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"Biblical, thoughtful, captivating, and well written. I heartily endorse it as a valuable instrument for your spiritual maturity and discipleship ministry to others." --Harry L. Reeder III

"A helpful book that will keep many from going astray. It will fortify those who wish to preserve the integrity of biblical revelation over against others who falsely lay claim to additional revelation. Get it, enjoy it, believe it!" --Jay Adams

"A provocative treatment of a most difficult subject. As a pastor, I have searched for a book on decision making that is biblically precise, yet practically insightful; I now have one." --Lance Quinn

About the Author

Dave Swavely (MDiv) is a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church in America. He was the founding pastor of Faith Church in Sonoma, California, and he is currently planting a church in the Malvern area near Philadelphia. He coauthored, with Wayne A. Mack, Life in the Father's House: A Member's Guide to the Local Church and, with Harry L. Reeder, From Embers to a Flame: How God Can Revitalize Your Church.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing; 1st edition (January 21, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087552592X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875525921
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tim Challies TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 27, 2004
Format: Paperback
Life is made up of seemingly endless decisions. We face decisions every day of our lives - some are as minor as what to wear or what to eat, while others may be huge, impacting our lives or the lives of hundreds or even millions of others. As Christians it is crucial that we understand Biblical principles on how to make decisions that will honor and glorify God. It is to this subject that the book Decisions, Decisions is dedicated.

The book approaches the subject matter first from the perspective of how not to make decisions. To illustrate how not to make decisions the author, Dave Swavely, uses several phrases and ideas that are in common use in Christian circles and shows how they do not follow Biblical foundations for decision-making. Among the ones he discusses are: "I flipped a coin," "God gave me a sign," "God told me," and "God opened all the doors."

To begin the discussion he examines revelation and shows how God's revelation to us is sufficient and complete in the Scripture. To seek God's will in certain ways, such as through signs and wonders, is futile, for God no longer operates in such ways. Similarly, to put our faith in random verses of the Bible or flips of a coin are to deny our responsibility to make decisions on our own. After several chapters outlining how not to make decisions, all of them based on things you have heard from Christian friends or may have said yourself, he turns to an examination of the Biblical principles of making godly decisions.

He first examines the prerequisites of making Biblical decisions. These are walking in the Spirit, recognizing God's sovereignty and praying for wisdom and providence. Without these prerequisites we cannot expect to be able to make godly decisions.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Garland on September 16, 2004
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Author Dave Swavely has written a very helpful book concerning a topic which all believers must confront on an almost daily basis: how to make godly, biblical decisions.

A particularly valuable aspect of the book is the helpful distinction which it makes between God's sovereign will and His moral will.

His sovereign will cannot be thwarted by our decisions (Rom. 8:28)--whether good or bad, godly or ungodly. God alone is in control of history and works all things after the counsel of His will (Eph. 1:11).

"[W]e should not try to make decisions by finding out what God has planned in his sovereign will; rather we should concern ourselves with the revealed will of God in the Scriptures. But although the sovereignty of God has no direct bearing on the activity of decision making, our understanding and acceptance of it is essential to our attitude in the process of decision making."[1]

This sovereign will of God is hidden in His secret counsel and all attempts by us to find it out are doomed to frustration and even dangerous-as they lead us into subjective means of decision making which go beyond that which God has revealed.

Although we cannot determine the sovereign will of God, we are held responsible for that which God has revealed-His moral will. One of the theme verses for this book, Deuteronomy 29:29, recognizes this distinction: "The secret [things belong] to the LORD our God, but those [things which are] revealed [belong] to us and to our children forever, that [we] may do all the words of this law."

The subtitle of the book, "How Not to Make Decisions," calls attention to one of the most valuable aspects of the book-identifying common, even popular ways in which Christians frequently make decisions.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By RGB_R on February 4, 2005
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Decisions, Decisions by Dave Swavely is an excellent book with much food for thought - food that is very important and helpful for running our lives well. If you want to make much better decisions in your life, especially decisions that honor and glorify God, then this book is a must read. Life can be very difficult sometimes, and we need all the help we can get.

The book consists of two halves. In the first half, Swavely discusses many wrong ways in which many Christians(Xtns) go about making decisions. In the second half, he discusses how we ought to go about making decisions.

First Half:

The books basic contention is that all too often Xtns make decisions about X or Y in life on the basis of inner promptings, sudden senses of peace during prayers, still small voices speaking to them, feelings, impressions, etc. These subjective means of making decisions are wrong according to DS - if they are made without any regard to what Scriptures say or if they are given more authority than Scriptures. Note, Swavely is not saying that these decision making factors are completely to be disregarded. He is saying that Scriptures must speak first, and if these things happen to be there supporting what Scriptures have said, then great. Otherwise drop them.

In this first half, Swavely also discusses the sovereign will of God and the revealed will of God, and finally the doctrine of Providence. I found this stuff to be a bit heady, and difficult to understand. He should have given more examples.

Second Half:

The second half of the book is concerned with how to go about making right decisions. For this Swavely outlines a 3 tiered approach: 1. See what Scriptures say, 2. think about the dictates of wisdom, and 3. the "dictates" of desire.
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