Thursday, January 11, 2018

"The Best Yes" Book Review by Shirley Raye Redmond

The Best Yes
Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands
by Lysa Terkeurst
Thomas Nelson Publishing

Here’s an inspiring book to read at the beginning of the new year and to resolve to let your yes be yes and your no be no. If you ever been in the position of feeling overwhelmed by commitments and feeling guilty whenever you say “no” to anything, this book is for you.

The author is the president of the Proverbs 31 Ministry. She covers a wide swath of topics, but all are related in some way to making the right decisions—God-driven decisions, or as she says, “we must not confuse the command to love with the disease to please.” She goes on to help the reader differentiate between the two. With real-life anecdotes and spiritual wisdom, Lysa helps her readers to overcome the agony of making hard decisions by embracing Bible-based wisdom about decision-making.

God has not called us to do ALL things. As my friend Tim has pointed out on more than one occasion, God hasn’t called us to do MOST things either. We want to give our “best yes” and fulfill our obligations with joy—not with guilt or dread and a half-hearted effort.

I highly recommend this book. It’s not a heavy tome—it’s a quick read written in a poignant, yet conversational style. Do yourself a favor. Buy the book. Read it. Then pass it on to another woman whose friendship and love you appreciate.

An award-winning writer and frequent conference speaker,Shirley Raye Redmond is the author of two inspirational historical novels, PRUDENCE PURSUED and AMANDA’S BEAU, as well as two dozen children’s books. Shirley Raye holds an M.A. in literature. She has been married to her husband Bill for forty years. They live in New Mexico and are blessed with two grown children, two adorable grandsons, and one spunky Scottish terrier. Touch bases at or Facebook and


  1. Thank you for the review of "The Best Yes". As the years as progressed I've learned to say "No" and not guilty about it, because God wants us to live with peace and joy and feeling defeated because of everything we committed ourself to.