The Best Yes

Reviewed by Linnea Lewis

The Best Yes is a compelling book about making wise decisions in the midst of endless demands. We all have a desire to bless (or, to put it more plainly, please) people and so we find ourselves saying “yes” over and over again to overflowing to-do lists, a sea of commitments, and an overwhelmed, stressed out, worn out, powerless and purposeless life. This book is about the powerful yet simple words yes and no . . . and how to use them well to live your part in God’s plan. Lysa encourages women with Scripture, poignant prose, and practical examples to weigh decisions carefully and to love, instead of just please, the people all around us. The truth is that there are consequences to each choice we make. As Lysa reminds us, “The decisions you make determine the schedule you keep. The schedule you keep determines the life you live. And how you live your life determines how you spend your soul.”

This is not about selfishly putting myself first, but about using God’s Word, wise counsel, and insight from the Holy Spirit to accept His assignments from a place of assurance and peace. Lysa stresses that, “Best Yes answers are much more likely to happen when we are in the habit of seeking wisdom. We have to put our hearts and minds in places where wisdom gathers, not scatters.”

Even as a young mother with a mostly open schedule, I find myself stressing about certain decisions or requests and not knowing the right answer all the time. When I think about how complicated life gets with older children, a multi-age homeschool, a more mature marriage, and ministry or work opportunities galore, I think it would be a great idea to re-read this book in about ten years!

I would recommend this book to those who are serious about being who God calls them to be . . . and who are courageous enough to face the need to say no to some things, so they can say yes to what is truly best. As Lysa says: “Let’s use the two most powerful words, yes and no, with resounding assurance, graceful clarity, and guided power. All so people may see Jesus when they see us. Hear Jesus when they hear us. And know Jesus when they know us.” 

This review was originally published in the November/December 2015 issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine. Information and availability subject to change without notice.