simple little words is a delightful little book that has people sharing true stories of ways in which the simple little words that were spoken to them had a huge impact on their lives.
I was lucky enough to have one of the authors-Michelle Cox-contact me and ask if I would read and review their book on my blog. I am so glad that I did! This little book-217 pages worth of stories packs a huge punch. It will make you smile, it will make you cry-it will tug on your heart in a big way. You will need a box of kleenex handy to help you through it. These are good tears though-tears of hope and the faith that God is with you and will help you through difficult moments and that there are people out in this world who can say the right things at the right time for someone who really needs it. In addition, each story ends with a meaningful quote and a prayer.
There were so many stories that really touched my heart but I’d like to share a bit of one story that has really stayed with me-not too much though as this really is a book you need to experience for yourself. This story was of a little girl who’s own daddy didn’t want her. Eventually her mom is getting married and the little girl says to her mom, ‘Will he…love me?’ This poor little girl had felt that if her own dad couldn’t love her, how could this one. Well when she and her mom are walking up the aisle, instead of the stepfather reaching for his bride, he instead kneels down and tells the little girl that he will love both her and her mom and will be there for them always-forever. What a beautiful gift to give this little girl-these words were what her little soul needed so badly.
This is just one story among many to grab your heart and make you really think about the power of your words. People are so busy these days that I don’t think we always take the time to realize how our words can affect another person. All it takes is a kind word from someone to make that person’s day a good one. We need to make sure our words aren’t hurting someone because those words can have a long-lasting effect on hearts and minds. We can hurt with our words or we can do something wonderful. Which would you rather? I’d rather leave someone feeling good about themselves and happy. I can only hope I’ve done that for people along the way in my life.
There are a few quotes from the book I’d love to share with you because they mean something to me:
- Wise words can ripple through a soul and change a life. -Michelle Cox
- The power of our words can brighten the dark places and bring sunshine and healing to a wounded heart. -Michelle Cox
- Why are we so stingy with our words when they have the power to touch a heart, to change a life, or to brighten someone’s day? -Michelle Cox
- Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.-Proverbs 16:24
There is just so much goodness in this book. You can visit the webiste for simple little words here. It is just full of things like a study guide for bookclubs and another section for simple little words tips with a recipe tip, relationship tip and many more. It’s wonderful. I can’t wait for another edition of this book to come out-my copy of this book will be one I see myself going back to many times for encouragement when I need it. I absolutely recommend it!
Finally, I’d love to thank the authors, Michelle Cox and John Perrodin and the publisher, David C. Cook-Honor Books for giving me the opportunity to review this book. And the really good news is that they were kind enough to send me an extra 3 copies of this wonderful book to share with my readers! So, stay tuned everyone, at the end of this month there will be a giveaway for these!
isn’t that wonderful? a book suddenly springs on you and it is actually good! i totally love the feeling!:) waiting for your giveaway now!:)
Great review, Dar!
Book Zombie says
This book sounds really amazing! Normally I am not one for touchy-feely subjects but I have always been a believer in the power of words (maybe that’s why I’m a book lover)
The worst thing for parents to teach their children is that rhyme:
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Because as horrible as it may be, words can hurt. They can completely alter the way a person (adult or child) sees themselves.
Woo Hoo! I was going to comment even before I read your last sentence. 🙂 I totally agree with “simple little words”, I even have the same concept on my blog header. It sounds like a delightful book, Dar.
This definitely sounds like something I need to read! I get really caught up in myself sometimes and forget that the words that come out of my mouth will sometimes have the wrong effect. I try to catch myself and stop myself, but sometimes it doesn’t always work. On the other side, like you say, little things can also work as such a big positive. Sounds like a great book, Dar!
Linda Jacobs says
It’s true that the simple things can have the most impact. Sounds like an uplifting book!
J. Kaye Oldner says
Three copies? That is fantastic! I promise to blog about it when you get it posted, cause you made this sound like a must read. 🙂
Ramya, yes, it's nice to read an uplifting book once in a while-one that lets you see a lot of the good in people.
Thanks Mary 🙂
Book Zombie, funny that you mention that ryhme-in the book it goes like this: 'sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can break my heart'. This is so true.
Joy & Linda, it was delightful and uplifting. Make sure you enter the draw at the end of the month. I think you'd really like it.
Trish, I mostly have the tendency to really say the wrong thing when I'm mad. You just don't stop to think about your words then-big mistake.
Thanks J.Kaye. Hopefully you'll win a copy!
Red lady-Bonnie says
What a great review! The book sounds like a gem. Words are really powerful and this book sounds like it is very meaningful.
Looking forward to your drawing! How nice that they sent you 3 copies!!
This looks terrific.
Dar, your review made me really want to read this book. It sounds very inspiring and like a book I could learn something from. Thanks for the great review. I love the story about the little girl at the wedding.
This sounds like such a wonderful book! I love these sorts of books – so refreshing! Can’t wait to hear about the giveaway! Great review, Dar!!
Of course we’ll stay tuned for the giveway, this sounds like a great book (yes, the excerpt you wrote about the girl doubting her future step-dad’s love and then him kneeling down at the altar … I’ll admit my eyes got watery!).
Is it regular paperback size, or more like “gift book” size (I’m already thinking about Christmas stockings!)
Thanks for popping in Holly. The book was great.
Bonnie, yes they were very generous to send me the extra copies. I can’t wait to give those away.
Shana, I just fell in love with that story. It’s still just as fresh in my mind as when I read it. Actually a great number of them are. That’s when you know you’ve read something that affected you-it stays with you.
April, it is nice to read something refreshing especially after some of the heavier stuff.
Dawn, this would be the perfect size for stockings. It’s a small hardback book-very light. It would make a wonderful gift!
I am definitely going to try to read this. I love books that are real and emotional. =)
So do I Carmen. Stay tuned for the giveaway at the end of the month-maybe you can win one.
I’m sure the book would make me cry. Tears came to my eyes just reading that little bit your wrote about the little girl and her new stepfather. Sounds like a heartwarming book.
Anna, I cried so many times. I’m excited for the giveaway at the end of the month just to see what others will think of it too.
reading this book, very inspirational and touching..God bless you more on your writing