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Ebook Details
  • 10/2014
  • 220 pages
  • $8.95
Paperback Book Details
  • 10/2014
  • 9780990531708
  • 222 pages
  • $17.95
Jill Cooper
Editor (anthology)
The Yes Book: Writings about Yes
Jill Cooper, editor (anthology)

Adult; Spirituality/Inspirational; (Market)

The Yes Book is a phenomenal breakthrough anthology of award-winning authors writing about the power of the word Yes published by Exult Road. Seventy-two authors describe stories of transformation and hope, the challenge of life-changing decisions, and the magic of Yes in everyday life. Neurologist Dr. Newberg explains how using the word Yes physically changes the chemistry of the brain. Storytellers breathe Yes through the life of their characters. Poets extol the power of Yes in love and loss. Spiritual teachers reveal the secret of Yes in the heart. The book itself is a transformational device; a perfect gift for yourself or loved ones.


Ebook version available now for Kindle apps on Amazon. 

“It is, by far, the greatest set of words I’ve ever had the honor of reading […] I can’t stop crying! What a joy-filled celebration!! A treasure...”

— Tara Lemieux, writer

“You would be a fool to say No to this book. Where else can you find such a rich trove for your life’s illumination by the affirmative? We are buffeted by No. It’s everywhere. News, fears, frenzy—they all darken this day’s door. No is the watchword for much in modern life that is deferred, debased, destroyed. But we are free, remember? Every breath taken with a stubborn grin, every memory turned skillfully to the light, every nagging regret can be turned inside out and shine by the implement of a mature, realistic, hard-won but undeniable Yes. Companioned by this book, we have the power to turn and say it. Here are poems, stories, blessings, transformations, confessions, brain research, and deft manifestos that witness for the power of Yes to build attitude into our new way of being. ”

— Kim Stafford, author of The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craft

“This book is truly lovely, profound, diverse, whimsical and moving all at once. (Full disclosure, a few of my own poems are in it along with 71 other folks). I’m not a typical New Age writer at all so tend to avoid compilations that feel like Susie-Sunshine Hallmark cards. But this book has a true depth and resonance...and I love that it even ends with an ode to the word No. That shows the expansive vision of the creator. Really recommend.”

— Tosha Silver, author of Outrageous Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead

“Look, there are old bloody murderous greedy stupid criminal stories, like those so beloved of Bin Laden and Stalin and Hitler and Mao and Pol Pot, and then there are far bigger better wilder more piercing stories, stories that might finally put those other older stories out of business someday. These bigger stories are of hope and grace and defiant courage against darkness and fear and murder and terror and smoke and fire and ash. They are the stories of what people are capable of far beyond the old stories of blood. Here’s one of these bigger better stories.”

— Brian Doyle, award-winning author of Dawn and Mary, featured in The Yes Book

“The book is BEAUTIFUL! ”

— Linda Carbone, editor

““Yes,” nodding in delight, “yes, yes,” said twice in excitement, a sonorous “yes,” a hesitant “yes,” a whispered, hurried, or resounding “yes.” The lecherous, reverent, hilarious “yes,” the piteous “yes,” the “yes” that accepts pain and suffering, the “yes” of forgiveness and regret. That is the word I have remembered from that night, the word that this book meditates on in stories and poems, a powerful compendium of yeses, a litany of yeses, a choir that praises the one word we long to hear and love the best. Yes. ”

— Poet and author Dorianne Laux, from the Foreward of The Yes Book

“Fantastic! ”

— Joanne Bodin, poet

“I love the premise of this book - the idea of exploring all the creative and thought-provoking ideas about such a simple concept as what is meant by “yes!” It was delightful to experience the varied, rich, creative expressions in this collection and I recommend exploring it to anyone who wants to better understand what embracing “yes” truly means.”

— Mira Kelly, author of "Beyond Past Lives"

“The Yes Book is a wonderful collection of prose and poetry inspiring the reader to say Yes to Life trusting that when the Time is Ripe, “Yes” will bear the sweetest fruits of all.”

— Deborah Maragopoulos, FNP, author of "LoveDance: Awakening the Divine Daughter"

“Those times when I sat down and really read and recorded [The Yes Book] again I get goosebumps all over and start crying. It really is a fantastic book!”

— Anneli Eliasson, audiobook voice actress

“I am glad I bought this book as a Kindle edition, because I carry my kindle everywhere with me and read when I have to wait. I was at the Dr’s office so deeply into this book I jumped when my name was called. You can lose yourself in the many ways Yes spoke to the writers. From the scholarly information about the way Yes changes the chemicals in your brain to musings and real life, the book covers a vast array of human experience. Everybody will tell you to be positive - this book explains how and why and when - many different voices, many different stories.”

— Shirley Vanscoyk

“This [Yes Book] collection of writings offers so many rich, powerful, life-affirming snapshots of life. I don’t tend to seek out motivational texts, so I wondered how much The Yes Book would suit me. What I found when I read it was an arrangement of stories written, in places, so beautifully that I felt moved to close my eyes and let the words wash over me. It’s a masterpiece that will make you feel glad to be alive.”

— Lisa Hoffman, Ph.D., college professor

“Congratulations on your successful publication of The Yes Book. I received my copies yesterday and sat down with a cup of tea and read around each of the sections with pleasure. I like the way you divided up the contributions and felt that the selections were really well paced and diverse...”

— Lois Colton, writing instructor, teacher

“Raving about purchasing and beginning reading The Yes Book, compiled and edited by Jill Cooper! I am on the train home and just beaming from ear to ear! YES! Just love it so far and looking forward to reading more. […] I’m blown away!”

— Kathy McGrath, Chicago

“What a wonderful project! I have never had my mind, heart and soul juggled at the hands of words like I have with “The Yes Book.”

— Rome Esmaili, artist, world traveler

“What an awesome collection of stories to inspire your soul! I laughed, I cried, and smiled as I read. Each story reminded me of the richness of the human experience. If we open up and say, YES!” to it all, we can truly let go of fear and step into the exciting life we are all ready to live! What an amazing compilation of talent!”

— Jan Herleikson

“I am proud of my contribution [to The Yes Book] as it represents one of my best moments as a writer. ”

— Silvio Sirias, author of The Saint of Santa Fe


— Fred LaMotte, poet, interfaith chaplain, professor

“Congratulations on The Yes Book! I love the idea of an interdisciplinary book with people of such varied backgrounds. That’s so smart and so interesting! ”

— Washington State Poet Laureate, Kathleen Flenniken

“I want to say yes to the whole human experience - including the blood and bones, rage, rebellion, despair - I love and include it all in my human-ness.”

— Donna Wetterstrand, life coach, artist, consultant

“ I love this book...”

— Poet Laureate Ellen Bass, Santa Cruz County, CA

“Wonderful! It’ll be just what I need when I’m despondent about the state of the world.”

— Pat Zylius, poet

“This project is amazing, and the world needs MORE of it.”

— Tara Lemieux, writer,

“I am thrilled to be part of The Yes Book!”

— Sally King, author "Heirs and Graces

“What a rich read! ”

— Kim Stafford, poet, author


“Yes! I just found a few more gems as I am reading more of the [YES] book - Miss Leela Rain who loves her Peaches and Miss Nyah Sky who loves to dance all over the house! Love your poems so much! You help me to say Yes to all my Favorite Things! This leads me into finding Melinda Gates’s piece in “Yes, You May Wear Pajamas To The Movies!” What a freeing way to raise a child! Thank you for sharing with the world such an important parenting tip - saying Yes! One more find is that the beautiful artist Marleen Renders illustrated the Hummingbird on the cover! Such a gorgeous gem - so love the way it draws the reader in with the openness to all possibilities - YES! Love this book the more and more I read!”

— Kathy McGrath, poet


— Lisa

“ Yes as a one word mantra opens doors.”

— Chris Cleary, business owner, RN

“I’m giddy at the name!!! Live Yes. Be Yes. See Yes. ”

— Tresha Thorsen, life coach

“Yes, loudly! ”

— Darlene Zidar

“ Thank you so much for inspiring me to come out of my shell and scream YES!!”

— Lorrie Baxter, artist

“This project does not just scream a “YES!” to me. It vibrates a “YES!” through the entire universe and back to me like a boomerang.”

— Diane Floerchinger coauthor of {An} Unsinkable Soul

“Thank you for your good work with this book, it is...a treasure.”

— Chani Harkin

“Your website, and Yes Book are beautiful. Congratulations on accomplishing important work in such an appealing package. ”

— Maureen Buchanan Jones, Ph.D., poet, novelist, author of Maud & Addie

“I really had fun writing and feel uplifted […] Above all, it got me thinking YES YES YES and I really look forward to seeing the finished product.”

— Brandi Whitehead, exec hip hop music producer

“The power of saying yes is such an urgent and timely message for both men and women all over the world, and I know this book will at once soothe and empower many hungry souls.”

— Linda Thompson Whidby, writer,

“When I heard about the theme of this book, every atom in my body turned into glitter. I resonate all over with it. Many of my poems come from this place of “YES!” so I am very happy that this project is creating a space where life-affirming voices can all sing together.”

— Chelan Harkin, poet

“What a genius idea for an anthology.”

— Alice Peck, editor, author of Bread, Body, Spirit: Finding the Sacred in Food

“What a beautiful project! May this be a wonderful success on so many levels!”

— Joy Resor, author of Seven Ways to Jumpstart Your Joy

“[On writing for The Yes Book] It was a bit scary. I found myself being way more open and honest than I have been in a long time. That being said, traveling that dark road into my fear zone was also cathartic. It doesn’t matter if anyone else understands how profoundly personal my submission was. I do. And that, as Mr. Frost so eloquently put it, has made all the difference.”

— Kathy Trapp, writer

“I’m deeply impressed by the intelligence of the entire endeavor!”

— Toby Tobiason, editor, writer

“Yes! Let’s dance in the rain!!”

— Laura Whidbey, author of Divine Prescription

“This is such a wonderful idea and I am thrilled to participate. Yes and Thank You!”

— Crytal Nuding, counselor,

“Thank you for the opportunity and privilege of being a part of your mission!”

— Rose Cialo, author and founder of

“This is a powerful book! It is an uplifting and informative journey through the lives of those who have learned the power of Yes.”

— J.M.H.

“A collection of thoughtful stories and inspiring poems. It’s a wonderful way to end the day— with a cup of tea and the varied authors’ words rolling in my mind. Jill Cooper did an amazing job of putting this anthology together.”

— Heather Friedman

Ebook Details
  • 10/2014
  • 220 pages
  • $8.95
Paperback Book Details
  • 10/2014
  • 9780990531708
  • 222 pages
  • $17.95