Becoming Radical for God
Book Review of What Happens When Women Say Yes to God
by Joanne Troppello
“Every investment we make in our relationship with God will only serve to reap rich dividends for now and eternity. No time spent experiencing God will ever be a waste.” – Lysa Terkeurst
My mom’s birthday is April 15th, mine is April 16th, and my sister’s is April 20th. We have a tradition of celebrating our birthdays together with our family in one party together. It saves time, is more practical, and it is nicer to celebrate together.
This year, my sister bought us all the book, What Happens When Women Say Yes to God: Live More Fully, Love More Deeply, Experience God’s Best for You by Lysa Terkeurst.
This is the first book by Ms. Terkeurst that I’ve read, and it was very powerful. I feel like I need to read it again—that’s how powerful it was. I highly recommend this book.
Ms. Terkeurst includes devotional questions at the end of each of the nine chapters. My sister had a great idea in buying this book for each of us, especially because we’ve been having a study group session via Facebook chat room each week to discuss what we’ve learned and to review the devotional questions.
Discussing the book that way has been very helpful in reinforcing the great messages learned from reading this book.
Being Radical for God
“In every relationship with others, you will find things that you love and things that, to be quite honest, get on your nerves. The radically obedient person is blessed with being able to appreciate another’s Christlikeness and to give grace to their humanness.” – Lysa Terkeurst
I learned so many lessons from reading this book, but one important one is that becoming radical for God can enhance your relationships with others, just like that quote states. I love how she said that being able to appreciate another’s Christlikeness and to give grace to their humanness.
That is a powerful statement. I think grace is seriously lacking in our society today. People are in one political camp or another. People are divided over the COVID-19 vaccine.
Racism. Social justice. Wokeism. Freedom. Constitutionality. Patriotism.
Those are just some of the words that you may have heard when watching the news, TV shows, or scrolling through your social media feed. Those ideas are important to discuss in civil conversations, yet propaganda from all sides has kept people divided by lies fueling the fire.
Grace can be applied to all your relationships as well, whether friends, family members, or others you don’t know. It’s only by God’s love and the power of the Holy Spirit that you can show grace to others who get on your nerves or frustrate you in their humanness.
I also learned that radical obedience can be scary, but it is worth it to make a difference for God’s Kingdom. This is something that God has been working on in my heart for the last year. I’ve been hearing the same theme in sermons at my church, from speakers giving messages on YouTube, and in scripture passages that I’ve been reading and studying.
God’s been preparing me to read this book about radical obedience, yet it’s still a scary thought for me to fully step out in faith in this area of my life. I think I’m most afraid that God might ask me to do something that I don’t want to do or don’t feel equipped to do. I know God will equip me for anything He asks me to do. So, maybe that’s not much of an excuse to not be radically obedient.
However, my flesh often gets in the way. That’s exactly what Paul meant when he wrote the passage in Romans chapter 7, verses 15-20.
For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. – Romans 7:15-20 (NKJV)
I do want to take a stand for radical obedience. I know I should not be afraid about taking that step of faith. God’s grace is new each morning. He will be with me when I fail and ready to pick me up and help me try again.
If God has been tugging at your heart to become radical for Him, I highly recommend that you read this book by Lysa Terkeurst. You will benefit even more if you decide to read the book with friends or family members so you can review each chapter as my mom, sister, and I have been doing.
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel. Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel. Check out MSS Live Well Corner.