Speaking the Truth in Love: How To Be an Assertive Christian
by Ruth N. Koch and Kenneth C. Haugk
Reviewed by Ewell Hardman
The importance of this theme became clear to me after interviewing a young man who had just relapsed with drugs and spent the past week in a hospital. His story was a tale of hating his work but keeping qiet about it for months until he “couldn’t take it any longer…”
Truthfully many have developed a habit of holding things in and then blowing up or giving up or giving out. The book for this month is a great resource to help persons learn another way of working through life’s problems honestly and successfully. One observation I have about this topic and people is that faith in God is no substitute for having skills to solve problems in relationships.
The strength of this book is that it provides very concrete and useful templates to revolutionize communication styles. Persons who have previously struggled with refusing others, making compliments, asking for help, or asking others to change their behaviors will find this simple and refreshing. Passivity and disappointment with ourselves can get to be a bad habit. If you have never learned a better way try this book. It is not about learning to get your way. It is about learning to say what you mean and doing so without injury or harm.
The purchase of this recommended book using the link above will contribute to the funding of The Summit Society and benefits our ministry of care for those in need.