Sacred Speech: A Practical Guide for Keeping Spirit in Your Speech

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SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2003 - Religion - 145 pages
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The complete guide to spirit-filled speech and speaking with spirit

"This book is a spiritual guide to using the holy gift of speech. It is a ... how-to ... grounded in a humble way of being, expressing an attitude of gratitude toward the tongue, in the knowledge that speech is a gift from God and we have a choice to use our mouths virtuously, in the most humble and searching sense of that word."
--from the Introduction

So much of our time is spent in conversation, yet little time is devoted to thinking about the words we choose to use, or the manner in which we speak. Taking the time to make our words count--to make our speech sacred--can lead to positive changes in our lives, and improve our relationships with others.

Sacred Speech is a personal, warm-hearted approach to a complex matter--how we can use speech in holy ways. Drawing support from literary and spiritual sources, Rev. Donna Schaper offers compelling advice from her own experience as a clergyperson, teacher, partner, and parent, empowering us to:

  • Acknowledge the Divine in the words we use
  • Use speech to maximize the possibility of love and care
  • Use speech to minimize fear
  • Link, connect, and contact with others through words

A clear invitation to improve our communications with others, Sacred Speech is ideal for spiritual and religious leaders, professionals who work in multifaith settings, the politically correct and the not-so politically correct, and anyone who wants to do more than simply "watch what they say."

 

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Contents

To Be Humble
1
To Forgive
9
To Praise
25
To Pray
41
To Judge
53
To Lament
67
To Love
81
Beyond the Politically Correct
97
The Sacredness of Ordinary Plain Speech
115
The Importance of Silence
129
Notes
139
Discussion Guide
141
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Rev. Donna Schaper is widely recognized as one of the most outstanding communicators in her generation of Protestant clergy. A minister of the United Church of Christ, she is author of several books, including Alone, but Not Lonely.

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