Just Do Something: How to Make a Decision Without Dreams, Visions, Fleeces, Open Doors, Random Bible Verses, Casting Lots, Liver Shivers, Paperback – 1 Apr 2009
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The author counsels Christians to settle down, make choices, and do the hard work of seeing those choices through. This is a book about guidance for Christians.
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But DeYoung's interest is not merely in point-scoring; he has a pastor's concern to help those hamstrung by fear of having 'missed God's will'. He emphasises that if we are living for God then God has undertaken to guide us at the points where it really matters. He emphasises a right freedom, and, crucially, a reponsibility, for Christians to live, grow and build within the bounds set by God's biblical revelation of his will.
DeYoung avoids falling to the 'other extreme' of teaching that God's guidance is purely limited to his revelation in scripture. He is thorough and pretty balanced, though brief, in looking at supernatural spiritual gifts, and at guidance in the lives of the Apostles. My criticism would be that he is just a tad too dismissive of the expectation of the Holy Spirit's direct leading into the 'good works prepared for us to do'.
With some inspiring stories about his grandfather, a simple Godly activist from the days where you had to get up and do something if you were going to keep eating, DeYoung challenges what he describes as the mere 'tinkering' of his own generation.
There is a great chapter on dating and marriage in which he encourages people to 'get on with it' (where appropriate!), and specifically reminds Christian men to be men: to take a lead and take responsibility in relationships. And it's good that he warns people never to think of divorce as an option if they've married 'the wrong one'.Read more ›
The bit that worries me is his take on marriage. He treats it as if it's like buying a new pair of socks. I do understand the situation that he is addressing; we have way too many single young people, all scared witless to marry in case they've chosen the wrong one! I agree we need to get out of that mindset, but he advocates that if you like someone, they share your faith & none of your family is vehemently opposed, what are you waiting for? Get on with it. It's that simple.
He treats it way too flippantly, in my opinion. It's a holy institution, mirroring Christ's love for the church. How can that be treated lightly? Divorce rates are horrendous & no different in or out of the church & he's just saying, "What's the fuss? Get on with it." I have to disagree. It's a profound commitment & one that demands all the consideration we can give it.
So just be aware, if you are buying this to encourage someone else's decision making, they might end up being more decisive than you'd bargained for!
DeYoung does a great job of helping us get rid of the notion that God has a blueprint for every single aspect of our lives, and thus also doing away with the Sword of Damacles that hangs over us if we somehow fail to discover and follow this perfectly mapped out path. I fully share his appreciation of the place of "wisdom" in decision making, as something that can be cultivated, rather than just waiting for revelation to descend from heaven.
He is a little abrasive at times, and could sound condescending, but there again mincing his words would not help to get an idea across, particularly one which goes so sharply against the tide of popular Christian thinking.
Personally, I still expect slightly more from God in terms of "guidance" than DeYoung seems prepared to concede, but as an ongoing corrective we find in our obedience and action, not a prerequisite for doing anything. (He is very strong on not sitting around waiting for God to speak - hence the book's title.) "My sheep hear my voice" must still figure in the way we live our lives, and hearing God is an art that is worth developing. Paul's prayer for a spirit of "wisdom and revelation" is still my own - both of these, not an either/or. But in general terms he is spot on.
One quote that sums it up:
"Does God have a secret will of direction that He expects us to figure out before we do anything? And the answer is no. Yes, God has a specific plan for our lives.Read more ›
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I would recommend this book to anyone who genuinely wants to know what God is asking of them. Honest, interesting and straightforward.Published 1 month ago by R4L
Excellent book. Everyone should read this - explains God's will very clearly!Published on 4 July 2014 by Nao
The perfect antidote to my dithering about so much in life. A concise and well-reasoned case for trusting in the sovereignty of God and our freedom to make decisions.Published on 4 Feb. 2014 by C. E. M. Vaughan
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If you have been struggling with finding out God's will like I have...I just wish I hadn't...I wish I had this book in my hands...Practical and biblical.Published on 12 Dec. 2013 by Andreea Sidon
Good sensible stuff. A bit too weighted towards the young and carefree. The info on choosing a husband/wife is not the best but rest of it worth reading. Short bookPublished on 1 Nov. 2013 by slow joe
This book is simple, straight forward and exactly what I needed to hear. I found the message was useful, applicable and liberating.Published on 8 Oct. 2013 by Ryan
This is a great little book, easy to understand and written with humour and applicable teaching. It's challenging and practical, but it is essentially geared to resolving one... Read morePublished on 16 July 2013 by Jeremy Legg
Don`t waste your life - do something! Very simple truth. I wish I spend more time in my past putting efforts and acting and risking than just waiting for God to do everything.Published on 6 July 2013 by holykolyan