Please, Sorry, Thanks
The Three Words That Change Everything
Strengthen your spiritual, mental, and emotional health and reach your most audacious goals with three simple but power-packed words—from the New York Times bestselling author of Win the Day.
“A practical framework to be the kind of thoughtful, helpful force for good you always wanted to be.”—Carey Nieuwhof, founder of the Art of Leadership Academy
The best predictor of success in life, in love, and in leadership is your proficiency at please, sorry, and thanks. Those three words are the foundation of all healthy relationships and successful careers. Those three words are the only ceiling on achieving your dreams. Those three words will determine how happy you are.
With his trademark blend of personal stories, scientific and historical references, and biblical insight, Pastor Mark Batterson shows how you can change your world with your words:
• A timely please can help you unlock the rule of reciprocity for greater results, discover the power of “we is greater than me,” and honor others above yourself.
• A sincere sorry can lead you to mend broken relationships, strengthen connections through being radically vulnerable, and better understand the degrees of forgiveness.
• A heartfelt thanks paves the way toward a resilient mindset of gratitude and an expectancy to see God move on your behalf.
Whether you’re launching out into a new phase of life or navigating long-established complexities, it's time to harness the power of those three transformative words and let them propel you wherever God leads you to go.
Pastor Batterson (Win the Day) stresses the power of the three "magic words" in this optimistic outing. "Our words create the world," the author writes, and here he invites readers to consider "the psychology of please, the science of sorry, and the theology of thanks." Drawing on biblical examples, research, and personal anecdotes, Batterson explores each word as a life-informing principle. Please, for instance, "show respect, even to those we disagree with," and evokes the instinct to serve others (just as Jesus washed his disciples' feet). And while "few things take more courage" than saying sorry, doing so is important, as it requires harnessing Godly empathy. Thanks can inspire a deeper gratitude for God's miracles, whether a sunrise or the act of breathing ("You have 25 trillion red blood cells... which deliver oxygen atoms on time, every time"). Batterson intersperses questions throughout ("Are there any miracles you're complaining about?") to help readers find their faith within the everyday, and his conversational tone appeals alongside periodic gems that cut to the heart of things ("We confess our sin to God for forgiveness. We confess our sin to each other for healing"). This earnest entry offers believers abundant inspiration.
Many solid (faith based) applications one can apply to their life. Several thought provoking citations found in the read that added further understanding and depth to the authors literature.