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Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will Paperback – April 1, 2014
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"God told me that He wants you to read this book. Actually, that is one of the many mistaken notions about God's will that Kevin DeYoung wants to correct."
Collin Hansen, Editorial Director, The Gospel Coalition
"DeYoung explains so well what Oswald Chambers wrote a century ago, 'Trust God and do the next thing.' Sadly, our wrongheaded search for the elusive 'will of God' often prevents us from doing both. This book will help correct the problem."
Gerald L. Sittser, Professor of Theology, Whitworth University
"I try to keep a stack of these handy because it’s my easy-to-read, practical, go-to help for people discerning God’s will for their lives."
Thabiti Anyabwile, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman
"One of the best books on guidance I've read."
Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church
"False understandings of God's will infect so much of popular Christianity. The church desperately needs a rescue from this confusion. Thankfully, Kevin DeYoung offers that much needed rescue in 'Just Do Something.' Live the title to God's glory, but read this excellent book first."
Albert Mohler, President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
From the Back Cover
Hyper-spiritual approaches to finding God’s will don’t work. It’s time to try something new: give up.
Pastor and author Kevin DeYoung counsels Christians to settle down, make choices, and do the hard work of seeing those choices through.
Too often, he writes, God’s people tinker around with churches, jobs, and relationships, worrying that they haven’t found God’s perfect will for their lives. Or—even worse—they do absolutely nothing, stuck in a frustrated state of paralyzed indecision, waiting…waiting…waiting for clear, direct, unmistakable direction.
But God doesn’t need to tell us what to do at each fork in the road. He’s already revealed His plan for our lives: to love Him with our whole hearts, to obey His Word, and after that, to do what we like.
No need for hocus-pocus. No reason to be directionally challenged. Just do something.
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Again, DeYoung is right about taking initiative and that God is often waiting on us to act. Living according to scripture is an unfailing way to go. But the scripture provides the walls of your path, not the path itself. The path is LIVING and it is JESUS himself. The chief end is oneness with him not mere obedience. Anyone can obey Jesus' commands. Mormon's do...JW's do... We are called to a much higher standard. Oneness!!
DeYoung as a professor ought to know that there is a dialectic to God's will in and for our lives. I've been hearing this debate go on for decades and it's quite tiring now. "Do I follow the Holy Spirit or the Scripture?" Christians have separated themselves into two camps on this issue unnecessarily. But it is both. Notice how I said God's will "in and for" our lives. There is God's will *for* our lives revealed in the Holy Book and God's will *in* our lives revealed through the Holy Spirit within us. DeYoung is mostly focusing on just half of the dialectic just as many Charis-mania Christians focus too much on the other half. Neither are complete and by themselves result in a lop-sided, one-legged Christian who needs to seriously start drinking V8 and get him or herself straightened out! Saturate yourself in the Word *and* the Spirit. "My sheep know my voice" *and* "obey my commands". Don't confuse those two concepts. Don't go through your whole life believing God is silent to you personally. Did he really go through all the trouble that he did to give you his Son and the whole earth only to ignore when you ask for him to speak to you personally? That's just depressing.
Of course, as Christianity is all about Jesus Christ and His works for us, this liberating approach isn't about "be whatever you want" type. As for me, I think there is a right balance between seeking His kingdom and making decisions freely while trusting God. If I had read this book in college, I could have made much wiser decisions.
This book is a perfect remedy for someone who overthinks and/or hyper-spiritualizes things.
I thought it especially interesting to see how he correlated 'finding God's Will' to cowardice. Often, we're praying "a coward’s prayer: 'Lord, tell me what to do so nothing bad will happen to me and I won’t have to face danger or the unknown.' We want to know everything is going to be fine for us." Instead, we should "stop pleading with God to show us the future, and start living and obeying like we are confident that He holds the future."
"Too many of us have passed off our instability, inconsistency, and endless self-exploration as “looking for God’s will,” as if not making up our minds and meandering through life were marks of spiritual sensitivity."
"We should stop thinking of God’s will like a corn maze, or a tightrope, or a bull’s-eye, or a choose-your-own-adventure novel."
"God is not a Magic 8-Ball we shake up and peer into whenever we have a decision to make. He is a good God who gives us brains, shows us the way of obedience, and invites us to take risks for Him."
Top international reviews
This book is about knowing the will of God, and this whole subject is certainly one of the most debated in the modern church. Right now, we can go online and call up thousands of articles, videos, sermons, blog posts and presentations promoting hundreds of "sure-fire" techniques, tricks, tips, and tactics to help you discover the will of God for your life. Oddly enough, one half you'll often discover are contracting the other half.
This is perhaps one of the top 3 books I have ever read on Knowing the Will of God, and to me at least was like a breath of fresh air.
In some ways this book is speaking to those who still have their lives ahead of them... those looking at getting married, getting a job, going to college or university. This does NOT mean the content is useless for the rest of us looking back on our lives from the other end though.
It is packed with common sense and down-to-earth strategy with a sound Bible based ethos. I think every Christian should read this and then every pastor should sign up to teaching it.
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The book seems to be written for a North American audience, but it is relatively easy to re-contextualise the examples in the book.
Well written, biblically supported, and a lot of good, relevant information in a concise text. Highly recommended.