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The Gospel of Yes

We Have Missed the Most Important Thing About God. Finding It Changes Everything

Author Mike Glenn
Narrator Mike Glenn
Runtime 6.95 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date May 15, 2012
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God would like a word with you. What you believe about God affects the way you approach life--often in ways you don't realize. Are you convinced that God limits you, or liberates you?
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God would like a word with you. What you believe about God affects the way you approach life--often in ways you don't realize. Are you convinced that God limits you, or liberates you? Is he more interested in correcting you or connecting with you? And when you hit a rough spot and start looking for help, do you believe God is against you or on your side? In The Gospel of Yes, Mike Glenn reveals God's most powerful word, which opens our eyes to everything he does. That word is YES. God said "yes" to creating a world for us to live in and "yes" to inviting us into a relationship with him. No matter what we face in life, the best way to live is captured in one word: yes. When you live in God's "yes" you find your identity, your true value, and your unique purpose on earth. You can stop trying to be someone else and enjoy being yourself as you join with God in doing the work of his kingdom. When God looks at you he always says "yes". It's time to live like you know it.


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I'd Rather Have the Gospel of Jesus
I decided to listen to this book because I saw it had an endorsement from Thom S. Rainer and Scot McKnight. With a title like The Gospel of Yes, I thought I'd get to enjoy a thoughtful look at how all the promises of God find their Yes in Christ, with a solid foundation on the gospel (cf. 2 Cor. 1:18-20). Unfortunately this book is light on Scripture, light on the gospel, and heavy on Christianized self-actualization philosophy.

Glenn deals sparingly with Scripture, and when it does cite the Bible, he usually reinterprets the passage to be about his idea of finding our "Yes," which roughly ends up meaning being positive and hopeful about life's circumstances while pursuing our dreams. Some of us may need to hear that message, but this book won't get you there with the Bible. Likewise, most of the book is silent on what the gospel is. When the gospel is touched on, sin is not presented as an offense to a holy God, and salvation is more of a necessary step for finding your own "Yes."

Also, as I listened to this book in audio format, I was treated to the author's frequent mispronunciations, slightly loud breathing, and audible swallowing throughout. Reading to an audience is a skill, and I'm going to make sure the next book I listen to is read by a professional.

If you're looking for a book that touches on your life and purpose in the community of believers, try something like Crazy Love or Radical. Don't waste your time on this one.

I received this audio book from christianaudio for the purpose of review.
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Review by / (Posted on 6/15/2012)
Amazing narration, a much needed listen
This book promises readers, or in this case, listeners that if they read the Bible, they will see all the "yes'" to Christ and to G-d, and then to themselves within its pages. All the promises of the Messiah say "yes" to Y'shua as Messiah - every prophecy and foretelling. Glenn insists that we need to step back and recognize that G-d is saying "yes" to us, and see what that "yes" means. 

<em>We need to let our yes be yes and our no be no. If it is for G-d, then say yes. If it is not for G-d, then say no.</em> This was how Glenn initially viewed the Christian life. That, and suffering for Christ. But what if that's not what G-d intended? What if He had a different approach in mind? Glenn suggests that G-d creates us as a whole person with particular gifts and temperament. These gifts suit is for a particular pursuit in life. G-d creates us to use our gifts to worship Him, and enjoy our lives with the gifts He has given us. 

We need to say no to the things that don't involve our gifts. Say yes to using our gifts, and no to neglecting them. By doing this, we will best apply ourselves in life. We will reduce frustration and burnout. We will be joyful. And that's what G-d wants from us. It's a simple concept, really. We don't need to suffer because we are Christian. There will be times of pain, for sure, but we have a Messiah to fall back on. So, if we find joy in it and are skilled in it, we should do it joyfully and worship G-d by doing what He created us to do. If we are miserable with the activity and have no skill or gifting in the area, we should abandon the task. Words like these could radically change the church. 

Glenn speaks in a typical preacher-style voice from Texas: gruff with a drawl. Luckily, his drawl is minor, which allows listeners to actually comprehend what he's saying. The audio echoed a bit, as if it were recorded as a podcast. Otherwise, Glenn speaks authoritatively and clearly. With a medium to fast pace, he isn't overbearing in his narration, but surprisingly graceful in the art. The audio is worthy of five stars, more accurately four and a half. 

Following Y'shua is a lot more than being careful not to do wrong. Don't define your life by what you oppose, but rather by what you support. Following Y'shua is doing right, and doing it well, within the giftings and joy G-d has given us.

This review was commissioned by christian audio. Read this review, and others like it, at scriptedgenius.com.
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Review by / (Posted on 6/11/2012)
Food for thought
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Weaving the stories of how his life took a dramatic turn after learning this concept and how others live it out, author Mike Glenn walks us through the idea that God is a God of yes. What exactly does this mean? It's an entire paradigm shift away from the belief that the Christian life is a miserable one, and that God is a tyrant who oppresses us to keep us in line.

Instead, the author outlines ways that God uses our natural gifts, talents, and personality types--which, consequently, He planned and designed--to lead us into an abundant life. As we live this out, we are functioning in the kingdom as we were meant to, not only benefitting God's work on earth, but fulfilling us as individuals.

Although the book is broken into chapters, each chapter has bite-sized chunks that could easily serve as a daily devotion, and since it's an audiobook, it makes for great listening as you commute. The author, who read the book, has an engaging, pleasant, Southern voice, minus that fake accent that drives us real Southerners crazy.

If you were raised in church as I was, it may take you a while to digest this whole book. Each chapter has concepts that challenged me to think about what I'd been taught, in light of what the Bible says about God and what I've found to be true about Him. I found things I didn't agree with, things I wasn't sure about, and things that caused a light to click on. I'm not sure I'd recommend this book to a new Christian, but ones who've been in this thing for a while will certainly find some food for thought.

I received this book free from the publisher through christianaudio in exchange for an honest review.
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Review by / (Posted on 6/7/2012)
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