I Said Yes: My Story of Heartbreak, Redemption, and True Loveby Emily Maynard Johnson with A J Gregory
As I begin this review, I want to make one thing very clear: I DO NOT/have never/will never watch the Bachelor or the Bachelorette! I also knew nothing about Emily Maynard Johnson prior to reading this new book. I requested this book to review because the topic of brokenness and the search for true love intrigued me. As a woman, I know the feeling of desiring romance and the search for peace and stability in this crazy life. What I loved about this book is that the author makes a very clear point that only JESUS can fulfill your desires and longings and loneliness! This book is an in-depth look at Emily's life from the start, through her difficult single mom years and her stints on the Bachelor and the Bachelorette to final redemption and true love- both spiritual and human. Emily is very open and honest and I really couldn't put the book down!
I appreciate how Emily doesn't condone the fact that she took part in both the Bachelor and the Bachelorette; in fact after reading more about those shows I would really question someones sanity if they thought it a good way to meet a true love!
This book is a story of a girl who wasn't apposed to Christianity and its traditions but who did not have a personal relationship with Jesus. It is an account of seeking and brokenness and despair which finally culminates beautifully in repentance and a real relationship with Jesus! I love reading people's testimonies; I only wish there were more autobiographies like this!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. Thanks!
When her high-profile search for romance led Emily Maynard to dead end after dead end, real love finally found her.
Millions know Emily Maynard Johnson from her unprecedented double appearances on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Millions also know that neither of the relationships from those shows lasted much longer than a commercial break.
Overcome with embarrassment following her nationally televised failures at romance, Emily finally committed her heart to the only one she knew would never leave her empty and alone. Abandoning her desire to be chosen by men and finding peace in the fact that she was already chosen by God, Emily found the joy she had been looking for in serving God.
In I Said Yes, Emily tells the story of her life before and after reality TV fame, describing the profound new reality she discovered when she forsook fame in favor of the Lord. At the end of a long, fruitless search for a man, this courageous young woman found the truest love of all waiting right in front of her. To that love, Emily said yes.