A Way With Words: What Women Should Know About the Power They Possess (Mom’s Bookshelf)

A Way with Words: What Women Should Know about the Power They Possess

Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! James 3: 4-5

Words are powerful. They can wound or heal, encourage or discourage.  As women, our words have a profound influence on many, which is both an incredible privilege and an awesome responsibility. Making the most of our words for the Lord is crucial. That’s what A Way with Words: What Women Should Know about the Power They Possess by Christin Ditchfield is all about.

“When our hearts are full of life and grace, our words will be too-a true reflection, a revelation of the One we live to serve.” (p. 62)

“In any case-and every case-our goal is always to speak words that live, not words that die. Words that reflect the light of Christ, not words that increase the darkness.” (p. 86-87) 

Through the book, we learn about words that wound, heal, reveal, live, die, sing, cry, reach, teach and ring. Each chapter focuses on a particular type of words or use of our words, drawing from the Bible for examples and encouragement. Chapter 7 (“Words that Sing”), on worship, was my favorite. I love how Ms. Ditchfield pointed out that words of praise…of hope, truth, and faith…are a powerful weapon against Satan. She uses the example of Pilgrim’s Progress when Christian goes through a dark valley in which hideous demonic beings whisper awful things in his ear that begin to overcome him. He’s rescued when a friend comes alongside him and begins quoting Scripture to him, speaking words of hope, truth, and grace, forcing the demonic beings to flee.

In my opinion, much of the meat of the book is in the discussion questions and exercises at the end of each chapter. Doing these adds a lot of depth to the reading. They’re quite thorough and thought-provoking.  These also make this book ideal for a group discussion or study. I think going through the book with a group would be fantastic.

So, if you’re looking for a good book for your personal Bible study time or to do with a group, A Way with Words would make an excellent choice…in fact, I’m considering using it to lead a group study myself. Thank you to Crossway for providing a copy for me to review.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14

 

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