Say Yes When Life Says No by DeForest B. Soaries Jr. [REVIEW]


Many people understand what it feels like when life continually throws obstacles, prejudice, hardship, and economic challenge in what seems an endless string of misfortune. It can feel like life constantly challenges us with “no” in the form of:

  • Lonelines
  • Judgment
  • Negativity
  • Sickness
  • Death
  • and more

But when we draw on the same faith as the blind man in John Chapter 9, we learn to trust that Jesus will know our plight, show up and give us what we need to not only turn our life course, but to also have our hearts sing “yes!”

Drawn from the remarkable life experiences of one man, Say Yes When Life Says No includes a first-hand account of Rev. Dr. DeForest Soaries – pastor, husband, father, public servant, and cancer survivor. Enriched with personal stories and vivid Biblical references, Dr. Soaries provokes us to see every obstacle in life as an opportunity and every burden as a potential blessing.


I was intrigued by the thought of an entire devotional dedicated to “Mr. Blind Man”. Soaries does a great job at really digging into the depth of John 9.

Some quotes from the text:

Healing is an absolute promise for all Christians, but the promise may not be fulfilled until we dwell in eternity.”

“Our belief dictates our behavior. When we believe something, we behave in a manner that aligns with that belief. It works the other way around as well: our behavior is an indication of our true belief. What we do reveals what we believe.”

This book could be good for personal or support group study. It would be especially helpful to those who have undergone some type of illness or personal tragedy.

I really wanted to like this book but it just didn’t work for me. Maybe it’s my current phase of life? 

Have you read it?  Your thoughts?

I received this book FREE from the author, publisher, distributor, or other source. My only obligation is to provide a fair and honest review.

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