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The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous Living

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Beloved Catholic blogger Lisa Hendey explores eight spiritual virtues that she believes are foundational to the Christian life. In opening windows to pivotal moments of her own spiritual journey, she helps readers learn about belief, generativity, creativity, integrity, humility, vulnerability, saying no, and starting over, and shows how these virtues lead to generous ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 3rd 2014 by Ave Maria Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Nov 02, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing
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Lisa Hendey’s new book, The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous Living (Ave Maria Press), is one you won’t want to miss. I don’t say that because I know Hendey personally and am friends with her (though both are true). I say it because it was nothing like I expected.

I’m not sure what I expected in The Grace of Yes: maybe a textbook approach to the Blessed Mother, a look at virtues, and something that I could safely assume would NOT be good bedtime reading.

What I found, though, was that I ha
Bethanie Ryan
Sep 09, 2014 Bethanie Ryan rated it it was amazing
The cover appropriately displays a fish out of water. Ever felt like that? Like you were in over your head? Like you were way outside of your comfort zone? Then this book is for you!

Part spiritual memoir/part advice book, like many of Lisa Hendey’s writings, it takes you to the heart of a life well-lived and helps you to look at your life in a different way. She lays her heart bare so you can relate to and learn from her experiences. It has definitely helped me in thinking about some of the ways
Oct 10, 2014 Barb rated it it was amazing
I'm glad I said "yes" to reading Lisa Hendey's latest book. It's a combination memoir and pep talk with prayer, Scripture and inspiring quotes to tie the whole thing together. This book touches on the many ways saying "yes" can be an opportunity for grace for ourselves and others--and why sometimes saying "no" is also necessary to allow grace to work within us.

Whether you're overwhelmed, exhausted, looking for a new direction or just starting on your path, you'll find help, encouragement and Lis
Feb 04, 2015 Jean rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Lisa M. Hendey’s book, The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous Living. This book is truly amazing. I have to admit that I have not read Lisa’s previous books, but do read her posts on Patheos and New Evangelizers, which I consistently find very appealing.

Hendey is a wonderful writer. She writes clearly, articulately, honestly, with much encouragement and optimism. I met Lisa at a conference and was impressed by how friendly, natural, and open she was, unconcerned abo
Mar 04, 2015 Stuart rated it it was amazing
I've had the pleasure of "working" for Lisa Hendey for the past year or two. I'm one of the dozens of people who contribute to her website, and though I rarely get a chance to speak with her or thank her for the opportunity to share my small voice on her website, I know she is a special woman. When she asked me to review her latest book, The Grace of Yes, I admit I had severe reservations. What if I hated it? What if I wasn't the target audience, and the book didn't speak to me? ...more
Jan 10, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
"The Grace of Yes" by Lisa Hendey is a powerful and inspiring book! It quickly found a special place among my favorite reads of all time. Why? Because it is honest, real and encouraging! Reading this book is like sitting across the table from a good friend, who invites you to share deeply with her. She understands where you are coming from, because she's been there, too. And through her wisdom and experience, she encourages you to take your life one step further into God’s grace. To say YES and ...more
A.k. Frailey
Nov 14, 2014 A.k. Frailey rated it it was amazing
The Grace of Yes by Lisa Hendey is an extraordinary book for one great reason – it is invaluably honest. There are many “how to” and “self-help” books dishing out advice about everything from eating well to becoming holy, but this book offers well thought out, honest reflections on very basic human experiences including love, marriage, faith, raising children, and living in a work a-day world, and how to make our lives better in a culture that has forgotten our need for our greatest good―God. ...more
Mar 23, 2015 Cathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Through the grace of God, a woman from Boston and a woman from California meet and begin to work together, but that is not what this book is about, and yet it is.I have had both the privilege and the pleasure of meeting and at times working with Lisa Hendey. The audio author-narrated version of this book is like traveling with a friend. Often self-help and/or spiritual books can leave the reader wondering--is this person really like this? Do they walk the walk or just talk the talk? Lisa Hendey ...more
Marcellino D'ambrosio
Dec 16, 2014 Marcellino D'ambrosio rated it it was amazing
Faith is in essence saying an enthusiastic and unconditional “Yes” to the love of God which comes to us as a grace, a free and undeserved gift. Lisa Hendey’s eminently practical book, The Grace of Yes, shows us eight beautiful pathways to expanding our “Yes” to God. This ironically involves saying “no” not only to sin, but also to opportunities which may be good, but are not God’s best. Enlivened with many stories drawn from author’s own life as well as the lives of others, the Grace of Yes is a ...more
Virginia Lieto
Jun 03, 2015 Virginia Lieto rated it it was amazing
Lisa Hendey masterfully interweaves Christian principles with instances from her own life in this wonderful book that addresses eight virtues for generous living. I believe that anyone who reads it will have a better grasp on how to personally incorporate virtues such as integrity, humility and generosity into one’s life. After finishing this book, I also feel like I have met a kindred spirit in Lisa. My own theological specialty of study is morality, and more specifically, the virtues. ...more
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Jan 23, 2016 Name Doris Powell rated it really liked it
This is a very well written book. Hendey outlines 8 virtues for a good person. Faith, generativity (generosity), creativity, integrity, humility, vulnerability, the art and necessity of saying no, and rebirth are all good qualities of the virtuous person. I really had no favorite although generativity captured my attention. I just wondered what the word was all about. I also liked creativity because she outlined how we a lot of times turn away from God's creativity because we don't think we ...more
Erin Cupp
Nov 03, 2014 Erin Cupp rated it it was amazing
In The Grace of Yes, Lisa Hendey gives us a firm but gentle walk down a path out of the fear and selfishness that tends to be the natural human state into a way of living that is made larger and more free by all the ways we can give, and in giving see ourselves as the gifts we are. Few writers have the gift of being able to give us a kick in the pants without it hurting like the dickens. Lisa Hendey is one of those who has this gift. Say "yes" to The Grace of Yes!
Nov 28, 2014 Barb rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Lisa's latest book really spoke to me. I don't think it was because we are both Empty Nesters, but because we both examine our lives on how we can best say yes to God's will for us. My favorite chapter was The Grace of No and having a laminated copy of the 3 questions to ask yourself sounds like a winner. I would love to pass this book on to my friends, but I'm thinking I should keep this on hand for quick inspiration! To my friends, spend the $16, it's worth it!
May 06, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it
A great book with 8 ways to say "Yes" to God in one's everyday life. These virtues are highlighted by stories from Lisa Hendey's personal life, as well as the lives of others which illustrate how the virtue can be lived out in the real world.
Oct 26, 2016 Heather rated it liked it
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Great book for women in their 40-50s with children. We used it for a women's discipleship group. Some insights were helpful, but as a single woman in my thirties, much was unrelatable.
Aug 18, 2015 Sue rated it it was amazing
The book was very thought provoking. I enjoyed the points to ponder at the end of each chapter. As I make changes to my life because of this book, I know I will be a better Christian and Catholic.
Jan 02, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing
Wonderful read about saying yes to living for God and giving generously! I will definitely hang onto the book to reference back to, as I made many notes throughout.
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Aug 13, 2015 Tricia F. rated it it was amazing
A quick read, but one that will make you think long after you read it! Each chapter ends with questions to ponder that pertain to the chapter.
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Jul 14, 2015 Ann rated it it was ok
This was the monthly book for the Spiritual Book Club I attend. I had trouble finishing it.
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Lisa M. Hendey is the Founder and Editor of, a web site focusing on the Catholic faith, Catholic parenting and family life, and Catholic cultural topics. The author of The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms, Lisa lives in Fresno, California with her husband Greg and teenage sons Eric and Adam. She loves reading, writing and time with friends and famil ...more
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