Author James Ottley Reveals How a Simple “Hello” Paves the Way for Powerful Dialogue

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New book explores community building through taking initiative in communication

“The first time you say hello, the next time you are friends.” These simple yet profound words from author James Ottley’s second son Luis when he was nine, struck him so much, it inspired him to pen a book. Hello! Next Time We Will Be Friends tells about the how people live together in an exciting, complex world and how a simple “hello” can pave the way for significant and powerful dialogue.

This book proposes that “hello” or how one takes the initiative to begin conversation, is, without a doubt, of supreme importance. Wisdom, hospitality, generosity, trust, and action are the other elements that are conducive to sustainable communication that allows for meaningful conversation to take place in a much-divided world. It was the author’s son that taught him this valuable lesson.

Ottley shares, “Luis knew that one way to build community was to make friends, to reach out to those with whom you come in contact with in your walk of life. He knew that in order to make this world a better place for all people, first you must reach out, and then you must say hello, and respect, trust, and honesty must be at the forefront. He also knew that the more people with whom you connect, the more friends you made, the greater the possibilities for community building.”

In Hello! Next Time We Will Be Friends, readers will find stories about the author’s family and his life. They will find stories about certain periods of the Episcopal Church of which he is a member, and about important world events that were taking place during the periods of his life story. Interwoven in all these stories are six elements—hello, wisdom, hospitality, generosity, trust, and action—the thread that holds these powerful tales together. Ottley hopes that readers will realize how one little act of reaching out can already make a difference.

Hello! Next Time We Will Be Friends will be featured at the California Library Book Exhibit in Pasadena, CA on November 11 to 14, 2011.

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Hello! Next TimeWe Will Be Friends * by James Ottley
Publication Date: July 18, 2011
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 195 pages; 978-1-4628-9208-2
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 195 pages; 978-1-4628-9207-5
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4628-9209-9

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