I’m really not much of a reader – I think I could be, there’s just so much I’d rather do instead of sitting down to read a book. Knowing I needed to discipline myself to start reading, and knowing I also wanted a way to get to know some of my local friends, I started a book club! This was actually one of my three personal goals for the year. I invited four ladies to read through Lysa TerKeurst’s popular book The Best Yes. We met weekly for over a period of ten weeks to discuss a few chapters at a time.
It was a great book and one I’m so glad I read. Why? Here are two reasons I’m glad I read The Best Yes.
#1 It taught me how to make decisions with the confidence that my choice will be based on God’s wisdom and not my selfishness.
The tagline on the cover of the book reads, “Making wise decisions in the midst of endless demands.” I honestly didn’t think this book would be that impactful for me, because I’m an expert at saying no. I like to control as much of my life and schedule as I possibly can, and I really don’t have a hard time saying no to something I’d rather not do. There are only a few instances where I could consider myself a people pleaser. Not only was this book about so much more than that…she taught me a better way to approach saying no.
I was surprised to read that Lysa actually encourages saying no – when it is the right decision. When you say no to one thing, you’re saying yes to something else! In the book she outlines several sets of questions that are so helpful in making decisions based on God’s wisdom and not just my selfishness. For me, it’s made the difference between a decision made with freedom and one that I feel I must constantly defend in my head.
#2 It tremendously impacted my thinking toward eating.
In my journey toward a lifestyle of healthy eating choices, I’ve struggled with a lot of fear. I followed a pretty strict eating plan for months and was afraid that as soon as I introduced some “normal” food back into my life I would lose control and end up back where I started. The Best Yes doesn’t directly address making wise decisions about eating, but these two principles in the book spoke directly to this area of my life:
- Today’s choices become tomorrow’s circumstances.
- Today’s circumstances are a direct result of yesterday’s choices.
The hope and wise instruction from those principles encourage me daily! I know the victory in this area of my life comes with each decision made. I can do this as I depend on God’s wisdom and take it one decision at a time.
If you’re looking for an easy and encouraging read, pick up The Best Yes. Better yet, invite a few friends to read it with you. You can easily discuss a two or three chapters a week (and make sure you have yummy snacks!).
What are you reading right now? If you read this book, tell me something you took away from it!
This post is not sponsored – all opinions are my own.