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Yes Sister (Book Review)

By Benjamin H. Liles

          Considering this is a book review of Angelia White's Yes Sisters, I just want to briefly say there are some women out there who undeservingly resemble a form of Cinderella: they are beautiful, they have something to offer life and to the community, but also they are often marginalized, mistreated, and even held back by those who either love them or who don't care about their dreams. With that said, I believe everyone ought to rise to their full potential, men and women alike.

          The bulk and overall message of Angelia's book is about finding and surrounding yourself with others who are encouraging and who empower you to be and to do better. It may not always look like it is, but think about this a moment. We're told in Proverbs, "Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful" (Proverbs 27:6). Often we need someone, in love, to do the right thing when encouraging even if it seems harsh. One of the psalmist's wrote, "Let the righteous man strike me; let his rebuke be an act of loving devotion. It is oil for my head; let me not refuse it. For my prayer is ever against the deeds of the wicked" (Psalm 141:5).

          Do I believe Angelia White does a great job being one of the few strong women who want to lift up, pray for you, and to see you grow as well as encourage you on? You bet I do. Our job isn't simply to be people who are "Yes" people, all the time. Some of the time we need to hear words like "No," or even "Maybe not yet." The thing is to do things in love and to prayerfully watch one another grow in the grace and mercy of Christ Jesus. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell for an honest and fair review.

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