I recently received a review copy of "The Gospel of Yes" by Mike Glenn. In this book, Glenn explores God's most powerful word, which is "yes". He talks about the fact that so many people feel like God is a God who says "no" all the time, or "Don't do that!" The truth is, God has given mankind so many chances to redeem ourselves. This is one of the most beautiful parts of the book - when Glenn describes people making huge mistakes, but God basically says to them, "You messed up, but yes, here's another chance." Back to the very first mistake - Adam and Eve - when God could have just thrown his hands in the air and blown the earth to pieces and given up... but he didn't. God had to play the role of the broken-hearted parent telling his rebellious children to leave the garden, but he continued to protect them and guide them throughout their lives. When person after person in the scriptures messed up or felt like they weren't good enough, God stepped in to say, "Okay, leave your past in the past. Let's move on together to the next step." I think people want to make God a "no" God because they're scared to give up their lives to follow someone else.
Glenn talks about a lot of great things in this book - from why we needed the cross and the resurrection to our destinies, authentic relationships, and living simpler lives. He covers a lot of topics and does it in a way that is down-to-earth, honest, and easy-to-read. I would certainly recommend this book for fellow believers to read, but also for nonbelievers, so they can get a glimpse of what God really does want for us.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.