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Say Yes To No: Using The Power Of No To Create The Best In Life, Work, and Love [Paperback]

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Pages   162
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 5" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 3, 2009
Publisher   Three Rivers Press
ISBN  0385525737  
EAN  9780385525732  

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Explains how to identify what matters most in each of our lives and how to set priorities in order to find personal fulfillment, integrating personal experiences and deep reflection to show why learning to say "no" is essential in transforming one' s life and focusing on the values and goals that will yield the greatest rewards. 20,000 first printing.

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Greg Cootsona puts a spiritual spin on the classic business strategy for setting priorities in this valuable guide to finding personal fulfillment in an increasingly frantic world. At age thirty-eight, Cootsona, a physically fit minister busy with his growing congregation and his young family, had a scare with heart trouble. The unexpected and frightening news proved providential. Cootsona realized that he was juggling too many roles, saying yes to too many commitments.
In SAY YES TO NO, Cootsona blends personal experiences and deep reflection to show why learning to say no can transform our lives. He describes the choices he made as he set the priorities in his own life, and encourages readers to look within their hearts and focus on the values and the goals that promise them their greatest rewards. Filled with sound advice and profound insights, SAY YES TO NO provides a path to achieving physical, professional, emotional, and spiritual well-being that will appeal to Christian and mainstream audiences alike.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! GREG COOTSONA is a pastor at Bidwell Presbyterian Church in Chico, California. Formerly, he ministered at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City, where he headed the Center for Christian Studies. Greg is married, with two young daughters.

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A Collection of Stories;Should be Listed as Christian Literature  Sep 15, 2009
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 Michelangelo, and more stories continue on from there.

The review is only two stars because, in it's description, this book is portrayed more as a book that will help you arrange your priorities. We are told that the author was a pastor, but nothing more. The publisher should have been more honest and revealed that this is Christian non-fiction. God is mentioned on every page, every story has a moral message. While I don't think this is necessarily a problem, I DO think that someone who is looking for something like, "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" is going to be sorely disappointed. I was really expecting this to be a non-fiction book on time management, but this book has a clear religious bent that would render it unreadable to many. If a book is mostly about God, why not just say so?

Here's a quote:

"Jesus reminded us that the pure in heart and on the right road; and that they will see God, that they are called peacemakers and are on the right road"...

It goes on and on from there with more of the same. There are direct quotes from the Christian Bible or bible stories in every chapter.

This is not a secular or business look at time management. This is a strong call for readers to "get back to God", which is fine, but the publisher should have disclosed that that was what this book was about.

I could not finish reading the whole thing. I stopped after the third chapter. The only reason I'm not giving it one star is because the writer actually CAN write. It's not mindless drivel. There's a definite message-- it's a religious message, not a time management message.
Say YES to this book! It will change your life.  Jun 1, 2009
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 life of service to yourself, your family and your community. I keep a copy in my car, my office and by my bedside to inspire the positive priority setting, need for a weekly "sabbath" to unplug and recharge, and saying yes to joy, great friendships, good heath, and living with integrity. Give yourself a profound gift, say YES to NO!
The most ignored complete sentence  Mar 26, 2009
Greg Cootsona is an engaging story teller. This is particularly important, in an odd way, because of the nature of this story. Those that would perhaps benefit the most from reading Dr. Cootsona's book are almost certainly those who are the least likely to pick it up or follow a friend's recommendation. But his story is immediately arresting, very straight-from-the-shoulder, and personal. There is no pretense; just a clear reflection about how easy it has become in this age and culture to paint yourself into a corner.

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. Say no to lonliness and selfishness and find the power of friendship."

Dr. Cootsona's book is a self-reflective page-turner that would benefit most those who have the least time to read it. Take the time!

Pat Lynch

Jazz Improvisation  Mar 22, 2009
I teach "academic" philosophy which means that smugness toward "self help" books is virtually part of my job description. But Cootsona, being both a jazz drummer and a reader of Plato and Aristotle, breaks such stereotypes. He obviously understands the Greek notion of virtue as the only path to lasting happiness. But creating an excellent life requires "practical wisdom" (not more rules!). It requires, says Cootsona, the skills of a jazz musicians. You must know what's going on around you; you must master your instrument; you must listen to others; and then--improvise!

Acknowledging Lifes Spaces  Mar 15, 2009
I just finished Say Yes to No. I dove into the introduction, gaining instant insight into the author, feeling friendship from this pastor, author and theologian. It was more like a conversation than a read. I felt that the author opened himself up so that together we could try to feel the rhythms of life. My time with the book was more like a conversation than a read. I was taking a Sabbath of sorts in Carmel California. Through the book, I found myself paying attention to the spaces more that the substance. Those spaces were filled with pleasure.
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.

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