The Will of God is an enormous subject and this book does not attempt to cover every aspect of it. There are a number of ways of looking at the Will of God; theologians often distinguish between God s decretal will and God s preceptual will. God s decretal will is what He decrees will happen. He is sovereign and His purposes will not be thwarted. God s preceptual will is what He would like to happen, in terms of the way He wants us to live. It this second one, His preceptual will, that is of concern to the majority of Christians and this is the one dealt with clearly and thoroughly in this book. This book really does answer the question: What would God like us to do? --Search magazine
About the Author
WILLIAM HENRY was born in Glasgow in 1949. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant and worked in the accountancy profession before entering academia, where he spent 25 years in teaching and research. At present he is an education consultant working with undergraduate and postgraduate students. He lives in Glasgow with his wife and two daughters. Other publications by William Henry include: No Condemnation Romans 5:12-8:39; That you may know 1 John; The Greatness of Christ; The Speeches in Acts; By Faith Abraham; The Making of the Man of God; Imitating Christ; The Signs in John s Gospel. He is an international speaker and has spoken in Canada, Australia and the Netherlands. He has recorded a number of Bible studies on CD and details of these, and the above publications, can be seen on the website of the Open Bible Trust. MICHAEL PENNY was born in Ebbw Vale, Gwent, Wales in 1943. He read Mathematics at the University of Reading, before teaching for twelve years and becoming the Director of Mathematics and Business Studies at Queen Mary s College Basingstoke in Hampshire, England. In 1978 he entered Christian publishing, and in 1984 became the administrator of The Open Bible Trust. He held this position for seven years, before moving to the USA and becoming pastor of Grace Church in New Berlin, Wisconsin. He returned to Britain in 1999, and is at present the Administrator and Editor of The Open Bible Trust. In 2010 he was elected Chairman of Churches Together in Reading, where he speaks in a number of churches of different denominations. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee to Reading University Christian Union. He lives near Reading with his wife and has appeared on BBC Radio Berkshire and Premier Radio a number of times. He has made several speaking tours of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands, as well as others to South Africa and the Philippines. Some of his writings have been translated into German and Russian. As well as writing articles for Search magazine and many Bible study booklets, he has also written several major books including: The Manual on the Gospel of John; 40 Problem Passages; Approaching the Bible; Galatians - Interpretation and Application; The Miracles of the Apostles; Introducing God s Word (with Carol Brown and Lynn Mrotek); Introducing God s Plan (with Sylvia Penny). His latest books are The Bible! Myth or Message?, The Balanced Christian Life (based on Ephesians and designed for use with Lent Studies and House Group Bible Studies), and Joel s Prophecy: Past and Future. Details of these books, and other writings and recordings, can be seen on the website of the Open Bible Trust.