“Gossip is what no one claims to like, but everybody enjoys.”

― Joseph Conrad

“If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody come sit next to me.”

― Alice Roosevelt Longworth

My book recommendation this month comes from recognizing how easily we can relate to these quotes

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I first heard about Matthew Mitchell’s book “Resisting Gossip” while listening to a sermon by my friend Mark Prater. He encouraged pastors to use this book to help “gossip proof” their churches.

We should know protecting our lives from gossip is God’s desire, because the Bible gives us strongly worded warnings against it:

For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder. 2 Corinthians 12:20

It is hard to “gossip proof” our life for several reasons”:

We enjoy sharing gossip

We enjoy hearing tantalizing morsels of gossip

Gossip is common to the point of not noticing that we are involved in it

We are not always sure what is and is not gossip

We don’t know the best way respond to the gossip that swirls around us

The book “Resisting Gossip” is helpful in addressing all these issues.

It makes us more aware of gossip and its many inspirations

It helps us to have wise (and gracious) responses to gossip

This is a book every Christian will find helpful to growing in godliness.

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