Before You Hit Send: Preventing Headache and Heartache by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs – Book Review

34628654Before You Hit Send: Preventing Headache and Heartache by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs was published on July 25th 2017 by Thomas Nelson. When will we learn? With every sunrise we are given plenty of new examples of people “Hitting Send” and soon regretting it. Social media means what it says: it is social! Our methods of communication today allow for something to potentially be broadcast to everyone from Pekin, Illinois to Peking, China. But it’s not only Twitter fanatics who can find themselves in trouble. Every single one of us is capable of falling prey to this growing plague.

Every day we have the potential of both verbal and written blunders. It makes no difference if we are talking to a stranger over a meat counter, chatting on a cell phone with our mother, or sending an e-mail to a coworker; we can and do miscommunicate and people can and do get the wrong idea. When we don’t pause long enough to think before speaking or writing, it commonly yields a misunderstanding and leads to a clash. We end up being the person who said, “You know that sphere of the brain that stops you from saying something that you shouldn’t? Well, I don’t have one of those.” This book is about preventing that misunderstanding and allowing for understanding. Said another way, preempting people from getting the wrong idea and enabling them to get the right idea! We all need work in this area in far more ways than just glancing through a checklist. From external examples to internal turmoil, Before You Hit Send is about the four things we must think through before communicating. In all things we wish to say or write, we would be wise to ask ourselves,

Is it true?
Is it kind?
Is it necessary?
Is it clear?

When we ask and answer these four questions honestly, we will be thinking wisely before we speak. But to explore this fully, we need to find out a whole lot more about ourselves and uncover why we consciously and subconsciously get into these communication disasters to begin with. You may be surprised what you discover about yourself. Shall we begin?

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About the author: Emerson Eggerichs, PhD, is an internationally known communication expert and author of the New York Times bestseller Love & Respect.  Just as Dr. Eggerichs transformed millions of marital relationships with a biblical understanding of love and respect, he also turned these principles to one of the most important relationships of all in Mother & Son:  The Respect Effect.  As a communication expert, Emerson has also spoken to groups such as the NFL, NBA, PGA, US Navy SEALs and members of Congress. He was the senior pastor of Trinity Church in East Lansing, Michigan for almost twenty years.  Emerson holds a PhD in child and family ecology from Michigan State University, a BA in Biblical Studies from Wheaton College, an MA in communications from Wheaton College Graduate School, and an MDiv from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. He and his wife Sarah have been married since 1973 and have three adult children.

My thoughts: Before You Hit Send Preventing Headache and Heartache is a book that is aimed to prevent you from having to deal with the backlash from an inappropriate comment that many have posted in a hurry on social media. One single comment posted on Twitter or Facebook can cause a mountain of drama from hurt feelings. Not only is this book a great guide for social media but for communication in general. Dr. Eggerichs provides you with a guide of four questions that you should ask before you response or reply. Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? and Is it clear? There is a chapter for each of these questions along with scriptural meditation and biblical guidelines. All of which helps you to learn to give clear and precise communication for any situation. There is even a list of at least twenty mistakes each of us makes and how to address the problem. This book is a must read for anyone who uses social media.  ** I received a complimentary copy from book look in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. **

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