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Lysa TerKeurst is president and chief visionary officer of Proverbs 31 Ministries and the author of six New York Times bestsellers, including Good Boundaries and Goodbyes, Forgiving What You Can't Forget, and It's Not Supposed to Be This Way. She writes from her family's farm table and lives in North Carolina. Connect with her at www.LysaTerKeurst.com or on social media @LysaTerKeurst.


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Lysa deals with a universal condition. She calls it "the disease to please." Those of us who are afflicted will find her counsel timely and practical. I did.

Max Lucado, pastor and New York Times best-selling author

The Best Yes is Lysa at her best: warm, wise, practical, honest. This topic is so timely for me, and for every other busy woman and mom I know, and Lysa has both instructed and inspired me through these wonderful and necessary pages.

Shauna Niequist, author of Bread & Wine

Lysa presents a compelling question we should all be asking ourselves - am I experiencing the calling I'm made for or have I lost my way in the rush of life? The demands others place on us will push and pull us until we learn how to say yes to the part we're supposed to play. Lysa reminds us that God guides us to specific places for a reason - and when I say yes to His will, who I am will align with what I do, allowing God's purpose to prevail in my life.

Steven Furtick, Lead Pastor, Elevation Church & New York Times bestselling author of Crash The Chatterbox, and Greater

In a loud and shouty Internet age with more people than ever before vying for our time and attention, learning how to say "no" is a survival skill. One that we we women especially need help mastering. Setting healthy boundaries without giving up on community altogether is the Biblical life skill that Lysa unpacks with grace, faith, and a great sense of humor in this book. Reading it was like remembering how to exhale.

Lisa-Jo Baker, Best selling author of, Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected About Being a Mom and community manager for the website, incourage.me

Lysa TerKeurst is one of the most brilliant women I know and I am so thankful for her willingness to share her thoughtful process for making wise decisions in The Best Yes. By saying "no" to some things we can say "YES" to the best things so that we can be better servants of Jesus, happier members of our family and more skillful and productive employees. She writes in such a way that you feel like she is giving all this advice directly to YOU. There is not a person I know that wouldn't benefit from reading the wisdom from the pages of The Best Yes.

Perry Noble, Senior Pastor of NewSpring Church and author of Overwhelmed

Our choices ultimately determine the direction of our lives. Though we want to be agreeable, saying "yes" too often can cause us to become overwhelmed, stressed, and worn thin. That's why I love Lysa Terkeurst's incredible book, The Best Yes. In it, Lysa will lead you to make wise choices as you learn to break through the barriers of guilt, indecisiveness and people pleasing. Pick up this book now and let Lysa help you find your best "yes."

Craig Groeschel, Senior Pastor of LifeChurch.tv, Author of Fight, Winning the Battles that Matter Most

Like few other women I know, Lysa has the ability to move us from a stuck place to a place of freedom. If you like me have spent much of your life saying "yes" to things you wish you had the courage to say "no" to, this book will be a game changer. It's is a book you will want, not just of yourself but for all the women in your life. When we understand the scriptural principles outlined here, then every "Yes!" will be intensional, significant and wholehearted. Thank you Lysa!

Sheila Walsh, author of The Storm Inside

Lysa's pen is vibrant, her heart pulsates with understanding and warmth, and her yeses are wisdom-sharp. I'm tired of tired. This tome of truth arrived in the nick of time. Thanks, Lysa. I needed to get back on track with my Best Yeses and kind noes.

Patsy Clairmont, author of Twirl: A Fresh Spin At Life

I love The Best Yes! Wise, warm, honest, funny, and do-it-now practical, this guide to making smart decisions is just the thing for those of us who have too much on our calendars and need help to stop the madness. Lysa has clearly lived and learned what works and what doesn't. Her stories, examples, and advice all ring true, and wisdom pours from every page. This is her best yet!

Liz Curtis Higgs, best-selling author of Bad Girls of the Bible

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On August 12, New York Times Bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst will release The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands.

TerKeurst is the president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and a national speaker. Proverbs 31, a non-profit ministry based out of Charlotte, North Carolina, reaches 700,000 women through a daily devotional with Christ-centered teachings.

In Spring of 2013, TerKeurst sat down with one hundred women from across the country ranging from early twenties to retirement. She asked them their deepest needs and desires, challenging them to name the real struggles they face in striving to live well and follow Jesus. The answer that surfaced over and over: feeling overwhelmed and empty in not knowing how to make wise decisions in the midst of endless demands. As Lysa listened to them she thought, “me too.”

Since Lysa writes from the vantage point of her own weaknesses, she knew this was the next issue to tackle. She wanted to research what God has to say about things like people-pleasing and having schedules that keep us running at a break-neck pace. And thus, The Best Yes was born.

In The Best Yes, readers will learn how to:

  • Cure the disease to please with a Biblical understanding of the command to love.
  • Escape the guilt of disappointing others by learning the secret of the small no.
  • Overcome the agony of hard decisions by embracing a wisdom-based decision-making process.
  • Rise above the rush of endless demands and discover your Best Yes today.

With her signature mix of transparency, Biblical insight, and “been there” humor, TerKeurst empowers the reader with practical strategies for using the two most powerful words: yes and no. The Best Yes pairs a no-pretense practicality with a feminine beauty. The back of the book houses a section entitled “Things I Don’t Want You to Forget” that lists key points and lessons from the text. The pages’ everyday type-set is intermingled with lovely calligraphy that draws in the female eye.

The Best Yes is:

  • A timeless guidebook for women who want to offer concrete and Biblical wisdom to their friends and daughters in the decision-making process.
  • An honest signpost for all women wrestling with the tension of wanting to be everything to everyone.
  • A practical guide for moms wanting to pursue God-given ministry opportunities while also protecting space for home and relationships.
  • A perfect gift for graduating college students about to journey into “real life” and face the decisions associated with adulthood.


  • The pressures upon women to always say “yes” and play Wonder Woman.
  • The way the media glorifies females who “do it all.”
  • The confusion between saying “yes” to others and saying “yes” to God.
  • The guilt and fear associated with having to say “no.”
  • The freedom in acknowledging that there is no “perfect” decision.
  • “Yes” and “no” are the two most powerful words we have.

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