Nish Weiseth



"Speak, by popular blogger Nish Weiseth, is a book about the power of telling our own stories and hearing those of others to change hearts, build bridges, advocate for good, make disciples with grace, and proclaim God’s kingdom on Earth today. Nish Weiseth exhorts today’s Christians to follow Jesus’ example by using story as a vehicle for change. After all, Jesus was a master storyteller. He frequently and effectively used the art of storytelling to communicate deep truths about God, humanity, love, and eternity to a culture on the brink. His stories defied social norms, revealed God’s Kingdom, and fiercely advocated for the least of these. With examples from Scripture as the foundation, Speak is a call for grace, openness, and vulnerability within the evangelical church. Nish Weiseth encourages those in the Body of Christ to know their own story of transformation and redemption---and to use those stories as a catalyst for change at both a personal and global level."

Praise for "Speak"

It is a special voice that can lead the next generation of believers from within. One who understands every struggle and disappointment, one who has walked away and come back, one who is both prophetic and compassionate. Nish is unquestionably one of those leaders. Speak is just impossibly hopeful. It tells of a better way, better community, better grace, better story. You nod, you cry, you shout, and ultimately you go still and quiet and whisper, “Lord, here is my life, may it speak of You.”
— Jen Hatmaker, NYT Bestselling Author of "For The Love: Fighting For Grace in a World of Impossible Standards"
The trouble with “Speak” is that I couldn’t decide whether to keep reading or GO TELL MY STORY TO ANYONE WHO WOULD LISTEN. I did both. I read SPEAK all the way through and then immediately sat down to write my heart out. Like it or not- this book will inspire you to get on with it already. In “Speak,” Nish gives us permission to believe that we are worthy of the space we occupy, courage to accept that our struggles and stories matter, and hope that all we must to do to free ourselves and others is to SPEAK our hearts.
— Glennon Doyle Melton, NYT Bestselling Author of "Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life" and Founder of
Speak’ is a powerful, honest, bridge-building book that is at once inspiring and practical, brave and wise. With the skill of a master storyteller and the presence of a friend, Nish Weiseth guides us through the holy ground of one another’s stories and invites us to take off our shoes. This is a must-read for anyone who longs to move beyond the division, vitriol, and platitudes that characterize so much of modern dialog and instead engage in the joy and hard work of loving one another well.
— Rachel Held Evans, NYT Bestselling Author author of "A Year of Biblical Womanhood"
Speak is a much-needed antidote to the evangelical hero complex. If you’ve ever felt like your story isn’t enough—not cool enough, not interesting enough, not fascinating enough, not doing enough—you need to read this book. Your story matters—in fact, it just might change the world.
— Sarah Bessey, author of "Jesus Feminist"
Speak is a sane and needed call for a new kind of dialogue—one that leans on the human story as a place for finding common ground. Nish pushes us to consider the value of vulnerability and the power of the personal in our everyday interactions and our most impassioned debates, making the case that our story can be the key to bridge building and understanding. The book weaves in compelling stories of other writers whose own stories have changed the dialogue on many difficult issues. Full of nuance and wisdom, Speak sets the stage for a better way of relating to others.
— Kristen Howerton, author of Rage Against the Minivan
Speak is a remarkably well-crafted exploration of how individual and communal experiences together shape and inform the kingdom of God. Nish Weiseth’s strong and compelling prose both tasks and equips readers to be bestowers of grace and receivers of one another’s stories. Convicting, authentic, and profoundly kind—this is a must-read.
— Preston Yancey, author of "Tables in the Wilderness: A Memoir of God Found, Lost, and Found Again"
“Speak” boldly calls readers to share their stories of conversion in our clashing, ever-debating culture. From personal experience of sharing my biggest fear, I wholeheartedly recommend reading “Speak” to experience the freedom of storytelling.
— Rebekah Lyons, author of "Freefall to Fly" and co-founder of Q Ideas
What Nish has done here is remarkable. This is not just a book you read; it is a book you feel and a book that changes how you live. I will tell more stories because of it. I know you will too. Bravo.
— Annie F. Downs, author of "Let’s All Be Brave"
In a world that so often chooses to see people as statistics, Nish Weiseth challenges us to see something better: stories. In these pages, she offers a way past that which is alienating and divisive and leads into the heart of relationship.
— Addie Zierman, author of "When We Were on Fire: A Memoir of Consuming Faith, Tangled Love, and Starting Over"
Speak is a book about the humble power of storytelling, and Nish Weiseth spares none of us—each story a softening blow to stony hearts, a gathering of confidence, a sense of shared experience, a realization of how interwoven I am into a transformative narrative. Nish brings out the simple and the honest. If you need to get rid of the fear of revealing your true self, read Speak and evoke within yourself a great love for others right where they are.
— Amber C. Haines, writer at and upcoming author with Revell
Speak invites readers to reconnect with the time-honored tradition of truth-telling through story. By telling stories we find that the truth is deeper, wider, and far more complex than we could ever imagine, but we’ll also discover the raw materials we need to change the world. If you’re weary of sermons with three-point outlines and tidy application points, this book will direct you to the liberating craft of storytelling.
— Ed Cyzewski, author of "A Christian Survival Guide: A Lifeline to Faith and Growth" and "Coffeehouse Theology"
Nish Weiseth is a gifted storyteller, but the paramount gift of Speak is her invitation to tell our own stories: around the hearth, over cups of coffee, and along the path as we walk together in the ways of Jesus. I’m newly convinced that sharing our lives will truly change our lives—and the world.
— Katherine Willis Pershey, author of "Any Day a Beautiful Change"
Nish Weiseth is a grand storyteller, a kind whose prose makes you feel like you’ve known her your entire life. In Speak, Weiseth uses that gift of narrative to remind us of the power and importance of telling our stories, engaging other people’s stories, and embracing life and faith through the affecting lens of narrative, myth, and truth. Full of wisdom, passion, and insight, Speak is one of those books you’ll return to for renewal again and again.
— Matthew Paul Turner, author of "Churched" and "Our Great Big American God"
Heartfelt, honest, and full of grace, Speak unpacks the transformative power of sharing our experiences rather than our opinions. Nish Weiseth beautifully reminds us that while rhetoric often creates division and builds walls, vulnerability opens the door to true relationship.
— Alece Ronzino, founder of OneWord365 and blogger at