Speak Love: Making Your Words Matter

Speak Love: Making Your Words Matter

by Annie F. Downs


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Through funny stories, Scripture, and a challenge that could help you change the lives of every person you see, tweet, or message for the better, Annie F. Downs explores the difference you can make when you speak love to others, to God, and to yourself.

Do you still remember a mean comment someone made about you online? Does something you said to your friend about your other friend haunt you sometimes? Has your day instantly gotten better because you received a compliment? That’s because everything we say has a lot of power—even the things we tell ourselves. Annie Downs has learned this lesson firsthand as both a reformed mean girl and the recipient of a lot of hurtful comments herself, and she knows we can break the cycle of harmful words and make a difference if we decide to focus on speaking love—positive, honest words—instead. Through truthful and very funny experiences from her own life, as well as examples from the Bible and every part of life, Annie shows the amazing changes that can happen when we send positive words out into the world and believe them about ourselves.

Speak Love:

  • Is the perfect gift for young women ages 13 and up who are ready to speak love and speak life
  • Looks at the ways we speak to ourselves, to others, and to God—and how choosing to use positive words with each one can change our lives, and the lives of those around us
  • Has a companion devotional, Speak Love Revolution, that contains thirty days of encouragement and tips, as well as journaling space to record your Speak Love journey

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310742876
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 08/25/2013
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 637,789
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Annie F. Downs is a bestselling author, nationally known speaker, and podcast host based in Nashville, Tennessee. Her books include 100 Days to Brave, Remember God, Looking for Lovely, and Let's All Be Brave. Annie hosts the popular weekly That Sounds Fun podcast and is a huge fan of bands with banjos, glitter, her community of friends, boiled peanuts, and soccer. Read more at anniefdowns.com and follow her on Instagram @anniefdowns.

Table of Contents

Foreword from Jamie-Grace 9

Introduction: Words Matter 11

Part 1 Conversations with God

Chapter 1 The Power of Words 21

Chapter 2 An Apology 31

Chapter 3 God Speaks Love 43

Chapter 4 Talk to God 63

Part 2 Conversations with Others

Chapter 5 Your Family 89

Chapter 6 Your People 103

Chapter 7 The Mean Girl 121

Chapter 8 Your Online Life 139

Chapter 9 Celebrities Big and Small 153

Chapter 10 Talking about God 171

Part 3 Last but Not Least? You

Chapter 11 Believe Truth 191

Chapter 12 Love You 209

Conclusion: Speak Love 225

Appendix 231

Acknowledgments 237

About the Author 255

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