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Number of Pages: 190
Vendor: CLC Publications
Publication Date: 2013
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"Gossip is a spark that starts countless relational fires every day. Matt provides practical, biblical guidance on how believers can reduce this insidious problem by bringing their tongues under the lordship of Christ." -Ken Sande, president of Relational Wisdom 360, Billings, Montana
"You have to read this book! I am just kidding. We all have to read this book. Isnt it amazing that most of us have never read a clear, pastoral and practical book on what Scripture says about gossip? Well, here it is. Matt will guide you through this topic in such a way that you will be convicted. I certainly was. But he will do more than that. He will give you ideas about how you can spread good news about others so that the church will be more united and God will be honored." -Edward T. Welch, counselor and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF), Glenside, Pennsylvania, author of Shame Interrupted, When People Are Big and God Is Small, Depression: A Stubborn Darkness and Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest
"Matthew Mitchell's book on resisting gossip helped me greatly, and the timing of it was perfect. I want to thank him for his wise and godly counsel straight from our Father's heart. I can hear the author's voice, and it doesn't beat me up. It challenges and exhorts but shows me that we are in this together for much good." -Jani Ortlund, author of Fearlessly Feminine and His Loving Law, Our Lasting Legacy, speaker with Renewal Ministries, Nashville, Tennessee
"This book is excellent. Sweet and winsome in its presentation. Humble, yet biblically reasoned, 'an apple of gold in settings of silver.' I pray that it will be used greatly in local churches. It is good stuff and MUCH needed." Chris Brauns, author of Unpacking Forgiveness and When the Word Leads Your Pastoral Search, pastor of The Congregational Christian Church, Stillman Valley, Iowa
"In Resisting Gossip experienced pastor Matt Mitchell skillfully tackles one of the most overlooked and destructive sins within the church. Dr. Mitchell's wise, biblical approach carefully defines gossip (no one excluded here!) and gets to the heart of both the causes and cures of this problem. Full of scriptural insight, practical examples and thoughtful questions for group discussion, this one-of-a-kind book aims to do nothing less than transform the way we speak to and about one another. Whether you are a perpetrator of gossip or a victim of gossip (invariably both!), you will surely find tangible help and Christ-centered hope in its pages." -Michael R. Emlet, M.Div., M.D., counselor and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF), Glenside, Pennsylvania, author of CrossTalk: Where Life and Scripture Meet
Gossip. It's on Facebook, on the television, in the break room, and even in our churches. With gossip being so prevalent in our culture, it can be hard to resist listening to and sharing stories about other people's business. But what does God say about gossip? And is it possible to follow his instructions? In Resisting Gossip, Pastor Matt Mitchell not only outlines the scriptural warnings against gossip, but also demonstrates how the truth of the gospel can deliver believers from this temptation.
Ann L BeaulieuQuÃÂ©becAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Best book on Gossip ever!!!November 15, 2013Ann L BeaulieuQuÃÂ©becAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The first few words that come to mind as I am writing this book review are - "Get ready to be convicted." This little book of 190 pages tuned out to be a BIG book after all! Big, in the sense that I was convicted of sin in my life after only a few pages into reading it. And here I thought that I had gossip under control in my life. Turns out that Mitchell had a few lessons to teach me straight from the Word of God.
I loved it! Did I mention I LOVED this book? Mitchell has a way with bringing the Scriptures alive. While gently giving us the desire to seek more of where he's coming from: the Gospel. Thus, creating in us a desire of purity in wanting to eliminate gossip in all its different forms.
What was astonishing to me and made me appreciate this author even more, is the fact that I never felt that he was placing a burden on me, moralizing me or judging me in any way. Many times he uses himself as an example. All the while leaving it up to the Spirit to do its work in our lives, while being the messenger of truth in delivering us such a needed well thought out biblical book.
This is an easy reader, friendly book, which is wonderful. Yet, it is also a book that won't leave you without some conviction on the part of the Holy Spirit if you're really listening... impossible. As much as I tried, I can't find anything Mitchell didn't think to cover in his book! Not that I am looking for faults, but I'm thinking he must of forgotten something. Yet he seems to have covered all significant grounds. And there are quite a few!
Despite the fact that this book has only 190 pages, I found it to be incredible all he had covered on gossip. If you're wondering why I was convicted of gossip. That's an excellent question. All I can say is that, when Mitchell starts explaining what gossip really is biblically, lived out in all different forms... I had an "a ha" moment! He not only explains in details what gossip is and isn't, he also gives us wonderful truths on how to stop gossiping. Tools taken straight from the Bible!
Like him, I also believe that most Christians are not being taught enough on the sin of gossip in our churches. Unfortunately, I think many of us believe we know what the sin of gossip is. But as I found out rapidly by reading his book, I had much to learn. I am so thankful for Mitchell's book on "Resisting Gossip". Honestly, I now comprehend deeper all that lingers beneath and around the issues of gossiping. Which enables me to say NO to gossip!
Here are some major topics that he covers in his book just to name a few:
What, Exactly is Gossip?
This book brings up a subject that we greatly need to be taught on, and unfortunately we just ignore the problem most of the time. Well, here is a wonderful tool to help us deal with this sin that is based on the Word of God. We are also given practical was as to how to overcome this battle in our lives.
I leave you with this quote that sums up just how great a writer Matthew Mitchell is and so you can get a feeling of just how good his book is.
"If a desire for power is your temptation, then what you really want is Jesus. The power of gossip enslaves, but the power of Christ emancipates." 1
1 Mitchell, C. Matthew, Resisting Gossip, Fort Washington, CLC Publications, 2013, p. 49
Ann L Beaulieu
Pastor CounselorBrodheadsville, PAAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5"Go -sssssip" said the serpent...November 8, 2013Pastor CounselorBrodheadsville, PAAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Gossip is present everywhere. Even in the church. Unless we get a hold of our tongues, search our hearts, and confess before God, we will fall prey to it. All of us. Matt does a great job describing gossip, sharing Scriptures that speak about gossip, and what to do when you are tempted to gossip, listen to gossip or when you are gossiped about. He humbly approaches gossip as a fellow sufferer and sinner as one who is tempted, and how we all must cling to Him who is able to help us in our times of need. This book is great for small groups, church leadership, and for those who struggle with gossip and who have been gossiped about. Thumbs up, Matt!
lj vermontAge: 35-445 Stars Out Of 5So far I love this book!October 24, 2013lj vermontAge: 35-44Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I am more than half way through and I think it is a great find. I wish all of my friends would read this book! It answers some tough questions and simplifies them.
DaveTPort St. Luicie, FLAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5A must read for all believersOctober 11, 2013DaveTPort St. Luicie, FLAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 5This book is a must read for all believers. It is very convicting and thought provoking. Matt not only addresses the problem of gossip and what it is, but he gives scriptural insight on how to repent of the sin of gossip as well.