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Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will Paperback – April 1, 2009
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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
"The truth is that God is more committed to showing you His will than you are to discovering it. This book shows that discovering God's will happens not as we 'let go and let God,' but as we trust God and get going."
Tullian Tchividjian, Senior Pastor, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church
"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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Yes, this book is about the "will of God" but rather than add to a culture of mysticism or enigmatic explanations of God's will, DeYoung writes with practical clarity in mind. Many books in the same vein add combustible fuel to the proverbial fire regarding God's will, which only creates more smoke and confusion within the Christian mind. Maybe that's why I appreciated the conversational tone with which DeYoung wrote as well as his straightforward explanations. Rather than speculate about how God's will operates, he actually flips to accurate expositions of selected Scriptures to draw his conclusions. It's amazing what clear exposition can show you.
Kevin DeYoung honestly understands the heart of the church when it comes to God's will. He has an accurate picture of the struggles within the hearts and minds of contemporary Christians. So he addresses these issues and shows us how silly we look in light of God's word when we try to anticipate God's next move in our lives, or when we're too afraid to make a choice because we don't want to "get it wrong". And for those who are constantly seeking supernatural signs from God for their every move in life, he very fairly points at the extraordinary miracles of the early church (in Acts) and labels them as just that---extra-ordinary. The apostles and early Christians didn't go around searching for miracles and visions and dreams and signs, they just happened out of the ordinary. So instead of waiting around for something crazy to happen, DeYoung writes, go out and just do something.
Of course, everything is tempered with sensibility and soundness of faith. But DeYoung doesn't just leave us hanging as many books do all too often. He gives us practical steps to seeking sound decisions, derived from Proverbs 2:1-6 and Romans 12:1-2. He points to Scripture, sound counsel, and prayer as specific ways to practically seek better decisions in life. Overall, his exposition of these two passages are simple, clear, and to the point.
What I enjoyed the most was chapter 9 in which the reader gets an old fashioned "kick in the pants," as they say. DeYoung covers two practical issues in getting a job and getting "hitched". Then towards the end of the chapter he goes on a little rant about the indecisiveness and passiveness of men in the twenty-something age group. Since I fall into that range it was entertaining to read, and admittedly my pride was hurt a bit. He writes (and I know the ladies will enjoy this):
Gentlemen, there are wonderful Christian girls waiting for you to act, well, like a man. Stop waiting for romantic lightning to strike. Stop waiting for the upteenth green light. Stop 'hanging out' every night without ever making your intentions clear. Go ask a girl on a date, or ask her 'to court,' or whatever you think is the appropriate language. But do something. If you want to be single, that's great. Jesus was single. I hear it can be a pretty good gig. But if you want to get married, do something about it. Take a chance. Risk rejection. Be the relational and spiritual leader God has called you to be.
Of course there's nothing wrong with being single or finding contentment in your singleness during this specific season of your life but preach on, brother! This is what so many men need to hear, to take initiative and act when it comes to relationships. This should be the anthem for single Christian men everywhere. Oh, and the stuff about God's will is pretty good too (obviously).
I can sort of see where some of the negative reviews are coming from because Kevin is certainly not politically correct. I think he was pretty outrages at times, but I'm not totally sure I blame Him....I can't really biblically prove him wrong. I would have been more cautious on some points, but Kevin just barrels on. He tells a story about his roommate who was rejected by a girl he wanted to date because she said that the Holy Spirit said "no" "no....never" So Kevin sarcastically writes, "Poor guy-he got rejected, not only by this sweet girl, but by the Holy Spirit. The third person of the Trinity took a break from pointing people to Jesus to tell this girl not to date my roommate."
Overall I am so happy I read this book because I gained so much from it. I wish it was a little shoter yet though. Anyway, God's will is for you to 2 Peter 3:18, not for you to agonize over every decision you have to make.....that's what wisdom is for! Some really great points in this book. I paid $7.91 and got some great confrontation on some lies I was believing. Good book for anyone who is concerned about God's plan for their life.