Book Review: Not just a Hearer, But a Doer

I recently received Yolanda Shanks book "Not Just a Hearer but a Doer" and I must say - If God had a restaurant, then Yolanda Shanks beautifully written, devotional bible study is the menu and you have carte blanche to savor and enjoy each section! This study guide book is deliciously satisfying ~ filled with scriptures, interpretations and practical applications.

"O Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man that trusteth in him."
 Psalm 34:8

Right from the start, the author invites us to examine our spiritual faith and how we may judge others simply from appearance - including God. But truly, in the menu of God's garden, he sets the table for a beautiful life for us! We just have to be willing to taste that divine goodness and then we'll be in for a real treat!

The guide is broken up in to 31 chapters of practical applications with all relatable topics that apply to our daily lives, from being careful what we say, exercising self control, coming out of your personal comfort zone and doing the right thing, just to name a few.

Mrs. Shanks offers us this daily devotional study in a series of steps:
- Relevant topics to daily life
- Scriptural observation
- Background Biblical descriptions and Interpretation
- Application and a text area to personalize the lesson

Some of the passages in the guide that gave me inspiration are living in this secular world, with all the tempations of tv, magazines "and products promising to make us richer, thinner, prettier .. do not bring glory to God." That is truly what spiritually walking with faith is all about ~ giving him all the glory! Moreover, the analogy she shared with participating in a walk and having a hard time walked, "getting stuck is often like our Christian Life ~ the cares of this life can begin to immobilize us spiritually: stuck in the miry mud of the world, spiritually exhausted, losing one's momentum in the Christian life." Many of us can relate and it's a terrific exercise to fulfill that desire to be closer to God in the secular world of ours.

This devotional study guide will lift your spirits, make you laugh, make you think, and you'll want every chapter on your plate of faith. Mrs. Shanks is a faithful woman of God and this book is just bursting with blessings! 

Here is a little bit about the author:

Multi-published author, speaker, blogger, teacher, wife, grandmother—Yolanda Shanks wears many hats, but the one she most resonates with is her role as an advocate for living life to its fullest.
Shanks’ award-winning first book, Destined to Live, Despite Me, continues to be a source of hope for those battling effects from a prior suicide attempt. It garnered an enthusiastic Kirkus review, which stated the book was “a commendable guide for finding meaning after considering suicide.”
Her second book, Not Just a Hearer but a Doer (released June 2012) challenges the body of Christ to act upon scripture. In the Fall of 2012, she released a third project, entitled Destined to Live, Despite Me – A Cause to Be Thankful.
Check her website (www.YolandaShanks.com) for book events in your area and for weekly wisdom from this lover of life and committed Christ-follower.

I received a free copy of this book to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.


  1. Hi Kel,
    First, congrats on being so close to your goal of reading 180 books this year! That's awesome.
    I enjoyed reading this book review and love the "advocate for living life to its fullest." It sounds like a good thing to add to any resume.



  2. Sounds like the type of book I would enjoy! Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I will be checking for it in my local bookstore!

  3. Kelly this sounds a great book - hoping I can find it soon :-).