Sticks and Stones by Ace Collins
You know it’s not often I review a book on one of my regular posting days (I may start reviewing some on Tuesdays and Thursdays . . . so be warned!). But occasionally I do.
This is one of those occasions.
Sticks and Stones by Ace Collins is a little book of about 220 pages, an easy read, that has the potential to impact many lives and cause those many lives to impact many more lives. It’s all about using our words, both written and spoken, to positively influence someone else’s life. To encourage, exhort, praise, support, empathize.
We all know the power of words, how hurtful they can be and how uplifting they can be. Collins lays out a very plain argument for purposefully using our words for good. Our words have the ability to change someone’s life . . . quite literally. Few realize what a potent tool words are.
This is something I learned through my journey with cancer. So often we want to thank someone, encourage someone, praise someone, or just state a few words of appreciation, but never do for one reason or another. Facing cancer taught me that life is short and fragile and if we have something to say to someone, especially if that something is positive, then by golly say it! Because you may never get another chance. Tell them to their face, write a letter, or send an email . . . but tell them what they mean to you or how much you appreciate them. Point out their positive traits and how those traits have impacted you.
A few words of encouragement or appreciation go such a long way. Why not start today and be purposeful in the words you use. Change someone’s life.
Here’s a little more about the author and book.
Ace Collins is a prolific author, publishing over sixty non-fiction books and has now opened the door to language barriers both positive and negative. Collins is slated to release Sticks and Stones (Zondervan, March 2009) on the heels of his first novel, Farraday Road.
With earthy wisdom, simple action points and his trademark gift for storytelling, bestselling author Ace Collins shows how—and why—to make the words used each day count. From a friendly hello, to a handwritten thank-you note, to a thoughtful phone call, words can have a positive impact in a negative world. Of the roughly thirty-thousand words spoken by most people every day, Collins challenges readers to imagine if just a handful of them could save a life or heal a broken heart or inspire a vision that would shape the course of history. He urges that today is an opportunity to speak—or write—words of incalculable potential for good.
With simple action points and colorful stories, this inspiring book will help weed out sticks-and-stones negativism and unleash the surpassing, life-giving, destiny-shaping power of positive words.
What does it take for words to make a difference?
Perhaps a simple thank-you letter or an encouraging email, a simple hello, a thoughtful phone call, a note written on the back of a family photograph — the possibilities are endless. Sticks and Stones shows the power and importance of words and how to use the right words to have a positive impact beyond anything you can imagine.
About the Author:
Ace Collins is the writer of more than sixty books, including several bestsellers: Stories behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas, Stories behind the Great Traditions of Christmas, The Cathedrals and Lassie: A Dog’s Life. Based in Texas, he continues to publish several new titles each year. He has appeared on scores of television shows, including CBS This Morning, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America and Entertainment Tonight, along with appearances on CNN and MSNBC.
Learn more about Ace at http://acecollins.com.
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Sticks and Stones Release:
March 2009Hard cover, 224 pp., $16.99