- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: CLC Publications (September 3, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1619580764
- ISBN-13: 978-1619580763
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
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Resisting Gossip: Winning the War of the Wagging Tongue Paperback – September 3, 2013
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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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Path: Mitchell divides his book into four parts: 1. Recognizing Gossip; 2. Resisting Gossip; 3. Responding to Gossip; and 4. Regretting Gossip. Each of these parts have their individual chapter(s) which help to pinpoint gossip in our lives and point us to a better way. The end of each chapter includes study questions which can be used in a group setting.
Sources: The author bases his understanding of gossip in the Scriptures (Proverbs specifically), and then references other works (particularly Jewish) dealing with the sin.
Agreement: This short book is written in a format that ideal for small group discussions. While gossip includes a minimum of two people, this book can be more fully appreciated in that context as well. His teaching is clear, easy to remember, and biblically based. His headings help to focus the reader’s attention and clarify his flow of thought.
Personal App: How much do I say and listen to that would be considered gossip? What does this tell me about my heart and my need for Christ’s work in my life?
Favorite Quote: “I have a new slogan that I have been preaching to myself recently: The foolish people of the world do not exist for my entertainment.”
It would be worth another read and I would recommend it to someone who:
is part of a church
has been gossiped about and is hurting
is prone to gossip
Other books along this same theme would be:
Crabtree, Sam. Practicing Affirmation: God-Centered Praise of Those Who Are Not God. Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway, 2011.
Tripp, Paul David. War of Words: Getting to the Heart of Your Communication Struggles. Phillipsburg: P&R Publishing, 2000.
I love Matthew's threefold definition that includes mouths, backs, and hearts: " bearing bad news behind someone's back out of a bad heart." Matthew pastorally corrected many of my false assumptions about gossip. I did not realize that gossip is the opposite of the gospel - bearing bad news rather than good. And the reason why our sinful hearts love it so much is that we all love interesting stories, whether good or bad. Loving the good news of Jesus is the only cure to our addiction to bad news.
Chapter 3 on the types of gossipers is worth the price of the book. If you are a church leader, I would encourage you to start with the bonus chapter (the last chapter), then work your way back through.
For any Christian wanting to live-out the gospel in community, this an urgent read! None will come away unscathed. All will be lead to Jesus, the silent lamb lead to the slaughter who held his tongue so that us gossipers might be forgiven.
Buy it. But it for anyone on your team. And read it together. All will profit.
Into the void, steps Matt Mitchell with his thoroughly biblical handling, pastoral care, and positively convicting message. This is the kind of book that when one finishes reading, it is impossible to be the same again. The beginning part of the book helped me to grow in my understanding of my own sinful heart, putting aside my self-justification and rationalization. But alongside that positively convicting heart surgery, Matt's approach is truly to move toward walking in light and truth -- not for us to dwell in the spirit of condemnation. This book has completely changed my perspective on how I view, speak about and write about other believers, and the church.
Similar to books on prayer, there be may other books available addressing the topic, but when one like "A Praying Life" came along, it made such a huge impact - because of the depth, the Biblical foundation and the pastoral care by which the author handled the topic. The same thing is true for this book - "Resisting Gossip".
And I pray that this book will gain as wide an audience, because it deserves to have as profound an impact. I hope to re-read the book in 2014 with a small group, using the book's discussion questions.