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Guide Your Mind ….


About the Book


Title: Guide your Mind, Guard your Heart, Grace your Tongue

Author: Carol Burton McLeod

Genre: Non-Fiction, Christian Living

Release Date: April 3, 2018

Every single one of us with a beating heart has spoken words “under the influence” of warped feelings and slurred thinking. And we soon wish we had the magical power to take those words back. We especially regret the hurtful words we have spoken to those we love the most and know the best. This book may just be the solution.

Carol McLeod reveals that before the words are spoken, they brew in our hearts and are formed in our minds. It’s our thoughts and emotions that determine what words come out of our mouths. Guide Your Mind, Guard Your Heart, Grace Your Tongue is an innovative blueprint that will enable you to take control of your thoughts and feelings in order to grace your tongue. You won’t find pat answers here, but rather powerful strategies based on the Word of God to reroute disordered thinking and cure rotten emotions so your words can be humbly grateful instead of grumbly hateful.


In the middle of January, I was posting a review on Amazon for a book that I enjoyed so much. I was looking at the reviews and saw a one-star review.  At the time, I was certain I didn’t have any connections to that person, so I mentioned it on a FaceBook comment on someone else’s post about the same book. I don’t know what inspired me to be rude, maybe I was in an overall bad mood or was channeling my “inner Jersey girl” or was just plain ornery that moment, but I did the unthinkable and said something rude, not “swear-y” rude, just plain obnoxious. The odd thing is, I cannot tell you how many times I have deleted comments that weren’t half as rude, because they seemed too harsh.

About two days later, I heard an email chime in my tablet next to my bed as I was waking up, so decided to find out what it was. It was a very kind, but firm reprimand from the woman who runs our review group, telling me that the person who did that 1-star review was very offended and hurt.  I did some quick research and found that this was someone in our group. It doesn’t make my rudeness any worse because it was someone in our group, but it did make it more convicting, by finding out that the person was not just some anonymous entity in the virtual mist we call the internet. I had taken advantage of the anonymity of the internet and felt terribly ashamed. And felt horrible that I had hurt and offended a fellow Christian and member of our reviewer group. I was just one big ball of feeling horrible. I spent a good portion of the morning working at trying to apologize and rectify the situation.

A day or two later, this book – Guide Your Mind, Guard Your Heart, Grace Your Tongue came through Celebrate Lit for review. I felt like I’d be a fool, not to take the opportunity to receive, read and review this book, after what I had just done.

It didn’t take me long, after I started reading it to feel that this book was written just for me. Carol McLeod hits the nail firmly on the head.  Her style is simple and straight to the point, no holding back, no soft soaping anything. She repetitively begs the reader to “be honest”, because so many times when we read books like this, it is so easy to flip past the hard parts and to pretend it’s not about me, but about everyone else we know who needs it.

I have a few quibbles about some of the Christianese, such as “asking Jesus into your heart” when the Bible clearly says “repent and believe”. Also mentioning fulfilling God’s dreams for us. I know God is personified many times in the Bible, but we never see Him having dreams for us. He has clear plans and paths for us to follow, not some ethereal fantasy, where He hopes we’ll do the right thing. The author also talks about hearing from God, which is a sticky thing, because a lot of people say “God told me this.” and “God told me that.”  and many times they are very wrong. God speaks to us in His Word and through our consciences. I think Carol McLeod is a little vague about this, so I would be apprehensive about recommending this book for people who are new to living the Christian life, lest they twist or misinterpret some things in the book that seem a little vague or not very well clarified.  Because I cherish God’s Word over any other book, I had to drop a star due to these issues and some others, but overall, it is well worth reading and learning from. It certainly emphasizes repentance in mind, heart and speech (whether verbal or written).

DISCLAIMER:  I received this book as a gift.  No compensation was received.  The opinions I express are provided without obligation.

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About the Author


Carol Burton McLeod is a popular speaker at women’s conferences and retreats through her ministry, Just Joy!, and is the author of a number of books. Carol hosts a daily radio show, “Defiant Joy! Radio,” which is broadcast in major markets across America. Her blog, “Joy for the Journey” (formerly “A Cup of Tea with Carol”), has been named in the Top 50 Faith Blogs for Women, and her teaching DVD The Rooms of a Woman’s Heart won a Telly Award for excellence in religious programming.

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Grand Prize: A copy of Guide Your Mind, Guard Your Heart, Grace Your Tongue, “Grace” teapot from Christian Arts Gifts, Whitaker House/Anchor adult coloring book.

1st Place: A copy of Guide Your Mind, Guard Your Heart, Grace Your Tongue, Abba Jerusalem 6” Scented Pillar Candle

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One Comment

  • Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review and information on “Guide your Mind, Guard your Heart, Grace your Tongue” by Carol Burton McLeod as well as being part of the book tour.

    It sounds like a book that I would very much like to read.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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