As you might have guessed from the title, When to Speak Up & When to Shut Up by Dr. Michael D. Sedler, is a book about improving one’s communication skills—especially in conflict situations. There are times to speak up, even when one would rather bite one’s tongue, and there are times to be silent, even if one is dying to shout. Sedler helps his readers to discern these times. Along with each type of situation discussed, Sedler uses personal experience, the experiences of people he’s worked with or known,the experiences of historical figures, and examples from the Bible to help readers more clearly understand. Each chapter contains lists of things to consider or steps to take to handle situations more wisely. The books closes with Sedler’s personal testimony.
The book is short and easy to understand. It covers a good variety of communication circumstances: family and work and society situations, checking motives, asking questions, and handling anger well. It covers the advantages and disadvantages of speaking up and remaining silent and, in the end, shows how to use either effectively when one must take a stand.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Chosen Books. I thank the publisher for sending it in exchange for this honest review.