Making Your Words Matter
Annie F. Downs
You’ve heard, ‘Think before you speak’ a hundred times, and probably shrugged it off just like that other insightful phrase, ‘Your face will freeze like that if you’re not careful.’ But unlike a facial expression, our words do stick around. (Just think about middle school a sec. See?) Which means everything you say—from what tell your friends, whisper about your enemies, post online, mutter to yourself, or even say to the celebrity you ran into at the coffee shop—carries a whole lot of power. The question is, are you ready to use that power to make a real difference? Because the truth is, you could be part of the first generation who uses their words to build up and not tear down, and even kill the mean girl mentality. Through very funny stories, Scripture, and a real understanding of the good, bad, and ugly ways we can use our words, Annie Downs explores the difference you can make when you speak love to others, to God, and even to yourself. Because when you speak love, you speak life. And that’s what matters.
This book is written to teen girls, so I was willing to overlook phrases the author uses to connect like “totes adorbs”, etc. I thought it was a great book, and I’m already planning to go out and buy two additional copies — one for my daughter, and one for her small group leader. Not only did it speak truth, it was full of discussion points, action plans, & journal prompts. The only thing I didn’t really appreciate was the whole “pray Jesus into your heart” chapter, which I disagree with doctrinally, but I felt the rest of it was spot on. It not only covered “mean girls” and bullying, but how we speak to our parents, our siblings, boys, etc. I wholeheartedly recommend it for the teen/tween girls in your life – if not to read themselves, for you to read and discuss with them.