If you can’t handle raunchy language, Amy’s Poehler’s book, “Yes Please”, is not for you. I listened to the audio book, which is read by Amy (and friends) and undoubtedly made this book funnier than if I’d read it myself. Although some of her jargon made me cringe and, God willing, will never find it’s way out of my own mouth, I respect Amy’s right to carry herself however she sees fit and listening to this book gave me a good laugh when I really needed it.
What I Didn’t Like
You can skip the last chapter. I’m guessing you, like me, already know and don’t need to be reminded that previous generations didn’t have cell phones glued to their hands and information readily available 24/7. The internet changed everything. We get it, already! I felt sorry for the live audience that she read the last chapter to. Had I been in that audience, I wouldn’t have bothered reading the earlier chapters and missed out on the hilarity that preceded the boring last chapter.
Like I said before, it’s raunchy. The sex chapter was a little a much.
What I Liked
Have you ever noticed that secular advice books end up giving biblical advice without even realizing it? Amy Poehler’s book is like that.
She advocates for “ambivalence in your career”, asserting that you should do your personal best and not care about the outcome (ie whether it’s successful). She even says “You have to care about how good you are and how good you feel, but not about how good people think you are or how good people think you look.” The message rings similar to not conforming to the patterns of this world (Romans 12:2).
Amy believes that “great people do things before they are ready.” In fact, I know that no one is “ready” to take on their God-given purpose but can do so through God’s strength. The great people that Amy has observed doing these things before they’re ready have likely found God’s purpose for their life:
- I can do all things through him who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13)
- Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you (Deut 31:6)
- Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them (Romans 12:6)
Amy on shame: “Shame makes people abandon their children and drink themselves to death. It also keeps us from true happiness. An apology is a glorious release.” Well, if that ain’t biblical then I don’t know what is: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9)
The Bible repeatedly tells us to judge not, lest ye be judged (Matt 7:1, Luke 6:37). Amy encourages girls to make their motto “Good for her, not for me!” If only we could all adopt this motto, we would be acting as the Bible clearly calls us to:
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29
In summary, go ahead and read Amy’s book (or listens to it for even more laughs). I’m thoroughly convinced that most popular works of literature (don’t get me started on Harry Potter, Divergent, Twilight) are biblical stories in disguise and books like “Yes Please” are no exception. Go into it trying to identify biblical parallels and you are bound to find even more than me!