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

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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 ...

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

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Overview

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.

Sacred Speech is ideal for spiritual and religious leaders, professionals who work in multi-faith 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594730689
  • Publisher: Skylight Paths Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction: Sacred Speech in the Glocal World xi
1 To Be Humble 1
2 To Forgive 9
3 To Praise 25
4 To Pray 41
5 To Judge 53
6 To Lament 67
7 To Love 81
8 Beyond the Politically Correct 97
9 The Sacredness of Ordinary, Plain Speech 115
10 The Importance of Silence 129
Notes 139
Discussion Guide 141
About SkyLight Paths 146
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