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Keep It Shut by Karen Ehman explores how to better control your tongue, knowing what to say and how to say it, and realizing when it is best to say nothing at all. From Bible times to modern times women have struggled with their words. What to say and how to say it. What not to say. When it is best to remain silent. And what to do when you’ve said something you wish you could now take back.

In this audiobook, a woman whose mouth has gotten her into loads of trouble shares the hows (and how-not-tos) of dealing with the tongue. Beyond just a "how not to gossip" book, this book explores what the Bible says about the many ways we are to use our words and the times when we are to remain silent. Karen will cover using our speech to interact with friends, co-workers, family, and strangers as well as in the many places we use our words in private, in public, online, and in prayer. Even the words we say silently to ourselves. She will address unsolicited opinion-slinging, speaking the truth in love, not saying words just to people-please, and dealing with our verbal anger. Christian women struggle with their mouths. Even though we know that Scripture has much to say about how we are - and are not - to use our words, this is still an immense issue, causing heartache and strain not only in family relationships, but also in friendships, work, and church settings.

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God Truly Inspired This Woman!

This has been a wonderful journey for me and my Bible study. Keep It Shut is jam packed with Bible verses and life experiences to make it easy to relate to and remind you of what is truly important. I have already seen great results in my daily speech and I have become more mindful of the impact of my words. I think everyone should read this book it really helps you to be a better communicator and friend.

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Game Changer

This book is fantastic. (I purchased the audible version.) It was hard to take at times, as I had to come to terms with the fact that I have a lot of work to do in regarding the words that come out of my mouth. Yes, I speak the truth, but as the author said, Just because it's true doesn't mean it needs to be spoken. Even when my intentions are pure, sometimes it's best just to zip my lip! :) I absolutely believe that God used this book to speak to me and help me move forward in my journey, more aware and better able to represent and glorify Him with the words I speak.

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good advice

the lessons learned in this book are very accurate, and in line with Scriptures thanks for the reminder

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Excellent - Even for us typically quiet folks!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book is constantly at the top of my recommendations to people. Karen is candid, funny, and oh so convicting. I'm naturally a quiet person so I initially didn't think I'd get much out of it but boy was I wrong! This book is for everyone.

Have you listened to any of Julie Lyles Carr’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first time listening to a book narrated by Julie. She was excellent! I thoroughly enjoyed her performance. No complaints here!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed, I cried, I prayed, and I listened to it again. This is one of those books I'll be listening to regularly.

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Should be advertised as a religious book. Not interested.

This book should be advertised as a religious book, which I then would not have purchased.

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Fantastic!!!!

Very easy to listen to. Extremely helpful, and genuinely enjoyable. I have a tendency to daydream when I listen to these sometimes, but that did not happen with this book.

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  • CJ
  • St. Louis, MO USA
  • 05-04-16

Life changer!

I loved this book! I've been struggling personally with what comes out of my mouth and have been praying about this. Then I just "happened" to come across this book at just the right time. I loved the practical suggestions in the book and certainly appreciated the author's personal prayer. Thank you for writing this book and in the manner which you did.

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Loved this book!

Very convicting and helpful. If you struggle with your heart, mind, and tongue this book is for you.

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One of my new fave books!

Would you listen to Keep It Shut again? Why?

I would totally listen to this again...and most likely I'll have to buy the actual book to refer to from time to time.

What other book might you compare Keep It Shut to and why?

Haven't read anything like it.

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Great, practical tips on curbing the words that will get you in trouble.

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Loved it!

Awesome book and narration was great! all women should listen to this at some point!

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  • FILIPA
  • 01-19-15

Not what i expected

I was expecting to read as the title suggested... When to speak, when not to speak and what to say. Instead the book does not go deep enough in the subject, does not give enough examples and situations. In reality, for me it was like a quotation of the Bibles and sometimes quite repetitive. That is a shame because the subject of the book was quite what i need sometime :)... The 5 extra seconds.