Review: Zip It

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

As a member of Compel Training, I’ve come to know Karen Ehman through video teachings.  She has a warm, inviting writing and speaking style I find appealing.  She wrote Zip It as a companion to Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at Alla book I’m now rushing to read.

In Zip It, she addresses the many ways we can practice greater self-control in speaking.  She tells her motivation for writing this book:

…as I surveyed my life a few years ago, I observed that I could tether almost every tense or fractured relationship I’d had back to something I said.

Ouch, how I can relate!  That’s why I want to learn more about self-control in speaking.  Karen continues,

As God began to deal with me about the way I used my words, I learned to apply the vast advice the Bible has for us about how we should–and should not–speak.

This book is structured in 40 devotions with a personal anecdote, two takeaways, one short lesson, and a prayer.  I especially enjoyed Karen’s warm, funny anecdotes which stirred my thinking about all the ways I can improve the way I speak and think.  She offers deep insights into Bible passages and then gives great application tips.  For example, she outlined three parables in Matthew 9, then shows how Jesus hears my unspoken words, the words I speak, and the words I say to myself. I had never linked those passages together before, and I appreciated Karen’s fresh observations.

Since I enjoyed Zip It so much, I want to backtrack and pick up a copy of Keep It Shut.  I want to honor God with my words and thoughts, and these books will convict me and challenge me to new obedience.

I’m also now reading Karen’s book Listen, Love, Repeat: Other-Centered Living in a Self-Centered World in preparation for the upcoming online Bible study at Proverbs 31 Ministries.  Sign up for the online Bible study with me, which runs April 3 to May 5, 2017.  Next week I’ll post a review of Listen, Love, Repeat.

I received a free copy of Zip It: The Keep It Shut 40-Day Challenge from the BookLook Bloggers Program in exchange for my honest review.

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  • I read Keep It Shut and found it to be so helpful that I passed it on to others. I’m sure the sequel is amazing as well! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    • Sarah Geringer

      I trust your recommendations greatly, Michele! Love reading your book reviews every week, too!

  • So excited about your new study and praying God’s blessing over it, as well as the women who will be reading it!!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thanks so much, Lauren! Your prayers are a valuable asset to me!

  • Kristy

    I’m glad I found this on the link up. I’ve been wanting to read this and/or do the study with my Sunday school class. Thanks for the review.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you Kristy! I hope your class enjoys it. It’s a great one to do on your own or with others.

  • Julie Loos

    I have this book sitting in my stack of books to read! Can’t wait to get to it!

    • Sarah

      You’ll love it, Julie!

  • Bev @ Walking Well With God

    I have to say I was intrigued by the name of your post. Thank you for this review – I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t benefit from learning when to speak and when to remain silent. I have been reading in James about just what damage the tongue can do. We would do well to learn how to tame it. Thanks and so glad I popped by.

    • Sarah

      Thanks Bev! It’s a great book, and I hope you like it as much as I do!

    • Sarah

      You’ll love this book, Bev! Thanks for stopping by!

  • I love that quote from Karen about how every fractured relationship she’s had can be traced to something she said. I can so relate! And from what you’ve said about her book, Sarah, it sounds like one I would love to read as well. Thanks for sharing her books as well as your own with us!

    • Sarah

      It’s a great read. I received a free ebook copy, and I plan to buy the print version so I can make notes and refer to it again and again. You’ll love it!

  • Thank you for the book review. I love to hear what you are reading and your takeaways. I am sure we could all benefit from her book.

    • Sarah

      You will love the book!

  • Meghan Weyerbacher

    I am reading a different one right now that Karen wrote. I love her gift of life lessons and sharing them. Thanks so much for linking this up Sarah! Have a great weekend friend.

    • Sarah

      Hi Meghan…which one are you reading? I’m reading Listen, Love, Repeat this weekend, and I’m posting a review on Monday.

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