The Good Name: The Power Of Words To Hurt Or Heal – Book Review

The Good Name

The Good Name by Samuel T. Logan Jr.

It’s not often that we hear sermons or find books dedicated to the importance and practicality of speaking the truth in love within the Christian community and the world, even when we disagree with one another, but this is a message near and dear to Samuel T. Logan Jr.’s heart.

In The Good Name: The Power Of Words To Hurt Or Heal, Dr. Logan, the President Emeritus of Westminster Theological Seminary, shares how he was asked to step down from his presidency in 2003 for bearing false witness through the “shading of truth” in a situation that occurred during his tenure – and how that incident led him to reflect on our responsibility to always communicate in a way that brings honor and glory to God.

The Good Name is both theological and practical in nature. The Good Name walks us through specific passages that address the manner in which we are to conduct ourselves and provides us with guidelines for how to communicate within our interpersonal relationships within the church. Dr. Logan examines contemporary issues that we are faced with and helps us apply biblical commandments and principles to these situations.

Most importantly, Dr. Logan helps us to understand that it’s not just the words that we use to communicate with that matter – it’s the attitude of our heart that sometimes makes all of the difference.

The Good Name is not a light or an easy read, but it’s an important book with truths we very much need to hear.

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.


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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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4 Responses to “The Good Name: The Power Of Words To Hurt Or Heal – Book Review”

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  1. Judee says:

    Sounds like a book that needs to be read. We need all the reminders we can get about ethics. Thanks

  2. There is no such thing as an inconsequential sentence. And we so easily forget that!

  3. Michelle says:

    This sounds like a really good book! Great review!

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