Your Sacred Yes: Trading Life-Draining Obligation for Freedom, Passion, and Joy

Your Sacred Yes: Trading Life-Draining Obligation for Freedom, Passion, and Joy

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Overview

Are you worn out from life's ought-to's and should-do's?

It's so easy to give away our time to things un-appointed by God. We commit to something because it's a good cause or there's a great need. Or maybe because no one else will help out. The result? The days blur together and we find ourselves overworked and underjoyed, desperate for a faith awakening.

In this practical and liberating book, Susie shares biblical ways to:

· Learn how—and when—to say no without guilt or shame
· Find a pace and perspective that matches God's best for you
· Discern man-made obligations from God-given invitations

Will you say yes to the One who will rejuvenate your soul?

Includes Reflection Questions for Personal or Group Use. A DVD Study Companion Is Also Available Separately.

"If your days feel more life-draining than life-giving, let Susie Larson show you how to reclaim the joyful, fruitful life God wants for you."—Mark Batterson, bestselling author and lead pastor of National Community Church

"Susie really opened my eyes to look for God's best when deciding where I spend my time. He doesn't give up on us because we made mistakes. He has a design and purpose to fulfill, and the enemy would love nothing more than to take us out with exhaustion and wasted time."—Caroline Barnett, co-pastor of The Dream Center and author of Willing to Walk on Water

"Saying yes to God is the most important decision you can make, but it shouldn't stop there. After beginning a relationship with Christ, we must constantly say yes to His influence, wisdom, and power in our lives. Your Sacred Yes will empower and equip you to say yes to a life of freedom, fulfillment, and significance. Say yes!"—Craig Groeschel, senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv and author of From This Day Forward

"Challenging us to carefully consider our sacred responsibilities, Susie Larson uses her trademark transparent stories to compel us to rest more and to make the difficult decisions that will prioritize our relationship with God. If you find yourself in the rat race of life, Your Sacred Yes will give you the courage to slow down and say yes to the right things."—Pastor Nate and Jodi Ruch, Emmanuel Christian Center

"This is such a timely book for all of us. I am grateful that Susie said yes to writing these sacred truths. This book will strengthen and empower all of us to follow the voice of God with more boldness and clarity."—Brady Boyd, pastor of New Life Church and author of Addicted to Busy

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764213311
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/02/2015
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 295,872
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Susie Larson is a radio host, author and national speaker. She hosts her own daily live talk show, Live the Promise with Susie Larson, which airs across the Upper Midwest and in several other locations around the country. Active in local ministry, she is the author of Your Beautiful Purpose, Blessings for the Morning, and eight other books. Susie and her husband, Kevin, have three adult sons and live near Minneapolis, Minnesota. Learn more at susielarson.com.

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Your Sacred Yes: Trading Life-Draining Obligation for Freedom, Passion, and Joy 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Pooke More than 1 year ago
Yes or No? What do you say yes to? Are you choosy about what you agree to? Or do you have trouble saying, “no,” and have found yourself overwhelmed? Susie Larson claims she can give you a calmer, less overextended life. You just need to say yes to twelve things. The author states those affirmations will also bring you a more fulfilling life, and closer to God. Some of the twelve are: necessary change, humility, and God’s wisdom. Another one, my favorite, was “your worth,” which is seeing yourself as God sees you. He sees us as having great value, someone that was worth dying for, and we are much loved. Quoting the author: “You are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 1:3). Say it: I am blessed beyond measure, rich beyond comprehension! I will live the full life God has promised me!” Ready for a change! Each “yes” has a chapter in the book devoted to it. Those sections explain how the author defines each quality, and she shares a situation from her own life that illustrates the point. Bible passages and a thorough discussion of the attribute is included, along with questions that will cause you to deeply examine your life as regards that quality. The author has a section called, “A Wise Word” in each chapter, as well as, areas called, “Personal Reflection” and “Faith Declaration.” Use this book as a personal devotional, or go through it as a group study. Her website has a workbook that can be downloaded that has in-depth Bible study questions. A bonus chapter at the end of the book is meant to be used over a time period of six weeks. It is a combination of physical and faith challenges. A DVD Study Companion is available as a separate purchase. This 5-star book is easy and interesting to read, and can be used without getting the extra purchase items. I liked the personal examples the author shared, and was glad explanations of each topic were included. Some of the suggestions might be hard to do, but the benefits, I think, would outweigh the effort. If you feel stretched almost to the breaking point by your commitments, for the sake of yourself and your relationships, try to make changes. The author suggests turning to God for help, and I agree. I recommend this book as a tool to anyone who would like to make their life simpler, as well as, gain a stronger relationship with God. The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Your Sacred Yes through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read through Your Sacred Yes as part of an online, 6-week book study. I found Susie's message very timely and powerful. I survived a very traumatic accident right after I graduated from college that left me nearly dead. As I recovered, I vowed to not let my time on this earth go to waste. However, that ended up in equating busyness with productivity. Although I excelled in my career and personal life, and took hold of many wonderful opportunities, after 6 years I was burned out and weary. Reading through Susie's book was almost relieving in a way. It taught me that I can allow myself some rest, and that my busyness was not productive but more inefficient and leads to a lower quality of life over all. God gives us the gift of rest, and it's up to us to accept that gift. I'll let you read the book for yourself to find out the other wonderful truth Susie teaches in Your Sacred Yes. I highly recommend this book for personal study or in a group setting.
BeautifulExcellentBooks More than 1 year ago
This book helps us take an honest look at our lives, commitments, faith, and motivations, encouraging us to take time to prioritize what is most important in our lives. It cautions us against overcommitment and exhaustion, which can have surprising consequences. The solution, she says, is in trusting our loving God for wisdom and guidance. I thought this book would be something of a practical list of types of activities and mindsets that we should gravitate toward or cultivate. I was partially right. Some chapters strayed off the main message and confused me, but I took a lot of notes nevertheless. There is a lot of excellent material written here about the innate value of every single person as a creation of God. I kept getting the feeling that the author was repeating herself, and I prefer a simpler more logical, linear and focused style of reading, with less emotion and jargon. Others will no doubt appreciate the personable, chatty style of this intelligent, accomplished radio talk show host, author and national speaker. Each chapter ends with a prayer, personal reflections, a wise word (quote), group discussion starters, and a “faith declaration” to help us remember what is true. This is an energetic book filled with examples of people who have made good and bad choices, and includes the voices of many other wise leaders in the Christian faith. It contains an abundance of references to Biblical truths. I recommend it as one that can help explain our motivation to make commitments we don’t really want to make, and how to bring order and peace to our entire lives by trusting in the power of God, which comes to us through our faith in him. [I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the moment I read the cover of Your Sacred Yes: Trading Life-Draining Obligation for Freedom, Passion, and Joy, I knew author Susie Larson was addressing a topic that matters to me and many busy people who are trying to do what God wants them to do with their lives. With humor and candor, Susie Larson discusses the difference reasons we feel compelled to say yes to more obligations than we can sometimes handle. Throughout her book, Susie takes us on a journey of understanding and helps us see how God can use our time and talents better if we are focused on His will rather than secondary concerns. She discusses how we can discern the difference because the sometimes draining obligations created by people and opportunities God gives us to serve Him. With clarity and compassion, Susie invites us to see how important and sacred our yes is, and how sometimes it is okay and best to say no to an invitation, even a good invitation, if it distracts you from what God wants you to do. Overall, I enjoyed reading Your Sacred Yes. The book seemed a bit repetitive at times, but the message is so needed now. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of Your Sacred Yes by Susie Larson for my candid review.
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
Your Sacred Yes by Susie Larson is a fantastic read! In a world where technology was supposed to make more time by making our lives easier, it seems we are running out of time even faster than we were before. Time is a precious commodity and one that everyone seems to be running out of and busy is a bad four letter word. Perhaps all of that is due to our inability to really know when to say yes to commitments and when to say no. “Days will fly by and sacred moments will continue to elude us until we decide to hit the brakes and take inventory of what’s driving us.” (Loc 148) I absolutely LOVED this book. It provides practical ways to eliminate unnecessary stress and commitments while giving encouragement. One of the most powerful quotes for me within the book was, “The Chinese word for busyness combines two symbols made up of these two words: heart killer.” (Loc 212) I cannot tell you enough about Your Sacred Yes but I can tell you that it’s a worthwhile read and one you won’t regret spending time on. It’s a book you’ll want to read again and again and the study guide and videos that accompany the book are fabulous as well! I received this book from Netgalley and Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review which I’ve provided here.
BookLover More than 1 year ago
I received a pre-release copy of YOUR SACRED YES and found it to be biblically balanced, probing, and problem solving. Many Christians say, "Yes," to so many things because we think/feel it's the "Christian" thing to do. Susie Larson's book does indeed teach how to say, "No," that we might learn to say a sacred YES to the things God wants for us. Each chapter challenges and delves deeper into why we do what we do and how to step off of the performance treadmill so that we can truly walk with the Lord in the path He's prepared for us. The exercises at the end of each chapter are priceless. Susie doesn't just teach "what" but explains "why" and goes on to show us "how." This book is a gem and useful for both women and men who yearn for a more balanced walk of faith based on an intimate, loving relationship with the Lord rather than on performance. The DVD of YOUR SACRED YES is such a treat! If you love practical biblical truth or ever wondered how to apply it to your life Susie's DVD is the next best thing to having a sit down, one-on-one conversation with her. Not only does Susie perfectly, poignantly recap the truths in her book but does so in a practical and personal way. Treat yourself and those you love with the DVD. It would make an ideal study for personal or group use! LOVE BOTH THE BOOK AND DVD.
Claudia Wiens More than 1 year ago
Susie Larson helps us to understand how to really trust God to say "no" to those things that keep us too busy (even the good things!) but some of the good things are not what God actually wants us to do..... So we ask Him... and then He gives us the strength -- and yes, the time, to do what He wants us to do! Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of YOUR SACRED YES: TRADING LIFE-DRAINING OBLIGATIONS FOR FREEDOM, PASSION, & JOY by Susie Larson from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. I enjoy books like this – I think of them as “self help” – and this one really struck a chord with me. I have recently been plagued by some stressors both in work and in life, so I looked forward to this book. In one word, it is “liberating.” I liked reading about life from someone else’s point-of-view. I could relate much of what was said to things that I do. People call me a “go-getter.” A “leader.” “Nice.” Basically, I say yes to things a lot, and always with an almost too perky smile. I want people to be happy and I want to experience new, positive things. This book helped me to still achieve those sensations while saying no. The book stresses that these ways are so that we won’t feel guilt or shame. I highly recommend this to, basically, everyone (and especially a few I know personally who struggle with this. They will be getting emails from me about this book). We all face moments when we want to say yes, but it would be in our best interest to actually go with no.
KathySchwanke More than 1 year ago
In Your Sacred Yes, we have an opportunity to glean from the stream of living water that flows from within the believer in Jesus who dwells in His word.  [John 7:38] The Word of God flows through Susie Larson, speaking to the place in my soul that hungers for truth and desires to live a fruitful life that counts in eternity, pleasing God in all that I do.  [AND I am looking forward to the eternal rewards Jesus so often talks about!] This is a book that you must digest slowly with a journal nearby, pausing at the wise questions Susie asks at the end of each chapter to allow the Holy Spirit to speak and root out any impure motives or nudge you toward new steps He wants you to take.  You will find greater liberty from our common earthly mindset, the idols of people pleasing and self-reliance, and find new freedom to cease striving and rest in God. In order to say ‘yes’ to the things God calls us to, and ‘no’ to all else, we need to clarify or name what God has called us to do. For some it seems clear from the beginning. “Called to be a photographer, called to be a missionary, called to rescue victims, etc. . . .” But like the young adult graduating high school, often naming the pursuit is obscure, and you’ve got to move forward with faith that God is going to direct your steps. I believe God leaves it obscure for some of us so that we will tune our ear to His voice depending on His direction for each new day, and that is what Susie keeps moving us toward in Your Sacred Yes, the foundation for every calling is intimacy with God. We can all say, “I am called to be a witness with my life.” All fruitfulness in the Kingdom of God begins by spending time with our King, learning from Him, and responding to Him. He is the initiator of fruit. We are the branch connected to the Vine [John 15] and the tree planted by the water [Psalm 1] From the book:      “If we dare to assess our souls, can we honestly say that most of your yeses reveal that we know we are heirs of God? . . .     Are we aware of how sacred and precious our time, talents and gifts are? Do we live out of the divine supply God has offered us? Do we keep heaven busy with our prayers? Does heaven move because of our claim on God’s promises? Or do spiritual resources remain untouched because we continually forget to look up and remember who we are and why we are here?” ~Susie Larson [Your Sacred Yes] You might say “Your Sacred Yes” waters your soul, nourishes your roots, aids in weed removal, and strengthens your connection to the Vine, therefore encouraging a rich, abundant, and more fruitful life with Jesus.  I highly recommend being mentored by the wisdom God has given Susie Larson.
LB011 More than 1 year ago
Many opportunities that come our way are good, worthy, important uses of our time. But we're not designed to say yes to so much, that we end up regretting some or all of the good activities to which we've committed (over-committed?) our time and energy. God has made each of us unique, He's already planned what He has for us to do. We need to be still, soak up His Word, listen for where He leads, and follow. An accompanying dvd further develops each topic. The study can be done individually, or with a friend, or in a small group; whatever works best. Thank you, Susie, for this fresh perspective.
LonnaC More than 1 year ago
I can't recommend this book and DVD enough, but let me try. I thought I was off the hook when I started this book and DVD because for the first time in a very long time, my load is relatively light. I now work at home, I don't have any evening commitments except once a week. Just not a whole lot on my plate. Not throwing my "yes" around, no sir, not me! Well, I wasn't very far in when the hook sunk in.  You know, God is the best "dot to dot"ter. He connects dots that He started a long time ago and He keeps connecting them. Even the ones we haven't thought about for awhile! In my case many of my dots began in childhood. They hurt. A lot. I didn't see sense in them at the time and didn’t for years. I was raised without a father for the first 15 years of my life and my mom used to tell me "God is your dad". In all honesty, I questioned God's parenting ability as He seemed to allow things in my life that I wouldn't have let happen to my kids. In "Your Sacred Yes", Susie invited me to revisit the places of battle in my past. Places it looked as though the enemy won; my innocence stolen from me, fear etched deeply on my heart long after bruises healed, fear of abandonment and feelings of low self worth long after the taunts and bullying was silenced. Big dots. In revisiting the places of battle, Susie encouraged me to look for the spoils. She says: "We need to revisit our places of battle and find out what's true there because we are still standing. We made it through the battle. There are truths we can extract from that place. There are spoils I am carrying that I don't even know and the enemy doesn't get to have the last say either". Dots were connected, more healing done, insight given to me and above all, a reminder that He, our beloved Creator, invites us to embrace that sacred Yes, dance the divine dance, and remember above all, that it's an invitation with no condemnation, no conditions, and even if we are too scared right now, His salvation is secure and solid, His love for us eternal. But it's also a promise, a promise, that we will never regret saying Yes to Him because "we are the apple of His eye, the center of His heart, we're in the center of His circle and that's the only place we need to be. We're the object of His affection and He sings over us and cherishes us”. He frees us to say “Yes” to Him with no fear.  The dot-to-dot continues and will until I get Home and then, and only then will I see the magnificence of what He was connecting. And it will be glorious. I could say so much more but then I'd be writing a book, about a book and well, that's not what this review is about. The only warning about this book and DVD, don't read or watch while eating. It's hard to eat and cry at the same time.
TeamOdom More than 1 year ago
The DIVINE INSIGHT in Susie Larson's book "Your Sacred Yes" has been so penetrating to my heart and soul! I am quick to say yes to the demands of this world, requests upon requests can dismantle my heart and my ability to hear the prompting of God...which in turn leaves me spinning doing many things...but not necessarily God appointed design in my day. When I am not following the heart of God in my day and in my decisions, frazzled days turn into fractured moments, which in turn leaves my heart dry and unable to pour out into my family and friends, not to mention my own heart feeling depleted and discouraged. As it says in Susie's book, "It's so easy to give away our time to things un-appointed by God," and I so know that to be true. "I don't want to miss one thing the Lord has for me," again a quote and a riveting, compelling cry of my heart from "Your Sacred Yes." I don't want to miss His glory! And the insight and call from this book urges me to listen to the Lord before I respond to the business of the world. My heart is quieter already and I am grateful! Thank you Susie, for walking in intimacy with your Savior and in turn sharing that insight with us!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wanting to always make the best use of my time and the wisest decisions I can, Your Sacred Yes walked with me through the process of sorting through priorities, obligations and my own dreams.  Like sitting down for coffee with a friend, Susie Larson offers wisdom through her own personal experiences, scripture, discernment and the guidance of other trusted mentors.  A must read for those of us who wish to be diligent, useful and productive.  Tamra P