Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Book review: When to Speak Up and When to Shut Up

I've started grad school again, and my class this term has more assigned reading material than I thought was possible to read. So, needless to say, I haven't been reading much other than stuff for class lately! Thankfully we're on Fall Break this week, so I had the chance to sit down and read a very handy little book called When to Speak Up and When to Shut Up (love the title!). Here's a bit about this book from the publisher's website:

Speak up or keep your mouth shut? Now you can know!

All of us find ourselves in situations where we don’t know if we should bite our tongues or speak our minds. When is silence golden? When to speak out? In this practical, insightful book, communication expert and former pastor Dr. Michael D. Sedler offers real-world guidelines for all types of conversations--and all types of relationships. He also explores
•    the cost and purpose of silence
•    why to check motives when talking to friends, family and authorities
•    how to ask good questions
•    ways to deal with anger and resentment
•    how to overcome pressure to remain silent

Stop wondering what you should or shouldn't say! This must-have book gives you the keys to healthy, effective communication in any situation. Improve your skills and build better communication today at home, at work--everywhere.
I definitely am an over-communicator, so I think I benefited most from the "when not to talk" parts of this book. The author does a great job of presenting different communication challenges in simple ways, with lots of examples from his own life and his counseling practice.  He also includes lots of examples from the Bible and lots of scripture to support the ideas that he presents in this book.  It's a book that encourages patience, love for others, honesty and standing strong for your faith.

I enjoyed reading this book and it definitely was a good reminder for me to be aware of what and how I'm saying things when I talk to people. And it was a great reminder that I don't actually have to always say everything I'm thinking. When to Speak Up and When to Shut Up would be a particularly good one for teenagers to read, as they get ready to enter the adult world. But it has useful advice for everyone! 

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Chosen Books, so that I could review it for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.