Millions know Emily Maynard Johnson from her appearances on both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. At the end of a long, fruitless search for a husband, Emily found that waiting right in front of her all along was the truest love of all: the unconditional love of the Lord.
Overcome with embarrassment following her nationally televised heartbreaks, Emily finally committed herself to the only one she knew would never leave her empty and alone. Abandoning her need 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.
I Said Yes chronicles Emily's experiences on both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette and the way that God turned her life upside down through the knowledge and acceptance of His true love.
As Emily sheds light on her life as a believer in the spotlight, she teaches us:
How to embrace the gift of true redemptionWhat it means to fully surrender your heart to GodHow to say yes to God's ways, God's love, and God's timing
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 traded fame in favor of the Lord--and to that unconditional love, Emily said yes.
Johnson, former contestant on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, tells her story of sudden loss and the earnest search for true love in front of the camera. When Johnson was 18, she was living with her longtime boyfriend when he suddenly died in a helicopter crash. Days after his death, she found out she was pregnant. Johnson shares her journey as a young and inexperienced single mom actively grieving, detailing the difficulties moving from job to job before a friend sent a letter on her behalf to the producers of The Bachelor. Viewers of the program know that Johnson won the coveted final rose of the competition, but her engagement was short-lived. A few years later, she appeared on The Bachelorette, and once again the subsequent relationship soured. Now married, Johnson firmly believes that her happily-ever-after finally arrived when she stopped running from God. Johnson is candid about struggles with her faith and shares snippets of her stop/start relationship with God throughout the text, but readers looking for an in-depth commitment to Christ will be disappointed.
This book was a fun and interesting read. My favorite part was seeing how God changed her view of relationships over the course of her life and how she learned to find her identity in Christ.
Typical book about a young woman seeking fame......claims she didn’t really want to sign up,to be on the bachelor.....but she did. Claims she refused to be on the bachelorette.......but she was. Claims she likes her privacy.......but goes on tv shows. Claims her first priority is her child.......but still runs all over the world seeking “love”. I have a strong feeling her deceased boyfriends parents don’t think too highly of her.....JoJo
Truly a page turner. Just proves you can be young and beautiful and still have a ton of problems. Emily was always one of my favorite bachelorettes. Thank you for sharing your story! So happy you found your forever mate!