I am long overdue for sharing some of my favorite books, so tonight I want to review a fairly new book. The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands by Lysa Terkeurst challenges the busyness of our day to day lives and encourages the readers to seek Godly wisdom for decision making and scheduling.
I used this book and the corresponding workbook to lead my sorority’s Bible study for this past semester. It led to great discussions and truly influenced our small, day to day decisions as well as larger ones.
One quote that shares the central idea within this story states, “A woman who lives with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule will often ache with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul” (Terkeurst). I love the truth behind this statement. We are so often rushing between different events and responsibilities that we don’t leave time for intimacy with Jesus.
This book takes a practical approach to how small decisions and small amounts of time add up and sometimes waste time that could be used more productively. Terkeurst encourages readers to evaluate and employ Godly wisdom to even the smallest decisions/tasks to ensure we leave time for saying “the best yes” to what God is calling us to do.
I love how this book is not cheesy or a self-help book. Terkeurst simply provides new insights and perspectives surrounding specific topics (people pleasing, fear of saying no, inability to make a decision, etc.) within the broader ideas of time management and wisdom. She includes numerous, thought-provoking quotes such as the following:
We must not confuse the command to love with the disease to please.
If you desire to please God with the decision you make and afterward it proves to be a mistake, it’s an error not an end.
There is no perfect decision, only the perfectly surrendered decision to press through our fears and know that God is working in us to bring about good through us.
If any of these quotes or ideas of people pleasing, making decisions, and trusting God spark your interest, you should definitely check out this book. (But sorry boys, this book is directed toward women!) TerKeurst emphasizes these important ideas throughout the book to ensure that the readers don’t miss the point. She even includes all of them in cute prints at the back of the book!
If you feel like you’re overwhelmed by your schedule and that God has more in store for how you live your life, you should definitely check out this book! Happy reading, friends!
TerKeurst, Lysa. The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands. Thomas Nelson, 2014. Print.