FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Cruel words crush spirits, as affirmed by Christian psychologist Diane Langberg, who wrote, “The power of words to destroy is seemingly endless. Words can shatter the self of a child or an adult.”* From online bullying to domestic verbal abuse, words have the power to cause suffering. A new release, Wisdom: Capturing the Power of Our Words by Dyann Shepard (Redemption Press 2022), offers a biblical way of transforming our words to foster healing rather than harm.
This eight-session interactive Bible study, designed for group or individual study, examines the relationship between wisdom and the power of our words. The study takes participants on a journey of renovating their hearts as they pursue the godly wisdom of Proverbs, resulting in more loving and healing relationships.
Rev. Michael Sparrow, MDiv, president of Compassion Endeavor (San Luis Obispo, CA), says, “Wisdom: Capturing the Power of Our Words is a guide to help believers mine the wisdom found in Proverbs and apply it to our thoughts, our speech, and actions. Each chapter challenges mindsets, explores principles, and engages the reader with practical exercises toward enhancing our vertical relationship with God and our horizontal relationships with one another.”
Shepard interweaves a personal incident in her own life to show how submitting to God’s correction of her spoken words brought her to a new place of inner transformation and freedom. Shepard, a former staff member of CRU and Stephens Minister, says, “Developing the habit of pursuing godly wisdom will produce the habit of thinking before we speak, leading to the habit of using words that are soothing, encouraging, and healing.”
*Diane M. Langberg, Redeeming Power: Understanding Authority and Abuse in the Church (Grand Rapids, MI, Brazos Press 2020), 64.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dyann Shepard is an author, speaker, and Bible study teacher who loves to share the power of God to redeem, restore, and transform lives through life’s most tumultuous storms. Her passion is writing and speaking about the transforming power of Jesus in our daily lives when we open our hearts to Him. A retired CPA, Shepard is a former staff member of CRU and was a Stephen’s Minister for many years. Her writings can be found on her websites, www.dyannshepard.com and www.personalparables.com.
Contact Dyann at: firstname.lastname@example.org.