When God Says NO-Revealing the YES when Adversity and Loss Are Present Hardcover – October 1, 2019
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Takeaway: Readers looking for a way through dark times will be inspired by Judith Briles memoir of dogged persistence in the face of immense challenges.
Though the title suggests otherwise, Briles optimism and determination are not rooted in scripture. Nonreligious readers looking to find the positive in negative experiences will find just as many answers. The practices she uses can be applied by any reader. Although she sometimes frames life through a religious lens (such as asking, Why didnt God prevent [Franks] accident from happening? ), she focuses on the human ability to persevere. P>This is an admirable guide to finding the gifts hidden inside tragedies. --Publishers Weekly - Book Life
About the Author
As the author of 37 books, she has earned over 30 national book awards in the Writing, Publishing and Business fields. Briles holds both a Masters and a Doctorate Degree in Business Administration. She has worked with thousands; personally surveying over 10,000 women and men and conducting 5,000 one-on-one interviews that have been the genesis of her 37 books and speeches around the world. She has shared her insights in 50 states and 12 countries. Her books have been translated in 16 countries.
Known as The Book Shepherd to thousands, she now works with authors, coaching them with practical publishing guidance in person and remotely. Throughout the year, she delivers her Unplugged boot camps and workshops.
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After much time passes, the author acknowledges her receipt of four gifts. The first of these is finding a renewal of purpose, the second gift involves a renewal of spirituality that had been absent in her life. Third, she pulls up from within a “little kid spirit” and a sense of humor. Finally, the author realizes that she had developed a sense of resilience to setbacks.
I particularly enjoyed her reflection that while pain is inevitable in everyone’s life, one does not need to permit oneself to be miserable. This book is an honest reflection and memoir. While it evokes pain and sorrow, it also promises hope for the future. Just the type of positive message needed during the Covid-19 pandemic.
It is difficult to itemize why I am compelled to share my thoughts about this book. Part of it is the strength that Judith earned as she faced her adversity and found so many Yeses. One comment she makes was her view on heroes which came to light during some extremely sad times.
My heroes tend to be living people. I don’t know them all personally, but I do know that there is someone I know who knows someone else. And they can make a connection if I really want it to happen. After all, having heroes, men and women whom you admire for their strength, their vision their spunk, their whatever, doesn’t necessarily mean that you must be close friends with them.
I had to pause during my reading and reflect that many people who have touched my life are heroes in their own way. I was also realize I need to get past some of my own issues by ceasing to recall times regarding those who have injured or left me hanging, then celebrate those who have made positive, meaningful impacts on me and even humanity. I have crossed paths with marvelous people who have enriched my world and some didn’t even understand the impact they had on others. I hope you find this book as insightful as I did.
Sticking by your beliefs is a fundamental part of being human. Judith’s comment regarding her conviction is one you might consider when you stand up for yourself or for something.
I did—my attitude was, and is, if a problem isn’t addressed and is swept under the rug, nothing can get resolved
There is nothing to dislike about the book other than to want to share a hug with the author. You will likely be moved by many aspects of this book and find some solace because you will be able to relate some aspect of the No's you have likely encountered in your life. Finding the good things, focusing on how to value yourself and others in this world, may alter or improve your path.
One day I plan to see the painting Judith was given as a gift by Nicole Shapiro.
What a perfect book for the times we’re living in now. We are in the midst of a time that will define who we are and what we will become.
Just like the first time I read When God Says No, I read it straight through. It is truly a book I couldn’t put down. I count myself fortunate to spend the afternoon with Judith Briles. I felt as if she were speaking directly to me. When God Says No is a very personal book, not just because she shares the times God said no and how the noes became yesses, but because her struggles mirrored my struggles and helped me see them in a different way. Judith Briles helped me to see that if not for life-changing events I wouldn’t be in the good place I’m in today.
Warning: You’ll cry. I did, both times I read When God Says No.
Yes, embrace grieving, anger and reflection. But she has illustrated that you can go on, and in fact, you should. She moves forward to find or create the proverbial silver lining.
Storms, viruses, isolation, death, closed doors, and other interruptions happen. It doesn't have to be the end, but a new beginning. Judith has proven that over and over.
Whether you read the book or listen to the audio, you'll be glad you embraced her journey.
Great job, Judith Briles!