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The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands Paperback – August 19, 2014
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Lysa TerKeurst is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and the New York Times bestselling author of Uninvited and The Best Yes. She writes from her sticky farm table and lives with her family in North Carolina. Connect with her at www.LysaTerKeurst.com.
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It is set up with discussion questions for your group - and provides enough for groups that meet for up to 2 hours! Our group only meets for an hour, so I'm thankful it breaks down which questions to do for shorter time frames.
There are optional devotions to do on your own - that are very helpful!
Beautifully drawn quotes, checklists, & scripture pages are also weaved into this study guide. Something lovely to set out as a daily reminder.
Although the study guide may not seem to fit well with the book - I found that they pair nicely together and I'm glad it isn't just a rewording of the same thing. The study guide is its own resource for learning this simple, practical and much needed life lesson.
As our group leader, I want to encourage you to create a Best Yes study group with this guide! This was one of the easiest guides to lead through - We met for just 1 hour, listened to Lisa's 15 minute video and then discussed the questions. A very simple and low effort group to lead - with only a 6 week commitment! It's been a joy!
The message in this book helped to make a really difficult decision that I’m SO happy I made. It’s a decision I had been struggling with. Again, started this book simply because it was on a list, and I knew nothing about it when I started. It was EXACTLY what I needed. Talk about a miracle.
Now, I will say, this book helped me with a huge life changing and potentially life saving decision in my life, however I did get frustrated a few times throughout the book which is why I gave it 4/5 stars. While it’s obvious she’s made some very difficult decisions throughout her life, her examples in this book tend to border on superficial, frivolous, and unimportant. When I’m trying to find the strength to put my faith forward and make the scariest decision of my life, I will roll my eyes at anyone who’s “Best Yes” is whether they have time to make cookies for their child’s bake sale. I just don’t want to hear about someone who’s greatest issue in life is that they’re husband and marriage is SO perfect but when someone over-commits themselves they get stressed and snap at one another. I just had a hard time putting my trust in the “Best Yes” idea when they’re relating it to bake sales and patience.
Again, overall...really great book.
"We must not confuse the command to love with the disease to please."
"The one who obeys God's instruction for today will develop a keen awareness of His direct for tomorrow."
"That little act of obedience somehow unplugged my spiritual ears."
Rich in biblical truths, drawn from lives lived thousands of years in the past, Lysa casts new light on familiar stories and digs out gems one may have never heard. This reference scripture stuck with me:
"Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, 'This is the way; walk in it'" Isaiah 30:21
It sounds so simple, just walk in it, and yet through funny and relatable stories, Lysa highlights how hard it really is to live this out. She elegantly counters every opposition one can think of as to why one can't live this out and gives practical ways to live it out and how to changes habits.
"Knowledge is wisdom that comes from acquiring truth. Insight is wisdom that comes from
living out the truth we acquire. Discernment is wisdom that comes from the Holy Spirit's reminders of that knowledge and insight." Another fantastic summary of the process, this highlights how Lysa walks us through giving us knowledge from biblical truth, insight from the activities she suggests we try and discernment by encouraging our journey with the Holy Spirit.
"We want big directional signs from God. God just wants us to pay attention." And that to me sounds like a new year's resolution with which I can work! I can pause for that moment of clarity to hear God and choose obedience in the little things. I highly recommend this book and look forward breaking out my Best Yes in 2017!