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The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands Paperback – August 19, 2014
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About the Author
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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Book Review by Rachel HT Mendell
I loved this book. I hated this book. I'm so conflicted.
This book spoke to me like no other. It spoke to my hurried-ness, my anger, my bitterness, my scatter-brained-ness, my fears and my doubts. This book made me laugh. This book made me cry. I was saying “Amen!” out loud alternately with wanting the throw the book across the room.
Have you ever thought these words? “I'm tired. I'm distracted. I'm disappointed in myself. I feel slightly used and more than slightly used up. I'm a little overwhelmed and a lot worn down.” This is where the book starts. Then Terkeurst takes us step-by-tiny-step through a thinking process that leads to peace. We learn great questions to ask ourselves, hard questions, that lead to solid decisions, not people-pleasing decisions.
Yes, I hated reading this book, and not because it challenged me. I love to be challenged. I hated this book because, as a writer, I could have written a book on these same issues. I have had most of the experiences and have come to the same conclusions as Terkeurst (see my “Amen!” above), so reading my life flowing effortlessly through the pages of someone else's pen gave me pangs of regret, envy and jealousy.
Therefore, let me publicly apologize for my private sin of jealousy. I'm sorry. Please forgive me. I could not have written THIS book. My writing style is too strict and I have trouble sharing my personal failures on paper. Terkeurst was clearly chosen to write this particular book and you will not be disappointed. Instead, you will be encouraged.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book:
About making the right decision:
“Here's the bottom line. Good decisions will often have elements of not so good. And not-so-good decisions have elements of good. Either way, if I'm hoping to be able to know the perfect choice and then move forward with certainty, I'll probably not move forward.”
“If your heart and your mind are aligned in the direction of God, you don't have to agonize to the point of paralysis over the decisions before you. We will steer where we stare. So stare mightily at God and His plan. And if you don't know His plan, stare mightily at living out His Word in your life and His plan will unfold day by day. Decision by decision.”
I'm in a not-knowing-God's-plan kind of place right now in my life, so that last quote really helps me. I know walking day by day will reveal what He has planned for me. If there is to be a Great Big Plan in my life, He will give it to me when I am ready.
If you have said “Yes” to too much and need to learn to say “No,” then this book could help.
If you feel like you don't have enough time for your family, you might want to take a look at this book.
If you know, without a doubt, glaring at you in neon every day, that you need more time for yourself, please, please, please read this book.
The Best Yes will comfort you and challenge you. Terkeurst writes from experience and the wisdom that only experience can produce.
You can trust this book and its suggestions for clearer thinking and cleaner schedule.
One more thing – about multitasking … remember when it was a good thing to multi-task? Are you still trying to achieve the Ultimate Multitasking Master status? Well, I gave up on that goal a few years ago because it was causing me to make mistakes – big ones. It also gave me Brain Fuzz. I hate Brain Fuzz. Terkeurst agrees:
“But here's a little cautionary thought. Checking your email in the middle of creative work momentarily knocks your IQ down ten points, according to the British Institute of Psychiatry. The research shows that our brains aren't wired for multitasking. One author called it 'junk food for the brain.'”
Terkeurst is part of Proverbs 31 Ministry. If you don't already know about Proverbs 31 Ministries, go take a look: [...]
(this review first appeared on the blog Domestic Mobility – [...] )
This is a good book--not a great book, but better than OK. Even for the issues I don't necessarily struggle with, there were nuggets I could take away and offer friends who may have different challenges from mine. When I did identify, I thought her 'Best Yes' advice was typically very good.
One issue I had while reading the book was her tendency to make pretty black & white statements. For example, "There are no perfect choices." I can't agree with this. I believe we sometimes are so clear about God's will that it IS a perfect choice. I'd say that there are no perfect OUTCOMES to our choices because we live in a fallen world, and we don't live in a vacuum.
Typically there are three chapters dealing with a given subject. There are other examples where the first chapter on a given topic states things in a very black & white way (in an almost worldly advice way), without leaving room for God. I'd be underlining and writing in the margins about why I didn't agree with the list of steps to take (that didn't include God's input). In the next chapter, she would introduce God into the equation, and actually be in conflict with what she had said in the prior chapter. This probably sounds like semantics, but people don't always read a book from cover to cover, so I think it can be a dangerous technique. Personally, I'd prefer a statement that isn't so black & white--one that lists the steps to take but also alludes to making room for God, as 'will be discussed in the next chapter', for example.
I think this probably is a very good book for someone who is really in need of creating balance in their life. It's just not the season I am in.