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With clarity and the precision of a spiritual physician, Matt cuts deep into the cancerous disease that produces words that hurt and defame. Not only will this book help you keep your tongue in check, but it will also be a helpful navigational tool in guiding your speech toward the joyful discipline of using words to help and heal others to the glory of God! Put the principles of this book into practice, and you, your family, friends and colleagues will all be better off! --Dr. Joseph M. Stowell, president of Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Gossip is a spark that starts countless relational fires every day. Matt provides practical, biblical guidance on how believers can reduce this insidious problem by bringing their tongues under the lordship of Christ. --Ken Sande, president of Relational Wisdom 360, Billings, Montana

In Resisting Gossip experienced pastor Matt Mitchell skillfully tackles one of the most overlooked and destructive sins within the church. Dr. Mitchell s wise, biblical approach carefully defines gossip (no one excluded here!) and gets to the heart of both the causes and cures of this problem. Full of scriptural insight, practical examples and thoughtful questions for group discussion, this one-of-a-kind book aims to do nothing less than transform the way we speak to and about one another. Whether you are a perpetrator of gossip or a victim of gossip (invariably both!), you will surely find tangible help and Christ-centered hope in its pages. --Michael R. Emlet, M.Div., M.D., counselor and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF), Glenside, Pennsylvania, author of CrossTalk: Where Life and Scripture Meet

About the Author

Pastor of Lanse Evangelical Free Church in Lanse, PA, since 1998, Mitchell received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Westminster Theological Seminary in Biblical Counseling under the leadership of the faculty of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF).

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: CLC Publications (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619580764
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619580763
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matthew Mitchell is Heather's hubby and daddy to Robin, Andrew, Peter and Isaac. He has pastored Lanse Evangelical Free Church, a 120-year-old rural church parked along Interstate 80, since 1998. The Mitchells live in the woods of Central Pennsylvania with a flock of free-range chickens. They love to read books, play games and go for long hikes.

A graduate of Moody Bible Institute and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Pastor Matt received his doctorate in biblical counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary in 2012. Matt is active in his family of churches, the Evangelical Free Church of America, and is the book-review coordinator for EFCA Today. He loves getting to talk about Jesus at conferences, seminars, retreats and workshops.

Matt writes a blog about passionate truth called Hot Orthodoxy (, where he posts his thoughts on pastoral ministry and biblical counseling, book reviews and sermon manuscripts, links to helpful and humorous places, glimpses into family life and personal reflections along the journey of following the Lord Jesus Christ with both head and heart.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Schenley M. Pilgram on November 29, 2013
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I am one of the happy members of Lanse Evangelical Free Church, we who call Dr. Mitchell "Pastor Matt." During the process of getting this book published, he gave our Bible Study group updates and prayer requests. I loved sharing the joy of finally seeing this book become a reality! More than that, I loved discovering that Pastor Matt writes the same way he preaches and counsels- with a conversational tone, appropriate and effective use of Scripture, and an obvious heart of concern for others.

In this book, Pastor Matt:
defines gossip
explains the different heart motivations behind our gossip
provides real strategies for resisting gossip
advises on how to respond when we are the subject of gossip
teaches how to repent of our gossip
includes a section for leaders to help cultivate gossip-resistant churches

All of this is done with carefully-chosen anecdotes and Scripture references. The verses aren't taken out of context to support his points or thrown in as an afterthought; instead, it is clear that Pastor Matt learned what he is teaching from studying the Word.

This book is easy to read yet rich in content. It is sharply convicting yet full of grace and hope. It teaches timeless truths that are extremely timely in our current culture. I can't recommend it highly enough!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ann Le Blanc Beaulieu on November 15, 2013
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The first few words that come to mind as I am writing this book review are - "Get ready to be convicted." This little book of 190 pages tuned out to be a BIG book after all! Big, in the sense that I was convicted of sin in my life after only a few pages into reading it. And here I thought that I had gossip under control in my life. Turns out that Mitchell had a few lessons to teach me straight from the Word of God.

I loved it! Did I mention I LOVED this book? Mitchell has a way with bringing the Scriptures alive. While gently giving us the desire to seek more of where he’s coming from: the Gospel. Thus, creating in us a desire of purity in wanting to eliminate gossip in all its different forms.

What was astonishing to me and made me appreciate this author even more, is the fact that I never felt that he was placing a burden on me, moralizing me or judging me in any way. Many times he uses himself as an example. All the while leaving it up to the Spirit to do its work in our lives, while being the messenger of truth in delivering us such a needed well thought out biblical book.

This is an easy reader, friendly book, which is wonderful. Yet, it is also a book that won't leave you without some conviction on the part of the Holy Spirit if you’re really listening... impossible. As much as I tried, I can't find anything Mitchell didn't think to cover in his book! Not that I am looking for faults, but I'm thinking he must of forgotten something. Yet he seems to have covered all significant grounds. And there are quite a few!

Despite the fact that this book has only 190 pages, I found it to be incredible all he had covered on gossip. If you’re wondering why I was convicted of gossip. That's an excellent question.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Corbin on September 9, 2013
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Who hasn't been both the perpetrator and the victim of gossip? We all know how much it hurts to be on the receiving end. Truthfully, it doesn't make us feel better when we are the gossip. This book addresses different types of gossips, why they gossip, and what we can do to resist being involved with gossiping. Matt uses Biblical references to show how much gossip displeases God. I am going to buy copies for my church leadership and friends in ministry.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jim on September 7, 2013
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This book is a must read for all believers. It is very convicting and thought provoking. Matt not only addresses the
problem of gossip and what it is, but he gives scriptural insight on how to repent of the sin of gossip as well.

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ABWE Missionary, South Africa
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Robinson on November 15, 2013
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"Without wood a fire goes out;
Without gossip a quarrel dies down" (Prov. 26:20).

"Only you can prevent forest fires" (Smokey the Bear).

In Resisting Gossip author Matthew Mitchell says that he wished to find a one-size-fits-all solution to gossip. But gossip is messier than that. However, God's wisdom is greater than the challenge. Gossip is a broad, tricky, and a pernicious problem that needs to be dealt with quickly when it crops up. Christian Living books should not provide a single fix-all for every problem. There is no one way to handle gossip. But most importantly in this book Mitchell goes for the heart of the problem. And the heart of the problem is the problem of the heart.

Mitchell gives practical, positive, spiritual advice on not only avoiding gossiping, but what to do if you become a victim of gossip. Mitchell carefully defines gossip and it's many prevalent forms (no one is exempt here, not even you).

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+ The author presents his material in a clear and accessible way. He is honest about his own failures and successes, and humbly opens himself to the reader.. And this vulnerability helps the readers do the same, especially as Matt consistently applies the Gospel to all of us throughout the book.

+ Mitchell uses Scripture to back up his points and avoids easy/moralistic/legalistic solutions.

+ He uses a lot of references from Proverbs. It's one thing to read through Proverbs and read all the verses on gossip. It's another to see them all throughout this book as the main book to be referenced.
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