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March 6, 2017

Zip It: The Keep It Shut 40-Day Challenge {Karen Ehman}

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Zip It empowers readers to put into action the advice and commands of Scripture concerning the tongue. The New York Times bestselling book Keep It Shut covered many topics, including anger, truth-telling, people-pleasing, our digital tongues online, and gossip. Because there are more than 3,500 verses in the Bible that relate to our words and our silence, Keep It Shut only scratched the surface of these issues. Karen Ehman now takes a deeper look and offers practical how-to’s that will inspire you to use your words to build, to bless, to encourage, and to praise. 

Each of the forty interactive entries includes a Scripture verse focus for the day, a story or teaching point, and reflection questions with space for readers to write their answers and thoughts. Each entry ends with both a challenge that will help you carry out the directive in the verse and a prayer prompt. Rather than a traditional devotional, the entries in Zip It build upon each other, equipping you with new habits in how to, or not to, use words.

My Thoughts:
Let's be honest - there is not a single person out there who can say they don't occasionally have trouble keeping their mouth shut sometimes. I'll be the first to admit the things that come out of my mouth sometimes come before my brain works them over. And they are not always the most Christian thing I could say.

The Zip It challenge takes a good look at how our words can affect our lives and the lives of those around us. It points out how our words can make someone's day, or completely tear them down. Our words can show others the love of Jesus or can ruin our testimony to his love and kindness. Our words are so powerful.

I enjoyed this book and think it would be a great resource to use for a women's group study. It would be fun to go through these exercises with friends and other women in the church group or a circle of friends. Although I read this book pretty quickly to do my review, I am looking forward to taking the time to spread it out over 40 days and really process each of the passages and the daily thoughts.

I recommend this book for women of all ages and think it would be a great resource for churches as well. 

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