Gossip: Ten Pathways to Eliminate It from Your Life and Transform Your Soul

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Evil speech can destroy friendships, break up marriages and ruin businesses. Gossip-negative talk, put-downs, rumors, accusations-not only hurts the person being talked about, it also hurts the person speaking and the person listening. In short, gossip has a negative impact on everyone. Yet, despite these negative consequences, gossip has been around since the beginning of humankind and continues to be a popular but destructive pastime.

Throughout this timely and enjoyable book, readers will learn what the Bible and Jewish wisdom have to say regarding speech and how their teachings relate to our world today. Readers will also learn via real-life examples how to break the gossip habit and how to teach others to do the same. Gossip will help people develop skills to improve their lives by getting along better with others; mending old hurts and reclaiming lost relationship; keeping good relationships from going bad through hurtful words; and strengthening relationships they already have by speaking in a more encouraging and productive manner.

The purpose of this book is to extinguish the fire of evil speech and help us live in a gossip-free environment. The result? Positive interactions with the people around us, the healing of relationships and a more complete self.

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"Everyone will find inspiration and guidance in this wonderful work on the discipline of speech. With remarkable clarity and order, Lori and Bob have taken a complex subject and made it accessible and engaging to read." Rebbetzin Faygie Twersky

"Lori and Bob do directly address the issue of gossip, but from a perspective that is of broader and deeper importance: kindness and respect for others. This is a thought-provoking book that will help you establish healthier relationships with others and, in so doing, with yourself. The wonderful quotations, relevant passages from scripture and lively stories illustrate simple different pathways to being the person you want to be." Mark Albion, Ph.D., author, Making a Life, Making a Living

"Lori and Bob will be richly rewarded for the effort they have given to this work. You cannot help but internalize this powerful book, and as you do, your life improves dramatically. It will help anyone eliminate a very destructive habit they very likely inherited at birth. I will recommend it in every seminar I conduct, and you will find it on our Web sites." Bob Proctor, chairman, LifeSuccess Productions

"Every page of this book has information that can enhance a person's life. A great idea would be for readers to use these chapters as an actual program to upgrade their awareness of avoiding gossip." Rabbi Moshe Goldberger, author, Master Your Thoughts and Be a Friend

"There is no other subject that demands to be spoken and examined than gossip. It has ruined lives, assassinated personalities, split families, alienated friends and has even caused murder. Bob Burg and Lori Palatnik have bravely and successfully confronted this evil. Using Biblical and secular writings, they show from the beginning of time that others have addressed this common problem of all ages. From Moses, the Prophets, David and Solomon, we have warnings and admonishments about gossip. Bob and Lori have pulled off the excuses we try to hide behind. However, they do not stop there. They give practical, workable and daily suggestions to overcome and break the habit of speaking evil of others. This book does not belong in your library; it belongs on your bed stand for daily reading!" The Reverend Dr. Earl Bailey

"If you are shooting for harmony in your relationships and integrity in your life, then this is the book for you. A must-read." David J. Lieberman, Ph.D., renowned behaviorist and author, Make Peace with Anyone (St. Martin's Press)

"A beautiful book, a must-read for everyone. It took only a few pages for me to ask God to forgive me." Charles "T" Jones, author, Life Is Tremendous

"Just as 'many are called, but few are chosen,' many books are written, but few have impacted my life as much as Gossip. It will cause you to take a serious look at your speech and how your words can literally destroy not only relationships, but individuals as well. The path to greater happiness, by eliminating harmful discussions from your daily conversations, will literally jump off the pages for you as it did for me." Jim "Gymbeaux" Brown, team leader and broker, Keller Williams Realty

"Gossip is one of those things, like smoking, that you know you need to quit-you just need to be empowered as to how! This book drives home the value of reducing nonproductive talk from our lives. This is a first step to living a positive life. As the Dalai Lama says, 'You don't have to be a God, just stop hurting people.'" Tim Sanders, author, Love Is the Killer App: How to Win Business and Influence Friends

"Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that speech is power, a concept explored in Lori Palatnik and Bob Burg's insightful little book Gossip: Ten Pathways to Eliminate It from Your Life and Transform Your Soul. The authors discuss the role of lashon hora (evil speech) in the Bible and in Jewish tradition, exploring the immediate-and even the eternal-consequences of negative gossip. The book is accessible and well-designed, with powerful pull-out quotes from sources as diverse as Maimonides and Henry Ward Beecher, all illustrating the destructive power of evil words."

Publishers Weekly

About the Author:

Lori Palatnik is an author and Jewish educator. She has been a guest on numerous radio and television talk shows, and hosted a Toronto television show called "The Jewish Journal." She lectures on the beauty and depth of Judaism throughout the United States and Israel, and has written articles on Jewish topics for The Jerusalem Report, Toronto Star and many other publications. Lori is the author of Friday Night and Beyond-The Shabbat Experience Step-by-Step and Remember My Soul. She now lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband, Rabbi Yaakov Palatnik, and her five children.

Bob Burg is a motivational speaker, consultant and author. He has spoken internationally to Fortune 500 companies, associations and individuals on topics related to business networking and positive persuasion. He has been featured on the national rally circuit, sharing the platform with legends such as Zig Ziglar, Larry King, Mark Victor Hansen, Willard Scott, Paul Harvey, and others. A frequent media guest, Bob's articles have been published in hundreds of professional and trade magazines. His books include Endless Referrals: Network Your Everyday Contacts into Sales and Winning Without Intimidation: How to Master the Art of Positive Persuasion.

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