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Words That Hurt, Words That Heal, Revised Edition: How the Words You Choose Shape Your Destiny Kindle Edition
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Rebbe comes this newly revised edition of Words That Hurt, Words That Heal—an invaluable guide in how choosing the right words can enrich our relationships and give us insight to improve every facet of our lives.
“I don’t know anyone whose life would not be blessed by this book.”—Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People and Nine Essential Things I’ve Learned About Life
Joseph Telushkin is renowned for his warmth, his erudition, and his richly anecdotal insights, and in Words That Hurt, Words That Heal he focuses these gifts on the words we use in public and in private, revealing their tremendous power to shape relationships. With wit and wide-ranging intelligence, Rabbi Telushkin explains the harm in spreading gossip, rumors, or others’ secrets, and how unfair anger, excessive criticism, or lying undermines true communication. By sensitizing us to subtleties of speech we may never have considered before, he shows us how to turn every exchange into an opportunity.
In this fully revised edition, Joseph Telushkin brings this classic into the modern age. Remarkable for its clarity and practicality, Words That Hurt, Words That Heal illuminates the powerful effects we create by what we say and how we say it.
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- ASIN : B07L98RTQ8
- Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks; Revised edition (April 2, 2019)
- Publication date : April 2, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1224 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 291 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0062896377
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #345,075 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I am a mother, so I paid special attention to sections of the book describing the relationship between children and parents. I will never forget the story of the woman who, 40 years later, still remembers her mother's cruel comment with regards to her body shape. When I heard someone at work talking about how she told her overweight 6 year old to "lose the weight" because "nobody likes a fat ballerina", it hit me especially hard. That lady had no idea how much that thoughtless comment hurt her daughter.
My daughter also went through a time when she was very overweight, but I never shamed her. I told her that she was going to try better eating habits in order to be healthier. Simple things, like eat fruit before snacking on anything else. She lost the weight and avoided the danger of childhood diabetes, and also avoided psychological damage down the line because of the tactful way we handled it.
This is the example that stuck with me the most. Obviously there are many more moral lessons to be learned from this book.
Never boring or preachy
The author has very good insite and wisdom. You naturally trust and appreciation his work. His mentors, editors and colleges helped him emensly. He achieved the best for his readers.
How you treat others also impacts yourself and maybe others that you don't realize. This is especially true of the ones most closest to you. Even small words said at the wrong or right time can change someone's life forever.
There's so much to appreciate from this book. Just let it nudge you in the right direction. It did for me
Some stories he tells are sad while others are funny. But all spoke to me about being more careful how I use my words. This was an enjoyable read no matter what your faith. I know anyone who reads this book will think more carefully before speaking again!
Unfortunately, we live in a society that values winning above all else. Political candidates smear each other on the campaign trail, the rich and famous publish tell-all biographies to get back at family and ex-lovers, and when we feel like we're losing an argument, we cripple our opponents by criticizing them, not the behaviour that offended us. ("You're a liar" vs. "I don't think you're telling the truth.") The end result can be a ruptured family, traumatized child, or destroyed reputation, not to mention the erosion of one's own status as an ethical being.
Being a rabbi, Telushkin liberally underscores his points with Jewish-themed anecdotes and rabbinical commentary, but the lessons imparted are invaluable to people of all colors and creeds. I've been guilty of a lot of the behaviours that he cautions us against, and this book has inspired me to try being a better person.
Words have the power to make or break our personal and professional relationships. "Words That Hurt, Words That Heal" is a wakeup call that warns us to use the gift of speech wisely and benignly.
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I have the utmost respect for Mr. Telushkin and strongly recommend this book if you're interested in learning how to be a blessing, not a curse, to those around you in speech.