Synopses & Reviews
Why won’t God reveal his special will for my life already?
Because he doesn’t intend to... So says Kevin DeYoung in this punchy book about making decisions the godly way.
Many of us are listening for the still small voice to tell us what’s next instead of listening to the clear voice in Scripture telling us what’s now. God does have a will for your life, but it is the same as everyone else’s: Seek first the kingdom of God. And quit floundering.
With pastoral wisdom and tasteful wit, DeYoung debunks unbiblical ways of understanding God’s will and constructs a simple but biblical alternative: live like Christ. He exposes the frustrations of our waiting games and unfolds the freedom of finding God’s will in Scripture and then simply doing it.
This book is a call to put down our Magic 8-Balls and pick up God’s Word. It’s a call to get wisdom, follow Christ, be holy, and live freely. To just do something.
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, Editor at Large, Christianity Today
The truth is that God is more committed to showing you His will that you are to discovering it. This book shows that discovering God's will happens not as we 'let go and let God,' but we we trust God and get going.
-Tullian Tchividjian, Pastor, New City 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 that problem.
-Gerald L. Sittser, Professor of Theology, Whitworth University
"e;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."e;
Collin Hansen, Editorial Director, The Gospel Coalition
"e;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."e;
Gerald L. Sittser, Professor of Theology, Whitworth University
"e;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."e;
Thabiti Anyabwile, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman
"e;One of the best books on guidance I've read."e;
Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church
"e;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."e;
Albert Mohler, President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
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.
A noted pastor and author offers Christians a liberating approach to finding God's will for their lives by counseling them to settle down, make choices, and do the hard work of seeing those choices through.
Pastor DeYoung counsels Christians to settle down, make choices, and do the hard work of seeing those choices through. God has already revealed his plan for Christians' lives: to love Him and to obey His Word.
About the Author
KEVIN DEYOUNG is the Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, located near Michigan State University. He serves as a council member at The Gospel Coalition and blogs on TGC¿s DeYoung, Restless and Reformed. He is the co-author of Why We're Not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be, Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion, and What is the Mission of the Church? Making sense of social justice, Shalom and the Great Commission and the author of Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will, The Good News We Almost Forgot: Rediscovering the Gospel in a 16th Century Catechism, The Hole in Our Holiness: Filling the Gap between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness, and Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have five children: Ian, Jacob, Elizabeth, Paul, and Mary.
Table of Contents
1. The Long Road to Nowhere
2. The Will of God in Christianese
3. Directionally Challenged
4. Our Magic 8-Ball God
5. A Better Way
6. Ordinary Guidance and Supernatural Surprises
7. Tools of the Trade
8. The Way of Wisdom
9. Work, Wedlock, and God's Will
10. The End of the Matter