- Series: Resources for Changing Lives
- Paperback: 245 pages
- Publisher: P & R Publishing (January 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0875526047
- ISBN-13: 978-0875526041
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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War of Words: Getting to the Heart of Your Communication Struggles (Resources for Changing Lives) Paperback – January 1, 2001
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War of Words is divided into three sections. Part One: "Talk is Not Cheap" provides the theological and biblical orientation from which the entire book speaks. Tripp begins by reminding us that "God Speaks" (chapter one). "He is the Great Speaker" (15); and He has spoken most fully through Jesus Christ, "the Word who is the only hope for our words" (5). God can be known because He speaks. And we are made in His image with the ability to speak ourselves. Our words have value, because God has given them value.
But not only does God speak, "Satan Speaks" (chapter two). Paradise was lost because Satan used words to challenge the authority of God and offer an interpretation on life that was different from God's. Lies were spoken. Words were misused. And "for the first time, people spoke against one another" (23). Now, there is "trouble with our talk" (29). In fact, "nowhere is our weakness more dramatically revealed than in our struggle with words" (31).Read more ›
Tripp encourages Christians to remember that we are ambassadors of God. To every situation to which we bring our words, we are to bring them in accordance with the goal the One we represent has when He deals with people, that is redemption. That redemption is not just in the sense of judicial forgiveness for sin, but in the Spirit's day-to-day work in the life of a Christian to conform him or her more and more to the image of Christ. Rather than center our efforts on controlling others, punishing them for hurting us or making them do as we wish, Tripp encourages us to die to our own fleshly passions and consider how we can best be used redemptively by God in that person's life.
As Tripp guides the reader through how to think about our words, his advice is entirely Bible-based. It is not what Paul Tripp has found works for him, but rather what the Apostle Paul, and King Solomon, and the Apostle Peter wrote as divinely-inspired instruction.
I skimmed through this book before I read it. I encountered so many antecdotes that involved explosions of hot tempers, that I was tempted to think I didn't need this book. After all, I'm a mild-tempered member of a mild-tempered family. I was humbled as I read it, though, because it goes so much deeper than that and holds up a standard that even the most mature, self-controlled Christian does not keep.Read more ›
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Great book! The author gives examples of ways that show good and poor communication. I learned so much about how what I say matters to others. Read morePublished 2 months ago by EJ
Good description of a difficult subject. Author has great insight without being methodical or dogmatic.Published 4 months ago by El B
Great book, I can't put it down I have to read it every day, it has a understanding teachings that gives me a better opening of learning.Published 5 months ago by Jackie James
I borrowed this book from a friend, and by the time I was on page 30, I knew I wanted to have this book to keep. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ken the G man
The absolute best book I've read on communication. You will read the book over and over because the tongue is a restless evil. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Stacotto
wonderful book- unique perspective on communication problems and how to think/work towards improvement.Published 6 months ago by DW