Each Lent, I choose one random religious, devotional or inspirational book to read. This year, I was led to read “The Gospel of Yes” by Mike Glenn. This book started out slow and didn’t immediately grab my attention. However. I wasn’t surprised because it has typically been my experience with these types of books.
The theme is quite simple. Instead of resisting the urge to say “yes” to God’s plan for the gifts, talents you have, just try simply surrendering and saying “yes.” According to the author, “We each have a unique set of gifts, passions, talents, and experiences. Your “yes” from Christ will take into consideration and take full advantage of every aspect of your self.”
Each page, each chapter, builds upon the previous ones and there was much food for thought and reflection as my reading progressed, and the end of the book segues into some very thought-provoking discussion questions. Each chapter starts off with a verse of scripture; which seems to be the standard layout for these types of books. What I liked the most about this book was that it made me think and at times made me uncomfortable while I peeled back the layers of unchartered waters and dug deep. Then I realized that maybe, just maybe, as the author writes, “I have to face the hard truth that in a lot of ways I am not completely convinced of the message of the gospel.”
In that reflection you will find yourself asking the question stated by Bogle, “What are the things by which we should measure our lives? I’m still searching for the ultimate answer to that question.” “The world, including most religions, works overtime to tell us what we are not, who we are not, and what we will never be.” If you’re “stuck,” in an imperfect moment, searching for different answers and all the stars are in alignment…this might be the book you may enjoy reading. If you have read or are thinking about reading “The Gospel of Yes” by Mike Glenn, I would love to read your feedback.
Poignant Pearl of Wisdom: “Modeling stewardship is different from living it” (p.174).
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Disclaimer: This book was received for free from the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.