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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 9781441265494
ISBN-13: 9781441265494

Publisher's Description

Are you worn out from life's ought-to's and should-do's?

It's so easy to give away our time to things un-appointed by God. We commit to something because it's a good cause or there's a great need. Or maybe because no one else will help out. The result? The days blur together and we find ourselves overworked and underjoyed, desperate for a faith awakening.

In this practical and liberating book, Susie shares biblical ways to:

· Learn how--and when--to say no without guilt or shame
· Find a pace and perspective that matches God's best for you
· Discern man-made obligations from God-given invitations

Will you say yes to the One who will rejuvenate your soul?

Includes Reflection Questions for Personal or Group Use. A DVD Study Companion Is Also Available Separately.

"If your days feel more life-draining than life-giving, let Susie Larson show you how to reclaim the joyful, fruitful life God wants for you."--Mark Batterson, bestselling author and lead pastor of National Community Church

"Susie really opened my eyes to look for God's best when deciding where I spend my time. He doesn't give up on us because we made mistakes. He has a design and purpose to fulfill, and the enemy would love nothing more than to take us out with exhaustion and wasted time."--Caroline Barnett, co-pastor of The Dream Center and author of Willing to Walk on Water

"Saying yes to God is the most important decision you can make, but it shouldn't stop there. After beginning a relationship with Christ, we must constantly say yes to His influence, wisdom, and power in our lives. Your Sacred Yes will empower and equip you to say yes to a life of freedom, fulfillment, and significance. Say yes!"--Craig Groeschel, senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv and author of From This Day Forward

"Challenging us to carefully consider our sacred responsibilities, Susie Larson uses her trademark transparent stories to compel us to rest more and to make the difficult decisions that will prioritize our relationship with God. If you find yourself in the rat race of life, Your Sacred Yes will give you the courage to slow down and say yes to the right things."--Pastor Nate and Jodi Ruch, Emmanuel Christian Center

"This is such a timely book for all of us. I am grateful that Susie said yes to writing these sacred truths. This book will strengthen and empower all of us to follow the voice of God with more boldness and clarity."--Brady Boyd, pastor of New Life Church and author of Addicted to Busy

Author Bio

Susie Larson is a radio host, author and national speaker. She hosts her own daily live talk show, Live the Promise with Susie Larson, which airs across the Upper Midwest and in several other locations around the country. Active in local ministry, she is the author of Your Beautiful Purpose, Blessings for the Morning, and eight other books. Susie and her husband, Kevin, have three adult sons and live near Minneapolis, Minnesota. Learn more at susielarson.com.

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  1. Kansas City
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Yes or No?
    November 14, 2015
    tickmenot
    Kansas City
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What do you say yes to? Are you choosy about what you agree to? Or do you have trouble saying, "no," and have found yourself overextended? Susie Larson claims she can give you a calmer life, and a much more fulfilling one. You just need to say yes to twelve things. Those affirmations will also bring you closer to God, and His will for your life.

    Some of the twelve are: necessary change, humility, and God's wisdom. Another one, my favorite, was "your worth," which is seeing yourself as God sees you. He sees us as having great value, someone that was worth dying for. Quoting the author:

    "You are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 1:3). Say it: I am blessed beyond measure, rich beyond comprehension! I will live the full life God has promised me!"

    Ready for a change!

    Each "yes" has a chapter in the book devoted to it. Those sections explain how the author defines each quality, and she has a situation from her own life that illustrates the point. Bible passages and deeper discussion of the attribute is included, along with questions that will cause you to deeply examine your life as regards that quality. The author has a section called, "A Wise Word" in each chapter, as well as, areas called, "Personal Reflection" and "Faith Declaration."

    Use this book as a personal devotional, or go through it as a group study. Her website has a Workbook that can be downloaded that has in-depth Bible study questions. A DVD Study Companion is available as a separate purchase. A bonus chapter at the end of the book is meant to be used over a time period of six weeks. It is a combination of physical and faith challenges.

    This 5-star book is easy and interesting to read. The book can be used without getting the extra purchase items. I liked the personal examples the author shared, and was glad explanations of each topic were included. Some of the suggestions might be hard to do, but the benefits, I think, would outweigh the effort. I recommend it to anyone who would like to make their life simpler, as well as, gain a stronger relationship with God.

    The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Your Sacred Yes through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
  2. Lima, OH
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A biblical view on choosing obligations
    October 19, 2015
    ksnapier
    Lima, OH
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The title, Your Sacred Yes: Trading Life-Draining Obligations for Freedom, Passion and Joy, struck my heart. I have always been the one that would volunteer for things or could not say no when asked to do things. All this led to was frustrations and stress. This book helps to address this from a biblical viewpoint. It is not a lecture though, Susie Larson uses humor and the Bible to help discover how to say no without feeling guilty, look for God's path for you and to distinguish between God's invitation and man-made.

    I love this book and I have started implementing it into my life.

    I was given this book by Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
  3. Ashland, Ky.
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    EXCELLENT read!
    September 7, 2015
    BTNSBJ
    Ashland, Ky.
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Thanks as always to Bethany House for their superb quality books they have allowed me to read for free in exchange for an honest review.

    "Your Sacred Yes" has become one of my very favorite NON-fiction Christian books. Susie Larson writes w/Godly wisdom and genuine love for her fellow sisters in Christ. I just know you'll love it as much as I did. I used it as a devotional type book and it spoke to my heart all the way through. Susie asks thought-provoking questions at the end of every chapter and always a beautiful prayer to be repeated. All her chapters, thoughts and prayers are backed w/scripture.

    The author opened my eyes to really look for the things that God actually wants me to say 'yes' to, not just saying yes to something worthwhile or even church-related or because there's a need. She teaches you how to really search your heart to listen to His voice and timing on different areas of your life and she gives personal stories of how she and others learned to do so. Susie explains how to say 'no' to the things that don't truly matter in your life and how to discern God's best that He wants you to have or be involved in and His invitation to things He wants for you.

    I would like to use a quote from the book, "Part of what it means to embrace a sacred yes is simply to give our next yes to God. And then give Him the yes after that, and then the yes after that. Whatever He tells you to do, do it. Whatever He asks of you, trust Him; He'll see you through it."

    I totally HIGHLY recommend this awesome book!! I loved it so much I didn't want it to end, so recently I bought one of her other books she has written. I have learned so much from her and I'm sure you will too!! I cannot say enough good about this book and I've already gone back to it several times just to re-read some of the chapters. She encourages each one of us to truly seek God for His Sacred Yes in any area of our lives.
  4. New Yrok
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Be Prepared To Change!
    August 23, 2015
    janelleshillito@yahoo.com
    New Yrok
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When this book came out for review, I just knew that I had to read it. This review is my own, personal opinion. I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House book review program in exchange for my reading and honest review.

    The title caught my eye; "Your Sacred Yes: Trading Life-Draining Obligation for Freedom, Passion & Joy". That title sound EXACTLY like what I wanted to read. As soon as it arrived, I immediately dug right in. I liked the first couple chapters so well, that my husband borrowed the book to his side of the bed to read. :) But most importantly, this book spoke to my heart.

    Susie Larson has done a wonderful job writing these chapters, applying scripture and then concluding each chapter with a prayer, personal reflective questions, A Wise Word tidbit, group discussion questions and finally ending with a prayer. This book is NOT one you can just power through, read it and move on. If you want to get the most out of this book, slowly and prayerfully read each chapter. There is so much to think about and how it applies to your own life.

    One of the things that spoke to me was the chapter on Busyness vs. Abundance. The author speaks to how busy we are, doing all these good works. But how many of those good works are things that God wants us to be doing? We feel tired, exhausted, worn out and just plain sick from our day to day running. Running for things that are good and noble to be doing, yet should we be living exhausted 100% of the time?

    When I was pregnant with my fourth child, I became extremely sick for the entire pregnancy. I spent many hours laying in bed, too sick or tired to move. My husband had to stay home from work to care for the other kids. It was at that time that we pulled back from almost all of our commitments. We just couldn't do everything. Something had to go. I had so much guilt over pulling my kids out of everything, saying 'no' to my commitments and just slowing down. But that is what that time in my life called for.

    Following the pregnancy, I realized how good it felt to not to be involved in everything that everyone wanted me to be in. I still had guilt over saying 'no' but I had had a small taste of what God wanted for me and my family. I wasn't going back.

    It wasn't until I read this book until I realized that God doesn't want us running full speed ahead 100% of the time with no rest. There are times when we need to be running, other times walking, and other times just resting. Before we start saying 'yes', we need to pray over those future commitments and ask God if that is what he wants us to do. Seeking God to lead you will give you that peace to saying 'no' when God says no.

    My other favorite chapter was chapter 10, Simple Sacred Steps. In that chapter we read about the power of consistency and how that is necessary for a fruitful life. Small acts and disciplines add up to huge changes in life. Susie Larson has a large list of small disciplines that can be life change. Things like: daily devotions, daily prayer, exercising regularly, drinking enough water, going to bed early enough, giving generously, etc. This chapter invigorated me to return to those small steps taken each day to help improve my life.

    After reading this book, I felt inspired, refreshed and had drawn closer to God. I would highly recommend it to everyone, especially those who are tired and worn out. Prayerfully read though the chapters and ask God what He would have you change in your life. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did!
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Busyness does not equal a productive life.
    August 23, 2015
    R.B.
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I read through Your Sacred Yes as part of an online, 6-week book study. I found Susie's message very timely and powerful. I survived a very traumatic accident right after I graduated from college that left me nearly dead. As I recovered, I vowed to not let my time on this earth go to waste. However, that ended up in equating busyness with productivity. Although I excelled in my career and personal life, and took hold of many wonderful opportunities, after 6 years I was burned out and weary. Reading through Susie's book was almost relieving in a way. It taught me that I can allow myself some rest, and that my busyness was not productive but more inefficient and leads to a lower quality of life over all. God gives us the gift of rest, and it's up to us to accept that gift. I'll let you read the book for yourself to find out the other wonderful truth Susie teaches in Your Sacred Yes. I highly recommend this book for personal study or in a group setting.
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