Review: Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at All by Karen Ehman

Posted March 12, 2017 by Ashley Darnell in Book Review / 0 Comments

Review: Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at All by Karen EhmanKeep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at All by Karen Ehman
Published by Zondervan on January 6th 2015
Pages: 240
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Keep It Shutby Karen Ehman explores how to better control your tongue, knowing what to say and how to say it, and realizing when it is best to say nothing at all.
From Bible times to modern times women have struggled with their words. What to say and how to say it. What not to say. When it is best to remain silent. And what to do when you’ve said something you wish you could now take back. In this book a woman whose mouth has gotten her into loads of trouble shares the hows (and how-not-tos) of dealing with the tongue.
Beyond just a “how not to gossip” book, this book explores what the Bible says about the many ways we are to use our words and the times when we are to remain silent. Karen will cover using our speech to interact with friends, co-workers, family, and strangers as well as in the many places we use our words in private, in public, online, and in prayer. Even the words we say silently to ourselves. She will address unsolicited opinion-slinging, speaking the truth in love, not saying words just to people-please, and dealing with our verbal anger.
Christian women struggle with their mouths. Even though we know that Scripture has much to say about how we are—and are not—to use our words, this is still an immense issue, causing heartache and strain not only in family relationships, but also in friendships, work, and church settings.


I came across this book while grocery shopping. It jumped out at me, like the universe somehow knew that I needed this advice more than anyone in the world. At the time, I had no idea it was a religious book. I just knew I could have benefited from it. So, without thinking twice I threw it in my cart and happily went to face the horrors of shopping on a Saturday afternoon.


Despite the religious references throughout, it holds information we could all use. I benefited greatly from the advice in this book. Although I did find myself bored at some of the excessive and repetitive examples, it was an interesting read. My copy is littered with notes to myself and a blue highlighter. Ehman offers great ways to watch your mouth and keep yourself out of trouble.


If you have this issue, and don’t kid yourself- we all do, I would recommend checking it out!

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About Ashley Darnell

I'm a 20 year old psychology major from Austin, Texas. I love the arts, music is my thing. I'm constantly reading and finding inspiration in the things I chose to take in. I hope to one day write a book of my own!

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