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The Scuttlebutt LettersWords to a Wild Tongue

The Scuttlebutt Letters

Words to a Wild Tongue

Natalie Brand
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In the style of The Screwtape Letters, with a satire that will make you both cringe and laugh–out–loud, Natalie Brand demonstrates the havoc unleashed by careless words.


Scuttlebutt (naval slang for the ship’s gossip) is the affectionate nickname given to the Tongue by the Heart, as he reprimands the Tongue for steering the whole person into catastrophe; enjoying morsels of gossip, creating smokescreens of lies. From the Bible’s teaching on speech, particularly the Proverbs, the reader will taste the bitter destruction of the Tongue.


But as the Heart rebukes the Tongue it becomes increasingly clear that something isn’t right … there is  another villain, a deeper poison, lurking within. What can be done if the Tongue remains untameable? Will the Heart get away with his hypocrisy? Is there redemption for either?


An immensely challenging little book for anyone with a tongue … or a heart!

Natalie Brand

About Natalie Brand

Natalie Brand is a writer and Bible teacher. She has authored several books, including ‘Priscilla, Where Are You? A Call to Joyful Theology’ and ‘The Good Portion: Salvation’. She has a Ph.d in systematic theology from the University of Wales and lectures in theology.


  • Author: Natalie Brand
  • Release Date: May 2024
  • Pages: 96
  • Format: Pocket hardback
  • ISBN: 9781527111165
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: Christian Life > Spiritual Growth


A modern allegory to deal with the age–old problem of keeping our lips under control … clever, funny and a powerful reminder that at heart it is our hearts which need changing.

Ros Clarke, Associate Director, Church Society

… a must–read for every believer with a tongue. With honest insight, clever humour, and theological care, Natalie shows the trappings of sinful speech and the gospel remedy for self–deceived hearts. Her writing is a delight, and her message is timely.

Cheryl Marshall, Co–author, ‘When Words Matter Most’
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