Resisting Gossip

September 28, 2013

Winning the War of the Wagging Tongue


New book by alumnus Dr. Matthew Mitchell (D.Min. '12).

Publisher's Description: Gossip. It's on Facebook, on the television, in the break room, and yes, even in our churches. With gossip being so prevalent in our culture, it can be hard to resist listening to and sharing stories about other people's business. But what does God say about gossip? And is it possible to follow his instructions? Absolutely!

In Resisting Gossip, you will learn not just the scriptural warnings against gossip, but how the truth of the gospel can deliver believers from this temptation. Questions for group discussion are also available for your study.

Includes a Foreword by Edward T. Welch

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“You have to read this book! I am just kidding. We all have to read this book. Isn't it amazing that most of us have never read a clear, pastoral and practical book on what Scripture says about gossip? Well, here it is. Matt will guide you through this topic in such a way that you will be convicted–I certainly was. But he will do more than that. He will give you ideas about how you can spread good news about others in such a way that the church will be more united and God will be honored.”
- Edward T. Welch, counselor and faculty member, Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF), Glenside, PA; author, Shame Interrupted, When People Are Big and God Is Small, Depression: A Stubborn Darkness, and Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest

“In Resisting Gossip experienced pastor Matt Mitchell skillfully tackles one of the most overlooked and destructive sins within the church. Dr. Mitchell s wise, biblical approach carefully defines gossip (no one excluded here!) and gets to the heart of both the causes and cures of this problem. Full of scriptural insight, practical examples and thoughtful questions for group discussion, this one-of-a-kind book aims to do nothing less than transform the way we speak to and about one another. Whether you are a perpetrator of gossip or a victim of gossip (invariably both!), you will surely find tangible help and Christ-centered hope in its pages.”
- Michael R. Emlet, counselor and faculty member, Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF), Glenside, PA; author, CrossTalk: Where Life and Scripture Meet

“Gossip is such a pervasive and insidious problem it’s amazing that there are so few resources to help churches deal with its destructive power. Matt's book is an incredibly useful tool that I expect to have wide impact in dealing with the problem of gossip. It is thoroughly biblical, loaded with wisdom, and immensely practical. Just as important, it is written in an engaging and accessible style. I can't recommend it more highly.”
- Winston T. Smith, counselor and faculty member, Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF), Glenside, PA; author, Marriage Matters: Extraordinary Change Through Ordinary Moments

Order your copy at the Westminster Bookstore!