Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst

Are you living with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule and aching with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul?

Lysa TerKeurst is learning that there is a big difference between saying yes to everyone and saying yes to God. In The Best Yes she will help you:
  • Cure the disease to please with a biblical understanding of the command to love.
  • Escape the guilt of disappointing others by learning the secret of the small no. 
  • Overcome the agony of hard choices by embracing a wisdom based decision-making process. 
  • Rise above the rush of endless demands and discover your best yes today.
Available on Amazon

About the Author:
Lysa TerKeurst is the New York Times bestselling author of Made to Crave and Unglued. She isn’t shy about admitting what a mess she can be. But in the midst of everyday “growth opportunities,” she’s been learning God’s lessons and sharing them on her blog ( and in her books. Lysa is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and writes from her sticky farm table in North Carolina where she lives with her husband, Art, five kids, three dogs, and a mouse that refuses to leave her kitchen.

I listened to this book via audio-book on the Tennessee R.E.A.D.S. website. I am so excited to have found this cool site. No review was required, but since that's what I do, and you might want to know what I thought, I am posting one anyhow. :-) 

Wanna Know What I Thought?
I will probably have a hard time putting into words how this book impacted me. In general, I tend to be a people pleaser, and I have a hard time saying "NO". I want people to like me, and I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings. When I chose intentional as my word for this year, my mom recommended this book. I had already hear good things about it from a friend, so I decided to see if I could find it through the online library program. I was so excited that they had it on audio. I love to read a paperback, but what better way to get some "reading" in while doing my sewing or housework than listening to an audio book.

The Best Yes, is all about making wise decisions, counting the cost, not over extending ourselves just to please people. It's about listening to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit, learning to say no, understanding the decision making process and finding our best yes! We are bombarded daily with choices big and small. Each choice brings a consequence - long term or short term. But none-the-less, it is important to really make our lives count. 
Some things she said that I liked were (paraphrased of course since I was listening no reading I can't quote exact words) - Some decisions or choices don't need to be stressed over and aren't necessarily good or bad. If we are in the Word, living for God, and seeking to do His will, there may be several yes choices, and it is ok to go with our gut feeling. Something else she said was - "no" is not a "bad" word. It's not harmful, sometimes it is the best yes. No can be said in a kind way, being considerate of people's feelings and building them up in the process. She gives some wonderful tips on how to accomplish that. 

The Best Yes is about living intentionally, choosing God's best, so we can live un-frazzled and non-chaotic lives. But it also means at times we must step out of our comfort zone and trust God with whatever He has called us to do.  I could go on and on about this book, but just so you know this is a great read (or audio) and Lysa's advice is worth listening to.

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