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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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"An important and biblical book about our words and our God. Few of us really think about the power, the blessing, the gift, the effect, and the danger of our words. This book will make you think before you speak. Best of all, it will make you think of him before you speak. Read it. You'll be glad." --Steve Brown
"Filled with searching and realistic and honest illustrations . . . coupled with large doses of biblical truth. . . . you will be challenged, convicted, enlightened, and encouraged in this extremely important dimension of your relationship with God and with other people. . . . a volume to which you will turn again and again." --Wayne A. Mack
"Paul Tripp does not offer superficial solutions to our failures of communication. He recognizes that the spiritual quality of our words emanates from our hearts. This book is must reading for us all." --Tremper Longman III
About the Author
Paul Tripp is president of Paul Tripp Ministries, the Professor of Pastoral Life and Care at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas, the Executive Director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care in Fort Worth, Texas, and has taught at respected institutions worldwide. As an author, Paul has written ten books on Christian living that are read and distributed internationally. He has been married for many years to Luella, and they have four grown children.
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In this book, Paul David Tripp does not write about the mere mechanics of Christ-like communications, but about the very core of our communication struggles. That is, our self-centeredness instead of God-centeredness.
The Holy Spirit used this book to convicted me more than any other Christian writing I have ever previously read. If you are truly interested in becoming more Christ-like, read this book. You will rejoice that you did.
The tag line for the book is "getting to the heart of your communication struggles." That sums up the whole book in just that short phrase. Why is it that we struggle to communicate? Why is it that our words get us in so much trouble? Why is it that conflict seems to arise out of our words delivered to others? The answer is, we don't understand the power of our words and how they can either help or hurt.
A quote from page 200 in the book summarizes this thought, Tripp writes, "My father was saying, 'Paul, words matter. They will either contribute to a solution or further the difficulty. Speak with caution and care.'" This piece of advice is one that we all need to learn. Paul was trying to decide how to approach fellow employees of a part-time job who were stealing from the employer. He knew it was wrong and he wanted to confront the issue, but his fathers words of advice helped him to stop and think through what he was going to say before he just rambled and ran into trouble.
The book is divided into three sections;
Part One: Talk is Not Cheap, this section is actually a history lessons from the Bible in the power of words. It goes through the power that God has when He speaks to the power that Satan has when he speaks to how humans cause real hurt, pain and alienation with their words.
Part Two: A New Agenda for Our Talk: This section delves into the theory behind the "war of words" and how our relationship with God gives us the power to change and put into action a new way of thinking.
Part Three: Winning the War of Words: This is the practical section of the book.
I loved the way that parts one and three bookend the middle section. It is well thought through ,well written and does a wonderful job of communicating the points that Tripp wants to make.
The heart of the book can be summarized in Part One, Chapter Four, "Idol Words". This chapter gives the nuts and bolts of what Tripp is driving at. You will want to read this chapter a couple of times. Page 58 gives a wonderful definition of what an "idol" is and why our words can become idols.
Overall this book is great. I found this book with my studying towards becoming a "Peacemaker" through Peacemaker Ministries. It is probably one of the best books I have read off their resource list.
I think very Pastor, Elder, Sunday School Teacher, Counselor and lay person would benefit greatly from this book. Read it, mark it up, and best of all form a book club to talk about what you are learning from it, you won't be disappointed.