical references, and suggested tips to enable our awareness of the immense power, the mouth and the words that come through it, truly has. It is impossible for me to memorize the whole book, but I find the majority of its content can be used as a tool to be aware of what my mouth can do and how to avoid some situations before they happen.

I recommend Keep It Shut to all people who have a mouth which words come out of, hands that type words onto a screen, or hands that write words onto paper through the use of a writing utensil.

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