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

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

by Mike Glenn
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The Gospel of Yes: We Have Missed the Most Important Thing About God. Finding It Changes Everything 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Benj-O More than 1 year ago
In the panoply of inspirational books encouraging Christians to be Christian one can find a multitude of definition books. David Platt calls us to live Radical lives. Thom Rainer suggests that we find a way to Simple Church and Life. At some point it would be nice to move from motivation to practice. Enter Mike Glenn, senior pastor of Brentwood Baptist Church in Tennessee. What Glenn does that sets his book apart from others is to put a handle on what it takes to simplify, and do it radically. Growing up in the Southern tradition of nos and don’ts and stop that’s, Glenn has stumbled onto something that is more practical and freeing than the rhetoric that says, “Christians ought to . . .” Simply put, the author opens the reader’s eyes to a fresh emphasis on a couple of Scripture passages. The foundational passage for the book has, throughout the ages, been used to encourage integrity in the Christian—“Let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and your ‘no’ be ‘no.’” (Matt 5:37) Glenn suggests that Christ has a “yes” for every believer, and that to say, “yes” to that yes in our lives will automatically require us to say “no” to a number of other things, even good things. It is your yes that you must follow, not anyone else’s. This refreshing take on Christian living helps to free one up to be all that he can be without being distracted by all the other good things there are open to him. The principle, as I see it, can be well learned by the church, too. The writing is not without its hiccups. For instance, in the Introduction and first chapter of the book, Glenn is desperately trying to communicate his epiphany about the “gospel of yes” with limited or little success. However, as the reader moves into the following chapters, the idea becomes a tangible thing that can be grasped. This personal “yes” presented to every believer by God Himself is one that finds its way into all the Scripture. Approaching a passage used by parents throughout the ages (both in and out of the church) to bully their children into proper behavior from the standpoint of God’s “yes” changes the emphasis from a child towing the line, to helping that child find her niche. The passage found at Proverbs 22:6 advises, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Throughout the ages parents have put the emphasis on the way trying to drag their children along with them on a path of Bible memorization and church attendance (not necessarily a bad thing). But Glenn suggests moving the emphasis from the pathway to the person—train a child in the way he should go—help him find his place and direction. If we will do this then our children will not only excel in the direction that is theirs, but they will also be following the “yes” offered to them by God Himself (which will keep them in the path that He has chosen for them—including the moral places we want them to be). This is a challenging book in the respect that it forces us out of our comfortable world of nos and negatives, but it is also a more encouraging book for the Christian. We learn that it is okay to say, “no” to even some of the good things, and we learn that even when the going is difficult, following Christ is a reward in and of itself. Thanks for the re-wiring, Mike. Not only could this preacher/reader use it, but I think it will be helpful for the church in general. [Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.]
Momma_Frugal More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I appreciated the honesty the author, who is also a pastor, shares. Too many times they say, "do what I say but not what I do". This book is a must read for any one looking to grow in their walk with the Lord. Here is a brief excerpt from the chapter, "A Marriage of Two Healthy People". "Can you imagine what a marriage would look like if it was based on the kind of generous love that expects nothing in return? Those are the types of thought provoking questions he asks and then shares the scripture so you can understand what we need to do to have a healthy marriage. I highly recommend this book. I give it 5*****. Thank you to Blogging for Books for providing the review copy of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend every Christian (and those skeptical of Christianity) to read this book. You'll see your faith in whole new light. It's a very refreshing and encouraging book. Thank you, Mike Glenn.
SavvyMomma More than 1 year ago
"The Gospel of Yes" by Mike Glenn is a book the explores what happens when we stop thinking of God as someone who limits what we can do. The basic premise for this book is rather than seeing God as a God that sets limits and corrects you, we can view Him as someone who can liberate and connect with us. Mike Glenn explores all of the ways that God tells us "yes" in his book, with each chapter based on one of the many examples of how God says "yes" to us. Glenn explains the "yes" of creation, "yes" of the cross, "yes" of the resurrection, and the "yes" of forgiving others. Through creating a solid understanding of God's desire to say "yes" to us, we can form a more personal relationship with God. I think that this book is well-written, and puts forth a very simplistic, yet very important aspect of having a relationship with God, and understanding his desire for those who choose to walk with him. I think that this book offers an alternative view of God, rather than seeing God as someone who is always telling us that we can't do something, to see him as a God who wants to give us opportunity. I would give this book a 4.5/5, and would highly recommend it to anyone who desires a more genuine relationship with God, or those who feel like following God is a laundry list of things you can't do, rather than an open invitation to the things that you can do.
Rev-Paul More than 1 year ago
I received this book from WaterBrook press for review. I liked the concept of Glenn's book, but often found myself wondering where is the "yes" in many of the chapters. It wasn't tell I removed the concept of his beginning argument of "yes", that the book become clearer. Glenn would have been better to to title the book the Gospel of Grace. It appeared in my opinion to be the real central them of the book. Over and over the fact that God's grace is sufficient for us is the heartbeat of each chapter written. Also, Glenn's honesty was a refreshing touch about his personal struggles at time to embrace God's grace in all areas of life. This simple aspect of humility helps the reader see that it is lifetime journey or struggle to fully embrace God's grace. Overall, I found the book enjoyable, but the concept of "yes' needs to be changed to concept of grace.