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Say Yes To No: Using The Power Of No To Create The Best In Life, Work, and Love Paperback – March 3, 2009
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That means removing the obstacles, such as submersion in technology or work, that hinder our flourishing. You'll find no better guide than "Say Yes To No: Using the Power of NO to Create the Best in Life, Work, and Love." The book is addressed especially to those who may not have a religious identification but who are spiritually open. It's for those caught up in the quest for wealth, fame, position but who long for a life of integrity.
As a young pastor at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City, the pressure of work and a series of family challenges began to affect his health. The chest pains, "a racing heart and shortness of breath, my head spinning with unfinished tasks at home and at work," led him, at age 38, into a doctor's care. That was in March 2001. Not many months later the church became a haven in the aftermath of 9/11. He realized the higher priorities in life required a series of nos to lesser ones.
Saying no, with grace and conviction, doesn't make one a negative person, but one who has the freedom to be "on the right road." That road includes Sabbath, the goal of which "is not idleness but a proper rhythm of work and rest." It's about finding the greatest yes of all.Read more ›
Dr. Cootsona also weaves just the right amount of how faith enters into our decisions in life. We certainly should not say no the Lord, but we sure do! The last chapter of Say Yes to No does a good job of explaining what is meant by saying yes to the Lord.
I thank the author for his many years of hard work to allow me to begin to understand that we can synchronize our lives with the rhythms of Gods' creations. Whether it be interactions with our families, our businesses, our faith or simply feeling our personal purpose, we need insight on the intangible. I look forward to a conversation with others on how the book may have guided and directed individual lives. An extra bonus, I am listening to jazz more often so I can enjoy the improvisations and apply them to my life.
In former playground times, a favorite "game" was dogpile on...well, whoever the group mind didn't like that day. Greg talks us through how we no longer need help from others because we do a better job of burying ourselves in committments and busyness than any group could do for us. Through difficult and painful personal experience, he describes a tunnel that is all too familiar to many of us. But he hasn't forgotten the light!
More comprehensive in many respects than a mere discussion of borders, boundaries, or margin in our lives, Dr. Cootsona describes what our lives and culture have made of us and then critcally examines the "way out" through reclaiming the truly important elements of existence. Whether it is marriage, work, family, friends, relationships, the Sabbath, or Jesus, he speaks with clarity and frankness into some blurred areas of American life.
As for friends and relationships - the beacons guiding several generations working their way through life on this continent - he says this: "We are made for relationships. We are not even really ourselves unless we have friends and unless we serve others. The potency of friendship - a value, I feel, too few Americans know - is a gift that depends on saying yes to no.Read more ›
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I am now on my second reading of this book. Its message is one anyone-- who finds herself in a fast-paced life but with a longing for contemplation and meaning-- needs to hear. Read morePublished on July 19, 2014 by Sociologist
An associate pastor at Bidwell Presbyterian Church in Chico, California, Greg Cootsona offers wise counsel for those interested in practicing the art of an authentic, Christian... Read morePublished on July 21, 2010 by Clioprof
Greg puts in accessible language a variety of helpful new ideas and some useful reminders. Among his strongest points is that saying NO! allows us to say YES! Read morePublished on June 21, 2010 by Thomas J. Oord
The book is actually one collection of stories after another. A story about the author's life in New York, a story about how he went to a therapist, a LONG story about... Read morePublished on September 14, 2009 by Tax Accountant
Say Yes to No will change your life. I just bought 12 copies of this book to give to friends. It is the most important book you can read to help you live an authentic, passionate... Read morePublished on June 1, 2009 by Angela Mcconnell