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Finding the Will of God: A Pagan Notion? Paperback – January 30, 2002
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“Bruce Waltke shows that God guides his servants not by dubious techniques of divination but by the discipline of purehearted decision-making. Waltke’s quiet, honest, Bible-soaked wisdom will be a godsend to puzzled people in this much-misunderstood area of Christian concern. This book is a beam of true light and a breath of fresh air.”
WALTER C. KAISER JR.
“What a rare combination — good biblical interpretation and judicious common sense, blended in the right mixture — all in one book. Waltke’s style is provocative, thoughtful, refreshing, and richly illustrated from living applications of the principles he advocates.”
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This is not merely a critique of many modern ways of "seeking God's will", but also a Biblical description of God's pattern of guidance for the believer. As his later chapter titles sum up, God's program for guidance includes (in order): Read your Bible, Develop a Heart for God, Seek Wise Counsel, Look for God's Providence, Does this Make Sense? and (rarely) Divine Intervention. Dr. Waltke has reminded us all that our Father is not one who hides His overall purpose for our lives, and the author does a great job of showing us how our loving Father guides and leads His children. Pick up a copy today - even if you aren't facing a "major decision" right now, it will still help you gain wisdom and direction in how to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
His advice is amazingly simple and refreshingly sound. He lists steps, such as reading the Bible (to actually know God, and not some random verse), seeking the advice of Christian friends, etc. Essentially, his advice boils down to this: know God. Waltke wrote that the God who would give his own Son to save us, would not hide his will. We don't need to search for his will, as much as need to focus on knowing God.
This book was recommended to me by a friend who is the theological librarian at a divinity school. I was struggling with some choices and "Finding the Will of God" offered clear, biblical, and practical ideas. Waltke's style is easy to understand. The chapters are arranged in a logical sequence, and are short enough to read through easily. Most of all, the book really made me think about what it means to "know God." I would strongly recommend this book to any Christian, but especially to those who are concerned about making biblical decisions and living a life that pleases God.
Dr. Waltke bridges the gap between scholar and lay person without compromising truth. The first chapter he gives horrid examples of Christians who follow mis-guided adivce (we are all guilty of at least one example) adn later on in the book he shows the biblical counterpart. The Book is not very long, esay to read, and packed with dynamite. The Chapter on 'reading the bible' is worth the price of the book. Again those who read their bible, this will not come as a surprise. However, if you get your direaction from extreme emotions, this book will be a painful challenge. I really wanted to give the book 18 stars but that was not an option. By the book. Ask for as many free copies as you can and give them to your sorely sincere but misguided friends...
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Only the first half of the book is what I would call "on topic," or relevant to the subj of the "notion" of finding God's will for one's life. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
I've always been troubled by the attitude of some who need guidance for the smallest details. This book does an excellent job of explaining what's wrong with that type of thinking. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Zak
Excellent, Biblically based and sound teaching seldom heard today.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
In this book, Bruce K. Waltke asks a provocative question: “Is finding God’s will a biblical idea?” He concludes that it is not. Read morePublished 4 months ago by George P. Wood
Very well written and makes a lot of sense . Makes you want to just do something for the LORD instead of worrying always if you are going to be outside His will if you do.Published 9 months ago by TJ
If you are looking for a book based on Scripture, this isn't the book for you.
If you are a fan of fallacies, misquoted and misused Scripture, contradictions within arguments,... Read more
This book clarified a lot of the common misunderstandings about the will of God. I especially appreciate Bruce Waltke's explanation on the poor exegesis of common verses we used to... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jo Chih Soh