No Is a Beautiful Word: Hope and Help for the Overcommitted and (Occasionally) Exhausted

No Is a Beautiful Word: Hope and Help for the Overcommitted and (Occasionally) Exhausted

No Is a Beautiful Word: Hope and Help for the Overcommitted and (Occasionally) Exhausted

No Is a Beautiful Word: Hope and Help for the Overcommitted and (Occasionally) Exhausted


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If a person has extra time, nothing to do, and finds themself looking for ways to fill their empty days...this book is definitely not for them.

No Is a Beautiful Word is designed and crafted for people whose plate is full, whose margin is thin, and whose life feels overloaded. They are looking for help, relief, and wisdom to navigate the countless options that life offers on a daily basis.

This book is needed by people who:

  • Go to bed with a "To Do" list that never seems to get totally done.
  • Kindly say, "Yes" and secretly regret it five minutes later.
  • Feel pain and live with guilt when they have to say, "No."
  • Were taught that "No" is a dirty word.
  • Believe that saying "No" is a sign of weakness.
  • Feel trapped by unwise past commitments.
  • Want to say "Yes" to what matters most in life but are too exhausted.
  • Know that their life is out of balance and are seeking to fix it!

It will be valuable for:

  • Leaders who have a tough time making the hard decisions because they fear hurting someone's feelings.
  • Executives who feel over extended and pressed to the edges of their capacity.
  • Parents who feel overworked and under appreciated.
  • Students who are trying to balance the intensity of school, work, and their relational world.
  • Retired people who find themselves saying, with subtle humor but aching regret, "I am more busy now than I have ever been!"
  • Single people who go to bed at night exhausted because the day left no margin and offered no oasis of peace.
  • Married people who love their life but secretly dream about time to play, space to relax, and taking a nap.

No Is a Beautiful Word is designed to be read briskly, chewed on thoroughly, and acted on practically. The chapters are brief by intention. They range from one paragraph (that's right, some chapters are only a few sentences long!) to four pages.

The goal of this book is give people clear concepts, paint a picture of what it looks like to live out the idea, and then move on to the next thought. The vision is to help people learn to say "No" to the things that don't matter (or don't matter as much) so they can say "Yes" to the things that bring life, hope, peace, and lasting meaning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310586067
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 02/12/2019
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kevin G. Harney is lead pastor of Shoreline Church in Monterey, California. He is the author of many books, including No Is a Beautiful Word, Seismic Shifts, and the Organic Outreach Trilogy, as well as more than a hundred small group guides, curriculum, and numerous articles written in partnership with Sherry. Kevin and his wife Sherry are co-founders of Organic Outreach International, a ministry that trains and resources global leaders to do evangelism in natural and effective ways. He also does extensive teaching and speaking both nationally and internationally.

Table of Contents

Introduction The Buffet Preface A Thousand Nos Section One Welcome to the World of No Chapter 1 No Definition Chapter 2 Every Yes Is a No Chapter 3 Every No Is a Yes Chapter 4 No is a Beautiful Word Chapter 5 The Joy of No Chapter 6 God No Chapter 7 Positively Negative Section Two Know Your Nos Chapter 8 Not All Nos Are Created Equal Chapter 9 No, Never, and Don’t Ask Me Again Chapter 10 No, But Maybe Some Other Time Chapter 11 No, But I Know Someone Chapter 12 No, But I Have an Idea Chapter 13 No, But I Am Flattered Chapter 14 No, and Can I Give You Some Advice? Chapter 15 No Thank You Section Three Picking Your Nos Chapter 16 Spare Your Nos Chapter 17 Strategic Nos Chapter 18 Scary Nos Chapter 19 Dangerous Nos Chapter 20 No Stalling Chapter 21 No to the No Monster Section Four No Strategy Chapter 22 No Margin Chapter 23 No Pie for You Chapter 24 No Guts Chapter 25 Hard Nos (amazing Opportunities) Chapter 26 Your Life Will Be Defined by Your Nos Chapter 27 No More Chapter 28 No Morality Chapter 29 Telling Me No Chapter 30 Telling You No Chapter 31 Heavenly No Chapter 32 Big Nos Section Five Critical Nos Chapter 33 No Temptation Chapter 34 No Body Chapter 35 No Seduction Chapter 36 No Boundaries Chapter 37 No Eyes Chapter 38 No Words Section Six No Results Chapter 39 No Honesty Chapter 40 No Nos Chapter 41 No Apologies Chapter 42 No Fun Chapter 43 No Way Chapter 44 No Priorities Chapter 45 No Limits Chapter 46 No Understanding Chapter 47 The Freedom of No Section Seven The Freedom of Yes Chapter 48 Thoughtful Yes Chapter 49 Reflexive Yes Chapter 50 Yes Habits Chapter 51 God Yes Closing Thoughts Feasting On the Yes
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