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What Should I Say? [Paperback]

By Shelly Burke (Author)
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"What Should I Say?" presents more than 100 potential foot-in-mouth moments and gives readers the right words to say to comfort, challenge, question, or encourage. (Christian)

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No More Foot-in-Mouth Moments It's happened to all of us--that painful moment of blurting out the wrong words in an effort to say something in the midst of an uncomfortable situation. What Should I Say? presents over 100 potential foot-in-mouth moments and gives you the right words to say, whether you need to comfort, challenge, question, or encourage. It's not only what you say, but what you do that matters; you'll find practical hints combined with Godly principles in suggestions for what to do, and not do, that will help your message to achieve its purpose. With What Should I Say? at your fingertips, you'll confidently face life's sticky, tricky, uncomfortable situations, knowing you're ready with just the right words. "This well-organized and much-needed guide will give you ideas of how to respond to the difficult situations and people in your life." Sue Johnson, author of Grandloving; Making Memories with Your Grandchildren Shelly Burke, RN, is the author of Home is Where the Mom Is; A Christian Mom's Guide to Caring for Herself, Her Family, and Her Home, and the co-author of How to Find Your Perfect Job in Nursing. She is a Registered Nurse and has written for many nursing, childbirth, and women's magazines. She frequently gives presentations for a variety of groups, speaking about being a mom, setting goals and determining priorities, and saying the right thing in difficult situations. Shelly, her husband Tim, and their two teenagers, Cody and Morgan, enjoy country life in central Nebraska, complete with cattle, sheep, dogs, cats, and a donkey. Shelmar Publications publishes books "To Inform, Encourage, and Inspire." Check out all the books at

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Xulon Press
Pages   228
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.52"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2007
Publisher   Xulon Press
ISBN  1602666822  
ISBN13  9781602666825  

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An excellent aid   Jun 23, 2008
Reviewed by Leslie Granier for Reader Views (6/08)

"What Should I Say?" is a practical guide to help people recognize what are and what are not appropriate things to say to someone who is experiencing a difficult situation. The author covers a myriad of subjects including: death, illness, financial difficulties, and couples having difficulty conceiving a child. She stresses that it is not only what you say but the tone in which you say it that will truly impart your feelings. Speaking firmly and with confidence will make what you say more believable to the listener.

Many suggested responses can be applied to most situations so it is not as if you need to memorize a list of appropriate responses for several different situations. Focus on those that you are comfortable saying and modify them as the varying circumstances for each situation dictate. Burke also discusses the importance of not trying to force your opinions or advice on people. Rather, you should let them know you are there for them if they need your support.

Burke also gives advice on how to handle people who are offering to help you. She emphasizes the importance of being gracious for the offered assistance. However, she also states it is okay to politely tell people that you do not want to discuss the particulars of your situation.

I gained a great deal of practical knowledge from reading this book. I often do not say anything when others are troubled, not because I don't care, but because I am afraid to say the wrong thing. I now feel more confident that I can appropriately express my concern while not worrying that I will add to someone's pain.

"What Should I Say?" is an excellent aid for people who are often at a loss for what to say when confronted with a difficult situation. Everyone who is above the age of eighteen should read this book. Having the knowledge of how to best respond to other people's problems will not only prevent hurt feelings, but will help build stronger relationships. At the end of the book are two lists: 10 Best Things and 10 Worst Things to Say in Any Situation. Learning the items on these lists will be a monumental asset the next time you find yourself unsure of what to say.
It's a keeper!  Jun 15, 2008
This easy read book is definitely a keeper! Everyone should have a copy which definitely might prevent a few cases of 'foot in the mouth' disease. I can't imagine that there isn't anybody who hasn't said something they wished they hadn't and then realized they hadn't a clue what they SHOULD have said instead!
'What should I Say?' will solve that problem for you! The book is written with chapters in specific categories so that the reader can look up any particular circumstance to help provide a selection of possible 'correct' answers, questions and comments.
This neat paperback book should be in everyone's home library!
Highly recommended for anyone who has said the wrong thing before  Jun 8, 2008
It happens all to often. One goes and speaks, and then blurts out something they shouldn't - they are shunned by their audience for their accidental blurb. "What Should I Say?: The Right (and Wrong!) Words and Deeds for Life's Sticky, Tricky, Uncomfortable Situations" is a guide to keeping one's tongue straight and not saying something that would make others think less of them - advice on instilling confidence in oneself so that they may instill confidence in others. Deftly written and researched, "What Should I Say?: The Right (and Wrong!) Words and Deeds for Life's Sticky, Tricky, Uncomfortable Situations" is highly recommended for anyone who has said the wrong thing before.
What Should I Say?  Oct 27, 2007
I like this book! We have all been in those situations and wondered what exactly is the appropriate way to speak to a person who is grieving or has gone through some type of loss. She keeps the information in a basic, common sense format that is easy to read. I find myself looking up situations before I get to them in her book and it has helped me immensely.
Perfect handbook  Oct 11, 2007
This is a perfect handbook of situations which people can use and reference for life's little adventures.

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