Jamen Walker | Category: Library Resources
For this month’s library book highlight, I would like to recommend Paul Tripp’s War of Words. Two weeks ago, Paul gave a marriage conference at a local church. New additions of his works have been added to our church library. The new titles include Relationships: A Mess Worth Making, Sex and Money, Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands, and What Did You Expect? Paul is a traveling speaker, Christian counselor, and elder of a Presbyterian congregation in Philadelphia.
The book is separated into three sections. The first section explains that our words do matter. The second section shows us why our words matter and that, if we are going to change our speech, we need to admit our need for help. The last section gives godly advice on how to win the constant struggle with our speech.
The topic of chapter one is how God spoke the creation into being. Chapter two explains how Satan, by way of the serpent, deceived Adam and Eve and how each tried to pass the blame to the others. The focus of chapter three is that the Word of God, Himself, became flesh. There is also another layer to the War of Words. The reason we have a problem with our words is because our hearts are wicked- we are sinners. Chapter four talks about how our words are indicators of what our idols may be. Luke 6:43-46 tells us that there is good fruit and bad fruit and that whatever is in our heart will be what we speak.
Chapter five deals heavily with the sovereignty of God and how this should affect our everyday speech Chapter six shows us many examples of how people followed God or Christ for the wrong reasons and, through their words, told us why. In chapter seven, we are told that, as the redeemed, we are to use godly speech, as we are Christ’s ambassadors on earth. In chapter eight, Paul gives us some practical help and hope in order to spur us on to redemptive speech. Chapter nine encourages us as brothers and sisters in Christ to use our words to build one another up and lovingly rebuke each other should we stray. Chapter ten explains that we are responsible to spread the gospel. Chapter eleven shows us that the way to repentance and change is our patterns of talk. In chapter twelve, Paul shares with us Galatians 15. This section of Scriptures shows us what it looks like to conquer destructive language. Wrapping up the book, chapter thirteen is a tutorial on choosing the words that we will use when we speak to others.
I hope that you will consider checking out this book. Paul Tripp gives godly wisdom and sound advice in this volume. It is sure to make you consider your words more carefully!
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