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The Will of God as a Way of Life: How to Make Every Decision with Peace and Confidence Paperback – September 23, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Revised edition (September 23, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310259630
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310259633
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Don't look here for quick and cheap answers, but do expect to be moved and guided toward knowing the will of God as a lifelong journey.' -- David G. Myers

From the Back Cover

Practical help for understanding and following God’s will for your life

"God has a plan for our lives," but what does that mean in practical terms? How do we know God’s will for important life decisions, like who to marry, what job to take, what church to join? How can we be free if God has a perfect plan for us? Does suffering mean we are off track? How exactly does God speak?

Author Jerry Sittser explores these questions and offers a biblically based approach that is truly liberating. No matter what decisions we’ve already made, he points out that it is still possible to live out God’s perfect will—even if we think we’ve married the wrong person, chosen the wrong career, or landed in some kind of serious trouble.

This new edition includes study questions designed to help individuals or groups who are faced with decisions—large or small.


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The author is very practical, Biblical, and down-to-earth.
LYNN C. CONVER
It will change your way of thinking about God's will and is very applicable to life's challenges and backed up with scripture.
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I won't add to what has already been said, but I would highly recommend it.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By B. A. Johnson on October 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
We live in an age where people are fascinated with the future. They can't get enough of what will happen tomorrow, where they'll live, who they'll marry. It's a culture of promised security, where we have confidence that in the days to come we will be significantly well-off, attractive, and liked. Anyone who can give an indication of how or what that future will look like is treated as a god, is flocked to and paid thousands of dollars for even the most insignificant pithy prospect of tomorrow's good wishes.

Even outside of horoscopes and psychic hotlines, this is a problem in Christian circles as well. With the traditional understanding of a God who both knows the future and has a specific, intentional place for each one to end up, the thought of twisting his arm to tell us how it's going to happen is strangely alluring and addictive. People rushing up to altars in a moment of need: "Pastor, do you have a word for me? What am I supposed to do? What if I mess things up and God is hopelessly upset with the life I choose?"

To that and more comes this great book. I won't add to what has already been said, but I would highly recommend it. As a campus pastor, I see so many students who are completely confused and frustrated when you seriously start talking about the will of God in their lives. I wish I could buy this book for each of them.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 5, 2005
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How do we find God's will for our life? How do we find that one person God has destined for us? How do we know that a decision is the right one? Traditional Christian thought has taught that God has a specific plan for each of us and it is our job to find out what that is and pursue it. Jerry Sittser takes a different point of view by first making the case that the will of God may not be some specific future plan with all the details already worked out but may in fact be much simpler. What about the problem of pain and suffering? Do those indicate that we are out of the will of God? Jerry Sittser examines these and other questions as he teaches how the will of God may be a lot more liberating than what we have traditionally been taught. Offering a pathway to personal peace through understanding the will of God in a less traditional way, The Will of God as a Way of Life is a highly recommended read.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kathy B. Wood on September 11, 2008
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this book is moving, inspirational, well stated on the journey of grief. On October 4,2002 my 21 year old nephew, David, died as a result of an automobile accident. My family did the best we knew how to comfort the parents and siblings. One thinks they can imagine what they must be feeling, because we all love our children/siblings, right! But then life happens. On February 23, 2003, my youngest son, Joshua (22) and his best friend, Matt (23) died in an automobile accident. Turning to the darkness to find the light was not easy. I watched my other 2 children, Josh's fiance' left with a 4 month old son to raise alone, my parents, my siblings and their children, friends, all travel this journey of grief, with good days/bad days. But, in the light, I have been able to see the Glory of God so brightly shine. Many strangers, were sent by God, to aid in this process, including the young mother who found the accident to the officer who investigated the accident to name a few. We miss these guys dearly and daily, but we are managing to build a garden around the stump. Thanks to Jerry Sittser, for so elegantly creating a visual to life after death.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 30, 2005
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Sittser puts the Will of God where it should be, in understandable terms, as a tangible, attainable state. This is somewhat groundbreaking in theory, and yet it's not rocket-science. I like what he says here and agree with it. His approach is one of those that makes you say, "I knew that, but I never acted like I knew that." or "That makes so much sense, why didn't I see it as clearly before?"

I highly recommend this for anyone seeking to find and live the will of God in their lives.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By demerson19 on June 23, 2013
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Jerry Sittser has a remarkable gift for taking complex theology and applying it to everyday life. Many people are good at telling you how to live a Christian life, but their theology may be weak. Sittser is a theologian, and he supports his points with numerous scripture references. In his book, The Will of God as a Way of Life: How to Make Every Decision with Peace and Confidence, the only thing not to like is the title. The subtitle makes it sound like a self-help book. While you will walk away with a new insight, this is no simple, "follow these three steps to better decisions" book.

Instead, Sittser dives head on into the theological issues surrounding the will of God. God's sovereignty, our free will, calling, and the role of suffering in our lives, all get ample attention.

But what grabs me the most is his opening conversation about God's will for our life. What do we mean we say "it is God's will?" And how about following God's will. What if we make the wrong decision and head down a different path? Sittser explores these questions, and provides an answer.

"As I struggled with the issue of discovering God's will, I came to a startling conclusion. The will of God concerns the present more than the future; it deals with our motives as well as our actions; it focuses on the little decisions we make every day even more than the big decision we make about the future. The only time we really have both to know and to do God's will is the present moment. We are to love God with heart, soul, mind, and strength, and we are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. These are the basic responsibilities Jesus challenges us to pay attention to.
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