Hola fellow bookish pals!
It’s Wednesday again! That means we talk about all things book-related! Today, I’m giving you, dear reader, a book review. I am so freakin’ excited that I’ve finished another book during the month of March.
So, let’s get started!
We’ve all heard the phrase, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”
We’ve all have said this phrase in a sing-songy voice to that one wanna-be bully in elementary school who tries to break your spirit by calling you names that have no value, but you still find them lodged somewhere between your lungs and your heart. They become infused with the oxygen you breathe and sometimes remain until they resurface years later. Although, the gif above is funny, words matter and if we allow them to, they can leave psychological wounds that are able to be healed by love, grace, and the power of Jesus.
As much as we’d like for the phrase to be true, that “words will never hurt”…it isn’t. It especially isn’t true of the negative words we speak over ourselves. It’s as false as the nails and eyelashes 16 years-old don themselves in on prom night.
So, when I picked up a book about words and how we as humans created in the image of God, talk to ourselves, my interest was piqued. Pep Talk by Terri Savelle is probably one of the most powerful books I’ve read about the power of spoken words.
Savelle does a lovely job of piecing together an easy to understand book that isn’t too theological or spiritually sounding that scares off people. The truth of this book applies to any and all people, simply because how we talk to ourselves DOES matter.
The author describes a pep talk, “by definition…a noun meaning a talk intended to make someone feel more courageous or enthusiastic; a speech of exhortation meant to instill enthusiasm or bolster morale.”
At some point in our lives we say words that we truly don’t mean, but still have a lasting effect whether we realize it or not. In Matthew 12:37, The Message translation states, “words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation”(Berean Study Bible) . This verse is mentioned in the very first chapter of the book!
As I continued, I truly felt as if I was being given the best pep talk of my life. This book is applicable to life and isn’t just a book you’ll read and walk away from forgetting what was read.
This book is 10/10 recommend for me and I suggest you pick it up and be encouraged to speak positive words about yourself that align with how God sees you and thinks of you.
Terri Savelle writes in her book, “when you consistently give yourself a pep talk by declaring what you believe about yourself instead of what you feel, eventually, your actions will line up with your words.”
“Remember, every single time you declare faith-filled words out of your mouth, things are changing…Every time you look in the mirror and affirm what God’s Word says about you rather than what your negative mind is thinking, things are changing. You may not see the changes yet, but you will.” ~ Terri Savelle