Book Review ~ A Perfect Word for Every Occasion by Liz Duckworth

Christian Living/Self Help

Back of the book:

Have you ever wondered just what to say at a funeral, to a friend whose spouse is fighting cancer, or to someone going through a breakup?

The right words don’t always come easily. Sometimes we’re so afraid to say the wrong thing that we say nothing at all or resort to clichés. But with a little help you can share the perfect message that will draw you nearer to friends and loved ones.

This book offers examples and guidelines for things to say, lines to write, and Scripture verses to share. Full of encouraging messages organized by category—sympathy, thank-yous, congratulations, etc.—it will help you save time while strengthening your relationships. You will find the right words for formats old and new: Facebook messages, emails, cards, texting, receiving lines, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, weddings, funerals, and more. You’ll even discover what not to say.

A Perfect Word for Every Occasion is a trustworthy recourse for words to bless the ones you love.

About the author:

Liz Duckworth is the author of critically acclaimed books such as Wildflower Living and Ragtail Remembers. With almost twenty years of experience in the Christian publishing field, Liz heads up Liz Duckworth Publishing Services. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her husband and two sons.

My thoughts:

If you are a word nerd like me, I may have found the perfect book for you. We have probably all had the privilege of receiving thoughtful kind words from someone. Unfortunately we have probably also received words that were abrasive or at least insensitive. In fact I’m pretty sure I have imparted both kinds myself.

Liz has put together a small but powerful book that will help anyone with choosing the appropriate thing to say. Of course there are tons of books out there that provide a similar service. The difference in this book is the unique content.

Let me give you an example. We live in a facebook world. We've all had friends that have shared something that really required a response. Hitting the like button when the person has said that their favorite aunt Sally has died doesn't quite cut it. It can also seem insensitive to say something like, “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away”.

There are simple examples such as, “I’m sorry for your loss. We’ll miss her.”  There are quotes from famous people. And there are beautiful scripture suggestions that go beyond the overused/abused ones. There are even suggestions on what to say when someone’s favorite pet has died . . . I kid you not! One of my favorite sections is Aunt Me-me’s Guide to What Not to Say, because we've all heard the typical “She’s in a better place” response.

I am definitely going to have to purchase some additional copies of this book. I want to give it to several of my word loving friends, but there is no way I’m letting this one out of my hands. Get yourself a copy . . . it will make you sound better in person, in a card, and definitely in cyberspace!

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