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Overview Harvest House Print On Demand Title Do you know a yes-aholic? Many women feel pressured to say yes to commitments and activities even though their time and resources are already stretched thin. Mary Byers, author of Mother Load, offers women strategies for quickly evaluating commitments, priorities, and energy levels so they can realistically decide what to do. Readers will discover how to... *know when "yes" isn't the logical answer *identify the best use of their time *use their gifts and talents more effectively *turn down "opportunities" graciously *have more time with their families Whether at home or in the business world, women will be excited about these secrets to guilt-free decisions that lead to more efficient productivity and more discretionary time.
Do you know a yes-aholic? Many women feel pressured to say yes to commitments and activities even though their time and resources are already stretched thin. Mary Byers, author of "Mother Load, " offers women strategies for quickly evaluating commitments, priorities, and energy levels so they can realistically decide what to do. Readers will discover how to...know when "yes" isn't the logical answeridentify the best use of their timeuse their gifts and talents more effectivelyturn down "opportunities" graciouslyhave more time with their families
Whether at home or in the business world, women will be excited about these secrets to guilt-free decisions that lead to more efficient productivity and more discretionary time.
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Studio: Harvest House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.46" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.49" Weight: 0.59 lbs.
Release Date Feb 15, 2006
Publisher Harvest House Publishers
ISBN 0736916873 ISBN13 9780736916875
Availability 0 units.
More About Mary M. Byers
Mary M. Byers is a professional speaker and freelance writer. She's the author of The Mother Load and is a frequent media guest on women's topics. Mary is a former advertising director, senior-level association manager, and entrepreneur. She and her husband, Stuart, and their two youngest children live in Illinois.
Mary M. Byers currently resides in the state of Illinois. Mary M. Byers was born in 1962.
Reviews - What do customers think about How to Say No...and Live to Tell About It: A Woman's Guide to Guilt-Free Decisions?
Makes time management seem easy Oct 24, 2006
How to Say No and Live to Tell About It by Mary M. Byers is a practical guide for busy women. If you lack assertiveness, and have trouble prioritizing your commitments, this book may be for you. Byers writes from her own experiences as a busy woman, offering advice and inspiration to get through the day.
Extremely short chapters make reading this thin volume a breeze--a must for the busy women Byers is writing for. Surely Byers, who is a professional speaker and freelance writer, uses some of her own tips to manage her packed schedule.
The one downfall of How to Say No and Live to Tell About It is the way Byers uses Bible verses. She quoted a few verses completely out of context and used others to apply to different topics than they were originally meant to reference. It is almost as if Byers wrote a useful book on time management, and then decided she wanted to market it to a Christian audience as an afterthought, interspersing the Bible verses later.
Despite this issue, How to Say No and Live to Tell About It makes the daunting tasks of time management and assertiveness development seem easy for even the busiest of women. Bible verses that apply to the topic at hand in the correct context would make this book more worthwhile.[...]
A Practical Read to Empower Women May 1, 2006
I learned something useful about saying "No" just flipping through the pages. This is a helpful read for women who tend to resist saying a firm "No" and get over-committed. I like the comparison of Naysayers and No-Sayers (p. 76), the "don't do" list (p. 108), and the Taking Action and Discovery Questions at the end of each chapter. Could be a personal study guide or used in a group. Brenda Nixon, author of Parenting Power in the Early Years
If you're a yes, person-- read this book! Apr 28, 2006
Whether you are a people pleaser or a yes-aholic, this book gets to the root of why it is ingrained in women to be available to everyone.
After reading this book I discovered I was overloaded with commitments, not enjoying myself AND unable to remember why I said yes!
Mary reminds us that as Christians we are to be mindful of God's covenant to each other--love each other as we would love God. Yet when the act of saying yes becomes a mindless action we lose touch with this covenant.
This is a workbook that anyone can pick up as an introduction to making life manageable and fun or as a refresher course on how to stay present in our lives into.
Armchair Interviews says: If you are a sometimes unhappy "yes" person, check out this book's message.
find joy by saying NO Apr 10, 2006
Lately, I've been looking for ways to be more joyful. One of the things that can steal our joy is being too busy doing things that we really don't want to do, according to Mary Byers' new book. She encourages readers to look at why they have trouble saying no, and begin to say it, "rather than letting a sense of obligation dictate your life."
This is a very practical book with extremely short, to the point chapters-great for people who are too busy to read. Each chapter ends with a "taking action" step and "discovery questions" to help you apply the lessons of each chapter, which cover important topics like passion, simplicity, focus, guilt, fatigue.
For those who have trouble saying that little word that brings back sanity and joy in your life: "no," this book will be a life-saver. But the idea is not necessarily to say no to everything, but to determine your passion, your focus and what brings you joy, and say yes to that!
She writes, "When you apply focus to your passion and priorities, you'll not only be more effective, but you'll find contentment and inner joy as well."
This is a practical book that's easy to read, but really pushes you to apply what you learn. if you have trouble saying no, say yes to picking up a copy of this book and reading it!
Personal, Practical Advice for Prioritizing Life Apr 1, 2006
This book struck a nerve or two.
Often, as I read it, I felt like Mary was talking directly to me. And she made it easy to listen! She wasn't condemning me ... she was relating to me. She's been there, done that, and offers practical advice to those of us who may struggle with saying no or yes to the appropriate opportunities.
It won't happen over night, I'm sure, but I'm working on creating my very own "noasis."
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn how to better manage their time and gifts, answer God's call and feel confident about their decisions.