Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Gospel of Yes: We Have Missed the Most Important Thing About God, Finding It Changes Everything

WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, 2012 228 pages
When I read the title of this book the first thing I thought of was the movie Yes Man. Although I really enjoyed the movie I just felt that it wouldn’t make for such a great “Christian Living” book. Once I actually opened the book the introduction actually drew me in and I finally realized that this was not based off of the movie Yes Man…

So I kept on reading and to my surprise I actually agreed and enjoyed much of this book! I’ve read much of the skeptical reviews about this book and yes I have a complaint to make as well, but overall I enjoyed what Mike Glenn had to say. Based on some of the negative reviews I’ve read I think many did not give the author a chance and probably gave up reading this book a few chapters in. My complaint is similar to what many others have expressed which was the constant use of the word “yes”. I’ll be honest I was so sick of reading that word; by the end it seemed to appear ever other line (it didn't, but sure seemed like it). Some of the statements would actually be profound but are simply ruined by this word “yes”. It seems to me if the book were re-written without the whole concept of “yes” it would be much more powerful and beneficial to readers.

Excluding the whole “yes” business Mike Glenn did a fine job discussing subjects ranging from forgiveness to marriage, child rearing, and pretty much anything else you can think of. It was an all-encompassing book.

One other point that I’ve read from other reviewers as well, we should be carful to know when to say “no” and when to say “yes”. Mike Glenn does not talk about the “no” although I will give him credit that he encourages reading the bible and praying, and through that w are able to find out when to say yes and when to say no. If nothing else this book teaches people to be more receptive to the concept, if they don’t agree with what Mike Glenn has said at least they go search for it in the gospels for the right guidance for themselves.
Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this book in exchange for an honest review.

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