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The Power of No: Because One Little Word Can Bring Health, Abundance, and Happiness Kindle Edition
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I recalled that pastor, reading this book. The title and back-cover synopsis implied I'd get insights into setting productive boundaries, rejecting others' opportunistic impositions on my finite strength, and screening toxic relationships and commitments, hopefully without alienating friends or insulting strangers. Instead, I mostly got a painful litany of the Altuchers' past struggles. These long confessions cross the line between relevant anecdote and just wallowing in it.
The Altuchers built their current stable marriage, achieved late in life, on the ruins of significant prior setbacks. James, a serial entrepreneur, got unbelievably rich unbelievably young, and his profligate lifestyle alienated everyone he loved, including his first wife and children. Claudia, a yoga instructor, sought romance for the wrong reasons, defining herself externally, believing herself personally unworthy unless somebody loved her. They tell their stories at some length.
Their introduction, "Your NO Bill Of Rights," seemed promising. In eleven simple precepts, followed with one- or two-paragraph explanations, the Altuchers set a tone of declarative therapeutic redemption. It's difficult to dispute tenets like "You have the right to defend your life," "You have the right to take your time," or "You have the right to silence.Read more ›
Unfortunately this book gravely missed the mark for me in a few different ways.
First, the material it covered wasn't at all what I expected and wasn't as valuable or insightful as what I thought I would be reading about. Though the authors tried to organize the book into different sections, it felt like the kinds of things they were saying we should be saying no to were all over the place. They also weren't as closely linked to the themes of setting boundaries and simplifying your life as I expected. Thinking specifically about what they were asking us to say no to, some of them seemed essential to say no to, but others didn't seem universally true and felt more specific to the authors. Because each only had, on average, two pages devoted to it, I didn't always have a good sense of why it was important to me to say no to some of these things. It also seemed like the book was expecting me to say no to the things the authors don't think are essential, rather than teaching me to set my own priorities and edit my life accordingly.
I also didn't feel like the authors did a good enough job of setting up their credibility in this space. Why should I believe them? Why are they uniquely qualified to write this book?Read more ›
The authors come across as shallow and self-absorbed. James clearly has family issues and Claudia has relationship issues. They both write a lot about death and dying.
I finally said "no" to forcing myself to finish reading this book. Reading it made me depressed and angry. Stopping made me feel better. So I guess I did learn something from it.
Quite perplexed at all the 5-star reviews.
First off, early on the husband (and father) talks about a sleepless night wherein he and his daughter both were up. He encouraged her to count her blessings, then as she did, he did so as well. Then he said he was thinking about committing suicide that night, and the gratitude stopped him. Gratitude? How nice for him. What a complete oversimplification of depression and suicide. Sure, maybe he was thinking he wanted to die in a philosophical sense (and he does explain spiritual death and emotional death in the book). But to suggest that gratitude was the answer is to diminish so much. Then on the following page, he suggests if you are feeling suicidal to call a friend and ask them for help, and that perhaps that friend can suggest gratitude.
Big problem with this, on so many levels. Is that friend going to take them seriously? What if that friend brushes off their impulse for suicide? Few people take it seriously when they hear it discussed by a loved one. And to suggest gratitude? Many people that commit suicide do have gratitude, but if their brain is chemically altered or they are having a medication issue, gratitude is not the answer.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed every single page of this book. It's amazing how both Claudia and James walk you through every chapter with amazing self examples and with the perfect words to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by manolo
Everyone should read this book. The power of no is powerful. Take back control of your own life. Definitely recommend.Published 2 months ago by Kurstin Schmitz
Easy to read. It was talking to the authors. Amazing information.Published 3 months ago by Arlene Candy
This book isn't what I expected...it didn't really teach me to say no (which I was hoping for). I also didn't like the author(s) too much...Published 3 months ago by Kelly
I appreciate James' perspective and real life experience when it comes to offering advice. Being someone who juggles many people and obligations, I find it difficult to say no. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Spaniard
Suburb. Everything I needed to hear. Brilliantly honest. Have been recommending this book to all my clients who feel stuck.Published 6 months ago by Michgian Psychic Sherrie Ellen
I can certainly relate to a lot of the negative stories or examples in the book having gone through some of them myself. However, it was more cringeworthy than it was helpful. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Diana Phan
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