How the Words You Speak
Transform the Life You Live.

Choose Your Words

Choose Your Future

Mentor to pastors and bestselling author Nelson Searcy releases Tongue Pierced: How the Words You Speak Transform the Life You Live. Written with Jennifer Dykes Henson, the book is based on one of Searcy’s most-requested audio resources by the same name and is meant to help readers take control of their words and build a better life.


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Words form the future (“I have a dream…”) and symbolize international milestones (“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”). Words ignite cultural clashes (think Dan T. Cathy and the Chic-fil-A controversy) and bind us to one another (“I do”). Words have the power to create our atmosphere; they ignite psychological connections; they shape our thinking, determine our actions and ultimately construct our reality. Foul language, curses and negative words have harmful consequences while well-chosen words bring life.

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“Too few people understand the ability they have to influence their own circumstances with every word they choose to speak,” says Searcy. “Perhaps the most interesting thing about our words is that they are a direct reflection of what’s in our heart. Jesus said, ‘Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.’ The words that fall from our lips not only create the environment we live in, they are also windows to the condition of our inner being.

“So here’s the unavoidable truth we face every day: The quality of our language directly correlates to the quality of our existence, as it reflects the state of our heart,” continues Searcy. “When we understand that reality, we can improve our lives exponentially by choosing to operate within its truth.”

Tongue Pierced is a practical guide for understanding the important role the tongue plays in everyday life, and how we can use its power to create the present circumstances, meaningful relationships and eternal significance. The information and principles in Tongue Pierced detail how readers can take control of the words they speak and begin using them to build lives filled with purpose, peace and love.

“There’s nothing you can do to make God love you more or that could cause him to love you less,” adds Searcy. “How frequently you do or don’t let a curse word escape from your lips doesn’t earn you brownie points or give you black marks in his eyes. It’s the other way around. Pure language isn’t a requirement of a close walk with God; it’s a result.”

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Why You Need the Book...

The words you speak every day will shape your life − positively or negatively. Learn how to choose words wisely to create the life you want. It’s up to each of us to decide whether the words we speak every day will lead to life, success and positive relationships or death, destruction and painful memories. You’ll learn how to choose your words wisely to create the life you want with the practical guidance and inescapable truths found in Tongue Pierced.

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The Power of Words, to Build or to Tear Down

A 2011 study involving 223 middle school students addressed the correlation between profanity in the media and aggression in kids. The study showed exposure to cursing had the same effect as exposure to violence on TV or in video games. "From using profanity to aggressive behavior, it was a pretty strong correlation," according to study leader Sarah Coyne.

In Tongue Pierced: How the Words You Speak Transform the Life You Live (David C. Cook), Nelson Searcy, lead pastor of The Journey Church in New York City, encourages people to live a "tongue pierced" lifestyle, one in which words "reflect a heart filled with love; words that will impact your reality in ways that will bring you the meaning, relationships and success you want," Searcy writes. He examines the power of words, how they reflect on the speaker, and the impact on loved ones, explaining how children in particular need to hear encouraging, empowering words.

"Your words have immense power to shape your children's destiny," writes Searcy. "What you say gives them the script for how they view themselves, which will largely determine their success in life's various arenas."

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About the Authors

Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church. Started in New York City in 2002, this groundbreaking church sees the majority of its growth coming from new believers and currently meets in several locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, NY, with additional locations in San Francisco, CA and Boca Raton, FL. Author of over 80 church leadership resources, including 14 best-selling books, Searcy is also an experienced teacher, coach and leadership strategist. Before starting The Journey Church, he served as the Director of the Purpose Driven Community at Saddleback Church, in Orange County, CA. He is further the founder of, the Church Leadership Training ministry of Nelson Searcy and The Journey.

Earning a B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Religious Studies from Gardner Webb University and a Masters of Divinity with Philosophy focus (M.Div.) from Duke University, Searcy’s time in academia also includes study at North Carolina State University, Southeastern Theological Seminary, Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity and Southern Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY). Nelson and his family live in Boca Raton, FL.

Jennifer Dykes Henson

Jennifer Dykes Henson is a freelance writer based in New York City. In addition to serving as a writer/producer and ministry consultant to organizations across the East Coast, Jennifer previously worked with Dr. Charles Stanley as the Marketing Communications Manager for In Touch Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.

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