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Positive Words, Powerful Results: Simple Ways to Honor, Affirm, and Celebrate Life Paperback – June 2, 2004
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Pat Croce author of I Feel Great and You Will Too! and Lead or Get Off the Pot! Hal Urban is the Norman Vincent Peale of the twenty-first century. His words will help you choose yours more deliberately.
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Robin Sharma author of the national bestseller The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari A most insightful and thoughtful book from a most insightful and thoughtful man. Read it and grow.
Thomas Lickona author of Character Matters and Raising Good Children If you want to complain less, compliment more, and use words to transform your life and the lives of others, read this gem of a book and put its priceless wisdom into practice.
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The criticism that Dr. Urban's latest title does not lay out a history of linguistics is horribly elitist. The book is not intended to be a linguistics primer or anything other than what it is - a reminder that words are powerful things and a few new thoughts on using words to celebrate life. I found the book very uplifting, and quite thought-provoking, especially concerning the choices we face each day to use language as a positive force in our daily lives, or use it to bring ourselves - and others - down with us. It goes beyond 'positive thinking' to help us consider the power of 'positive language'. I enjoyed Dr. Urban's new book and appreciated the emphasis on how we choose our words each day - for better or worse.
Urban's book is chock full of feel good messages and warm fuzzies. No doubt this will turn off some of the more sophisticated and complicated readers; however, positivity is good for you, a little positivity never hurt.
His book has five parts, ending with a summary and a conclusion. The most enjoyable chapter in the whole book, in my opinion, is chapter ten: Funny Words Make Us Laugh, from part two. I actually enjoyed reading the book so much, I read it twice. I gave it four stars, though, because Urban's style can come across, at times, as being a little simplistic.
The author was a teacher for 30 years and the stories he shares really make you stop to think about the impact you have on those around you - and what a difference could be made by being consciously civilized, intelligent, loving people. In the second half of the book, he provides specific ways to implement positive words in the schools, workplaces, homes, and throughout our society.
I enjoyed his reinforcement of some common-sense guidelines - the Golden Rule, Garbage-in/Garbage- out, Attitude is Everything, etc. He gets you thinking about what you're doing daily. Are you complaining? Do you start every conversation with negative comments? He reminds us, that regardless of whether our irritation with a situation is justified, we have a choice in how we're going to behave.
I also enjoyed his discussion of the importance of language and reading. In a discussion of the incredible, measurable LIFELONG impact of reading to your children, he even referenced a book I recently read and highly recommend (The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease). I wish more parents knew what a difference it makes in your children's lives to read to them from birth and continue reading to them well after they learn to read themselves.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book with great insights to change your life and help those you love.Published 2 months ago by Timothy Frink
I must read that will if put to practice help change your life and world. Our words can heal and bring life . He expounds on this so wellPublished 2 months ago by Calisol
The author is a superb educator and inspiration to other educators. I highly recommend it.Published 3 months ago by Luis Diaz
The information in this book is written in an easy to understand and practical manner. Hal sets out a series of questions and exercises that are meaningful and effective to help... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Danita Power
Wonderful book to keep you thinking positively and reminding us of the small things that mean so much to people. This is a positive and inspiring book.Published 8 months ago by Ashlyn Yocom, Indiana State University, Indiana
I love this book by Hal Urban! There is so much food for thought backed up by stories and real-life applications. I return to it over and over again and recommend it highly. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Martha Moss