Keep it Shut: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at All

  • 5h 37m 44s
  • Karen Ehman
  • HarperCollins Leadership
  • 2022

Kind, encouraging, and humorous, Karen Ehman helps us learn the essential practice of using our words more effectively - alleviating heartache and regret, reducing relational tension and conflict, lessening our stress levels, and growing our relationship with God.

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.

About the Author

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

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter 1 - From Sparks to Raging Fire: The Awful Power of the Tongue
  • Chapter 2 - Squabbles, Spats, and Such: How to Communicate with Family, Friends, and Other Necessary People
  • Chapter 3 - Stop Filling the Gap: Learning to Listen
  • Chapter 4 - Zip It and Pray: How to Talk to God Before You Talk to Others
  • Chapter 5 - Motives and Manners: It’s Not Just What You Say; It’s Why and How You Say It
  • Chapter 6 - Behind the Screen: Controlling Your Digital Tongue
  • Chapter 7 - But I'm Just Sharing a Prayer Request: Stopping Gossip and Hearsay
  • Chapter 8 - Lying, Loving, and People Pleasing: On Flattery and Speaking the Truth in Love
  • Chapter 9 - Hurling Hate or Healing Hearts: Containing Your Anger
  • Chapter 10 - Something to Talk About: Wonderful Ways to Use Your Words
  • Chapter 11 - Gotta Have the Last Word: Tips and Tricks for Tempering the Tongue