I didn't get a chance to read Karen Ehman's Keep It Shut (although I should), but I fell in love with her reading her "Listen Love Repeat" book about loving others. When I had the opportunity to read "Zip It," the 40-Day Challenge that goes along with Keep It Shut, I jumped! Well, I read.
Ehman is so personal in this challenge/devotional. She shares her struggles, her successes; something I think we need to do more for one another. Share our struggles so none of us know we're alone but then fight the good fight together so we know we can be successful with Christ in this struggle to tame the tongue.
Each day starts with a Bible verse pertaining to the tongue or words, followed by a devotional. The day ends with "Today's Takeaways" which are snippets that summarize the story's lesson. "Lesson for the Lips" is next, which is the part that makes this a challenge rather than just a devotional. There's action in these lessons. This is the deed part of our faith, our faith in action! A prayer closes each day, drawing you closer to the Lord through your struggle and success.
Although I've made it through this book and challenge, I know Zip It will be one I continually go to for inspiration and conviction. Ehman has allowed the Holy Spirit to fill the pages of these books and go out into the world to make disciples of the Lord...calmer, gentler, wiser disciples.
Disclaimer: I received this book in order to write an honest review. Others' opinions may differ from my own.