In The Gospel of Yes, Mike Glenn offers readers an inspiring look at how a personal relationship with Jesus is heavily centered on the word “yes.” Glenn highlights how the beginning of our personal relationship with Jesus begins with us saying “yes” to Him, and His willingness to say “yes” to a personal relationship with us and “yes” to forgiving us for all of our sins. The author illuminates how we often allow ourselves to be divided about what Jesus does not allow us to do, but we fail to place a strong emphasis on what he tells us we can do. For Glenn, the numerous times Jesus says “yes” is undervalued. This book desires for Christians to engage to characterize themselves more by what Jesus says “yes” to instead of what he forbids. The author contends that Christianity becomes more attractive and reaches more lost souls when we appeal to the more positive and important things Jesus says “yes” about rather than defeating people with all the things He does not permit.
Mike Glenn writes, “If we understand who we are created to be in Christ, we realize we have an all-consuming calling. Our calling–our ‘yes’ in Christ–is what focuses our lives and determines how we invest our lives” (p. 24). What the book wants us to recognize is we will know who we are “created to be in Christ” when we are willing to surrender to the will of Christ. Although the author could have made it clearer that it’s essential to embrace the things Jesus says “no” to, he captures the power of a life that concentrates on adopting a heart and mind like Jesus. If you’re really determined to be a true Christian, you’re willing to submit yourself to the totality of the will of Jesus. Glenn’s book does a great job of elucidating how essential it is to surrender to God’s complete will.
While the book is not super sophisticated and does not attempt to be, it gives the reader a new perspective on mundane things about Christian living. What I found most interesting was the author’s treatment of the word “yes” in relation to the bible and our relationship with Jesus. We may not often think about how significant the word “yes” is to having a proper understanding of God’s Word, but Glenn does not allow us to lose sight of this word’s importance. I highly recommend that you read this book. It will inspire you to live a better life in the will of God and challenge you to become the best you can be.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group to compose this review.
Antonio Maurice Daniels
University of Wisconsin-Madison
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This new book is a training tool for people who want to live the way of Jesus. Centered on the entire contents of the Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 5-7, it unpacks the sermon in hard-hitting, easy-to-understand, and practical ways.
It certainly is a good tool for improved Christian living. I’m not sure I can agree with you that the book is centered on the Sermon on the Mount, however.