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The church in the West is at a critical moment, facing militant assaults from aggressive secularism and radical Islam. What is needed, says Os Guinness, are "impossible people," followers of Christ who are willing to face reality without flinching and respond with a faithfulness that is unwavering. Christians are called to be impossible people, full of courage and mercy in challenging times.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Os Guinness
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Release: 2016-06-03
File: 239 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780830893386

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Everyone has at least one person--and possibly more--who tries their patience with every encounter. Almost every meeting turns into a conflict. It might be a spouse, a child, a sibling, a parent, an in-law, a boss, a co-worker--or just about anyone with whom you must interact regularly. Author Dick Purnell, founder and director of Single Life Resources, a division of Campus Crusade for Christ and author of 12 books on relationships, marriage, self-esteem, and spiritual development, offers help in his latest entry in his 31-Day Experiment Bible Study series. Prior titles include "Growing Closer to God" and "Knowing God by His Names" (nearly 50,000 in sales). This popular series is designed to help readers spend meaningful, consistent daily time with God. By investing only 20-30 minutes a day in one of these unique studies, the reader will discover a fresh perspective on life and a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. Readers will learn about characters in the Bible who had conflicts and how they handled them. The reader will also learn how to avoid the mistakes others made in the Bible. They will finally be able to experience more pleasure and companionship with others when they put into practice the biblical teaching about forgiveness and reconciliation.

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Genre: Interpersonal conflict
Author: Dick Purnell
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Release: 2009-02-01
File: 112 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780736932394

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The impossible people who make life’s journey so difficult are everywhere—at the office, in restaurants, on airplanes, living next door, members of your own family. They’re . . . • your “nothing is ever good enough” boss • the “no price is ever low enough” client • the next-door neighbor who redefines the meaning of paranoia • the maître d’ who looks through you as if you don’t exist • the father-in-law who you know is always thinking about how much better a life his Janey or Joey would have if only married to someone other than you Ron Shapiro and Mark Jankowski give you a simple and highly effective 4-point plan for dealing with all of them and more—N.I.C.E. Their system shows you how to neutralize your emotions so you don’t just react but act purposefully and wisely. It enables you to identify the type of bully, tyrant, or impossible person you’re facing—the situationally difficult (something has happened that turns an otherwise reasonable person into a temporary terror); the strategically difficult (she has empirical evidence that being difficult is a strategy that gets results); or simply difficult (being difficult is his 24/7 M.O.). Then you’ll learn how to shape the outcome by controlling the encounter and, finally, how to get “unstuck” by exploring your options. Using colorful stories from all walks of life— “He called me the scum of the earth and it went downhill from there,” “First, lock all your vendors in a small room,” and “The boss from hell”—the authors bring their lessons to life, from business life to family life. From the Hardcover edition.

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Genre: Business & Economics
Author: Ronald M. Shapiro
Publisher: Crown Business
Release: 2005-06-07
File: 256 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780307237187

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“[Goulston’s]ideas are a bit counter-intuitive but they really do shift the dynamic and help people diffuse and disarm the irrational person leading to more positive outcomes.” -- Online MBA Because some people are beyond difficult... Let’s face it, we all know people who are irrational. No matter how hard you try to reason with them, it never works. So what’s the solution? How do you talk to someone who’s out of control? What can you do with a boss who bullies, a spouse who yells, or a friend who frequently bursts into tears? In his book, Just Listen, Mark Goulston shared his bestselling formula for getting through to the resistant people in your life. Now, in his breakthrough new book Talking to Crazy, he brings his communication magic to the most difficult group of all—the downright irrational. As a psychiatrist, Goulston has seen his share of crazy and he knows from experience that you can’t simply argue it away. The key to handling irrational people is to learn to lean into the crazy—to empathize with it. That radically changes the dynamic and transforms you from a threat into an ally. Talking to Crazy explains this counterintuitive Sanity Cycle and reveals: Why people act the way they do • How instinctive responses can exacerbate the situation—and what to do instead • When to confront a problem and when to walk away • How to use a range of proven techniques including Time Travel, the Fish-bowl, and the Belly Roll • And much more You can’t reason with unreasonable people—but you can reach them. This powerful and practical book shows you how.

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Genre: Business & Economics
Author: Mark Goulston
Publisher: AMACOM
Release: 2018-07-10
File: 272 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780814439593

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The world is filled with difficult people. It is impossible to avoid them. (You may have one, in particular, in your life right now.) In dealing with such people, we often try a number of coping strategies. Unfortunately, our best attempts at making peace often fail. This is because the difficult people in our lives are often what the Bible calls "fools." And dealing with fools requires a special kind of biblical wisdom. You've tried everything–from confrontation to passivity. You've found out what doesn't work; now discover what does. Gain the tools you need to get along with others and conduct your relationships in a manner that honors God–and preserves your sanity!–in Foolproofing Your Life: Wisdom for Untangling Your Most Difficult Relationships. Learn how new insights from the book of Proverbs can help you respond to those relationships that seem hard to untangle. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Jan Silvious
Publisher: WaterBrook
Release: 2009-09-15
File: 240 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780307459251

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The impossible people who make life’s journey so difficult are everywhere—at the office, in restaurants, on airplanes, living next door, members of your own family. They’re . . . • your “nothing is ever good enough” boss • the “no price is ever low enough” client • the next-door neighbor who redefines the meaning of paranoia • the maître d’ who looks through you as if you don’t exist • the father-in-law who you know is always thinking about how much better a life his Janey or Joey would have if only married to someone other than you Ron Shapiro and Mark Jankowski give you a simple and highly effective 4-point plan for dealing with all of them and more—N.I.C.E. Their system shows you how to neutralize your emotions so you don’t just react but act purposefully and wisely. It enables you to identify the type of bully, tyrant, or impossible person you’re facing—the situationally difficult (something has happened that turns an otherwise reasonable person into a temporary terror); the strategically difficult (she has empirical evidence that being difficult is a strategy that gets results); or simply difficult (being difficult is his 24/7 M.O.). Then you’ll learn how to shape the outcome by controlling the encounter and, finally, how to get “unstuck” by exploring your options. Using colorful stories from all walks of life— “He called me the scum of the earth and it went downhill from there,” “First, lock all your vendors in a small room,” and “The boss from hell”—the authors bring their lessons to life, from business life to family life. From the Hardcover edition.

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Genre: Business & Economics
Author: Ronald M. Shapiro
Publisher: Crown Business
Release: 2005-06-07
File: 256 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780307237187

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Everyone knows someone who is impossible to please, critical, judgmental, picky, and stubbornly closed-minded. These are symptoms of a disorder called obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD), but it’s common for people to have subclinical levels of some or all of these qualities. Most of the time, it’s best to avoid the difficult to please person, but what happens when he or she is a close family member, coworker, or even a spouse? It’s still possible to maintain a positive relationship with the right tools. Impossible to Please, written by the authors of Toxic Coworkers, is a manual for dealing with these difficult people without sitting through stressful arguments, vicious insults and attacks, and passive-aggressive behavior. It empowers readers to take charge of the relationship and regain their dignity and confidence in interactions with these individuals. This book features specific strategies that are immediately effective when conversing with critical people and explains how readers can respond to unfair blame without becoming angry or overly defensive. By setting boundaries, improving communication, and asserting themselves, readers learn to deal with the impossible to please in romantic relationships, friendships, family, and work relationships.

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Genre: Self-Help
Author: Neil Lavender
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Release: 2012-11-01
File: 192 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781608823505

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Dealing with difficult people can make life impossible. The workplace is inhabited by a wide variety of people and it can sometimes be difficult to get on with them as well as get on with your work. However by understanding difficult people and the things they do, the problematic situations and awkward issues can be resolved. Dealing with Difficult People looks at individual behaviour, what drives it and how to cope with it. Roy Lilley covers every angle including: recognizing the seven types of difficult person, what conflict is and how to handle it, handling aggressive people, motivating lazy colleagues, dealing with difficult customers and handling complaints. A practical, accessible book, it is essential reading for managers looking to improve performance, sales people looking to win more business and for anyone who has to deal with difficult colleagues or the public.

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Genre: Business & Economics
Author: Roy Lilley
Publisher: Kogan Page Publishers
Release: 2010-01-03
File: 160 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780749458911

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Genre: Great Britain
Author: John Arthur Roebuck
Publisher:
Release: 1835
File: Pages
ISBN-13: BL:A0017767633

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This book traces the origins of the "illegal alien" in American law and society, explaining why and how illegal migration became the central problem in U.S. immigration policy—a process that profoundly shaped ideas and practices about citizenship, race, and state authority in the twentieth century. Mae Ngai offers a close reading of the legal regime of restriction that commenced in the 1920s—its statutory architecture, judicial genealogies, administrative enforcement, differential treatment of European and non-European migrants, and long-term effects. She shows that immigration restriction, particularly national-origin and numerical quotas, remapped America both by creating new categories of racial difference and by emphasizing as never before the nation's contiguous land borders and their patrol.

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Genre: History
Author: Mae M. Ngai
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Release: 2014-04-27
File: 416 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780691160825

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