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Sacred Speech : A Practical Guide for Keeping Spirit in Your Speech - Donna Schaper

Sacred Speech

A Practical Guide for Keeping Spirit in Your Speech


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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."

"Donna Schaper has a gift for illuminating aspects of daily living we all take for granted. Here she gives our speech its due, inviting us to talk that connects, language that heals, and ultimately to conversation that carries the Spirit." - Rich Heffern, opinion editor, National Catholic Reporter"

Prefacep. ix
Introduction: Sacred Speech in the Glocal Worldp. xi
To Be Humblep. 1
To Forgivep. 9
To Praisep. 25
To Prayp. 41
To Judgep. 53
To Lamentp. 67
To Lovep. 81
Beyond the Politically Correctp. 97
The Sacredness of Ordinary, Plain Speechp. 115
The Importance of Silencep. 129
Notesp. 139
Discussion Guidep. 141
About SkyLight Pathsp. 146
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ISBN: 9781594730689
ISBN-10: 1594730687
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 145
Published: 1st September 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 14.43  x 1.32
Weight (kg): 0.26