Zip It: The Keep It Shut 40-Day Challenge
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Zip It: The Keep It Shut 40-Day Challenge  -     By: Karen Ehman
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Whether they hurt or heal, encourage or embitter, bless or badger, our words matter! In this devotional follow-up to her best-selling Keep It Shut, Ehman offers 40 days' worth of Scripture, takeaways, activities, and prayers that will challenge you to speak in a way that's pleasing to God and a gift to those who are listening.

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Title: Zip It: The Keep It Shut 40-Day Challenge
By: Karen Ehman
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 7.1 X 5.0 (inches)
Weight: 6 ounces
ISBN: 0310345871
ISBN-13: 9780310345879
Stock No: WW345879

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Publisher's Description

This follow-up devotional to the New York Times bestseller Keep It Shut takes a deeper look at the advice and commands of Scripture concerning the tongue, offering practical how-to's that will inspire you to use your words to build, bless, encourage, and praise.

Each day we speak thousands of words in dozens of places. One thing is certain about the words we speak, type, and text: they are powerful, and they have consequences. They can impart love and life or deliver discouragement and defeat.

No wonder Scripture contains more than 3,500 verses about the power of the tongue. This devotional will take you on a journey over the next forty days to learn to choose and use your words wisely--saving you a boatload of regret and wounded relationships.

Each of the forty interactive entries includes a Scripture-verse focus for the day, a story or teaching point, and reflection questions. Each entry ends with both an action that will help you carry out the directive in the verse and a prayer prompt. The entries in Zip It build upon each other, equipping you with new tools for how--or how not--to use your words.

Ultimately, Zip It will challenge you to use your mouth with godly purposes. To build . . . not to break. To bless . . . not to badger. To encourage . . . not to embitter. To praise . . . not to pounce.

Author Bio

Karen Ehman is a Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker, a New York Times bestselling author, and a writer for Encouragement for Today,an online devotional that reaches over 4 million people daily. She has written seventeen books including Keep It Shut, Pressing Pause, and Keep Showing Up. Her passion is to help women to live their priorities as they reflect the gospel to a watching world. Married to her college sweetheart, Todd, the mother of three, and mom-in-law of two, she enjoys antique hunting, cheering for the Detroit Tigers, and feeding the many people who gather around her mid-century dining table for a taste of Mama Karen's cooking. Connect with her at

Editorial Reviews

Our words are a powerful weapon---for good or for evil. To wield our weapons properly, we need to allow God to steer our speech, aligning our words with his will. Karen Ehman has given us an important tool in this quest. Zip It takes us on a 40-day devotional journey through the Bible, giving us biblical direction, questions for reflection, and a daily challenge to ponder as we discover what to say, God’s way of saying it, and when we’d better just shut our mouths. -- Dr. Tony Evans, senior pastor, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, Dallas; founder, The Urban Alternative; former chaplain, Dallas Cowboys; chaplain, Dallas Mavericks; author, Watch Your Mouth: Understanding the Power of the Tongue

This 40-day challenge is just what I need to help me refocus and think through the words I say daily. Karen Ehman’s biblical wisdom, mixed with practical insight and everyday applications, helps me see that I can do better. If I follow God’s Word and think before I speak, I can learn to zip it and so can you! This is a must-read for all of us. -- Courtney Joseph, author and blogger, and

Our words hold the power to make someone feel like a king or a pauper. This book will help you with “mouth management” so the ones closest to you will feel like royalty. Karen Ehman is a trusted guide who will teach you when to zip it and when to speak up. -- Arlene Pellicane, Proverbs 31 Ministries writer and speaker; author, 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom

Our words just may be the single most important key to successful relationships. This book is a gem and it reminds us of that. It’s practical, easy-to-read, and just what is needed to enable us to use our words in a way that brings life to those around us. Thank you, Karen, for such a powerful book wives and husbands both can use! -- Jill Savage, founder, Hearts at Home; coauthor with husband Mark Savage, No More Perfect Marriages

Karen Ehman teaches God’s truth in an authentic, practical, humorous, yet very relational way. In her new book, Zip It, Karen guides us through Scriptures concerning the tongue, while also providing application-oriented takeaways and helpful lessons for our lips. Not only did Zip It inspire me to choose my words more carefully and prayerfully---especially when Facebook makes me feisty---but I also can’t wait to read it with my two tween daughters. This devotion will be a “go-to” for many years to come. Highly recommend! -- Cindy Bultema, Bible teacher, speaker; and author, Red Hot Faith and Live Full, Walk Free: Set Apart in a Sin-Soaked World

Keeping my mouth shut is a daily struggle---whether it’s talking too much when I need to listen, partaking in the watercooler gossip when I should walk away, writing my opinion on social media when it’s not needed, or the hundreds of other reasons. While doing the Keep It Shut study I became more aware of my mouth and its actions. I am so excited for this devotional and the daily reminders of how to keep it shut! I have a feeling I will start it over every 40 days! -- Mandy Young, speaker and blogger at

Thank you, Karen Ehman, for writing this book! Zip It landed in my lap when I absolutely needed to read it. Let me confess, as a woman who speaks far faster than she thinks; this 40-day challenge was a Godsend! With all the different relationships I juggle, I’ve witnessed far too many times how my words speak life or death. I’m so grateful for the truth and transformation found in these pages . . . and so are those closest to me! -- Marian Jordan Ellis, author and founder, Redeemed Girl Ministries

Imagine what the world would look like if we only used words to build, bless, encourage, and praise? That is the world Karen offers us through her compelling and life-giving challenge to zip it. This book is a much-needed 40-day diet for the soul---leaving you with new and life changing habits on how to use your words! -- Tracy Wilde, speaker and author,

Karen Ehman combines biblical depth and relational breadth, then wraps it all in practical application, making Zip It the complete package! In it, Karen has identified all the nuances of our speech, especially those with potential to harm, calling us out in the very kindest way, and offering hope for our wayward tongues. The right word in the right manner at the right moment has the power to transform lives. I’m so grateful to Karen for inviting us to a place of loveliness and grace with our words in a world that so desperately needs both. -- Glynnis Whitwer, Executive Director of Communications, Proverbs 31 Ministries; Senior Editor, Encouragement for Today online devotions; editor, The NIV Real-Life Devotional Bible for Women

A great follow-up to her book Keep It Shut, this practical and engaging devotional will convict and encourage you! We all need to tame the tongue, don’t we? This practical help is exactly what we need to get us there! -- Shaunti Feldhahn, social researcher and bestselling author, For Women Only

Karen has done it again! In her coffee-shop-chat style, Karen’s latest devotional encourages us to use our words wisely. With her perfect blend of teaching and transparency, Karen leads with wisdom and wit. I felt convicted but hopeful that this is a change that is biblical and possible! -- Whitney Capps, national speaker for Proverbs 31 Ministries and writer for their First 5 app

Few people use words wisely. Those who do are like a “rare jewel,” as the Scriptures say (Proverbs 20:15). Short, insightful, and aimed at the heart, Karen Ehman’s brand new devotional, Zip It, offers hope to those of us who want to be that “rare jewel.” Powerful! -- Patrick and Ruth Schwenk, founders of and; coauthors, For Better or For Kids

In Zip It, Karen Ehman gives us a hard but needed 40-day challenge to practice using our tongue to heal and give life instead of as a weapon that hurts and kills. Her use of Scripture coupled with personal examples help us learn to use our words for the honor of God and the good of our neighbor. This is a much-needed challenge! -- Jennifer Thorn, pastors wife and blogger,

Karen equips us with takeaways, lessons, and prayers to ensure the words we speak not only please the Lord but also bless and encourage others. I especially love her challenge to create a “word-robe” (a word wardrobe) within our hearts and fill it with biblical truths and promises tailored to meet our needs and circumstances. -- Wendy Blight, Proverbs 31 Ministries First 5 Writing Team; author, I Know His Name: Discovering Power in the Name of God

With great application, personal insight, and humor, Karen Ehman dives into an area each one of us struggles with---our words! She has a way of taking touchy subjects, giving them a fresh perspective, and pointing us to grace-covered truth. What a perfect book at any age and stage of life! -- Clare Smith, blogger, speaker, personal coach, and trainer,

Our words are directly tied to the condition of our relationship with Jesus. The 40-challenge of Zip It arrives at a great time in the history of the world. Social media, circles of friendships, and family relationships are built and destroyed with the power of our words. Zip It is a great book that will help you have victory of your mouth! Take the challenge! -- Chrissie Dunham, Global Director of Womens Ministry, Prestonwood Baptist Church

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