Friday, August 16, 2013

Book Review: Stopping Words that Hurt by Dr. Michael D. Sedler

Stopping Words that Hurt: Positive Words in a World Gone Negative by Dr. Michael D. Sedler is the second book by this author that I've read and I have to say that I'm a huge fan both books. Dr. Sedler speaks with clarity and authority, both in biblical content and communication strategies. His books are relevant and practical, full of Truth of how God wants us to speak to one another while maintaining our own biblical responsibilities. He doesn't just say how we are supposed to communicate, but says how to correct communication gone wrong and how to pull things back to a Christ-like track.

This book focuses mainly on the concept of "evil reports", which often manifests themselves as gossip. It takes the common perception of gossip being between a bunch of busy body women whispering behind each other's back and shows how gossip permeates many of the relationships of our lives, both in ways that are intentionally harmful and others, which are more subtle. Treating this common sin with the heaviness that any sin deserves, Sedler shows how to avoid being a gossip and how to prevent it in your interactions with others. What I like most about Sedler's books is that they clearly redefine what normal is for us, especially those of us who have little experience with what a healthy, normal conversation should look like.

Overall, I recommend this book to any and all Christians, and even non-Christians who can tolerate the biblical references. This book is a clear and practical guide to having non-"drama" conversations.

I was provided this book free of charge from Chosen Books in return for my honest review.

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