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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

A Way With Words, by Christin Ditchfield (giveaway)

First of all, I like the cover art on this book. The latest book by Christin Ditchfield, published by Crossway Books, is A Way with Words: What Women Should Know about the Power They Possess.

I read The Power of a Woman's Words by Sharon Jaynes last year (click on the title to read my review if you like) and found it to be convicting. I was very curious to find out how Ditchfield's book compared. (And, honestly, I could use a refresher course on this topic from time to time!)

Like Jaynes' book, Ditchfield speaks honestly and in a forthright manner to her audience. I think perhaps Ditchfield is a bit more gracious in speech and personality than Jaynes is. I'm not saying that to be negative. But I didn't feel like I was Ditchfield, whereas I felt an instant connection with Jaynes personality last year. At the same time, I felt Ditchfield drawing me up on a higher level and stretching my comfort zones once again.

The message of both books is essentially the same - women possess a lot of power in their tongues. You can use your words to build up and encourage other people or to destroy them. As I've mentioned before, I'm not really a "words of affirmation" person but I have come to see the value of sprinkled praise. Not fluff praise, mind you. But when I can sincerely compliment another, I do make a point out of doing so where as before I might have left my compliments unspoken, figuring the potential receiver already knew her what her own strengths were. (If you aren't a words of affirmation person either, you'll understand that last paragraph and my attitude completely.)

One thing I particularly liked about Ditchfield's A Way with Words is that she goes beyond verbal speech and also continuously reminds her readers that what they write (i.e., blogs anyone?) is just important as what they say outloud. She really challenges her readers to think about the effect of the words that they are typing up to be disseminated online as well as to think about what they are saying to someone's face (or behind their back!)

Another "pro" to Ditchfield's book is that she spends the later half of her book talking about speech in general - how to speak so that your words can reach the lost and win spiritual battles by speaking against injustice.

"Scriptures says, "Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering towards slaughter. If you say, 'But we knew nothing about this,' does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?" (Prov. 24:11-12).
God says ignorance is not an excuse. Apathy is unacceptable. We are our brothers' and sisters' keepers. We cannot look the other way. We are called to be a voice for the voiceless, a help to the helpless. We are to stand up to evil wherever we find it, rescue those held captive or oppressed, and fight to our last breath to defend the cause of the innocent. We cannot excuse ourselves by saying we didn't see or we didn't know. God sees." (page 146)

I love how Ditchfield goes well beyond just reminding women that the words that they speak have an effect. She goes into scripture to remind us that words are a gift, a weapon, craftsmen, and we are to learn to use them well in a myriad of different circumstances.

Ditchfield shares a good message here and it's one that women could really stand to hear. Just women? Or men too? Well, women statistically talk a great deal more and so they are her target audience. (That's not to say that men couldn't learn a thing or two from this read or consideration of the subject matter!) She urges women to put aside gossip, back biting, cruel speech and, yes, sarcasm when it's inappropriate and hurtful. We need to learn to put away lies and deceitful speech and to think on things which are true, right and beautiful. If we are thinking on what is true and right, then that is what will spill forth from our lips.

There is so much more that I could say about this book but I'll stop there. I definitely recommend A Way with Words to you and would hope you'd take the time to read it! Thanks, Crossway, for allowing me a chance to dive on in!

In the meantime, I am delighted to say that Crossway Books has offered one copy of this book to one Reading to Know reader. To win? Simply leave a comment below. This contest is open to U.S. Residents only and will be open through Thursday, September 9th.

"Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them. ~ Nathanial Hawthorne


THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

31 comments:

Shonya said...

Wow, that sounds like a must-read. Guaranteed to make me squirm! That little sentence about sarcasm hit right at home! Throw my name in the hat. . .

mary bailey said...

Um...I'm feeling convicted just reading your post. This sounds like a must-read for me. Please include me in the drawing.

Annette W. said...

UGH! It sounds like a perfectly convicting-while-teaching book for someone like me.

Annette W. said...

I blogged about your special week!

Annette W. said...

I blogged#2.

Julia M. Reffner said...

Wow, this sounds great, Carrie. Very convicting :). I'm excited about your Montgomery giveaway, anything to get more people reading my all-time favorite author :). Will you have another L.M. Montgomery challenge. I didn't have a blog the first time around but would love to participate.

Melissa @ Breath of Life said...

I need this one!

seemommysew said...

Unfortunately, sounds like I could use this book!

Debby said...

Sounds quite helpful. :-)

Mikaila said...

What a wonderful topic... One I would really like to read more about. I'm about to go blog again about your giveaway week because I think it's that great!

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

This one sounds really good. I'd like to read it. I think...

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karenk said...

wow...thanks for the chance to read...and learn from...this book :)

karenk
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apple blossom said...

sounds like a book that is needed. thanks

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Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

Not being a words of affirmation person either, I totally understand what you mean. I think I need the book!

Page Turner said...

This would be good for me to read, I'm sure.

Page Turner said...

I blogged about your birthday! (extra entry #1)

Page Turner said...

I blogged about your birthday! (extra entry #2)

hspruitt said...

I agree with you about the cover art - it is different and catches y our eye. The topic of the book is something that I would love to read.

Thanks for the chance!

Sheri

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Linda Kish said...

I'd love to read this book.

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Amanda said...

I really should read this book.

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Mozi Esme said...

Sounds like a good book!

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Serena said...

I'm sure I could use this book. Nuff said.

Megan said...

We posted about your giveaway at Winning Readings.

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Linda said...

Sounds like a much-needed book. Please enter me.
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Benita said...

Words and the way we put them together have always fascinated me. I'd love to read this book.


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Bakersdozen said...

This book sounds like a good kick in the pants. Please enter me. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

Stumbeline said...

It sounds like a great book. I'd like to be entered, please. iamstumbeline(at)yahoo(dot)com Thanks for hosting this giveaway, Carrie.

Cindy W. said...

A WAY WITH WORDS sounds like a great book. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.

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Anonymous said...

This sounds like a good read for anyone! hismercysurrounding(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I'd like to read this, please enter me.

Wendy
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Nancye said...

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance.

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