June 14th, 2011 09:16 EST
The Ongoing Battle Against Bullying and The Importance of Words
An estimated 20% of high school students reported being bullied on school property in 2009, according to research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On a worldwide scale, the CDC conducted a study in 27 countries and discovered the majority of school-aged children had encountered bullying at least some of the time.
In March 2011, the President and First Lady attended the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention. Last August, the U.S. Department of Education held the first-ever federally sponsored conference on the subject of bullying.
Practicing lawyer, Wendy Starr, discusses the power behind words from a biblical and practical position. Bullying, she says, begins with our words.
"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me, is a lie. Just look at the rate of suicides from bullying in our society. How-to-stop-bullying.com reports that 77% of students are bullied mentally, verbally, and physically. In 2008, Dr. Judy Fisher-Blando`s research determined that 75% of employees have experienced or witnessed workplace bullying. Whether we like it or not, words affect others."
Starr`s book, "Your Words," (WinePress, 2010) emphasizes the impact our words can have on our lives. As evidenced by bullying statistics, words can and do hurt. Starr teaches the counter impact of words, the possibility of words used to build, encourage, and empower.
"Words can destroy you or they can transform you because words, your words or the words of another, produce either faith or fear."
Starr is an alumnus of Cedarville University, The Ohio State University, Capital University Law School, and Jerry Savelle School of Ministry. A practicing attorney, counselor, public speaker, and experienced Bible teacher, Starr is passionate about language and how words can impact our circumstances by applying biblical words to our everyday lives.
To purchase a copy of this book visit www.winepressbooks.com or call 877-421-7323.
SOURCE: Christian Newswire