Books I’ve Been Reading

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”
Proverbs 18:21
This week I am reading Sharon Jaynes’ excellent book, The Power of a Woman’s Words. This book talks about the incredible power that we all possess in the words we speak. Sometimes we use that power for positive influence, but too often our words have a negative effect. Jaynes encourages readers to be mindful of the power our words have and to use that power to encourage our children, husbands, friends, fellow believers and the world. 
Here are a few things I learned while reading this book:
  • “Of all the spiritual disciplines, I believe bringing our tongues under the submission of the Holy Spirit is one of the greatest.” I never thought of reining in my tongue as a spiritual discipline. However, I think it is accurate–it certainly requires a lot of self-control!
  • “The Hebrew word for ‘mouth,’ peh, is often translated ‘edge.’ Like a knife the tongue has a sharp, powerful edge that can either be used to heal or destroy.” I ask myself, “How am I using the edge of my tongue? Like a surgeon who heals or a criminal who harms?”
  • “Studies show that in the average home, ten negative comments are made for every positive one.” This sobering statistic is making me examine my words at home.
  • “If it is very painful for you to criticize your friends you are safe in doing it. But if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that is the time to hold your tongue.” I think this a useful principle to use in determining when to offer correction.
  • “Make a list of words that you would like to hear and then use those same words to bless others.” Great advice! Jaynes includes lists of encouraging words and phrases.

The Power of a Woman’s Words is a helpful book, offering a reminder of the influence that we have with our speech.