The Grace of Yes: A Review


The cover appropriately displays a fish out of water. Ever felt like that? Like you were in over your head? Like you were way outside of your comfort zone? Then this book is for you!

Part spiritual memoir/part advice book, like many of Lisa Hendey’s writings, it takes you to the heart of a life well-lived and helps you to look at your life in a different way. She lays her heart bare so you can relate to and learn from her experiences. It has definitely helped me in thinking about some of the ways I’ve been called to graciously sacrifice and listen to God’s call.

This brief book can be read in a couple days (initially I did), but it would be best to read slowly. Take a break between chapters to ruminate on the questions. It would work great for group study. I can imagine the questions would lead to great conversations and a deeper spirituality for all involved. I mean, here’s an example:

What logical and emotional constraints keep you from fully trusting God?

That would definitely not be a question I’d feel comfortable answering in public. Maybe that says something about my own constraints.

The story in the book that has stuck with me the longest is a description of her visit to Rwanda. I don’t want to go into too much detail of it because I don’t want to take away from it’s power for you. Just trust me that it is something you won’t get out of your head easily and it will prompt a lot of reflection on the suffering you’ve seen in your own life. Hopefully any suffering you’ve endured or witnessed will pale in comparison.

I recommend this book to anyone, but especially to women and book groups. Reading it on my own, I found myself wishing I had someone to share it with. Grab a friend or two and pick it up this November!

The Grace of Yes will be published in November 2014. I have been given the opportunity to read this book in advance in exchange for an honest review. I thank Ave Maria Press for this opportunity.

I was able to do this through my membership with NetGalley. If you’d like the opportunity to read good books and review them for your audience, membership to NetGalley is completely free and easy to sign up! I highly recommend it!

I am recycling this review today because it is #GraceofYes day! Share on your own blog and/or social media how you have said “yes” to God lately. Imagine how much better the world would be if we would all just say “yes”!


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