Subtitled “How Your Words Can Glorify God and Encourage Others”, this title grabbed me. I think I am an encourager by nature, so coupled with being an author I was especially interested in this one.
As a writer, when sometimes we can agonise for days over selecting the right word for a particular place in a story, we know the importance of language and the difference it can make.
But the teaching in this book takes it a step further than simply choosing the right words. It highlights how wisdom can and should be the driving force behind the words we use. How, when we are speaking to anyone, we can see ourselves as speaking as Christ to them. Thinking like this can create a whole different way of behaving and expressing the love of God.
Carolyn is quick to point out that we all get it wrong, quite often, but an intentional attitude of kindness, truth, love and (interestingly) praise in our conversations, will make an enormous difference to us and to all those we communicate with.
This book makes a point of highlighting what the Bible has to say on the topic, unpacks it and presents it with empathy and encouragement.
It is the sort of book that after you have read it, you come away with a feeling that your behaviours will never quite be the same again, to the benefit of everyone.
I received an advance complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, but was under no pressure to provide a favourable review.