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About the Author
Karen Ehman is a Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker, a New York Times bestselling author, and a writer for Encouragement for Today,an online devotional that reaches over 4 million people daily. She has written seventeen books including Keep It Shut, Pressing Pause, and Keep Showing Up. Her passion is to help women to live their priorities as they reflect the gospel to a watching world. Married to her college sweetheart, Todd, the mother of three, and mom-in-law of two, she enjoys antique hunting, cheering for the Detroit Tigers, and feeding the many people who gather around her mid-century dining table for a taste of Mama Karen's cooking. Connect with her at www.karenehman.com.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00J1UEAN8
- Publisher : Zondervan (January 6, 2015)
- Publication date : January 6, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 2393 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 236 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #147,117 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It covers flattery, gossip, digital words, learning to be a better listener, tone (how to say what you say), controlling angry words, the beautiful ways to use your words for good, arrogance and humility, the power of prayer to guide our words, and how to communicate appropriately with others in various situations and relationships. I love the list of powerful phrases to share with parents, spouse, children, and friends--words we all long to hear but no one ever thinks to say until its too late. There are quotes to cut out and a handy summary guide at the end of each chapter. There is even a yummy recipe tied into the theme of the book, but I won't spoil that for you. Very clever!
What I treasure most in this book is Mrs. Ehman's unflinching honesty about herself: her motives, thoughts, mistakes. Moreover, I sincerely commiserate with her on the issue of receiving hurtful comments from friends and family on her weight. She has sage advice for that situation, too, if it is something you might also be dealing with. For Mrs. Ehman and fellow Christians who struggle with weight, I would tell her that I have recently discovered the most entertaining and inspiring book which is nevertheless packed with a solid plan to help with that issue by entirely changing the way we think about food. It is called Skinny School by Julie Gordan, an inspired Christian advocate for women's marriages and health. It is a weight-loss self-help book that reads like a romance novel but acts as a workbook. You will love it.
Thanks to Mrs. Ehman, there is hope for us that we can learn to harness the power of our words to make the most of them and minimize collateral damage.
This book is humorous and full of anecdotes. It is also biblically based and gets REAL about the issues that all honest women will admit arise in their lives from time to time—especially in this digital age. Ehman addresses various problems of communication including listening, talking to God before talking to others, gossip, flattery, and anger. She shares verses from Proverbs as the original tweets, and they are powerful. It turns out the Bible has a lot to say about what we have to say.
Ehman concludes Keep It Shut by summarizing tips and tricks derived from the body of her book as a quick and easy way to refer back to those truths. She discusses ways to find time and opportunities to get away with God for a few minutes or hours to be grounded in Him so you can make Godly decisions about what to say and when to say it. She lists ten verses that will “help you watch your words.” She has questions to ponder to help you examine your motives and decide if something is gossip or not. Ehman doesn’t stop at the negative. She also includes “powerful phrases” to speak to various people in your life and Scripture verses, quotes, and phrases that you can photocopy and display around your home or office as reminders.
Keep It Shut had a surprisingly big impact on me, giving me a lot to think about. One example is the “white lie.” Yes, I do tell white lies occasionally to avoid hurting someone’s feelings. Ehman discusses the dangers of that and offers alternatives. I recommend Keep It Shut for the humor, the chatty presentation, and the Godly truths found in its pages.