Wednesday, October 30, 2013

30: Wild Card Wednesday - Speak Love

I was so excited when Annie Downs sent me her book Speak Love earlier this month.  I first "met" Annie two years old when she did a 31 Days series called 31 Days of Courage.  I've cyber-liked her ever since.

I couldn't wait to dig into Speak Love, but I admit I did wonder if I would get something out of this book.  Because I'm (usually) not the mean girl.  But I so did.  This book is very every girl.   We all speak -- to God, to others, to ourselves.  Annie addresses the issue of words from every angle, very holistically, and her words were exactly what I needed to read this weekend.

I love the scripture she sprinkles throughout.  It reminded me of the confetti that unexpectedly poured out of the package with her book.  What I've been hearing most while soaking up these pages is that I need to be quiet.  I probably need less words.  In fact I know I do.  Sometimes they just keep falling out of my mouth, even when I'm silently telling myself to shut up already.  This specific verse really spoke to me:

"When words are many, 
sin is not absent, but 
he who holds his tongue is wise."
Proverbs 10:19

and also

"Reckless words pierce like a sword, 
but the tongue of the wise brings healing."
Proverbs 12:18

There is so much I could say about this book, but I am restraining.  I was challenged and encouraged and strengthened within these pages.  Maybe I'll write Annie a letter and tell her more privately all the specific parts that meant so much.  It's a very easy read, both conversational and honest.  Though the target audience is teenage girls, and some of it was tailored exactly for them, I still found the subject matter very applicable to women of all ages.  We all need to be more deliberate, to make our words matter.

"Be the girl who speaks life.  Not the one who wounds."

Speak Love is a book that makes you want to mull things over.  Wrestle with your inner stuff.  Jot down great verses and motivational sentences.  Annie also wrote devotional journal titled Speak Love Revolution: 30 Devotions that Will Change Your World designed to companion it, and I'm going to really enjoy using it to dive deeper into the issue of my words.  If you're looking for a great Christmas gift idea for a teen in your life -- the book/journal combo might be the perfect thing. 

And--bonus-- right in the middle of Chapter 3 Annie gives a book recommendation.  And you know how giddy that makes me.  To top it off, it's a book that I have in my very own house but haven't been tempted to pick up previously, even though I love C.S. Lewis.  (The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis., in case you were wondering.  You'll have to read her book to read why.).

Today's a perfect day to hear about Annie's book because today -- October 30th -- she's doing a live book talk on Facebook with Girls of Grace.   Click {here} to head on over.  Or click {here} to visit Annie's blog.  A little shout out to a fellow 31-Dayer:  {31 Days to Speak Love}!

Also!  Please don't forget tomorrow
is the last day to enter the book giveaway 
to win a book of your choosing!
I'd love to give you a free book!
(If you had trouble commenting, let me know
on my Facebook page and I'll enter you
into the contest manually.)  

Click below to read Day 31:
Before-it-hits-the-theater Thursday -
The Matched Trilogy

Click below to read 
the series from the beginning:

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