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From the Back Cover

Have you ever wondered just what to say at a funeral, to a friend whose spouse is fighting cancer, or to someone going through a breakup?

The right words don't always come easily. Sometimes we're so afraid to say the wrong thing that we say nothing at all or resort to cliches. But with a little help you can share the perfect message that will draw you nearer to friends and loved ones.

This book offers examples and guidelines for things to say, lines to write, and Scripture verses to share. Full of encouraging messages organized by category--sympathy, thank-yous, congratulations, etc.--it will help you save time while strengthening your relationships. You will find the right words for formats old and new: Facebook messages, emails, cards, texting, receiving lines, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, weddings, funerals, and more. You'll even discover what not to say.

A Perfect Word for Every Occasion is a trustworthy resource for words to bless the ones you love.

About the Author

Liz Duckworth is the author of critically acclaimed books such as Wildflower Living and Ragtail Remembers. With almost twenty years of experience in the Christian publishing field, Liz heads up Liz Duckworth Publishing Services. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her husband and two sons.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076421022X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764210228
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I first heard about it, I loved the idea for this book - and after I had the opportunity to read it I loved it even more. This book includes sections on Words for the Grieving, Words of Gratitude, Celebrations, Birthdays, Engagements and much more. I like that this book doesn't read like a script - it's not giving you word-for-word thoughts meant to be passed off as your own. It does include many excellent quotes and scripture references, but even better it includes questions and prompts to help you come up with your own heartfelt sentiments.

Another great feature included are what not to say. I think this is sometimes one of the hardest parts of expressing support, especially during difficult circumstances. We want to reach out, but sometimes are so afraid of saying the wrong thing that it is easier not to say anything at all. Another great section focuses on wedding correspondence - when we were first engaged I had no idea all of the rules and protocol that went along with the invitations and other documents and would have loved to have this book as I planned our wedding.

I sponsor children through Compassion International and immediately knew this book would be a valuable tool when sending them letters as well, and was excited to see the author even mentioned Compassion in the beginning of the book. I absolutely loved this book and know it will be a great resource for many years to come in many ways.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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This useful and keeper volume includes many occasions and instances where the proper condolence written and verbal is needed. Included amongst the chapters are: Words for the Grieving, Words of Encouragement, Words of Truth and Love, Words for Weddings and Engagements and so many more chapters! Also has quite useful sections within the chapters on what not to say to someone, and included are how to make words your own, and contains many quotes and bible passages for reference.

I loved A Perfect Word for Every Occasion, so useful and handy! Finally a book that covers every situation and life change possible. Book flows very easily and can sucessfully be read either at one time or in segments. I wish I had this book when I couldn't find the right words to express when someone I knew was going through a very challenging time. Keep this book in a handy place for reference and always know what to say without struggling for the right words. I highly recommend this very well organized and written book to others. I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers for my review.
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I found the entire concept of this book intriguing and I was right. What a helpful book packed with practical advice on what to say for just about every occasion as the title suggests. I also really appreciated all of the suggestions on what not to say. The book includes thoughtful quotes that one might include and Scriptures that would pertain to different circumstances. It isn't really a write this exactly kind of book but rather gives lots of suggestions to get your creative juices flowing. I found the section on Words for the Sick and Suffering to be the most help personally as I always struggle with what to say in those situations. I will be keeping this book close at hand when I find myself at a loss for what to say. Please note I did receive a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for this review. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.
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Liz Duckworth's, A Perfect Word for Every Occasion caught my interest as soon as I saw the title. I was raised by a woman who took correspondence and the proper way of it quite seriously! I was taught from the youngest age to go a step beyond a verbal thank you to someone and was shown how to send a card with a hand written note of thanks. I was taught to be sincere and send notes with heart and thought to sympathize with, let one know they were cared about and so much more.
Even though I knew and followed my mother's beautiful example in hand writing and mailing various greetings and so on... the world started changing as I was raising a family. Somehow... along the way, saving time became more important than making time to show I cared. Things went even more down the slope when home computers and smartphones became a part of daily life.
This book shook the dust off of my earlier intentions and habits and inspired me to be above average as a book (How to be above average by Florence Littauer)It Takes So Little to Be Above Average motivated me to do years ago. Even though typing an email or sending a text can instantly reach one person or a hundred in the same amount of time... it isn't always the way to correspond.
There are occasions when we need to step up and find time to not "lean on cliches or pat answers to send" messages. Sometimes, we need to "be personal. Be real. Be specific." Page 52
A Perfect Word for Every Occasion isn't one of those books you pick up and can't put down until it is finished (not that type but I did read it from beginning to end!) but it is an amazing resource to keep in easy reach.
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