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Leslie D. Weatherhead’s thoughtful and compelling writings brought him worldwide acclaim during his lifetime. He served as longtime pastor of City Temple in London, which he helped rebuild after the London Blitz in WWII. The Will of God is perhaps his best-known work.

Leslie D. Weatherhead's thoughtful and compelling writings brought him worldwide acclaim during his lifetime. He served as longtime pastor of City Temple in London. The Will of God is perhaps his best-known work.
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  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press; Lrg edition (February 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0687074827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0687074822
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Tw Rutledge on November 18, 2001
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The Will of God was written in 1944, but remains relevant today for anyone interested in a God that is more than an oversimplified, superstitious way to avoid the pain associated with the hard realities of life. "These are days full of loss and pain, of suffering and sorrow. But they are not days of waste," the Reverend Leslie Weatherhead tells us.
This little book ---- only 85 pages --- offers a simple but powerful way to reconcile genuine faith with thoughtful intelligence. Since it is our response to the circumstances of life, rather than the circumstances themselves, that determine whether or not these are "days of waste," Reverend Weatherhead's paradigm for understanding the relationship between God's will and man's will is a valuable tool to help us improve the quality of that response in the face of everything from the catastrophic to the most mundane of circumstances.
The five chapters of The Will of God were originally five sermons written and delivered by Reverend Weatherhead, but it is not necessary to be a Christian to benefit from the wisdom here. In fact, there is nothing evangelical about the book. It is a lesson in practical spirituality, applicable to us all, and it will be as relevant in another sixty years as it is today.
I suggest buying several copies at once to save on shipping --- you will want to share this one.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Rev. L. Bradley on March 3, 2000
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This is an outstanding book to begin to gain an understanding of our loving God and God's will for human beings. Though they sound simple they are deeply reaching and complex answers to the painful experiences in our personal lives and the world's events. All answers are not found here. What is found here is a greater understanding of our God, a God of love rather than wrath and punishment. It offers us a look at a God of grace who resides with us at all times and works within the activities of our lives and the world to overcome the evils we do to ourselves and all of God's creations. I hand this book out to all with whom I am in ministry and will continue to do so free of charge to them. I highly recommend it.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By naynay on December 10, 2003
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This book is an outstanding book for anyone who wants to gain an understanding on what God's will is. I have heard the term "the will of God" used when someone has suffered greatly. I thought how can it be God's will if someone has cancer? If it's God's will for someone to have cancer is that person going against God's will when they go through surgery and chemotherapy to fight the cancer? The answer is NO! This book distinguishes between the Intentional Will of God, the Circumstantial Will of God, and the Ultimate Will of God. This little book offers a simple but powerful way to reconcile genuine faith with thoughtful intelligence. I highly recommend this book for everyone.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "maddiemo33" on June 20, 2001
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I found this book to be wonderful. In my own walk with God, I have been struggling with trying to determine the will of God. This book helped me find answers to the questions I've been asking, and has me asking different questions. It is based on a series of sermons by Leslie Weatherhead given in the 1950's. This is not a book you breeze through. The material is very deep and the language is a bit different than today's, but is very thought provoking. I would highly recommend it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Poppy's Girl on October 12, 1998
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The Will of God is a book that is not overwhelming for a person that is suffering a great loss in their life. I have been handing this book out to many people that have suffered the loss of a loved one, or have had bad things happen in their lives, and it explains, without questioning the omnipotence of God, how God helps us deal with loss and how to help someone else. I recommend that every Christian buy this book!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 1998
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Often we hear the phrase "will of God" being applied inappropriately - such as when a friend is killed in an auto accident. Though this book was written during WW II, its theme is just as relevant today as then. Weatherhead distinguishes between the Intentional Will of God, the Circumstantial Will of God, and the Ultimate Will of God. The book is very readable and when I have reviewed it for groups of people, there is an immediate positive response to what they have heard.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jane F. Doran on February 12, 2002
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This is, by far, the most definitive explanation of God's will that I have ever come across. Perhaps that is why it is still so popular after almost 60 years on the market. There are several ecumenical, servant, Christian organizations that use this as one of their texts.
To underststand the will of God, try this.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ron F. Levin on July 12, 2007
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In his slim volume, The Will of God,that has reached millions of readers,
Dr. Weatherhead explains with blinding clarity just what is meant by the Will
of God, a subject that has been more twisted, bent and badly used from the
pulpit than nearly any other I can think of, and I am a pastor. Far too
many believing Christians think that God sits at a giant computer screen and
is responsible for every single last bad thing that happens to us from
hurricanes to hangnails to house fires, from poison ivy to rain on the
Sunday School picnic. You can read this book in under an hour, then be
set free for the rest of your life. If you know someone struggling with
something bad that has happened, give them this book . . . and rejoice!
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