Book Review: The Gospel of Yes, by Mike Glenn
A. W. Tozer wrote that the most important thing about you is what you believe about God, because what you believe about God determines what you believe about everything else. In his new book, The Gospel of Yes, author and pastor Mike Glenn sets out to change how we think about God.
Many of us, myself included, grew up with the unspoken belief that God was against us. Yes, he provided forgiveness and salvation, which is a good thing. But he left us with a heavy burden of perfection. All of the do’s & don’ts (mostly don’ts) of the Christian life kept us on the performance treadmill. We were so busy trying to avoid sin that we never had the time or energy to enjoy the abundant life.
Beginning in the book of Genesis, Mike Glenn sets out to demonstrate that God really is for us. Even when he says “No,” such as in the 10 Commandments, he is really saying “Yes” to a deeper relationship with himself. Rather than the Christian life being a burden, Mike points out that God has a unique, good plan and purpose for each one of us. When we change our mind about God, we can discover our identity, true value, and unique purpose for our lives.
In the first half of the book, the author traces God’s promises to show that God is for us. In the second half, he tries to explain that God has a unique purpose for each of us. I think the first half of the book is stronger than the second half. While the second half is encouraging, it only whets your appetite to discover what your unique purpose is. It would be more helpful if it guided the reader in the discovery process. It probably needs a companion volume to take it further.
I think the book could benefit from more focus. It struck me as too broad and trying to cover the waterfront. While our opinion of God and his purpose for our lives are related, they both need greater exploration and depth.
There are a couple of occasions where the author uses proof texts to justify his points. The most glaring, in my opinion, is where he uses the phrase, “Let your yes be yes and your no be no” in Matthew 5:37 as the thesis of the book. That verse, however, is about speaking with integrity rather than punctuating your words with oaths or promises. It does not relate to either God’s promises or our purpose. While we should change how we think about God, we need to make sure our thinking is in line with what Scripture has revealed. If not, we can wind up with new errors in our thinking.
While the book is somewhat encouraging, its weaknesses keep it from being a great book.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.