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No Is a Beautiful Word


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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

About the Author

Kevin G. Harney (kevingharney.com) serves at Shoreline Community Church in Monterey, California. He is the author of many books and studies, including Organic Outreach for Ordinary People, Seismic Shifts, and Reckless Faith.


Pure genius! Say yes to this delightful and insightful study of no. It may very well change your life! * Lee Strobel, author, The Case for Christ and The Case for Miracles *
This outstanding book is really not about saying no. It's about saying yes to what matters most. A gracious no is the gateway to purpose and priority. * Jeff Manion, senior pastor, Ada Bible Church; author, The Land Between *
This book reclaims the power of the most underappreciated word in the English language. This is a training manual on how to focus your life and priorities on the things that matter most. * Joshua Ryan Butler, pastor, Redemption Church; author, The Skeletons in God's Closet *
This book is easy to read, it's fun to read, and it hits so close to home. I'm innately terrible at saying no, but Kevin's chapters have convinced me I can be saved! I highly recommend it. * John Grooters, director, writer, producer, Tortured for Christ-The Movie *
Finally, somebody says what so many of us need to hear. Our most precious resource is time, and priorities are the way we decide how to spend our time. And that means having the heart and mind to say no. * Mark Horstman, cofounder, Manager Tools; author, The Effective Manager *
Reading this book has given us insight on how best to say no to others and also to each other without ruffling marital feathers. We have already put many of the nos to use, and they work! * Terry and Betsy Davis, Tri-California Events *
This book has easily made my list of top ten leadership books of all-time. Kevin digs into the issue that will have the greatest impact on your ability to maximize this one life. * Greg Kelley, CEO, World Mission *
Kevin lives what he leads. In this book, he guides us into the secret of saying yes to a meaningful life. * Adam T. Barr, pastor; author, Compassion without Compromise *
This book is a critical read for anyone who struggles with busyness. It will inspire and encourage you to say yes to what really matters. * Bob Bouwer, senior pastor, Faith Church; author, U-Turn Church *
Kevin Harney brings a fresh, creative, and long-overdue perspective on the power and importance of saying no. A must read for leaders and managers at all levels. * Shawn A. Stroud, colonel, US Army (retired) *
Kevin's gentle queries and challenging ideas helped me make adjustments to live into the power of thoughtful choosing. * Scott Bolinder, executive director, Institute for Bible Reading *
What an incredible book! After reading it, I found I had more time for Jesus. * Mark Risley, CEO and owner, Peninsula Sports *

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